Eagles Improve to 14-2 With Win Over Panthers
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University Women’s volleyball team is still rolling through regional competition as they defeated the Florida Institute of Technology for the second time this year in four gmes (30-17, 26-30, 30-17, 30-18). The Eagles improved to 14-2 overall and 7-1 against NCAA Division II regional competition.
The Eagles defeated Florida Tech earlier this season in three games but dropped a game to them in this contest. FGCU outscored the Panthers in every statistic, leading in hitting percentage as a team at .358 to their .111. The Eagles also held a 10-5 advantage in service aces, and 50 to 35 edge in assists.
Several upperclassmen led as hitters for the Eagles. Senior Devon Watts (Somerville, TX) led the team in kills with 13. Watts also pulled off her eighth double-double with 17 digs. Juniors Erika Fonseca (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Melissa Duffield (Cedar Rapids, IA) both collected 11 kills each. Fonseca posted a .435 hitting percentage with one block assists. Duffield hit .429 out of 21 attempts and had three block assists.
Leading the Eagles at the net were both freshman Ciara Sandoval (Fort Myers, FL) and junior Laura Manovill (Dunedin, FL) who are running a 6-2 offense as setters. Sandoval collected 26 assists versus the Panthers and two aces and five digs. Manovill posted 21 assists with an ace and three digs.
Sophomores outside hitter Heather Van Olst (Loxahatchee, FL) and libero Whitney Hendry (Fort Myers, FL) led the team in digs with 18 each.
The Eagles take on the Sailfish on October 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Eagles defeated the Sailfish earlier this year 3-0.