Eagles defeat Stetson 3-1, move to second place in ASUN standings
By Bryce Thompson
FGCU volleyball improves to 14-3 on the season after a four-set victory over their conference rivals, Stetson (25-18, 25-14, 22-25, 25-13). Saturday night’s match included an excellent performance by Snowy Burnam and Cortney VanLiew with 17 and 14 kills respectively
Early into a competitive 11-10 set, FGCU’s Snowy Burnam began one of her best performances of the season by contributing four kills in the set to kickstart a 14-8 run by the Eagles and take the first set 25-18.
FGCU dominated in the second set with an incredible eight aces and a .394 hitting percentage, capped off by a beautiful assist from Burnam leading to a powerful set-winning kill from Giovanna Borgiotti to take a two-set lead over Stetson.
Stetson jumped out to an early 10-8 lead in the third set of the match and kept FGCU on their toes. The set went back and forth the entire time and included Chelsey Lockey reaching 40 assists allowing for another impressive set of kills from Snowy Burnam and Cortney VanLiew. Late in the third set Stetson took a 20-19 lead, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout after an impressive run from the Hatters.
Stetson came out of the timeout firing and recorded three straight points. Dana Axner’s 25th dig led to a VanLiew kill to break the point streak from Stetson to bring the Eagles within two after back-to-back points, bringing the set to 23-21. After a great effort from the Eagles, Stetson claimed the set 25-22.
FGCU came out determined and fired up after a tough third set loss, opening up to a 9-4 lead. Snowy Burnam recorded her 17th kill and grew the FGCU lead. Chelsey Lockey and VanLiew both reached double-doubles in the set and led the Eagles to a 25-13 set victory to finish the night.
The now four-game win streak has FGCU in second place in the ASUN standing, only behind Kennesaw State by one game. Cortney VanLiew extended her double-digit kill streak to 15 straight matches. In addition to VanLiew and Burnam’s impressive day, Chelsey Lockey had 52 assists which puts her performance at sixth all-time in school history for assists in a game.
FGCU looks to extend their winning streak to five when they return home on October 11 to go against in-state ASUN conference rivals, Jacksonville University.