Battle of A-Sun Unbeatens Highlights Volleyball's Weekend
Thursday, October 11, 2012 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Photo Crdit: Ron Irby
Photo Crdit: Ron Irby
Florida Gulf Coast (13-7, 8-0 ASC)
Lipscomb (10-9, 7-1 ASC)
10/12/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 638
Florida Gulf Coast282525 -- --
Lipscomb262223 -- --
Stats at a GlanceFGCULIP
Hitting Pct..272.122
Total Attacks125148
Statistical LeadersFGCULIP
KillsHOPPER - 13
AssistsMEYER - 25
AcesDOTSON - 1
REX - 1
FORD - 1
DigsPINDER - 19
REX - 20
BlocksMESNER - 7

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Winners of eight consecutive matches, including seven straight conference contests, the FGCU volleyball team will hit the road to face Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky in a pair of important Atlantic Sun Conference matches this weekend.

The Eagles (12-7, 7-0 A-Sun), off to the best start to A-Sun play in program history, will face the three-time defending A-Sun Champion Lipscomb Lady Bisons (10-8, 7-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Saturday afternoon (3 p.m.) matchup with the A-Sun’s newest member Northern Kentucky (17-3 overall, 5-2 A-Sun).

FGCU and Lipscomb are currently tied for the first place in the conference at 7-0, with NKU, who is ineligible for the A-Sun Championship due to reclassification, sitting in third place with a 5-2 record.

The Green and Blue, who have swept six of their last seven A-Sun opponents and have won 16 consecutive sets in conference play, showcase five players that have registered at least 110 kills far this season, led by sophomore Jill Hopper’s (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown HS) team-leading 153. Sophomore Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani HS) leads the team with 211 digs (3.25/set). The setting duo of sophomore Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) and junior Courtney Greenberg (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Juniata College) has run the FGCU offense, averaging 5.63 assists and 4.38 assists per set, respectively.

Along with updates on twitter @FGCU_VB and @FGCUEagles, fans can also get volleyball updates from around the Atlantic Sun by using the hashtag #ASUNVB.

Friday, October 12
FGCU at Lipscomb, 7:30 p.m.
Series Information: Lipscomb leads 8-2

Saturday, October 13
FGCU at Northern Kentucky, 3 p.m.
Series Information: FGCU leads 1-0

The Eagles will face Lipscomb on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in a battle of the A-Sun’s unbeaten. The matchup with the Lady Bisons should be a hard-fought one, as both teams come in riding seven-match winning streaks in conference contests. The Eagles are 4-0 on the road in A-Sun play, while A-Sun preseason favorite LU is 2-0 at home this season in conference matches.

The last time the Green and Blue defeated Lipscomb was at Allen Arena a 3-2 victory on Oct. 4, 2008. The Eagles’ 3-2 (25-23, 14-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13) victory was the last home conference loss for the Bisons. FGCU has knocked off Lipscomb only one other time, defeating the Bisons 3-1 (25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-23) on Oct. 19, 2008 in Fort Myers.

The Eagles and the Bison rank first and second in the A-Sun in hitting pct., opponent hitting pct., assists and kills. FGCU also is second in the conference in blocks. Lipscomb’s Kaycee Green and Catilin Dotson lead the A-Sun in kills (4.52/set) and assists (12.26/set) in A-Sun play, while Dotson also ranks 16th in the nation in assists in the latest NCAA statistical rankings.

NKU is hosting their first home matches after having spent seven of the last eight weekends competing on the road. The Norse own a 2-1 home record, having dropped a decision earlier this season to Lipscomb and defeating UNF and Jacksonville.

The Norse have one of the A-Sun's most efficient attacks, as they lead the conference with a .251 hitting percentage. NKU also has two of the league's top four players in attack percentage in Jenna Ruble (.350, ranking 1st) and Shelby Buschur (.322, ranking 4th) while setter Jenna Schreiver leads the league with 11.49 assists per set.

The last time the Norse and Eagles battled was on Aug. 24, 2006 at Alico Arena. Erika Fonseca blasted 13 kills as the Green and Blue defeated NKU, 3-0 (30-9, 30-17, 30-22) in the 2006 season-opener