TAMPA, Fla. - The 10th ranked Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team extended their winning streak to 26 matches in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 3-0 win over USC-Aiken. The Eagles improved to 28-2 on the season while USC-Aiken ended their season with a 28-7 record.
USC-Aiken was able to get an early advantage and able to keep game one close early. With the score 11-9 in favor of FGCU, the Eagles went on a 6-0 run to take control of game one. Following a side-out, FGCU went on another 6-0 run to put the game out of reach for the Pacers. FGCU continued to build on the lead and take game one 30-14.
Game two saw FGCU take an early 4-1 lead. After USC-Aiken knotted the score at four all, the Eagles went on to take a comfortable lead and coasted to a 30-14 win.
The Eagles again jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the third game. USC-Aiken made a mini run to cut the lead to 5-4 before a 12-1 FGCU run gave the Eagles a commanding 16-5 lead in the final game. The Eagles had to withstand a short 4-0 run by the Pacers. The Eagles regained the momentum and coasted to a 30-16 win in the final game.
Three Pacers recorded five kills in the match, as a stifyling FGCU defense recorded 12 blocks in the match holding USC-Aiken to a (-.025) hitting percentage and just 25 kills in the match.
Brooke Youngquist led the Eagles with 15 kills while Ericka Fonseca joined her in double figures in kills with 12. Chandra Ginest dished out 40 assists as the Eagles hit a t a .388 clip for the match.
The Eagles will advance to the South Region semifinal tomorrow to take on Florida Southern at 4:30 pm in the Martinez Sports Center.