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Hopper's Freshman of the Year Honor Highlights Volleyball's Postseason Honors
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After securing the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, the FGCU volleyball team (17-12, 10-3 A-Sun) landed three student-athletes on the All-Conference teams, announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Highlighting the postseason accolades, freshman Jill Hopper (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown HS) was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year. The Green and Blue landed two players on the All-Conference second team and All-Freshmen squad, and one student-athlete on the inaugural Academic All-Conference team.
In her first year on campus, Hopper has been a dominant force on the court, being named the top freshman in the league while picking up an All-Conference second team selection and a unanimous All-Freshmen nod. Hopper leads the team in points (434.0), kills (358) and service aces (46). The Muncie, Ind. native, who has recorded seven double-doubles this season, ranks fifth in the conference and first among A-Sun freshmen in kills.
Senior Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) joined Hopper on the All-Conference second team. Youngquist, the 2011 A-Sun Preseason Libero of the Year and three-time A-Sun All-Academic honoree, is currently in fifth place in the A-Sun Conference record books with 1,620 career digs. The Estero, Fla. product, who earned second team honors in 2010, leads FGCU in digs (434; 4.13 per set), while ranking third in assists and fifth in service aces. Earning a 3.79 cumulative GPA in resort and hospitality management, the libero is the lone Eagle on the A-Sun’s first All-Academic team.
Freshman setter Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) joined Hopper on the league’s All-Freshmen team. Meyer, who ranks fifth on the team in digs (187), leads FGCU and sits fourth in the A-Sun in total assists (989). The Gainesville, Fla. native has recorded seven double-doubles and registered double digit assists in 27 of 29 matches, including a career-high 61 vs. ETSU (Oct. 15).
Making the program’s second-ever appearance, the Green and Blue will continue into the postseason as the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament No. 3 seed. FGCU plays No. 6 seed North Florida (14-16, 5-8 A-Sun) at 6 p.m. ET Thursday at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. FGCU is 2-0 against North Florida this season.
The winner of the FGCU/UNF matchup will face No. 2 Lipscomb at 6 p.m. ET Friday night. The A-Sun final is Saturday at 4 p.m. ET at Allen Arena, with an automatic NCAA berth awaiting the champion.
Live stats for the tournament will be available at Lipscombsports.com and live video via ASun.TV will be available for free for every match.
Co-Players of the Year: Maggie Johnson, Belmont and Katie Rose, Lipscomb
Libero of the Year: Jamie Lundstrom, Belmont
Freshman of the Year: Jill Hopper, FGCU
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Maggie Johnson, Belmont
Coach of the Year: Deane Webb, Belmont
All-Atlantic Sun First Team
*Maggie Johnson, Belmont
*Katie Rose, Lipscomb
*Alyssa Lang, Kennesaw State
Megan Devine, ETSU
Hannah Miranda, Belmont
Kaycee Green, Lipscomb
Jamie Lundstrom, Belmont
* - Denotes an unanimous selection
All-Atlantic Sun Second Team
Jill Hopper, FGCU
Paige Pridgeon, North Florida
Morgan Thomas, USC Upstate
Jamie Stancliff, ETSU
Justine Young, Kennesaw State
Jen Myer, Belmont
Holly Youngquist, FGCU
All-Atlantic Sun Freshman Team
*Jill Hopper, FGCU
*Lauren Ford, Lipscomb
*Jewell Dobson, Lipscomb
Gigi Meyer, FGCU
Meredith Hardy, ETSU
Scarlet Gable, Belmont
Casey Giovanazzi, North Florida
Academic All-Atlantic Sun Conference Team
Maggie Johnson, Belmont
Holly Youngquist, FGCU
Kendall Courtney, Jacksonville
Kathryn Kane, Jacksonville
Sara Metroka, Kennesaw State
Katie Rose, Lipscomb
Caitlin Dotson, Lipscomb
Nicole Baran, North Florida
Kelsie Queen, USC Upstate
** - A tie in voting resulted in a nine-person team