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Kokanovic Stars in 3-1 Win Over ETSU
The FGCU Eagles volleyball team improved to 16-2 overall and 6-1 in conference play with a win over ETSU. The win places the Eagles in first place in the Atlantic Sun while ETSU falls to 14-10 overall and 5-2 in the conference.
FGCU got off to a fast start with an 8-0 run right out of the gate. Ana Kokanovic (Lazarevac, Serbia) served four of her school record 11 aces during the run. The Eagles limited the Bucs to nine kills in the first game while serving up nine aces and hitting .419, cruising to a 30-12 win.
A 7-0 run early in the game lifted the Eagles to a 15-5 lead in game two. Kokanovic did most of the damage in the run with three straight kills. The Eagles were never threatened in the game and easily won 30-20. The Eagles recorded 16 kills and limited the Bucs to a .025 hitting percentage.
FGCU built a 26-21 lead in what looked like the third and final game, but a 4-0 run by the Bucs cut FGCU’s lead to 26-24. After a pair of sideouts, the Bucs were able to even the match at 28 all. FGCU would then get three match points, but the Bucs were able to fight all three off and take game four 34-32.
In the fourth game, the Eagles were nearly flawless, hitting .606, hammering 20 kills while limiting ETSU to 10 kills and a .132 percentage. FGCU cruised to a 30-16 win in the fourth and final game.
“We knew this was a big match tonight,” said head coach Jaye Flood. “First place in the conference was on the line tonight and we have a chance to win the Atlantic Sun conference.”
Callie Kiselich led the Bucs with 15 kills while hitting .379 in the match. Kaena Apana recorded a match-high 30 digs while Desiree Dyck added 13 kills for the Bucs.
In addition to setting the school record for aces, Kokanovic set a new A-Sun record for aces in a match with 11. She also added the first triple-double in school history with 21 kills and 14 digs. Brooke Youngquist (Fort Myers, Fla.) added 12 kills and 12 digs. Audrey Campbell hit .500 while picking up 11 kills in the match. Roberta Santos (Recife, Brazil) had a tremendous match with 11 kills, 24 assists, six blocks and six digs.
The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday when they step out of conference, visiting USF. The Eagles return to Alico Arena on October 19th when they host Jacksonville at 7:00 pm.
Notes FGCU saw a streak of 44 consecutive games won at Alico Arena snapped with a 34-32 loss in game three tonight.
Ana Kokanovic recorded a school and conference record with 11 aces in the match.
Kokanovic also had the first triple-double in school history.
The Eagles have now won 23 straight matches at home.