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FGCU volleyball remains 12-0 at home with win over UNF

EN Photo / Brad Young

The FGCU volleyball team continued their dominating play from Friday night’s game against Jacksonville, and came out with a 3-0 victory over UNF Saturday night.
The win marks the Eagles’ third-straight shutout, making it their 14th of the season and their 12th-straight home win, remaining 12-0 for the season.
“In the first set, I thought we were good offensively, but it was really challenging for us to get a stop,” head coach Matt Botsford said. “And then in the second set, we played great defensively, but our offense was a little bit off. We talked at the break about trying to combine those two things and in the third set we saw exactly that – service pressure, good decision making.”

Volleyball vs UNF
EN Photo / Brad Young

With assistance from setter Maggie Rick, the Eagles now have the highest team hitting percentage in the ASUN and rank top-20 in the country at .284.  Tonight, Rick helped FGCU achieve a team average of .295 and assisted 35 of the 43 kills.
Beyond being active at the net, the FGCU defense, led by libero Courtney Stephens, helped keep UNF’s hitting percentage to .096.
In the the first set, UNF took control right off the bat, making the score 9-6. However, the Eagles tied it up with a three-point streak before the Ospreys were forced to take a timeout.
This timeout didn’t break FGCU’s concentration as they came out to gain another three points, but UNF quickly responded. By the end of the tight set, Borgiotti tallied two back-to-back kills, giving FGCU a 25-22 set win.
There was a lot of back-and-forth play to begin the second set. However, UNF went on a three-point run before FGCU took a timeout. This timeout worked in the Eagles’ favor as they scored six straight points.
Late in the second, UNF took a 17-16 lead over the Eagles who then fought back with a five-point run to win the set 25-20.
Throughout the entire third set, FGCU established a great amount of control, earning a quick 7-2 lead. Even after UNF called timeouts, FGCU continued to dominate with kills from Rick, Carroll and Pudwill.
The Ospreys tried fighting back, but it was too late. After trailing 21-6, but rallying four consecutive points, the Eagles finished the set 25-12 and a match of 3-0.
Next up, the Eagles will travel to Deland, Florida. to face off against Stetson on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

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