Eagles Sweep FIU 3-0 In Miami for Seventh Win of the Season

Eagles Sweep FIU 3-0 In Miami for Seventh Win of the Season

MIAMI (fgcuathletics.com) - FGCU Volleyball recorded its second-straight sweep with a 3-0 win at Florida International Tuesday night.

The Eagles have swept its opponents three times this season, Alabama State, Georgia Southern and now FIU. FGCU improved to 7-3 on the season, while FIU dropped to 1-9 overall.

Tuesday's win also marked the 12th straight FGCU victory over the Panthers.

"It was a great performance by our whole team from start to finish," head coach Matt Botsford said. "The consistency in each phase is something we have been talking a lot about, and I thought they managed the game extremely well with that as a priority. Lauren did an excellent job providing point scoring on the backside, and Oreva was a nice spark helping us take control of set two. Chelsey's distribution and location was really on display tonight, putting our hitters in some real good spots."

FGCU opened the first set hitting .412 percent and snatched a 25-23 set-one win. However, FIU would actually outhit the Eagles in the first at .500 percent.

The Green and Blue's defense clamped down in the remaining two sets as FIU would only muster .073 hitting percent in the third.

FGCU's net defense tallied 10 blocks on the night, the second double-digit block outing of the season. Oreva Evivie (Charlotte, N.C.) led all Eagles in blocks with five. FGCU posted a season-high of 14 blocks as a team in the season-opening win over Navy.

The Eagles kept the Panthers from grabbing their first lead of the night up until the second set, 6-5.

FIU would then hold a 10-6 advantage in the second before the Eagles knotted it 14-14. FGCU executed an 11-5 run to take the second 25-19 and 2-0 set lead.

The Green and Blue soared out to a 9-3 lead in the third looking to clinch the match. FIU pulled within two twice, 14-12 and 21-19. A late 4-0 FGCU run capped a set-three (25-19) and a match win for the Eagles.

Offensively, the three separate Eagles posted double-figures in kills for the first this season. Erin Shomaker (Granville, Ohio) led the charge with 15, while Lauren Clark Champlin, Minn) and Lily Felts (Knoxville, Tenn.) each added 10.

Place. Name (Year) FGCU Career Kills 
1. Courtney VanLiew (2017-21) 1,657
2. Amanda Carroll (2015-19) 1,483
3. Brooke Youngquist (2004-07) 1,173
4. Olivia Mesner (2011-14) 1,132
5. Erin Shomaker (2019- 1,022

Fifteen kills for Shomaker marked her fifth double-digit kill effort of the season, the fourth for Clark. Felts tied a personal season high in the kill category in a Green and Blue uniform.

Setter Chelsey Lockey (Eaton, Colo.) recorded 34 assists and libero Dana Axner (Dublin, Ohio) produced 16 digs.

Place. Name (University and Years) ASUN Career Digs
1. Shelley Walroth (Jacksonville: 2006-09) 2,456
2. Dana Axner (FGCU: 2018- 2,094
3. Ann Mullins (Lipscomb: 2005-07)  1,969
4. Nicole Baran (North Florida: 2009-12) 1,900
5. Adriana Nieto (NJIT: 2015-18) 1,878

FGCU will now turn its focus to its home opener Friday night at 7 p.m. against Buffalo as the Eagles host the Homewood Suites FGCU Invitational. The Eagles are scheduled to welcome both St. Francis (11 a.m.) and FAU (7 p.m.) on Saturday to conclude the invitational.

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