TAMPA, Fla. - The 10th ranked FGCU volleyball team's season came to an end on Saturday night with a 3-1 loss at #2 Tampa. FGCU finished the season with a 29-3 record while Tampa advances to the Elite Eight.
FGCU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in game one to force an early Tampa timeout. After a 20 minute delay because of a power outage, Tampa began to chip away at FGCU's lead and tied the score at 15 apiece. From there, the game saw six ties before FGCU closed the game with a kill from Patricia Gomes da Silva for a 30-27 win.
In the second game, Tampa started with an ace before a pair of kills by FGCU. Tampa was able to build n 8-5 lead. The Spartans were able to build on that to take a 12-8 lead before a 7-0 FGCU run gave the Eagles a 15-13 lead. Tampa responded with a 6-1 run to regain the lead. The Spartans were able to hold off the Eagles and maintain a slim lead before taking game two 30-27.
The Eagles jumped out to a 6-2 lead behind a 5-0 run to begin game three. Tampa began clawing their way back to tie the score at 19 all. The game saw four lead changes down the stretch as Tampa went on a 4-0 run to take game three 30-28. Ericka Fonseca pounded home seven kills for the Eagles in the game. Tampa's Danielle MacDonald was equally impressive with 10 kills in the third game.
Tampa got an early lead and was able to maintain it until the score was tied at 13 all. From there, the game was tied seven more times until Tampa took a 26-25 lead. The Spartans then scored the next four points to advance to the elite eight with a 30-25 win in game four.
Danielle MacDonald recorded a career-high 28 kills and hit .619 in the match to lead all players. Four other teammates joined her in double figures in kills including Katelen Dixon's 19. Alisha Green, Tarah Marinelli and Erin Clark each recorded 10 kills for Tampa.
Ericka Fonseca led the Eagles with 22 kills and eight blocks and a pair of aces in her final match. Patricia Gomes da Silva and Heather Van Olst had 11 and 10 kills respectively. Brooke Youngquist recorded a match-high 32 digs for FGCU.
FGCU placed Erica Fonseca, Brooke Youngquist and Chandra Ginest on the All-South Region tournament team. FGCU ends their season with a 29-3 record and set a new school record for wins.