FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast volleyball team will head to Nashville, Tenn. this weekend to take on Atlantic Sun Conference foes Belmont and Lipscomb in a pair of non-conference matches.
With the league approving single round-robin play for regular season matches this year, FGCU’s road matches against Belmont and Lipscomb in September will not count in conference standings. Last season A-Sun teams played a double-round robin format. In 2011 the conference will have a round robin-and-a-half with divisional play.
The Eagles (2-10 overall) will face the Bruins (6-10 overall) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a Sunday afternoon (2 p.m.) matchup with defending A-Sun Champion Lipscomb (10-5 overall).
FGCU has eight players with between 43 and 73 kills so far this season, led by seniors Jacqueline Cowden (Danville, Calif./Temple/Monte Vista HS), Caitlin Shawver (Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla./Barry/Northeast HS) and Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col./Western Nebraska CC/Harrison HS). Junior Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian) leads the team with an impressive 3.90 digs per set. Freshman Camil Dominguez (Santo Domingo, D.R./Santa Teresita), who has been named to a pair of All-Tournament teams this season, runs the FGCU offense, averaging 9.15 assists per set.
Live stats will be available for both matches on BelmontBruins.com and LipscombSports.com. Video Streaming will also be available for both matches at ASun.TV.
Saturday, September 25
FGCU at Belmont, 3 p.m.
Series Information: FGCU leads 4-1
Sunday, September 26
FGCU at Lipscomb, 2 p.m.
Series Information: Lipscomb leads 2-4
SCOUTING THE BRUINS
Belmont brings a 6-10 record into Saturday’s showdown with the Eagles at the Curb Event Center.
The Bruins were swept by Western Kentucky on Tuesday night (Sept. 21). Belmont was paced by Kayla Albritton’s 13 kills and.478 hitting percentage. Jen Myer added three service aces to lead the Bruins and Hannah Miranda finished with a team-high 32 assists.
On the year, Belmont is outhitting its opponents .220-.198, led by Albritton’s .314 hitting percentage, 214 kills, 45 total blocks, and 28 service aces. Maggie Johnson is second on the squad with 213 kills, while Tara Blood has recorded 119 kills and 54 total blocks. Miranda and Channing Salava run the Belmont offense having recorded 424 and 217 assists, respectively, this season.
SCOUTING THE BISONS
Lipscomb got off to a 9-2 start, including winning seven consecutive matches, before dropping three of their last four.
The Lady Bisons (10-5 overall) swept Austin Peay Tuesday night (Sept. 21) at the Dunn Center by a match score of 3-0. Kaycee Green posted a match-high 16 kills and a .481 hitting percentage, while Meghan Hinemeyer added 14 kills.
On the year, Lipscomb is outhitting their opposition .237-.150, led by 2009 A-Sun Player of the Year Alex Kelly who is hitting .322 with 212 kills. Green and Hinemeyer also have triple digit kills already this season, with 148 and 128, respectively. Jake Pease, a 2009 AVCA South Region Team selection, runs the Lipscomb offense and has racked up 567 so far during the 2010 campaign.