FORT MYERS, Fla., - The FGCU volleyball team knocked off Lipscomb in the Atlantic Sun Match of the Week with a 3-1 (25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-23) win. The Eagles now have sole possession of first place with a 12-6 overall mark and 11-1 A-Sun record while Lipscomb falls to 13-9 and 10-2. Both Lipscomb losses are to FGCU.
The Eagles started slow as Lipscomb got out to a 7-4 lead. A 6-1 run by FGCU that included a pair of aces by Roberta Santos and two kills from Ashley Yance put the Eagles up 10-8 and they would not trail for the rest of the first set. A 5-0 run shortly after put the Eagles up 18-11 and allow FGCU to pull out a 25-16 win in the first set.
The second set was FGCU’s best of the day as they put down 20 kills, hitting .459 in a 25-16 win in the second set. Tied at nine apiece, a 10-2 run by the Eagles that saw three kills from Ana Kokanovic put FGCU up 19-12. The Eagles would close the set with a 4-0 run off two kills by Cheyenne Jenks.
A 7-1 run by the Lady Bisons early in the third set gave Lipscomb a 11-4 lead. The Eagles would battle back behind the serving of Kokanovic, who sparked an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 18-17. After a few side-outs, a 3-0 run by the Lady Bisons gave the visitors a 24-20 lead. Lipscomb would hold on for a 25-22 win in the third set.
The Eagles jumped out to an 8-2 lead aided by a pair of kills and two blocks from Catilin Shawver. Lipscomb slowly chipped away at the lead and evened the set at 18. A 4-1 run by FGCU gave the Eagles a little breathing room. After two straight points by Lipscomb the Lady Bisons committed a service error then saw Roberta Santos pick up a block giving the Eagles three match points. Lipscomb was able to hold off two of the match points, but a service error ended the match.
“We used this weekend as our postseason, for us this year, this is as close to a postseason tournament we will get to play in this year,” said Head Coach Dave Nichols. “We can’t let up and need to keep winning in conference to stay where are.”
Alex Kelly picked up 16 kills for Lipscomb and added nine digs and six blocks in the match. Erin Pierce and Amy Trykowski each added nine kills for the Lady Bisons.
Ana Kokanovic led all players with a match-high 18 kills and 17 digs. Catilin Shawver added a career-high 16 kills in the match while hitting .355. Audrey Campbell added 12 kills while Ashley Yance picked up seven while adding four blocks.
The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday when they step ot of conference action and travel to Orlando, Fla., to face UCF for the first time in program history. The match is scheduled for a 7:00 pm start.