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Volleyball Knocks Off USF in Five Games
TAMPA, Fla., - The FGCU volleyball program recorded one of the biggest wins in school history with a 3-2 win at USF on Wednesday night. The Eagles improve to 17-2 while the Bulls fall to 12-6.
“USF is the best defensive team we have faced this year,” stated Head Coach Carrie Lundy. “We had no free points, it felt like they got a hand on everything we hit tonight. This is a great win for the program.”
After falling behind 5-1 early in game one, FGCU scored six straight to take a lead. From that point, neither team would get a lead greater than three. FGCU would win game one 30-28 with a kill from Audrey Campbell. Campbell was a perfect 4-for-4 in game one. Patricia Silva added five kills while Brooke Youngquist and Ana Kokanovic each tacked on four kills.
In the second game, FGCU got off to an 8-5 lead, but an 11-1 USF run gave the Bulls a 16-9 lead. The Eagles would trim the lead to 26-24, but the Bulls would score four of the next six to even the match at one game apiece with a 30-26 game two win.
Game three was another tight contest that featured 17 ties and three lead changes. Neither team was able to build a lead of greater than three until late in the game. Tied at 24 all, the Eagles went on a 6-1 run to take game three 30-25. Youngquist had six kills to lead the Eagles.
FGCU was able to slowly pull away midway through the fourth game and take a 22-18 lead. USF responded with 5-1 run to even the score at 23 all. USF would then take a 27-24 lead. The Eagles scored the next three points to once again even the score. Two more USF points forced an FGCU time out at 29-27. The Eagles were able to hold off one of the game points, but USF took game four 30-28 to force the fifth game.
In game five, USF got off to an early 5-2 lead in the deciding game, but FGCU rallied to even the score six times before finally earning a 14-13 lead. Youngquist then placed a kill right down the middle to give the Eagles a 15-13 win in the fifth game.
Marcela Gurgel led the Bulls with 20 kills and added 19 digs in the match. Kristina Fabris added 16 kills and digs in the match while Stephanie Augusto led all players with 28 digs.
Youngquist recorded a match high 23 kills and added 25 digs for the Eagles. Roberta Santos added nine kills, nine digs and 39 assists. Kokanovic put down 16 kills and added 16 digs and three aces in the match.
The Eagles will be back in action again on Friday night when they host Jacksonville at Alico Arena.