ATHENS, Ga. – Senior Jacqueline Cowden (Danville, Calif./Temple/Monte Vista HS) and freshman Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City HS) both recorded a team-high eight kills as the FGCU Volleyball squad (2-7 overall) was swept by Georgia Tech (4-3 overall) (25-14, 25-9, 25-16) on Friday afternoon in the their first match of the Bulldog Invitational.
The Yellow Jackets committed just one attacking error and doubled the Eagles in points, 64.0-32.0. GT hit .526 while holding FGCU to a .228 clip. Bailey Hunter led the Ramblin’ Wreck’s scoring attack with 14 kills and hit .538. Mary Ashley Tippins dished out 37assists, while senior Jordan McCullers had 14 digs.
Cowden and Barnes’ eight kills paced the Eagles' offense. Cowden also finished the match with a game-high .667 hitting percentage. Freshman Camil Dominguez (Santo Domingo, D.R./Santa Teresita) recorded 24 assists.
Georgia Tech hit .621 in the first set to pick up a 25-14 win. GT shot out to a 6-2 lead and never looked back as the Eagles were unable to cut their deficit below four points. Leading FGCU 14-9 the Yellow Jackets used an 8-1 run to put the set away.
In the second set, Georgia Tech used an 11-2 run to take a 15-4 lead forcing the Blue and Green to burn a timeout. The Eagles scratched and clawed but were never able to get back in the game as the Jackets went on to win 25-9.
The third set was played a lot closer as Cowden scored six of FGCU’s first 10 points (14-10). Holding a slim 14-12 lead over the Eagles, Georgia Tech went on an 11-4 run to win 25-16 and sweep the match.
The Eagles will continue play in the Bulldog Invitational with two more matches tomorrow. FGCU will take on Georgia at 12:30 p.m. and then No. 9 Washington at 4:30 p.m. Live stats for both matches will be available online at www.GeorgiaDogs.com.