Eagles' Volleyball Improves to 13-2
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team defeated Rollins College (11-4) in three games (30-11, 30-20, 30-28) for the second time this season. The Eagles improve to 13-2 and are still riding an 11- match winning streak. Tonight’s match also marks the tenth straight time that the Eagles have swept the competition.
In the first game of the night, the Eagles jumped out to an early 4-0 lead off of kills by juniors Heather Van Olst (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Gomes da Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Junior Whitney Hendry (Fort Myers, Fla.) picked up one of her match-high three service aces to spark the Eagles. FGCU increased its’ lead to 15-6 off of a plethora of Rollins errors. From there, the Eagles went on a 15-5 run to end game one in impressive fashion.
Behind the serving of da Silva, the Eagles jumped out to another early lead (6-0) in game two. FGCU foiled any attempted comeback by Rollins and cruised to their second win of the match. Van Olst led the Eagles with four kills in the game.
Rollins came out extremely energized in the final game. It was back and forth early until both teams were tied at ten. FGCU then took four straight points off of a kill by Van Olst and solid serving by Hendry. The Eagles led most of the game until Rollins fought back and once again tied it up, this time at 25. Despite a scare from Rollins, the Eagles held on to their slim lead and ended the match in three games.
Youngquist led all Eagles with 12 kills in the match. She also added six digs and assisted in a block. Van Olst hit an impressive .625 with ten kills and no attack errors. She added six digs and two aces in the match. The Brazilian duo of senior Ericka Fonseca and da Silva contributed 17 kills as the Eagles continued their winning ways.
The Eagles volleyball team is in action again when they hit the road this weekend. After a stop in St. Petersburg on Thursday to face Eckerd, the Eagles head north to take on a couple of Atlantic Sun conference foes. FGCU will face Division I Jacksonville and North Florida on Friday and Saturday. The No. 16 Eagles will be back in action in Alico Arena next week as they host Nova Southeastern on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm.