FGCU Sweeps Stetson to Clinch Spot in ASUN Championship

FGCU Sweeps Stetson to Clinch Spot in ASUN Championship

FORT MYERS, Fla. (fgcuathletics.com) - FGCU Volleyball won its third straight ASUN match with a 3-0 sweep of Stetson (25-15, 25-12, 25-18) on Tuesday.

FGCU clinched a spot in the upcoming ASUN Tournament (Nov. 17-19) in Nashville, Tennessee with the win. The Eagles improved to 19-6 overall and 9-3 in the ASUN. FGCU expanded its winning streak over the Hatters out to 21 consecutive victories, now including nine straight sweeps.

The Green and Blue moved into a four-way tie for second place in the ASUN regular season conference standings on Tuesday alongside Kennesaw State, Central Arkansas and Lipscomb. The Eagles have beaten all three of the ASUN foes listed this season.

"Great match on both sides of the ball tonight," head coach Matt Botsford said. "I thought Chelsey set really well, the passers were in a nice rhythm, and our hitters were very clever with the ball. It was nice to see Destiny (Nelson) get her first collegiate match experience, along with her first career kill after what has been a long road recovering from injury. She has been working really hard and continues to develop each week."

FGCU hit a combined .410 percent for the match, outshining the Hatters in almost every facet especially in kills. The Eagles posted 30 more kills than Stetson (55-25).

Three Eagles reached double-figures in the kill category, Lily Felts (14), Erin Shomaker (14) and Lauren Clark (11). All three Eagles held a .310 or higher attacking percent for the night. Clark led the trio with a hitting .476 percent on 21 swings.

Chelsey Lockey (Eaton, Colorado) and Felts (Knoxville, Tenn.) both posted double-double efforts on Tuesday, the 11th double-double of the season for Lockey and the fourth for Felts. Lockey tallied 41 assists and added 11 digs in the defensive effort. Lockey's 41 assist night marked the 14th match of the season with 40-or-more assists to her name.

Felts scored 10 digs to go along with her team-leading 14 kills. Defensively, Dana Axner recorded a team-leading 14 digs.

Stetson jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the opening set, but FGCU awoke for a 15-3 run. Before the Hatters knew it, FGCU held a 19-10 advantage in a quick turnaround. FGCU secured the opening set 25-15.

The Green and Blue never surrendered the lead in set two as the Hatters, capping off on a 8-2 run to take a 2-0 match lead.

The third set witnessed more of an even battle as Stetson would hold a 16-15 lead late in the set. However, FGCU answered with another run, this time a 10-2 run to win 25-18 and clinch the match.

FGCU returns to Alico Arena once more this Friday and Saturday to host both Eastern Kentucky and Bellarmine. Friday's match verus Eastern Kentucky will begin at 7 p.m. while Senior Night Saturday versus Bellarmine has been moved up to a 6 p.m. official start time.

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