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FGCU earns spot in A-Sun volleyball tournament

October 23, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

JACKSONVILLE The first place Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team won its 13th consecutive match (12th straight Atlantic Sun Conference match) on Tuesday night, picking up a 3-1 (29-27, 25-16, 19-25, 25-18) win over UNF to become the first squad to secure a spot in the 2012 A-Sun Conference Tournament.

The Eagles, who have only lost eight sets in conference play this season, improved to 17-7 overall (12-0 A-Sun), while the Ospreys fell to 14-11 overall (5-7 A-Sun).

Sophomore Jill Hopper blasted a match-high 20 kills and racked up nine digs to lead the Eagles. Junior Christine Pinder recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs. Junior Kaitlin Holm and senior Brittany Muse chipped in with nine kills each. Sophomore Whitney Masters racked up a match-high 26 digs, while sophomore Gigi Meyer and junior Courtney Greenberg each registered double-doubles and finished with 42 assists and 28 digs combined.

Trailing by four points midway through the first set, the Ospreys used a 5-0 run to take an 18-17 lead. The two teams battled back-and-forth for the remaining points. Facing set point, UNF's Dagnija Medina tied the set at 27-27, but Hopper made back-to-back kills to give the Eagles the set, 29-27.

In the second set, FGCU held UNF to a .121 hitting percentage en route to a 25-16 win that gave the Green and Blue a 2-0 lead in the match.

Thanks to a .311 hitting percentage in the third set, the Ospreys rebounded and avoided being swept. Leading by one point, UNF used a 5-0 run to take a 23-17 advantage. North Florida went on to take the set 25-19 after an Eagle service error.

The Green and Blue jumped on UNF early in the fourth set and never looked back as they went on to win the game 25-18 and the match 3-1.

The Eagles return to the court this weekend when they host the Hatters of Stetson at Alico Arena on Saturday, Oct. 27. First serve is set for 4 p.m.



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