Eagle Volleyball Downs 23rd Straight Opponent
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The third longest winning streak in Division II was extended to 23 in a row by the top ranked team in the South Region. The 10th ranked Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team improved to 25-2 with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-12, 30-19) win at Lynn.
The Eagles struck first in game one with a kill by Ericka Fonseca. Lynn was able to tie the score on three occasions early, but the Eagles would soon go on a run to give them control of game one. With the Eagles up 18-10, Lynn went on a 4-0 run to cut FGCU’s lead in half. From there, FGCU was able to stop the run and regain momentum to take a 25-17 lead. The Eagles would hang on to win game one 30-22.
FGCU again jumped out to an early lead, this time the Eagles raced to a 6-0 advantage. From that point, the two teams were content to exchange points until FGCU went on a 5-0 outburst with a 12-6 lead. FGCU did not stop there, and extended the lead to 24-8 before cruising to a 30-12 win in the second game.
The third game was a much tighter contest that featured eight ties and eight lead changes. FGCU broke open the closely contested affair with a 5-0 run when the score was knotted at 14 apiece. The Eagles would maintain a sizable lead and eventually take the decisive game 30-19.
Deirdre Knobeloch led the Knights with 10 kills while hitting .391 in the match. Larissa Witherspoon recorded a team-best 16 digs.
Brooke Youngquist led FGCU with 14 kills in the match. Ericka Fonseca added 13 kills and a career-high 13 digs for the Eagles. Fonseca added five assists and five blocks to complete her night. Heather Van Olst added 10 kills while Patricia Gomes da Silva and Cara Ziegler added seven apiece. Chandra Ginest paced the offense with 41 assists as the Eagles hit .347 in the match. Whitney Hendry led the defensive effort with 18 digs.
The Eagles will play their final road match of the season on Friday October 28 when they travel to St. Petersburg, Fla. to face Eckerd.