17 Oct Volleyball Cruises in Straight Sets Win at Stetson
DELAND, Fla. – An efficient offensive attack paved the way as the FGCU volleyball team cruised to a three-set win (25-11, 25-19, 25-20) at Stetson on Saturday night. The Eagles improve to 16-4 overall and 8-0 in ASUN play, while the Hatters fall to 9-11 overall and 4-4 in league action.
“We had a really clean start to that match with our attackers doing a nice job of making good decisions against a very strong defensive team. I liked our effort and execution on the blocking side and thought the serving complimented the front line very well,” said head coach Matt Botsford. “The offense was very efficient tonight and Chelsey [Lockey] plays a big role in that, but I was most impressed by her impact on our floor defense. Juliana and Erin were outstanding offensively and I like how they were moving the ball around – attacking different areas of the court.”
That efficiency for the Eagles was marked by just six attack errors on the night while collecting 42 kills on a .353 attack percentage. Stetson was limited to a .102 attack percentage with 33 kills and 22 errors.
Erin Shomaker led all players with 16 kills while almost posting a double-double with nine digs. She also added two aces. Juliana Lentz had nine kills, while Cortney VanLiew had six kills.
Lockey had a double-double with 28 assists and 12 digs. Dana Axner led the Eagles with 14 digs.
Stetson was led by Anabelle Standish who had nine kills and four digs and Kennedy Muldrow who posted eight kills. Nyah Molina paced the Hatters offense with 24 assists, while also adding 14 digs on the defensive side.
The efficient offense was on display early as FGCU hit .531 in the first set with 18 kills and just one error. They hit .303 in the second set which saw a two-point game late open up thanks to a pair of kills from Shomaker and Lentz giving the Eagles a 22-17 lead in a three-point run. FGCU trailed 10-8 in the third set, but a seven-point run put the Eagles in control for good as they closed out the match.
FGCU will stay on the road next weekend with an ASUN crossover weekend in Jacksonville. The Eagles will face North Alabama on Friday, October 22 before playing Central Arkansas on Saturday and Jacksonville State on Sunday. All games will be played at Jacksonville’s Swisher Gymnasium.
Most Career Kills
|1.||1,546||Cortney VanLiew (.227)||2017-present|
|2.||1,483||Amanda Carroll (.259)||2015-19|
|3.||1,173||Brooke Youngquist Sweat (.245)||2004-07|
|4.||1,132||Olivia Mesner (.331)||2011-14|
|5.||961||Jessica Barnes (.194)||2010-14|
Most Career Digs
|1.||1,965||Whitney Hendry (390 sets)||2004-07|
|2.||1,778||Dana Axner (348 sets)||2018-present|
|3.||1,687||Whitney Masters (483 sets)||2011-14|
|4.||1,652||Holly Youngquist (418 sets)||2008-11|
|5.||1,369||Brook Youngquist Sweat (346 sets)||2004-07|
Most Career Assists
|1.||4,540||Maggie Rick (467 sets)||2015-18|
|2.||4,408||Gigi Myer (474 sets)||2011-14|
|3.||3,108||Chandra Lefever (309 sets)||2006-09|
|4.||3,015||Chelsey Lockey (341 sets)||2018-present|
|5.||1,809||Laura Monovill (186 sets)||2004-05|
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Matt Botsford is in his eighth season as head coach of the FGCU women’s volleyball program in 2021 after being hired on Feb. 10, 2014. In his tenure, Botsford-led teams have compiled a 172-56 (.755) record overall, including an 88-19 (.821) record in ASUN play. Including this past year’s unprecedented spring season, he has taken the program to heights it has not seen in the Division-I era (2007-present) – registering at least 20 wins overall in five of the past six seasons and at least 10 wins in conference play every season. In 2018, he led the program to its first regular season championship since 2012 (fourth overall) and its first-ever ASUN tournament title, NCAA tournament appearance, NCAA tournament win and victory over a ranked team. His first two campaigns resulted in ASUN regular season runner-up finishes, and the following two saw the Eagles advance to the tournament championship and now the team has won three straight regular season titles, including a division title and ASUN tournament runner-up finish in the spring 2021 season. On Sept. 10, 2016, Botsford led his team to a five-set win over Indiana in Alico Arena, which signified the program’s first-ever win over a team from a Power-5 conference. In 2018, he led the team to a win over Miami (Fla.) – the program’s first-ever road Power 5 win, and the Eagles followed that up with a straight-set win over the Hurricanes at a neutral site in 2019.
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