Volleyball Heads To Georgia For a Pair of A-Sun Matches
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KOHLER - 2
KATONA - 6
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YOUNG - 13
STRACHAN - 2
HOPPER - 2
BEAN - 5
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast volleyball team, one of three remaining undefeated teams in conference play, heads to the ‘Peach State’ for a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference matches this weekend as they take on Mercer and Kennesaw State.
The Eagles (8-7 overall, 3-0 A-Sun) will face the Bears of Mercer (5-13 overall, 0-4 A-Sun) at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Saturday afternoon (3 p.m.) matchup with the Kennesaw State (7-12 overall, 2-2 A-Sun).
FGCU has three players with more than 120 kills so far this season, led by freshman Jill Hopper’s (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown HS) team-leading 183. Hopper, who’s 183 kills ranks her seventh in the A-Sun, has also tallied 27 service aces, 92 digs and 25 total blocks. Sophomore Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Marshall) and freshman Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River HS) are second and third on the squad in kills with 146 and 123 kills, respectively. Senior Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) leads the team with 211 digs (4.40/set). Freshman Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) has run the FGCU offense, with 436 total assists for an average of 8.38 assists per set.
Friday, October 7
FGCU at Mercer, 7 p.m.
Series Information: FGCU leads 4-2
Saturday, October 8
FGCU at Kennesaw State, 3 p.m.
Series Information: FGCU leads 5-1
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Mercer dropped a pair of matches on their road trip to Jacksonville, Fla. last weekend. The Bears come into the match losers of back-to-back contests and also five of their last six matches.
Jennifer Katona leads Mercer with 141 kills, 10 service aces and 49 total blocks. Katona’s 2.35 kills per set rank her 15th in the conference. Aimee Frutchey is second on the squad with 126 kills.
FGCU holds a 4-2 lead in the all-time series over Mercer. The last time these two teams met in Macon, the Green and Blue fell 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 17-25, 25-27) to the Bears. Anna Wagner recorded 18 kills and Chandra Lefever racked up 48 assists and 14 digs in the loss.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
The Owls swept their road trip to Jacksonville, Fla., for the first time in program history last weekend. Alyssa Lang led the way with a pair of double-doubles as the Owls defeated both North Florida and Jacksonville 3-1 last Friday and Saturday.
Lang is on the verge of some personal history. The outside hitter needs just 24 kills to reach the 1,000-kill mark for her career. Lang tallied 553 of those kills at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County before transferring to KSU prior to her junior season. Lang is also on pace to reach 1,000 career digs. The senior needs 63 digs prior to the end of the season in order to reach that mark.
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