TAMPA, Fla. - The 10th ranked Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team won a thrilling five-game match over 9th ranked Florida Southern. The Eagles continue their season tomorrow as they await their opponent. FGCU is now 29-2 and has won 27 straight matches while Florida Southern ends their season with a 31-5 record.
Florida Southern jumped out to an early 5-1 lead on the Eagles in game one. Neither team could put together more than two points until the Mocs went on a 5-0 run to take a 26-16 lead. The 10 point deficit equaled the largest deficit the Eagles have faced this season. FGCU then went on an i 10-1 run to cut Florida Southern's lead to 27-26. Three straight points by the Mocs ended gave Florida Southern a 30-26 win in game one.
The Mocs again got off to an early lead at 6-3 early in game two. The Eagles responded with an 8-2 run to take a 13-9 lead they would not relinquish. The Eagles continued to build a lead and would coast to an easy 30-22 win in the second game.
Florida Gulf Coast University was able to jump to a 7-3 lead early in game three. The Eagles slowly pulled away from Florida Southern in the third game. Neither team would score more than three straight points in the third game, but FGCU steadily built a double digit lead and coast to a 30-20 win in the third.
In game four, the teams exchanged points early and with the score knotted at eight, the Mocs went on a 4-0 run to take 12-8 lead. The Eagles would battle back to tie the score five more times. With the score tied at 25 all, the Mocs went on a 3-0 run to take a three point lead. The Mocs would hold on for a 30-28 win and force the Eagles to a game five for only the third time this season.
Game five was a very tight game that featured seven ties. FGCU led throughout the deciding game but never led by more than two points. The Mocs held off the Eagles as long as they could forcing three match points before falling 17-15 in the final game.
Five Mocs recorded double figures in kills led by Beverly Stasis who had 22 in the match. Stasis added 21 digs in the match as well to lead the Mocs. The match was close throughout as each team had 97 points in the match. The Mocs recorded 81 kills in the match while FGCU had 80.
Brooke Youngquist led four Eagles in double figures in kills with a career-high 24. She added 26 digs and a career-high seven blocks as well. Patricia Gomes da Silva recorded career-highs in kills (19) and digs (19) while adding five blocks. Ericka Fonseca and Heather Van Olst were the other Eagles in double figures with 17 and 12 respectively. Cara Ziegler broke the school record for blocks in a match with 12 while adding six kills.
The Eagles will be in action again tomorrow when they face the winner of the Tampa vs. Barry match at 4:00 pm in the Martinez Sports Center.