FORT MYERS, Fla. – Seniors Emma Racila (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/College of Charleston) and Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col./Harrison HS/Western Nebraska CC) led the team with 14 kills and 13 kills, respectively, as the FGCU volleyball squad swept Stetson, 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-19), on Saturday night.
FGCU (7-19, 3-7 A-Sun) outhit the Hatters (2-25, 0-10 A-Sun) .328-.196 and used a match-high 62 digs to frustrate the Stetson offense.
Racila blasted 14 kills and added one block and one dig. Lyles finished the match with a team-high .550 hitting percentage and two blocks to go with her 13 kills. Junior Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian) just missed the third double double of her career with 12 digs and nine kills. Seniors Alexa Napoleon (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS/Jacksonville) and Caitlin Shawver (Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla./Northeast HS/Barry) chipped in with 12 digs and 11 digs, respectively. Freshman setter Camil Dominguez (Santo Domingo, D.R./Santa Teresita) registered her team-leading ninth double double of the season with 46 assists and 10 digs.
In the opening set, the Hatters jumped out to a 16-12 lead, before the Eagles used a 5-0 run to grab a 17-16 advantage. The teams exchanged points to make the score 21-21. A kill from Racila gave the Blue and Green another lead (22-21) and forced Stetson to burn a timeout. An attack error by the Hatters and back-to-back kills from Racila and Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich/ Pinckney HS) gave the Eagles the 25-21 win in game one.
In the second set, FGCU shot out to a quick 6-0 lead and never looked back. The Eagles increased their lead to as many as 10 points before winning the game by the final margin (25-14). FGCU outhit the Hatters .432-.194 in the set.
FGCU got off to another good start in game three, as they grabbed a 17-14 lead after back-to-back kills from sophomore Brittany Muse (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS). A block assist from Lyles and Younqquist gave the Eagles an 18-14 advantage. With the Blue and Green leading 20-17, Racila and McNally combined to score four of FGCU’s final five points as the Eagles won game three 25-19 to complete the sweep of the Hatters.
Lyles finishes the season as FGCU’s leader in blocks (66), kills (205), and hitting percentage (.301). Youngquist ends the 2010 season with a team-high 389 digs and Dominguez recorded 887 assists to conclude her rookie year.