Volleyball Improves to 8-1
Friday, September 14, 2007

HARRISONBURG, Va., The FGCU volleyball team won its 8th straight match with 3-0 sweeps of Elon and Charleston Southern. FGCU downed Elon (30-27, 30-17, 30-18)and Charleston Southern (30-18, 30-17, 30-24).

Game one proved to be a tough competition between the two teams with both teams producing point after point. FGCU was able to pull ahead early on in the game, but not by much. Cara Ziegler (Ft. Myers, Fla.) dominated with four kills in game one of the match, concluding the match with a percentage of .450 for the day. Roberta Santos (Recife, Brazil) had three kills in game one and at the end of the match led both teams with twelve kills at a percentage of .360. After losing possession multiple times and barely holding onto their early lead, the FGCU volleyball team was able pull out a win in game one, 30-26.

The Eagles came out strong and ready to go in game two. The team was able to remain focused and gain a nice lead early on in the game. Winning 30-17, the team managed an amazing nineteen kills and quickly pulled away with the second game.

With a slow start, the Eagles fell behind Elon 5-1, but quickly regained their momentum. Ziegler and Santos continued their successful match with four kills each in game three. The FGCU Eagles managed to pull away late in the game finishing off Elon, 30-18.

The FGCU Eagles continued their domination in Harrisonburg, Virginia, by defeating the Charleston Southern Buccaneers giving themselves a 8-1 record. Roberta Santos continues to demonstrate her amazing talent as she swept the night with seventeen kills at a .615 percentage. Ziegler and Youngquist both contributed to the match with thirteen kills each. The Buccaneers put up a good match but was just not able to hold off the Eagles. The team ended the night with promising scores of 30-18, 30-7, and 30-24.

In the first game of the match, the Eagles never trailed in a close game one. They were able to even the score at nine apiece, but FGCU never trailed as they hit .375 in game one. The Eagles used an 8-1 run to close out the first game.

Game two was all FGCU as the team built an 18-1 lead and coasted to a 30-7 win in game two. FGCU hit .520 while limiting CSU to (-.222) in the game.

Game three continued the same pattern as game one with CSU pulling ahead of FGCU. Once Brooke Youngquist (Ft. Myers, Fla.) came up to serve, the team was able to get into a rhythm that would pull them into the lead which would not be regained by the Buccaneers. The team was able to finish the match with a 30-24 victory.

FGCU returns to action tomorrow when they face host James Madison at 1:00 pm in the final match of the tournament.