BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Senior Jacqueline Cowden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS/ Temple) and sophomore Brittany Muse (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS) picked up six kills each and junior Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian) racked up a season-high 26 digs as the FGCU volleyball team dropped an A-Sun match at Campbell, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-17) on Friday night.
With the loss the Eagles fall to 4-13 overall (1-2 A-Sun), while the Camels improve to 7-12 (2-1) on the season.
Youngquist’s 26 digs were a season and game-high. Cowden and Muse both finished with a team-high six kills. Senior Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich./Pinckney HS) racked up five kills, while senior Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col./Harrison HS Western Nebraska CC) chipped in with four kills and three block assists. Freshman setter Camil Dominguez (Santo Domingo, D.R./Santa Teresita) registered 23 assists and eight digs.
After the teams battled to a 7-7 tie to start game one, the Camels went on to outscore the Eagles 9-6 to grab a 16-13 lead and force FGCU to call a timeout. The Blue and Green would go on to win five of the next nine points (20-18) off of a service ace from Muse and kills from Cowden, Lyles and McNally. CU responded to the FGCU pressure by using a 5-1 run to close out game one, 25-19.
In game two, CU jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead. The Eagles cut the Campbell lead to two points after a CU attack error and a pair of Cowden kills made it 11-9 in favor of the home team. The squads would battle back-and-forth, but with the Camels leading 21-16 the Blue and Green employed a 5-0 run to even the score at 21-21. The FGCU run was highlighted by kills from Cowden, Muse and senior Caitlin Shawver (Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla./Northeast HS/Barry). Campbell once again responded to the FGCU pressure and used a 4-1 run to win the second set, 25-22, and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
The Eagles grabbed a slim 11-10 lead in game three after freshman Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City HS) blasted a kill. Campbell then used a 10-1 run to grab a 20-12 lead and would hold off the Blue and Green to win game three, 25-17, to secure their second conference victory of the season.
The Eagles will be back in action at home next weekend after playing 13 consecutive road matches when they host Kennesaw State (Oct. 15) for ‘Dig Pink’ night beginning at 6 p.m. The matchup with the Owls will be the Blue and Green’s first home contest since August 28 when they defeated Houston Baptist, 3-0, in the final match of the FGCU Homewood Suites Fort Myers Airport Volleyball Invitational at Alico Arena.
FGCU will close out the weekend by hosting the Bears of Mercer on Saturday Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.