FORT MYERS, Fla., - The FGCU volleyball team picked up another home win with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 26-24) win over Jacksonville in the Atlantic Sun Match of the Week. With the 30th straight win, the Eagles improve to 9-6 overall and 8-1 in the Atlantic Sun while Jacksonville falls to 10-6 and 6-3.
The Eagles opened a 6-2 advantage early in game one, picking up three kills from Ana Kokanovic. The Dolphins went on a 4-0 run and eventually took a 9-8 lead and upped their advantage to 13-11 on a kill from Brittany Lehman. A 6-1 FGCU run put the Eagles up 19-15 and later a 3-0 run put the set out of reach as FGCU took the first set 25-19.
FGCU got off to a 5-2 lead with Audrey Campbell picking up three kills in the opening moments of the set. Again, the Dolphins would rally to take a brief lead at 10-9 before a 4-0 FGCU run swung the lead back in FGCU’s favor at 13-10. JU would tie the set a 20 apiece and FGCU then outscored the Dolphins 5-1 to win 25-21.
The third set was back and forth early on until FGCU was able to open up a 17-14 lead. An 8-2 run by the Dolphins that was aided by five Eagle errors gave the visitors a 21-19 lead. JU would push their lead to 23-20 prompting a FGCU timeout. A 3-0 run by the Eagles evened the set, but a kill by Sara Bendorf gave the Dolphins a set point. Consecutive kills by Kokanovic gave FGCU a set point and forced a JU timeout. Out of the break, Audrey Campbell ended the match with a kill and a 26-24 win in the third set.
“We are getting close to where I want us to be,” said Head Coach Dave Nichols. “We are a very good side-out team right now. I am very proud of the way our team plays the big points and that is something we emphasize in practice.”
The Eagles were able to hold Sara Bendorf, the league leader in kills, to eight in the match. Abby Gruenbacher and Aiden Yeager added seven apiece. The Eagles held JU to a .177 hitting percentage in the match.
Ana Kokanovic and Audrey Campbell each picked up 11 kills in the match. Kokanovic tallied a match-high 15 digs while Campbell hit .526 in the match. Catilin Shawver added 10 kills while hitting .474 for the Eagles.
The win pushed the Eagles winning streak at home to 30 matches, and gives them a 38-1 record all time in Alico Arena.
FGCU hosts UNF tomorrow at 5:00 pm. The Ospreys improved to 8-7 overall and 6-3 in the A-Sun with a sweep of Stetson.