Eagles Notch School-Record 16th Straight Win
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The 10th ranked Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team equaled their school record 16-match winning streak with a 3-1 (26-30, 30-16, 30-17, 30-25) win over Barry.
Game one saw three early ties before a 5-1 Barry run. The Bucs would maintain a three point lead until midway when the Eagles went on a 3-0 run to knot the score at 16 apiece. From there, the game featured four more ties, with the last coming at 25 all. Barry finished game one with a 5-1 run to take the first game 30-26.
The Eagles responded y jumping out to a 10-2 lead that forced Barry to use both of its timeouts. Heather Van Olst led the charge early with three kills. A 6-2 run by the Bucs trimmed FGCU’s lead to 13-9, but that is as close as the Bucs would come in the second game. FGCU went on an 11-0 run behind the serving of Whitney Hendry and three kills by Patricia Gomes da Silva would give the Eagles an insurmountable lead.
Game three was close early, but with a 10-9 lead, the Eagles went on another huge run. This time a 10-0 run put game three out of reach. Hendry, again was serving during the decisive run as Ericka Fonseca recorded three kills in the rally. A 6-1 Barry run trimmed the lead to 23-15, but the Eagles regained control closing game three on a 7-1 run to close game three 30-17.
In the clincher, FGCU went on a 6-1 run with the scored tied at three apiece to take a 9-4 lead. From that point, neither team would string together more than two consecutive points until FGCU went on a short 3-0 run to take a 23-16 lead. The Bucs went on a 5-1 run from there to trim the Eagle lead to 25-22. The Eagles were able to hang on for a 30-25 win in game four.
Samara de Freitas led Barry with 19 kills while hitting .432 in the match. Lorine Durski and Nicole Castera each added 14 kills for the host Bucs. Laure Evans and Maria Romanowski contributed 15 and 11 digs respectively.
A balanced attack paced FGCU, as five Eagles reached double figures in kills. Sports Imports/AVCA player of the week Brooke Youngquist led the Eagles with 16 kills and 16 digs in the match. Patricia Gomes da Silva came in off the bench to record 14 kills, while hitting .565. Ericka Fonseca added 12 kills as she hit .393 in the match. Cara Ziegler pounded home 11 kills and added five blocks and hit an astounding .625 in the match. Heather Van Olst was the other Eagle to reach double figures in kills, adding 11 while collecting 11 digs. Whitney Hendry led the defensive effort with 18 digs.
The 10th ranked Eagles will be in action again on Thursday night when they travel to Aiken, South Carolina to face USC-Aiken before competing in the Presbyterian Tournament on Friday and Saturday.