Volleyball Splits a Pair of Matches to Wrapup Florida Tournament
Saturday, August 25, 2012 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: Ron Irby
Photo Credit: Ron Irby
Florida Gulf Coast (2-0)
FIU (0-2)
8/25/2012 | Gainesville, Fla. | Attendance: 0
Florida Gulf Coast2513251815
Stats at a GlanceFGCUFIU
Hitting Pct..189.209
Total Attacks148153
Statistical LeadersFGCUFIU
KillsMESNER - 10
MUSE - 10
HOLM - 10
Prsa - 25
AssistsMEYER - 25
Egan - 49
AcesHOPPER - 3
Castro - 4
DigsHOPPER - 11
Castro - 15
BlocksMAMBUCA - 5
Smith - 5

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at the Florida Tournament with a 3-2 (25-23, 13-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-12) win over FIU and a 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-16) loss to No. 18 Florida at the O'Connell Center. The Eagles are now 2-1 on the season.

The first set of the FGCU vs. FIU (0-2) match saw eight tie scores and two lead changes, with the final tie coming at 23-23. A block from Christine Pinder (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS/Houston/Central Florida CC) and Karina Mambuca (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS/Southeastern) would bring up set point for FGCU and, following an FIU timeout, Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Marshall) came through with a kill to help the Green and Blue take set one, 25-23.

In set two, FIU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back, going on to tie the match at 1-1 by way of a 25-13 set victory. Set three saw the opposite, as FGCU shot out to an early advantage and went on for a 25-17 set win, taking a 2-1 lead for the match.

The fourth set featured six tie scores and a pair of lead changes, but after FIU took a 13-12 lead on a kill by sophomore Silvia Carli, the Panthers used a 3-0 run to push their advantage to 16-12. FGCU got to within three points at 19-16, but FIU retaliated with back-to-back points to make it 21-16. Following an Eagle timeout, the teams traded points to make the score at 22-17 and FGCU managed one more point before three-consecutive kills by Carli, Gloria Levorin and Lucia Castro gave FIU a 25-18 set victory.

With the match knotted at 2-2, the teams battled through five tie scores and two lead changes in the final frame. FGCU rattled off three-straight points to take an 11-8 lead, forcing FIU to take a timeout. The Panthers would pull within two at 12-10 before FGCU tallied three-straight points to extend its lead to 14-10 and bring up match point. A pair of Eagle errors kept FIU alive, but a kill from Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River HS) gave FGCU the 15-12 set win and a 3-2 match victory.

Pinder led the Eagles with her second consecutive double double of the season, recording 10 kills and 10 digs. Mesner, Holm and Brittany Muse (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS) each chipped in with 10 kills in the win, while Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) recorded 25 assists and seven digs.

No. 18 Florida hit .330 as a team as the Gators handed the Eagles a 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-16) loss in front of 2,825 fans in the final match of the Florida Tournament. Four Florida players registered five or more kills in the sweep.

Chloe Mann led the Gators with 16 kills, while Ziva Recek added 12 kills for UF (3-0). Taylor Brauneis ran the Florida offense and finished with 37 assists and Taylor Unroe recorded 17 digs.

FGCU fought hard the entire match but finished with a .081 hitting percentage in the match. Muse tallied a team-high six kills while Meyer had 10 assists for the Green and Blue.

Florida Gulf Coast will be back in action next weekend at Wyoming Tournament (Aug. 31-Sept 1). The tournament field includes George Washington, UMKC, Bethune-Cookman and Wyoming.

MVP: Chloe Mann, Florida
Taylor Brauneis, Florida
Ziva Recek, Florida
Maria Ceccarelli, Florida A&M
Marjia Prsa, FIU
Kaitlin Holm, Florida Gulf Coast