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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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the final match of the regular season, the FGCU women’s volleyball team fell to Lipscomb, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena. The Lady Bison attack was too much for the Eagles early on, as FGCU fell in the first two sets (25-20, 25-13). The Eagles ultimately fell 3-0 with a 25-19 loss in set three. With the loss, the Eagles conclude the season with a record of 13-18 including a 9-9 Atlantic Sun record, while the Bison finish the season at 21-7 and 15-3 in conference play.
Both teams will continue action next weekend in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
“This afternoon we came out and played really well for the first part of set one, matching up point-by-point and having really good energy and focus,” said head coach Dave Nichols. ”We gave up a couple of loose points and we got frustrated. After that it was like the wheels fell off and we started making mistakes. We played tight and it was a frustrating way to end the season. Of course we’re going to go back to work Monday to try to keep improving. We’ll get back to work and look forward to playing Stetson.”
Offensively, Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City High School) led the Eagles with nine kills through three sets, while senior Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers High School) added eight attacks on the day. Setter Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz High School) aided the Eagles offensive effort with 26 assists.
Defensively, senior Karina Mambuca (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast High School) led the team at 11 digs with libero Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani High School) adding 10. Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River High School) led the Eagles’ blocking effort with two solo blocks and one block assist in the match.
As a team, the Eagles recorded an attack percentage of just .165, while allowing the home team to hit .348. The Bison saw three players with double-digit kills.
After a long rally to start the match, Lipscomb earned the first point on a block. The Eagles and Bison traded points to continue the set and tied the bout at 10 on an Eagle kill from Mambuca. The teams again traded points and tied the set at 14 and 15, but a four-point run for the home team gave Lipscomb a 19-15 advantage. Lipscomb maintained the slight advantage and used a series of kills to finish the set with a 25-20 lead and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Bison attack enabled the home team to take a 10-5 lead to begin the second set. After an FGCU timeout, the Eagles attempted to respond but saw as the home team took a 10-point lead at 20-10 on a series of kills and a service ace. The Eagles used a kill from Mesner to stop the Bison from extending the lead at 23-13 but FGCU could not cut the deficit. The home team used an Eagle error and one final kill to take a 25-13 win in the second set and move ahead 2-0 in the match.
The Bison carried the momentum from the first two sets into the final stanza and began the set with a six-point rally. After a timeout from Nichols, the Bison increased their lead to 7-0 before a Bison error gave the Eagles their first point of the set. The home team took a 13-3 lead and never looked back as the advantage was enough to maintain control of the set. The Eagles challenged the Bison with the match on the line, but could never cut the deficit. Lipscomb attempted to reclaim a double-digit lead but the Eagles fought for a four-point rally late in the set to force a Lipscomb timeout. The Eagles scored the first point out of the timeout to cut the lead to 22-17 but saw as the comeback fell short and Lipscomb ultimately took the final set, 25-19.
The Green and Blue will travel to Kennesaw, Ga. next week for the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The Eagles will take on in-state rival Stetson University in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. The tournament will continue on Friday, Nov. 22 with the championship match slated for Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 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.