NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – Juliana Lentz (Miami, FL / St. Brendan HS) recorded 11 kills and nine blocks, a career-high, to lead the FGCU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-22) victory over Bellarmine at the Allen Arena as part of ASUN Divisional Crossover Weekend. The Eagles improve to 10-4 overall (2-0 ASUN), while the Knights drop to 4-9 (0-2 ASUN).
âToday was another great blocking effort from our team and overall I think defensively we did a good job,â said the head coach. Matt botsford. âThere is still a lot to clean up in the other phases of the game, but I love the way our group finishes sets and performs in endgame situations. Juliana has put her mark on this game offensively and she and Aja did a good job of controlling the front line for us. “
Lentz’s efforts at net mirrored this effort to block the team as the FGCU held an 11-1 advantage for the game. The Eagles hit 0.217 for the game, while Bellarmine was 0.026 with the Knights committing 26 errors.
The 11 kills for Lentz were the second of his career. She ended the day with just one mistake to reach 0.625 overall. His nine blocks are tied for fifth in a single three-set game in program history alongside five others, including Aja Jones who did it against Kennesaw State (4/2/21).
Erin shomaker (Granville, Ohio / Granville HS) had eight kills and 11 digs, while Cortney Van Liew (Seymour, Ind./Columbus East HS) added seven kills and eight digs. Jones counted seven kills to complete the leaders in the attack. Chelsey lockey (Eaton, Colorado / Eaton HS) led the offensive with 30 assists, while Dana axner (Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Coffman HS) posted 13 digs to rank second all-time at FGCU.
Axner now has 1,690 quarry digs that moved his past Whitney Masters who had 1,687 from 2011-14.
VanLiew now needs just nine more digs to become the third player in program history to have 1,000 career wins and digs. She now has 991 career digs to go with her program record of 1,504 career wins. Amanda Carroll and Brooke Youngquist Sweat are the only two other Eagles to have achieved the feat.
Bellarmine was led by 12 kills from Bailey Venard and five from Jayme Scott. Emily Arnold had 16 assists, while Anna Lococo had 15 digs.
In the first set, the FGCU took a quick 7-1 lead. Bellarmine managed to get two points closer towards the middle of the game, but a five-point run from the Eagles extended the lead to 18-11. FGCU has scored four of the last five points with English skylar (Naples, FL / Barron Collier HS) convert the match point.
In the second set, built a 15-9 lead midway through and maintained the lead. Three errors from Bellarmine and a kill followed by an ace from VanLiew gave the Eagles a 24-12 lead. After the Knights scored the next point, another Bellarmine error gave the FGCU the victory.
The third set turned out to be much closer than the previous two with 11 ties and six changes of lead. After Bellarmine took a 19-18 lead, the FGCU scored three straight goals from a VanLiew kill and a pair of Knights mistakes. Bellarmine then scored three straight goals to regain a 22-21 lead, but the FGCU rallied with a Shomaker victory and three consecutive Knights errors to seal the victory.
The FGCU will close the weekend Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CT) against Eastern Kentucky at Allen Arena. The Colonels beat Jacksonville on Friday before losing to Liberty on Saturday and are 4-11 overall (1-1 ASUN).
Most career killings
|1.||1,504||Cortney Van Liew (.230)||2017-present|
|2.||1,483||Amanda Carroll (.259)||2015-19|
|3.||1,173||Brooke Youngquist Sweatshirt (.245)||2004-07|
|4.||1,132||Olivia Mesner (.331)||2011-14|
|5.||961||Jessica Barnes (.194)||2010-14|
Most quarry excavations
|1.||1,965||Whitney Hendry (390 sets)||2004-07|
|2.||1,690||Dana axner (328 sets)||2018-present|
|3.||1,687||Whitney Masters (483 sets)||2011-14|
|4.||1,652||Holly Youngquist (418 sets)||2008-11|
|5.||1,369||Brook Youngquist sweatshirt (346 sets)||2004-07|
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Matt Botsford is in his eighth season as Head Coach of the FGCU Women’s Volleyball Program in 2021 after being hired on February 10, 2014. During his tenure, Botsford-led teams compiled an overall record of 167-56 (0.751), including a record 83-19 (.814) in ASUN play. Including last year’s unprecedented spring season, he took the program to heights it had never seen in the Division I era (2007-present) – recording at least 20 wins in total in five of the past six seasons and at least 10 conference wins play each season. In 2018, he led the program to his first regular season championship since 2012 (fourth overall) and his first-ever ASUN tournament title, NCAA tournament appearance, NCAA tournament win and victory. against a ranked team. His first two campaigns saw him finish second in the ASUN regular season, and the next two saw the Eagles advance to the tournament championship and now the team have won three straight regular season titles, including one. division title and a runner-up in the ASUN tournament in the spring 2021 season. On September 10, 2016, Botsford led his team to a five-set victory over Indiana at Alico Arena, which marked the program’s first-ever victory against a team at a Power-5 conference. In 2018, he led the team to a victory over Miami, Fla – the first-ever road victory in the Power 5 program, and the Eagles followed with a straight-set victory over the Hurricanes at a neutral venue in 2019.
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