Eagles Dominate Stetson as Felts Breaks Three-Set Match Kill Record

Eagles Dominate Stetson as Felts Breaks Three-Set Match Kill Record

DELAND, Fla. (fgcuathletics.com) - FGCU dominates Stetson (29-27, 25-12, 25-10) Wednesday as Lily Felts broke the three-set match kill record.

With the ninth sweep of the season, the Eagles improved to 15-5 and 5-2 in the ASUN. Stetson fell to 12-7 and 3-4 in league play in the loss. FGCU also extended its current win streak over the Hatters out to 20 consecutive victories.

At 5-2 in the conference, FGCU is now fifth overall in the regular-season standings and one win back of 6-2 and tied-for-second Jacksonville State, Central Arkansas, Liberty and Lipscomb. Kennesaw State sits alone atop the ASUN at 14-4 and 7-1.

"I'm so proud of the team's response after we got down big in set one," head coach Matt Botsford said. "We challenged them to dig deeper and to play the style of volleyball we know we are capable of, and they turned things around decisively. Julianna and Rylen did a great job contributing to that momentum shift. Lily's performance was as good as I have seen during my time here, and she just keeps getting better week to week. Overall, our blocking and serving showed a lot of progress and that allowed Dana to make some great plays in the back row."

Felts continued to outdo herself of late by firing a career-high 27 kills to break the FGCU 3-set match kill record and the attacking percentage record. The Knoxville native hit .756 on the night with only one error. Felts' previous career high was 25 kills, which was set last Friday at Central Arkansas.

The Green and Blue started slow, trailing the Hatters 23-15 late in the opening set before FGCU used a 8-0 run to tie the first. Despite facing an extended four set points,  FGCU pulled out a 29-27 set-one win to complete the opening comeback.

The Eagles never looked back, outscoring the Hatters 64-26 the rest of the way. FGCU won sets two and three convincingly, 25-12 and 25-10.

Offensively, FGCU hit .630 in the second and a collective .304 percent for the match. Defensively, the Eagles held the Hatters to a flat .000 attacking percentage.

With seven kills on the night, Erin Shomaker (Granville, Ohio) moved into third all-time in program history for career kills (1,168) at FGCU.

Dana Axner (Dublin, Ohio) posted a team-leading 25 digs. Her 25-digs on the night marked the fifth-most for a three-set match in FGCU DI history. 

Emma Szypszak (Mequon, Wis.) tallied a team-leading six blocks up at the net. Setter Chelsey Lockey produced 38 assists, adding three blocks to move the Eaton, Colorado native into fifth all-time in career block assists (197). Only four Eagles have ever reached the 200 career block assist threshold.

Juliana Lentz (Miami, Fla.) returned to action Wednesday night after missing six matches due to an injury.

FGCU returns to Alico Arena this Friday and Saturday to host Queens University of Charlotte and Liberty. Both first serves are slated for a 6 p.m. start.

The Eagles hold the nation's longest active home match win streak with 21 consecutive home victories. Eagle Famliy, we need you to help continue to protect The Nest. Students, faculty and staff receive free admission with a valid Eagle I.D.

Friday's theme against Queens is a Pink Out. Donations will be accepted for gift card raffles as proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Saturday's battle versus Liberty will be the Title IX/Women In Sports Night with special guest appearance by former Eagle Brooke Sweat.

Ninth-year coach Botsford is one win away from recording his 200th career win at FGCU.

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