Florida Gulf Coast
(13-17, 9-8 A-Sun)
(12-18, 7-10 A-Sun)
11/15/2013 | Highland Heights, Ky | Attendance: 311
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Florida Gulf Coast
(13-18, 10-8 A-Sun)
(21-7, 15-3 A-Sun)
11/16/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 261
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s volleyball team will travel north as they look to secure a position in the Atlantic Sun Championship Tournament. The Eagles will face Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb this weekend and will need one win to clinch a spot in the postseason.
The Green and Blue will take on Northern Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 15 with a 6 p.m. match at the Bank of Kentucky Center and will travel to Nashville, Tenn. for a 2 p.m. game at Lipscomb.
The Eagles have struggled recently with five losses in their last six games. The team holds an overall record of 12-17 and an Atlantic Sun mark of 8-8.
Junior outside hitter Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City High School) has led the Eagle offense this season with 3.24 kills per set. Barnes’ offensive effort is aided by 2.97 kills per set from Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers High School) and 2.81 by Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River High School).
Holm has added 70 blocks for the Eagles and has been a strong presence in the Eagles’ success this season. Setter Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) has helped sustain the Eagles’ attack this year with 10.55 assists per set.
Defensively, Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani High School) paces the Eagles with a team-leading 432 digs on the season, while Karina Mambuca (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast High School) leads all players with 86 blocks through 29 games.
LAST TIME OUT
In their last outing, the Eagles fell behind early against Stetson and ultimately fell, 3-1, after being unable to mount a large enough comeback. The team fell in the first two sets (25-20, 25-13) but bounced back with a win in set three (25-17). The Eagles challenged the Hatters in the final stanza but could not steal the advantage. A 25-23 win in set four gave the visiting team the win.
Barnes led the Eagles offensively, with 14 kills on the day, while Holm added 11 in her final match at Alico Arena.
Defensively, three players had double-digit kills, with Masters leading the way at 17. Caroline Jordan (Orlando, Fla./William R. Boone High School) and Meyer added 14 and 12, respectively, while Meyer paced the Eagles with 44 assists on the day for her eighth double-double of the season.
SCOUTING NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Northern Kentucky enters the final week of conference action with a record of 11-18 and a conference record of 6-10. The Norse fell to league-leader ETSU, 3-1, in their last outing.
As a team, the Norse hold an average attack percentage of .198, while allowing foes to hit .241. The team ranks sixth among the A-Sun with 12.55 kills per set, one position lower than the Eagles.
Individually, NKU is led by Jayden Julian who averages 2.87 kills per set, while Jenna Ruble adds 2.56 kills per set and leads the team in blocks with 95 in 120 sets. Taylor Snyder ranks fourth among A-Sun setters with 10.52 assists per set, while libero Anna Prickel has maintains an average of 3.74 digs per stanza.
The Eagles and Norse have met just three times since NKU joined the A-Sun last season. FGCU defeated NKU 3-1 in Kentucky last season before falling 3-2 on senior day at Alico Arena. This season, the Eagles defeated the Norse, 3-1, at Alico on Oct. 19.
The Lady Bison enter the weekend having already clinched a position in the A-Sun postseason. The team holds a record of 19-7 with an A-Sun mark of 13-3.
As a team, the Bison rank second in the nation in kills per game at 15.3 and third in the nation with 14.2 assists per game, both of which are A-Sun leading marks. Lipscomb also ranks among the top in the A-Sun with an attack percentage of .273.
Setter Caitlin Dotson tops the NCAA rankings with 12.68 assists per set, while Jewell Dobson ranks ninth in the country with 4.63 kills per set. Dobson also leads the team with 73 blocks, while Lauren Ford adds to the offensive effort with 3.89 kills per set. Defensively, Bri McCombs has maintained an average of 4.26 digs per set to lead the team.
FGCU and Lipscomb have met on 13 occasions since 2007, including twice in the Atlantic Sun Championship Tournament. The Lady Bison hold the advantage with nine wins through the series, while the Eagles have earned a ‘W’ four times. The Green and Blue took two 3-0 victories last year after falling to Lipscomb in the A-Sun semifinal in 2011 and fell again to the Bison, 3-1, on Oct. 18 at Alico Arena.
Saturday’s contest will be streamed live on ESPN3.
ON THE HORIZON
With a win on the weekend, the Eagles will secure a position in the Atlantic Sun Championship Tournament. The postseason is set to begin on Thursday, Nov. 21 and continue through Saturday, Nov. 23.
2013-14 volleyball season tickets are still available by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. 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.