ORLANDO, Florida – Despite a better career performance of 16 kills of Lauren Clark (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park HS / Penn State), the FGCU volleyball team lost 3-0 (20-25, 19-25, 16-25) to Florida State on Saturday night to close the UCF Invitational. The Eagles fell to 7-2 that year, while the Seminoles improved to 6-2 on aggregate.
“Difficult night and very reminiscent of the UCF game from our first touch. I thought we were defending and blocking at a high enough level, but the withdrawal phase was dictated by our inability to pass steadily,” said the head coach. Matt botsford. “The good thing is we know we can perform this skill at a much higher level, like we did against Georgia, but we have to work hard over the next few days and weeks to clean that up.”
The Greens and Blues only reached 0.133 for the match and made 23 errors compared to FSU who hit 0.238 while committing 12 attacking errors. The Noles also held a 9-1 advantage in serving aces.
Clark finished the night with .379 to lead the Eagles. Erin shomaker (Granville, Ohio / Granville HS) added six wins, while Juliana Lentz (Miami, FL / St. Brendan HS) and English skylar (Naples, Florida / Barron Collier HS) each had five. Chelsey lockey (Eaton, Colorado / Eaton HS) had 33 assists and eight recoveries, while Dana axner (Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Coffman HS) led all players with 19 digs.
FSU was led by 12 kills from Emma Clothier who also clocked a four-block record. Morgan Chacon and Audrey Koenig both had seven kills, with Chacon adding nine digs.
The first set saw the two teams trade points and points early with a Shomaker kill tying the game at 7-7. The Noles responded with five consecutive points to go up 12-7 and were ultimately able to extend to a seven-point lead, 21-14. A Clark kill and two FSU errors brought the FGCU down to less than four, 21-17, but the Eagles couldn’t come close as the Seminoles claimed a 25-20 victory.
The second set also saw the two teams fight and trade points for much of the game. A kill from the Englishman followed by an ace from Lockey tied the set at 18-18. FSU responded with a six-point run to gain control. A kill by Aja Jones (Venice, Florida / Venice HS) brought the Eagles down to under five, but the Noles won the set on the serve that followed.
A three-run streak in the third set ultimately made the difference as the teams played tied to start again. FSU had a kill by Koenig followed by two FGCU errors to get an 11-8 cushion. The Eagles managed to recover a point, but FSU added three more consecutive points to increase their lead to 16-11. After back-to-back wins for Lentz and England, a five-point FSU streak finally decided the game as the Seminoles managed to fend off the Eagles for a 25-16 victory.
Cortney Van Liew (Seymour, Ind./Columbus East HS) ended the day with one kill and needs just five more to outsmart Amanda Carroll (1483, 2015-19) for the all-time lead in the program. She’s also set to join Brooke Youngquist Sweat as the only player to record over 1,000 wins and 1,000 more digs.
Most career killings
|1.||1,483||Amanda Carroll (.259)||2015-19|
|2.||1,478||Cortney VanLiew (.232)||2017-present|
|3.||1,173||Brooke Youngquist Sweatshirt||2004-07|
|5.||961||Jessica Barnes (.194)||2010-14|
Most quarry excavations
|1.||1,965||Whitney Hendry (390 sets)||2004-07|
|2.||1,687||Whitney Masters (483 sets)||2011-14|
|3.||1,652||Holly Youngquist (418 sets)||2008-11|
|4.||1,621||Dana Axner (313 sets)||2018-present|
|5.||1,369||Brook Youngquist sweatshirt (346 sets)||2004-07|
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Matt Botsford is entering 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 set an overall record of 164 -55 (.748), including an 81-19 (.810) record 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. Its first two campaigns resulted in ASUN regular season finalists, 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 title. division and a second place 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 very first Power 5 road win on the schedule, and the Eagles followed with a straight set victory over the Hurricanes at a neutral venue in 2019.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 regular season conference and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Plus, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 42 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA Championships. Eight FGCU programs placed in the top 25 in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (# 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (# 20, 2021) and men’s football (2018 , 2019) and women’s football (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-2017, the Greens and Blues secured a sixth place, the best in the department, in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors Cup and a top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven ASUN and Florida State teams that won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall semester of 2020 and outperformed the general undergraduate population of the University for 24 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters each saw another milestone, with all 15 programs each achieving a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also completed a record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the NACDA Community Service First Prize presented by the Fiesta Bowl.