FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team split two matches Saturday in the Homewood Suites Fort Myers Airport Volleyball Invitational at Alico Arena.
In the morning contest, the Blue and Green fell to Florida Atlantic, 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 20-25, 26-24).
Sophomore Lindsey Childs (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation HS) and freshman Camil Dominguez (Santo Domingo, D.R./Santa Teresita) led FGCU (1-2 overall) with a pair of double-doubles. Childs registered 12 kills and 10 digs, both career-highs, while Dominguez picked up 41 assists and 21 digs.
FGCU took an 8-3 lead early in game one after a kill by senior Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich./Pinckney HS). The Owls battled back to tie the score at 15 apiece after a kill by Christina Wallinger. FAU continued their strong play and held off the Eagles to take the first set 25-22.
FAU jumped out to a 19-11 lead in game two. Senior Jacqueline Cowden (Danville, Calif./Temple) then blasted a kill to stop FAU’s 7-3 run (19-12). A pair of attack errors by the Owls brought FGCU to within five points (19-14), prompting FAU to call a timeout. A kill by Childs made the score 20-15 and a kill from Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col./Western Nebraska CC) brought the Eagles within three at 21-18. FAU continued to keep their lead and won the second game 25-20. FGCU hit just .023 in the second game compared to FAU’s .111.
Childs tallied five kills and six digs, basically dominating the third set as she led the Eagles to a 25-20 win. FGCU jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead after a service ace from senior Emma Racila (Fort Myers, Fla./College of Charleston). The Owls battled back to tie the score at eight after a kill by Dzmuranova. The Blue and Green stretched their lead again this time taking a 14-9 advantage before FAU called a timeout. Thanks in part to three kills by Childs and a pair of service aces by senior Alexa Napoleon (Naples, Fla./Jacksonville) the Eagles extended their lead to 20-13. Kills by Lyles, Brittany Muse (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS), Childs, and Cowden would allow FGCU to take the game 25-20.
Lyles had a kill that tied game four at 16 apiece. FAU went on a 6-2 run, grabbing a 22-18 lead. Despite Childs scoring three of the team’s final seven points, the Eagles would go on to lose the fourth set 26-24.
Childs led the team with 12 kills, while Lyles and Muse chipped in with ten each. Dominguez had a team-high 41 assists and Youngquist had 22 digs in the contest.
In the final game of the invitational, the Eagles used a collective team effort to sweep Houston Baptist 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-23).
FGCU (2-2 overall) trailed 16-9, but used a 12-4 run to take control of the first set (21-20). The Blue and Green would hold that lead and take game one 25-23.
The second set was played much like the first, with both squads yet again battling back-and-forth. The Eagles inevitably took the set 25-23, led by Shawver’s four kills and a .571 hitting percentage in the game.
FGCU jumped out to a 12-7 lead in the third set, never looking back. Leading a balanced attack the Eagles took the set 25-23 to win the match. Houston Baptist hit .200 for the set while FGCU hit .316.
Lyles and Cowden both had a team-high eight kills for the Blue and Green. Childs chipped in with seven kills of her own and hit .467 for the match.
Dominguez had a game-high 34 assists while Youngquist led all players with 24 digs.
FGCU will play their next 13 matches on the road. The Eagles will head to Oregon to face the No. 20 Ducks on Sept. 1, before competing in the Active Ankle Challenge at Oregon State (Sept. 10-11).
MVP - Joanne Marras Tate (FAU)
Camil Dominguez (FGCU)
Holly Youngquist (FGCU)
Anne Vaughn (FAU)
Meredith Murphy (UCF)
Kristin Fisher (UCF)
Evija Vilde (UCF)
Heather Leaverton (Houston Baptist)