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FGCU volleyball team tops USC Upstate

November 10, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The FGCU volleyball team (19-8, 9-3 ASUN) had four players record double-doubles en route to a 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18 win over USC Upstate (8-18, 4-8 ASUN) on the road Sunday.

The stat-stuffed match saw Snowy Burnam, Cortney VanLiew and Amanda Carroll each produce double-doubles in kills and digs, while Maggie Rick had the fourth in assists and digs. Courtney Stephens added a career-high in digs, and Rick totaled a season-high in assists and digs.

Burnam recorded season-highs in kills (17) and digs (17) while hitting .378 and tallying one solo block. It was the fifth straight match with double-digit kills for the freshman, and it was her second double-double of the season. On top of that, her four highest dig outputs of the season have occurred over the past four matches.

VanLiew tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 14 kills, 12 digs and one block assist. It was her ninth match this year with at least 10 digs, and three of those have come in the past four outings. She also has at least 10 kills in 18 of 27 matches and sits just 15 kills away from the 300 plateau.

Carroll didn't enter today's match until the second set, but still produced her fourth straight double-double with 10 kills, 13 digs, three block assists and two assists.

Rick finished with season-highs in assists (60) and digs (13) while adding two kills. It was her fourth career match with at least 60 helpers and seven shy of her career-high of 67 set on Sept. 25, 2015 against Georgia Southern. The dig total fell just one shy of her career-high, and her double-double was the first of the season and ninth of her career. Additionally, she now has five straight matches with at least 40 assists.

FGCU will conclude its regular season this weekend at home against Lipscomb today and Kennesaw State on Saturday. Both matches are at 7 p.m.

Lipscomb 2, FGCU 1: The FGCU men's soccer team (8-6-3) had its season come to an end on Sunday afternoon in the ASUN Championship semifinals as the 2nd-seeded Eagles fell at home, 2-1, to 6th-seeded Lipscomb (10-7-2).

Dennis Zapata scored FGCU's lone goal off assists from Shak Adams and Chris Clement in the 29th minute to tie the game at 1-1, but the Bisons advanced to the ASUN Championship Final thanks to a header from Logan Paynter in the 71st minute.

Lipscomb moves on to face 5th-seeded Jacksonville (6-9-1) on Saturday on the Dolphins' home pitch as the two lowest-seeded teams are the final two teams remaining in the ASUN Tournament.

FGCU, meanwhile, wrapped up its ninth-straight winning season after sub-.500 years in the program's first two campaigns in 2007 and 2008.

The match also brought to an end of the collegiate careers of eight FGCU seniors.

Florida 173, FGCU 125: After winning its first three meets of the season, the FGCU swimming and diving team dropped its first meet of the year to #15 Florida on Saturday, 173-125.

Despite the loss, the Eagles had strong individual performances with 32 season-best times, highlighted by Gracie Redding, Rebecca Moynihan and Cassidy Fry, who were all winners in their races.

Competing in the diving competition for the first time this year, the Eagles took home 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 3-meter board, and were victorious courtesy of Melissa Novak in the 1-meter dive by over 40 points.

Despite losing the first six of events of the day, the relay team of Doris Eichhorn, Sommer Harris, Fry and Redding raced for their best time of the season at 1:44.02 to finish in 2nd place. Petra Halmai, Elizabeth White, Kiley Eble and Moynihan fished a little over two seconds behind at 1:46.18.

Eichhorn finished in 3rd in the 100-yard backstroke in the third event, but matched her season-best time of 56:33 to earn three points for the Green and Blue.

The first win of the day came from Redding in the 50-yard backstroke at 34:48, narrowly edging Emma Ball from UF and Moynihan, who finished 3rd.

Moynihan, though, would win her first event of the day by coming in 1st in the 100 free, with Ball sandwiched between Moynihan and Redding.

The highlight of the day from the Eagles came in the 100-yard butterfly with FGCU taking the top 3 spots with Fry winning the event at 55.32. Elmgreen and Eble finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Novak followed that up with her diving win with a total of 290.55 points. FGCU also earned points from Stevie Meyerson (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern HS) and Margot Kessler (Boca Raton Fla./Boca Raton Community HS) in their return back to the pool after not competing vs. Rutgers or North Florida/Campbell.

The Eagles will next be in action in a three=day event in the Ohio State Invitational Nov. 17-19.

FGCU Men's tennis: The FGCU men's tennis team continued its strong performances at the Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic over the weekend. FGCU finished with four singles victories and an appearance in the doubles semifinals.

Oliver Landert and Mateo Ruiz picked up two wins in doubles to advance to the semifinals before falling to Florida. In singles, Landert, Ruiz, Ezequiel Cerrini and Javier Fernandez all picked up first round singles wins but suffered defeats in the second round.

The Eagles concluded the fall Sunday afternoon in Lakewood Ranch and turned their attention to the spring season.



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