Florida Gulf Coast
(11-13, 7-4 A-Sun)
(10-12, 5-7 A-Sun)
10/26/2013 | Kennesaw, Ga. | Attendance: 409
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KENNESAW, Ga. – With three close sets, the FGCU women’s volleyball team dropped a hard-fought match at Kennesaw State on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles battled through each set but ultimately fell, 27-25, 25-22 and 25-23 at the KSU Convocation Center. With the loss, the Green and Blue fall to 11-13 on the season with a 7-4 Atlantic Sun mark, while the Owls improve to 10-12 and 5-7 in conference.
“It was a disappointing afternoon,” explained head coach Dave Nichols. “KSU played really aggressively. They blocked well and played well against our attack. We fell into a lapse where we made a lot of unforced errors. It seemed like every time we went to make a run, we made a mistake to stop our momentum and Kennesaw took advantage of it. It’s a disappointing loss for the team. We’ll need to regroup to play a better match against North Florida.
For the second night in a row, Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers High Schools) led the Eagle offense. Holm produced 16 kills through the three-set match with an attack percentage of .387. Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City High School) also added double-digit kills for the Green and Blue with 11 kills on the afternoon.
Defensively, Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani High School) paced FGCU with 11 digs. Barnes recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 10 in the three-set event.
In total, the Eagles maintained an attack percentage of .382, while the Owls held a percentage of .358. In addition to out-hitting the home team, the Green and Blue produced fewer errors than the Owls with just nine.
FGCU and KSU traded points early in the set before Kennesaw went ahead 10-5 on a series of kills. After an FGGU timeout, the Owls produced a 14-7 lead and maintained the seven-point advantage for several rallies. With a 19-13 lead, the Owls saw as the Eagles brought the score within two points, 20-18. FGCU fought to catch the home team and with set-point on the line produced three-consecutive points to tie the set at 24 and again at 25. The Owls used two kills from Emily Bean to seal the score at 27-25 and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Eagles and Owls again exchanged points to begin the second set and found themselves tied at five, seven and 11 points. With two kills and a FGCU error, the Owls took a brief lead at 16-13. The Eagles did not let the Owls maintain the advantage for long and fought back to tie the set at 20. The home team pulled ahead 23-21 before FGCU used its second timeout to stop the momentum. The Owls produced one point immediately out of the timeout but gave the Eagles a point on a service error to keep the set alive momentarily. A kill from KSU sealed a set-two victory, 25-22 and put the Owls ahead, 2-0 in the match.
The Owls carried the momentum into set three and took a 6-4 lead to begin the stanza. With kills from Barnes, Holm and Shelby Joslin (Alva, Fla./ Evangelical Christian High School), the Eagles tied the set at eight, nine and 10 points before the Owls reclaimed the advantage at 13-10. The Eagles responded to tie the set again at 15 and 16 and went ahead 20-18 with two attacks by Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River High School) and another by Holm. FGCU maintained the lead at 22-20 but saw as an error and two Owl kills gave the home team the advantage. After an Eagle timeout, Holm tied the set at 23 with a kill but the Eagles could not stop two Owl attacks from reclaiming the lead and taking a win, 25-23. The set-three victory gave the home team a 3-0 match win.
The 3-0 loss puts the Eagles at 1-1 on the road trip with one game remaining. The Green and Blue will take on the University of North Florida on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
2013-14 volleyball tickets are available by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. Season tickets are $35 for adults and $17 for youth (ages 3-12). Single-game tickets can also be purchased for $6 per adult and $3 for youth. Groups of 10+ can receive a discounted rate of $3 per person. FGCU students and faculty/staff are admitted for free with a valid University ID.