MACON, Ga. – After dropping its first match as a Division I program, Florida Gulf Coast has reeled off three consecutive tournament titles and nine consecutive victories. Piloting the Eagles blitz of Division I competition is junior Roberta Santos, earning Most Valuable Player designation at each of the previous three tournaments. On Monday, the Atlantic Sun Conference added yet another accolade to the setter’s impressive resume, naming her Player of the Week. It is Santos’ first such honor, as well as the first for the FGCU volleyball program.
The Brazil native quarterbacked the Eagles to three straight 3-0 victories over the weekend (bringing their current sweep streak up to five), averaging 4.33 kills per game, 6.89 assists per game and 1.56 digs per game. The junior hit a stratospheric .440 for the weekend, and her precise setting helped the FGCU offense to a .312 hitting percentage and 17.33 kill per game average.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
Other Top Performers
Kaley Read, UNF (Fr. – MB/RS – Tampa, Fla. – Undecided) – Collected 17 kills, 13 blocks and seven service aces in three matches last week.
Libby Hansch, Mercer (Fr. - MB – Ft. Collins, Colo. – Business) – Tallied 41 kills and hit .461 for the week, including 14 kills at a .650 clip against Georgetown.
Sara Bendorf, Jacksonville (Jr. - OH – Buckley, Wash. – Accounting) – Led JU with 39 kills while ranking second with 24 digs in the Dolphins three-match homestand.