MACON, Ga. – Florida Gulf Coast’s 14-match winning streak was snapped over the weekend, but not for a lack of effort from junior Ana Kokanovic. The outside hitter notched a pair of double-doubles on the weekend, including a 21 kill, 20 dig performance against preseason conference favorite Belmont Friday night, and on Monday the Atlantic Sun Conference office named her Player of the Week for the first time in her career. She is the second Eagle honored this season.
Kokanovic powered the Eagles to their 14th consecutive victory Friday night, hammering out 21 kills and digging 20 balls in a 3-1 victory over the defending conference champion Bruins. A second-straight double-double wasn’t enough on Sunday afternoon however, as Lipscomb handed FGCU its first conference loss 3-2. Even in defeat the Serbia native was again brilliant both offensively and defensively, netting 18 kills and 25 digs on the afternoon. For the week, the marketing major compiled a .369 hitting percentage with 39 kills, 45 digs and 10 service aces, and ranks in the top-five in the conference in hitting percentage (.369) and kills per game (3.55).
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
Sara Bendorf, Jacksonville (Jr. – OH – Buckley, Wash. – Business) – Finished the week with 35 kills and a .241 hitting percentage, helping the Dolphins to their sixth-consecutive win.
Katie Matykowski, GWU (Jr. - LIB – Sun Prairie, Wis. – Sports Management) – Finished the week with 85 digs, including a school-record 40 in GWU’s first-ever win over North Florida.
Jen Darty, Mercer (So. - MB – Orlando, Fla. – Undecided) – Led the Bears with 14 kills and a .650 hitting percentage in sweeping Kennesaw State.