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Volleyball Heads to Pennsylvania for Penn State Classic
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU volleyball team heads to University Park, Pa. to participate in the Penn State Classic this weekend. The Eagles (3-6 overall) open the weekend with a matchup with Rugters at 4:30 p.m on Friday, Sept. 16. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Green and Blue face Long Island at 1 p.m. and wrap things up with four-time defending national champion and tournament host No. 5 Penn State at 7 p.m.
FGCU heads into the Penn State Classic after dropping two of three matches at the Miami (OH) Invitational last weekend, falling 3-1 to Alabama A&M and 3-2 to tourney host Miami, while defeating Radford 3-1. The Eagles have five players that have registered between 20 and 98 kills so far this season, led by freshman Jill Hopper’s (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown HS) team-leading 98. Senior Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) leads the team with 90 digs (3.91/set). Freshman Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) has run the FGCU offense, averaging 259 assists and 8.35 assists per set, respectively.
FGCU’s match vs. No. 5 Penn State will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com and live stats will be available for all matches. Live stat links for FGCU’s three matches can be found on the volleyball schedule page on FGCUAthletics.com (http://www.fgcuathletics.com/volleyball/schedule/).
RUTGERS Notes: Rutgers (6-7 overall) enters the weekend having won two of their last three matches. The Scarlet Knights defeated Howard and Lehigh last week, while falling to Princeton in four sets. Rutgers has four players with 100+ kills on the season, led by Hannah Curtis’ 135 kills. The Scarlet Knights also have three players with 110+ digs on the year and a setter, in Stephanie Zielinski, that has recorded 526 assists through 13 games.
LIU Notes: Long Island is 3-7 overall this season. The Blackbirds opened the season with four straight losses before picking up a win over East Carolina, 3-1 on Sept. 2. LIU enters the Penn State Classic riding a two match winning streak, after taking down both Lehigh and Temple 3-1. Hanna Gibeau and Annika Foit lead the Blackbirds with 156 and 130 kills, respectively.
#5 PENN STATE Notes: The Nittany Lions are now 4-3 after suffering a pair of setbacks at the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic hosted by Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. on Sept. 9-10. Penn State fell 3-1 to then No. 3 Stanford before forcing Texas to five sets in a 3-2 loss to the Longhorns. Sophomore Deja McClendon leads the team with 112 kills, while freshman setter Micha Hancock paces the offense with 242 assists (9.31 assists per set). Junior Kristin Carpenter solidifies the Penn State defense averaging 3.44 digs per set.