NASHVILLE, Tenn., - The FGCU volleyball team cruised to its 14th straight win with a 3-1 (30-24, 30-21, 30-32, 30-25) win over defending A-Sun champion and preseason favorite Belmont. The Eagles are now 14-1 overall and 4-0 in the league while Belmont falls to 13-6, 3-1 in the A-Sun.
The Eagles fell behind early 3-1 before 6-0 FGCU run gave the Eagles a 6-3 lead. The Bruins were able to take a 13-12 lead before a 5-0 Eagle run behind the serving of Ana Kokanovic (Lazarevac, Serbia) gave the Eagles control with a 17-13 lead. The Bruins again battled back to even the score one last time at 21 all. From that point, FGCU went on a 9-3 run to take game one 30-24.
With the Eagles leading 21-17 in game two, FGCU went on a 6-0 run to take a commanding 26-17 lead. During the run, the Eagles received four kills from four different players and forced a pair of Belmont hitting errors as they easily took game two 30-21.
After falling behind 21-10, the Eagles mounted a comeback, out-scoring the host Bruins 19-7 to take a 29-28 lead with Brooke Youngquist (Fort Myers, Fla.) serving for the match. The Bruins were able to hold off a pair of match points and force a pair of hitting errors by the Eagles to extend the match with a 32-30 win in the third game.
FGCU got off to an early 3-1 before Belmont evened the score at four all. From that point, the game was dominated by the Eagles. FGCU was able to open up a nine point lead at 22-13. The Eagles were able to stay out front and take a 29-21 lead. Belmont scored four straight points, cutting FGCU’s lead to 29-25. Roberta Santos (Recife, Brazil) ended the match with a kill, giving the Eagles game four 30-25.
Cat Mundy led the Bruins with 18 kills, but the Eagles were able to force 17 hitting errors from the league leader in kills. Jaye Schuler added 15 kills for Belmont while Emily Cahill contributed 14. The Bruins were held to a .193 hitting percentage.
Ana Kokanovic had a tremendous evening, with a match-highs of 21 kills and 20 digs. Kokanovic hit .475 and served up six aces for the Eagles. Patricia Silva (Sao Palo, Brazil) and Brooke Youngquist each added 12 kills for FGCU. Roberta Santos just missed her first triple-double with 33 assists, 15 digs and nine kills. She added four aces and five blocks for the Eagles.
FGCU will be back in action again on Sunday when they take on Lipscomb at 2:00 pm in Nashville, Tenn.
FGCU ended Belmont’s 13-match home winning streak
Belmont ended FGCU’s 30-game winning streak
Ana Kokanovic earned her first match with 20+ kills and digs while at FGCU
FGCU has now won 14 straight matches, 3rd longest streak in school history