FORT MYERS, Fla., - The FGCU volleyball team ran its home winning streak to 28 straight matches with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-15) sweep of USC Upstate on Friday night. The Eagles improve to 6-5 overall and 5-0 in the Atlantic Sun while USC Upstate falls to 4-10 and 1-5.
“Overall, I was pleased with how we played, but there were times when we were sloppy tonight,” said Head Coach Dave Nichols. “We spread the ball around well and hit for a very high percentage and got all of our hitters involved in the match.”
Ana Kokanovic picked up 12 kills while hitting .385 in the match and Cheyenne Jenks added 10 kills with a .471 percentage. Holly Youngquist added 11 digs while Roberta Santos had 33 assists, three blocks and a pair of aces in the match. The Eagles hit .451 as a team, as they put down 45 kills in the match.
FGCU got off to a 6-2 lead early in set one as Kokanovic picked up two of her match-high 12 kills. The Spartans were able to rally and take a 9-8 lead, but FGCU answered with a 4-1 run to regain the lead. The Eagles hit .481 with 15 kills in the game.
In the second set, FGCU used a 7-2 midway through to take a 14-10 lead. Santos served up both of her aces to give the Eagles a 18-13 lead and FGCU put the game away with a 7-1 run. Jenks had four kills in the run as FGCU picked up a 25-17 win in the set.
The Spartans took an early 5-0 lead, but an impressive 15-2 run by the Eagles put the final set out of reach for the visitors. FGCU forced seven hitting errors including three blocks to go up 15-7. The Eagles would lead by as many as 11, taking the third set 25-15.
Sandra Campbell and Morgan Thomas led the Spartans with six kills apiece. Holly Mauldin had 20 assists for Upstate. FGCU held the Spartans to a .133 percentage in the match.
The Eagles will host ETSU (5-8, 2-4 A-Sun), a 3-1 winner at Stetson tonight, tomorrow at 3:00 pm in Alico Arena.