Volleyball Set to Face UNF in Atlantic Sun Championship Quarterfinals
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the third time this season and second time in less than a week, the FGCU volleyball team will take on UNF on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Championship at Lipscomb's Allen Arena.
The Green and Blue hold an 11-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Ospreys, including a sweep of the team's two regular season contests this season. In the first meeting on Sept. 24, the freshmen duo of Jill Hopper (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown HS) and Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River HS) finished with 10 kills each as the Eagles swept UNF 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-23). In the rematch, last Friday night in Jacksonville (Nov. 11), FGCU rallied from a 2-1 deficit to pick up a hard-fought 3-2 (23-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 15-12) victory.
The No. 3 Eagles (17-12 overall, 10-3 A-Sun), making their second appearance in the last three years at the conference tournament, head into the tournament having won four of their last six matches.
The Ospreys (14-16, 5-8 A-Sun) are making their second consecutive appearance in the conference postseason after securing the No. 6 seed with their 3-1 victory over Stetson last Saturday. UNF closed the regular season winning six of their last eight while also establishing a new single season high for wins under head coach Kevin Campbell.
Earlier this week, Hopper was named A-Sun Freshman of the Year and earned All-Conference (second team) and All-Freshman team honors, while senior libero Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) and freshman setter Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) earned All-Conference second team and All-Freshmen team accolades, respectively.
FGCU has six players with 100+ kills so far this season, led by Hopper’s team-leading 358. Hopper, who has been named to three All-Tournament teams this season, leads the team in points (434.0), kills (358) and service aces (46). The Muncie, Ind. native has recorded seven double-doubles this season and ranks fifth in the conference in kills. Sophomore Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Marshall) and redshirt-senior Jelena Simic (Lazarevac, Serbia/Kolubara Technical/Seward County CC) are second and third on the squad in kills with 263 and 239 kills, respectively. Meyer has shown a lot of poise in running the FGCU offense, racking up 989 total assists for an average of 9.07 assists per set.
The winner of the UNF-FGCU match advances to Friday's semifinal match against tournament host No. 2 Lipscomb at 6 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m.
Fan unable to attend the tournament in Nashville can view each match of the Atlantic Sun Championship free of charge online at ASun.TV. Live stats will be available at LipscombSports.com and in-game Twitter updates can be found at Twitter.com/FGCUEagles.
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