@FGCU_VB Pauses Atlantic Sun Play to Host FAU
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STEPANOVIC - 1
TEKAVEC - 1
PINDER - 1
MASTERS - 1
MAMBUCA - 3
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s volleyball team is set to host FAU Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Alico Arena. The first set in the nonconference tilt is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The Green and Blue enter the midweek matchup with a record of 6-10 and a mark of 4-1 in Atlantic Sun action. The team is currently riding a five-game win streak that dates back to Saturday, Sept. 21.
Junior outside hitter Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City High School) tops the Eagle offense with 3.38 kills per set, while Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers High School) adds 3.0 kills per set. Holm has also added 32 blocks for the Eagles and has been a strong force in the Eagles’ recent success.
Gainesville products Christine Pinder (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz High School) and Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) have aided the Eagles’ attack this year. Pinder has added 2.75 kills per set, while Meyer produces an average of 10.17 assists per stanza.
Defensively, Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani High School) leads the squad with a team-high 199 digs on the season, while while Karina Mambuca (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast High School) leads all players with 39 blocks through 16 games.
LAST TIME OUT
With three sets of competitive action, the team extended its win streak to five games in a 3-0 win over Atlantic Sun rival Stetson University last Friday. With the victory, the Eagles handed the Hatters their first conference loss of the season.
FGCU played a strong defensive game with 47 digs and 11 total team blocks on the night. Mambuca led the team with 11 digs through three sets, while Pinder added 10 digs for the Eagles. Mambuca also led FGCU with five block assists.
Offensively, Holm was a catalyst for the Eagles with a team-high 16 kills and an attack percentage of .609. Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River High School) added 10 kills for FGCU, while Barnes added eight. Meyer aided the attack with 31 assists.
The Owls of FAU are 9-8 on the season with a 1-3 mark in Conference USA play. The Owls and Eagles have faced four similar opponents and have earned the same results in those contests. Wins against Bethune-Cookman, UNF and Stetson and a loss to Jacksonville have evened the score for the Eagles and Owls as they face off Tuesday night. FAU's record against A-Sun foes currently stands at 3-0.
Alessia Pizzocheri leads the Owl offense with 2.52 kills per set, but holds an attack percentage of just .178, while Ivana Bulajic and Krista Tekavec add 2.25 and 2.13 kills per set, respectively. Jelen Jovanovic adds to the offense with 8.92 assists per set.
Defensively, Nathalie Rosado paces the Owls with 3.68 digs per set, while Kat Stepanovic has amassed 49 blocks on the year.
As a unit, the Owls have maintained a .205 attack percentage through 17 games, while holding opponents to an even .205.
The Eagles and Owls have met on just four occasions prior to Tuesday's match. FGCU fell at FAU in 2009 and dropped two games against the Owls in 2010 to give the in-state foe a three-game win streak against FGCU. The Eagles picked up their first win to cut the streak in 2011 on the Owls home court and will look to build a streak of their own.
ON THE HORIZON
Following the nonconference tilt, the Eagles will hit the road for three-consecutive away matches. FGCU will continue Atlantic Sun action with games at USC Upstate and ETSU this weekend before traveling to Miami to face FIU next Tuesday. The FIU matchup will conclude nonconference play for the Green and Blue.
2013-14 volleyball season tickets are available by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. Season tickets are $35 for adults and $17 for youth (ages 3-12). Single-game tickets can also be purchased for $6 per adult and $3 for youth. Groups of 10+ can receive a discounted rate of $3 per person. FGCU students and faculty/staff are admitted for free with a valid University ID.
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