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Preview: FGCU volleyball at ASUN Volleyball Championship preview

Finishing an historic regular season with a 3-0 victory over NJIT, the FGCU volleyball team now looks forward to ASUN Championship to further their historic season thus far.

This win allowed FGCU to improve to 25-5 on the year and 11-3 for ASUN play.

The victory against NJIT extended FGCU’s Division-I program record single-season total.

Looking forward to the ASUN Championship, the Eagles will be the No. 3 seed in the ASUN Conference Championship and take on sixth-seeded Jacksonville (9-18, 5-9 ASUN) in the opening round Thursday, Nov. 17, in Nashville at 8:30 p.m. Eastern (7:30 local).

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Last season, the Eagles fell to Kennesaw State 1-3 in the first round of ASUN Championship play.

With a win, FGCU would advance to face second-seeded Kennesaw State (18-10, 12-2 ASUN) in the semifinals on Friday.

Host Lipscomb (20-7, 12-2 ASUN) earned the top seed, allowing with the Owls who also received a bye into the semifinals where they will either face fourth-seeded North Florida (18-13, 8-6 ASUN) or fifth-seeded USC Upstate (13-18, 5-9 ASUN).

With the absence of 6-foot-2-inch outside freshman hitter, Ciara DeBell, after an ACL tear against Indiana, and veteran outside hitter, Amanda Carroll, for a portion of the season, the team had to look to fill those big roles with rookie freshman players, Giovanna Borgiotti and Daniele Serrano.

Regardless of the change, the Eagles adapted well and continued to dominate both offensively and defensively with senior outside hitter Leigh Pudwill and setter Maggie Rick, creating a program record 15-game win streak, ranking second at the time behind No. 1 Nebraska.

FGCU will now shift its focus to Jacksonville and the ASUN Championship opener on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The Eagles swept the Dolphins twice this year, winning all six sets by at least six points.

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