Volleyball Set to 'Dig Pink' this Weekend
Thursday, October 14, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. - After playing 13 consecutive road matches the FGCU volleyball squad returns home to host a pair of conference contests at Alico Arena. The Eagles will host Kennesaw State (Oct. 15) for 'DIG PINK' night and Mercer (Oct. 16).

The Eagles (4-13 overall, 1-2 A-Sun) will face the Owls (10-9 overall, 3-1 A-Sun) at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Saturday evening (7 p.m.) matchup with the Bears (8-14 overall, 2-2 A-Sun).

FGCU has eight players between 45 and 105 kills so far this season, led by seniors Jacqueline Cowden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS/Temple) and Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col./Harrison HS/Western Nebraska CC), and sophomore Brittany Muse (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS). Junior Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian) leads the team with an impressive 4.32 digs per set, while 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.

All fans are encouraged to wear PINK and help the Eagles support the fight against breast cancer when the Blue and Green hosts Kennesaw State. FGCU Athletics will be selling pink t-shirts for fans to purchase at the event.

Live stats for both matches will be available on www.FGCUAthletics.com and both matches can be seen live on A-Sun.TV.

The Owls are coming off a pair of wins over Florida foes last weekend, topping Jacksonville and North Florida in a pair of A-Sun matches at the KSU Convocation Center. Alyssa Lang recorded a pair of double-doubles in the victories and also set an A-Sun Conference record for kills in a three-set conference match in the 25-point era with 21 against UNF.

The Owls are led by Sabrita Gulley’s 241 kills (3.83 per set). Gulley has also racked up 135 digs (2.14 per set) and 264 points on the season. Baylee Strachan leads the team in blocking with 41 total. Kennesaw State’s setter Sara Metroka has recorded 587 assists on the season. On the defensive side, KSU has five players with 110 or more digs, led by Lang’s 190.

FGCU holds a 5-0 lead in the series over the Owls. In the last matchup between the two squads (Nov. 6, 2009) in Kennesaw, Ga., Jelena Simic (Lazarevac, Serbia/ Kolubara Technical School/Seward County CC) had 23 kills and 19 digs and Emma Racila (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/College of Charleston) registered 14 kills, as FGCU erased a 10-8 deficit in the final set to defeat Kennesaw State 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 13-25, 25-16, 15-12)

Mercer swept a weekend set with UNF and Jacksonville at the University Center on Oct. 8-9. If the Bears can defeat Stetson on Friday night, it will mark the first time the Bears have been over .500 in conference play since the 2008 season.

Outside hitter Amiee Frutchey is approaching the 1,000 dig total for her career. Frutchey has 969 digs entering Friday’s matchup with Stetson.

Libero Charlotte Harris has racked up 377 digs in 75 sets, ranking the junior first among A-Sun players in digs per set (5.03).

As a team, the Bears have had a hitting percentage of .150 or better in 11 matches this season. Mercer is 8-3 when hitting better than .150 and 0-11 when hitting under .150.

FGCU holds a 4-1 lead in the series over the Bears. In the last matchup between the two squads (Nov. 7, 2009) in Macon, Ga., former Eagle Anna Wagner hammered down 18 kills and posted 12 digs as the Eagles fell to Mercer 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 27-25).