@ASUNVolleyball Championship Continues Friday with Semifinal Matches

@ASUNVolleyball Championship Continues Friday with Semifinal Matches

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ATLANTA - The 2022 ASUN Conference Volleyball Championship continues on Friday in Nashville, Tenn., inside Lipscomb's Allen Arena. A matchup between #2 FGCU and #6 Kennesaw State gets the action started at 4 PM CT followed by #1 Liberty meeting tournament host #4 Lipscomb at 7 PM CT. The Championship Final takes place on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 PM CT. All of the tournament's matches are scheduled to stream live on ESPN+.

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#2 FGCU vs. #6 Kennesaw State | Friday, Nov. 18, 4 PM CT - ESPN+
Last Match: FGCU 3, Kennesaw State 1 (Oct. 29, 2022; Kennesaw, Ga.)
Last ASUN Championship Meeting: #1S FGCU 3, #2N Kennesaw State 0 (Spring 2021 Semifinals; Kennesaw, Ga.)
  
ASUN Championship Record: 17-10
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Champion
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champion (2017, 21)
- FGCU has now advanced to the semifinals in each of its 12 consecutive tournament appearances; the team has made it to the final in its last six postseasons.
- The Eagles improved to 17-10 in ASUN Championship play after defeating North Florida in the teams' fourth postseason matchup.
- FGCU's Dana Axner recorded five digs in the quarterfinal match against UNF and is now 19 away from becoming the league's all-time career leader in the category.
- Friday's contest marks the third semifinal matchup between FGCU and Kennesaw State; the Eagles swept the last meeting and are 3-3 in the postseason against the Owls.

ASUN Championship Record: 10-9
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Semifinals
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champion (2017, 19)
- Thursday's win against Jacksonville State improved Kennesaw State's record in the ASUN Championship to 10-9 as the Owls return to the semifinal round after losing in last season's quarterfinals.
- KSU avenged a five-set loss to JSU in the 2021 Championship; the teams are now 1-1 when facing off in the conference postseason.
- Freshman of the Year Manu Johnsen ended the match on Thursday with a 24-kill, 11-dig double-double along with three total blocks and two service aces.
- The Owls prepare to face FGCU for the third time in the semifinals; the teams previously met in the championship final four years in-a-row (2016-19).

#1 Liberty vs. #4 Lipscomb | Friday, Nov. 18, 7 PM CT - ESPN+

Last Match: Liberty 3, Lipscomb 0 (Oct. 30, 2022; Lynchburg, Va.)
First ASUN Championship Meeting
  
ASUN Championship Record: 3-4
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Quarterfinals
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Semifinals (2018-19)
- For the third time since joining the conference, Liberty is competing in the ASUN Championship Semifinals (2018, 19).
- The Flames improved to 3-4 in ASUN Championship play after defeating Stetson for the second time in the teams' two postseason meetings.
- ASUN Setter of the Year Delaney Dilfer ended the match with 58 assists for Liberty and now has a total of 1,238 this season which ranks sixth in the NCAA.
- After sweeping the Bisons earlier this season, the Flames prepare to battle Lipscomb for the first time in the ASUN Championship.
ASUN Championship Record: 26-10
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Quarterfinals
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champion (2007, 09-11, 15-16, S21)
- Thursday's win against Central Arkansas set up the 17th appearance in the ASUN Championship Semifinals for Lipscomb in 18 consecutive trips to the postseason.
- The Bisons improved to 26-10 in the ASUN postseason after defeating the Sugar Bears, three victories shy of Stetson for the most all-time by any program.
- Lipscomb is now one step closer to hoisting the league trophy on its home floor for the fourth time (2011, 15, 16).
- Standing between the Bisons and another championship final appearance is a match with top-seeded Liberty; Lipscomb is 6-2 all-time against the Flames.

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The ASUN, a Division I conference member of the NCAA, boasts a membership of institutions that share visionary leadership, bold ambition and creative innovation. As a nimble adaptive conference, unafraid to blaze a national pathway for better service to our student-athletes, teams, and institutions, the ASUN has a proud history of firsts, national academic and athletic achievements and a conference culture that walks the walk with its four ASUN Beams. Students First! Rise. Connect. Impact. #ASUNBuilt by Austin Peay (Clarksville, Tenn.), Bellarmine (Louisville, Ky.), Central Arkansas (Conway, Ark.), Eastern Kentucky (Richmond, Ky.), FGCU (Fort Myers, Fla.), Jacksonville (Fla.), Jacksonville State (Jacksonville, Ala.), Kennesaw State (Ga.), Liberty (Lynchburg, Va.), Lipscomb (Nashville, Tenn.), North Alabama (Florence, Ala.), North Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.), Queens (Charlotte, N.C.) and Stetson (DeLand, Fla.).

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