CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team dropped two matches Saturday in the Active Ankle Challenge at Gill Coliseum.
In the morning contest, the Blue and Green (2-5 overall) fell to No.19 Michigan (4-1 overall), 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-17).
The Wolverines recorded up 44 kills on 81 attempts while limiting the Eagles to a .013 attack percentage. Alex Hunt led the Wolverine attack with 11 kills, five service aces and two blocks, while Lexi Zimmerman had 32 assists to go along with eight digs and five blocks in the three-set win.
Sophomore Lindsey Childs (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation HS) registered a team-high five kills.
The Maize and Blue jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, keeping a lead of at least four points throughout in the opening set. Michigan hit .526 in the first frame, committing only two attack errors, with FGCU hitting only .077.
In the second set, FGCU struggled and Michigan never trailed en route to a 25-13 victory.
The Eagles took their first lead of the match in the third set, before Michigan went on a five-point spurt to take a 10-7 lead and force a FGCU timeout. U-M did not look back after regaining the lead, eventually winning 25-17 to take the match.
In their final game of the Active Ankle Challenge on the campus of Oregon State, the Eagles (2-6 overall) fell to UNLV (2-4 overall) by a 3-2 margin (25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 21-25, 13-15).
FGCU dropped the match despite out-hitting UNLV .144 to .178. Both teams racked up 57 kills apiece, and UNLV stayed within the .050 to .185 range in hitting efficiency through all five sets, while FGCU topped out a .256 hitting percentage before hitting.000 in the fifth and final game.
The match featured a total of 35 ties and 14 lead changes, with 33 ties and 12 lead changes occurring during the first three sets.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the fifth before the Rebels put a point on the scoreboard. FGCU held an 11-6 lead after back-to-back kills from Emma Racila (Fort Myers, Fla./College of Charleston/Bishop Verot). UNLV went on to win eight of the final 11 points down the stretch for the decisive set win.
Amanda Alles paced the Rebel offense with a team-high 42 assists and 13 digs. She added four kills and three blocks (two solo) to her stat line. Sara Nehf was the main offensive threat for UNLV, as she picked up a match-high 21 kills.
FGCU was led by double-doubles from Camil Dominguez (Santo Domingo, D.R./Santa Teresita) (48 assists and 14 digs) and Childs (10 kills and 11 digs). Jacqueline Cowden (Danville, Calif./Temple/Monte Vista HS) led the Eagles with 14 kills and also added six blocks (two solo). Racila chipped in with 10 kills and Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col./Western Nebraska CC/Harrison HS) added eight kills and six blocks. Caitlin Shawver (Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla./Barry/Northeast HS) recorded eight kills and 11 digs.
The Eagles will now head to Athens, Ga. next weekend for the Bulldog Invitational. FGCU will play Georgia Tech at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10 and then Georgia (12:30 p.m.) and No. 9 Washington (4:30 p.m.) the following day.
Active Ankle Challene Attendance:
Saturday Afternoon: 251
Saturday Evening: 327
MVP – Lexi Zimmerman, Michigan
Alex Hunt, Michigan
Jill Sawatzky, Oregon State
Megan McBride, Oregon State
Camil Dominguez, Florida Gulf Coast
Sara Nehf, UNLV
1. Michigan (3-0)
2. Oregon State (2-1)
3. UNLV (1-2)
4. Florida Gulf Coast (0-3)