LakePoint, Ga. - Two teams opened the weekend with victories, while another ASUN Conference Volleyball team earned a split to close out its road trip. FGCU and Jacksonville picked up wins to start their non-conference tournaments, while North Florida won to close out its stay at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
ASUN Volleyball Results - Friday, Sept. 8th
FGCU 3, Wofford 0
Jacksonville 3, Western Carolina 1
North Florida 3, Xavier 1
Hartford 3, NJIT 1
Texas A&M 3, Lipscomb 1
Georgia Tech 3, North Florida 0
Houston 3, Stetson 1
UMES 3, USC Upstate 1
Mississippi State 3, Stetson 1
FGCU snapped its three-match losing streak in dominating fashion as the Eagles defeated Wofford 3-0 to open the Wildcat Classic in Davidson, N.C. Behind Amanda Carrol's 18-kill and 19-dig performance, FGCU was in control throughout today match. Carroll produced eight kills in the opening set which went 25-19 in favor of FGCU. With her third kill, Carroll surpassed the 1,000-career kill milestone. The Eagles finished the match hitting .276 after hitting over .300 in both the first and second sets. Maggie Rick had 36 assists, while Karissa Rhoades tied Carroll for team-high honors with 19 digs.
The Dolphins secured a 3-1 victory to open their tournament in Montgomery, Ala. on Friday afternoon. Jacksonville defeated Western Carolina behind double-doubles from Cristina Finan and Mallory Mattingly. Finan finished with 16 kills and 14 digs, while Mattingly posted 15 kills and 12 digs. Amarrah Cooks was a force on the block as she finished with six blocks and 11 kills. The Dolphins won the first set, before dropping a tough second set 26-24. They regrouped and dominated the third set to win 25-20, then closed it out in the fourth frame 25-16.
North Florida split their day in Atlanta, Ga. as they fell to Georgia Tech in the afternoon, but bounced back with a 3-1 win against Xavier to close out the weekend. Taryn Griffey recorded a team-high 12 kills, while Carina Hoff added 10 kills. Ashley Laborde was flying defensively with 23 digs, and Madilyn McCarty ran the offense with 33 assists and added 14 digs for a double-double. After dropping the opening set, North Florida came back strong in set two with a 25-18 result. The third set proved vital as the Ospreys were down 25-24, but scored three consecutive points to snatch the set 27-25. Hoff and Alana Shoff punctuated the rally with a block to take the set. The Ospreys carried that momentum over into the fourth set and won 25-21 to close out the match.
Several squads were able to win individual sets, but not get victories on Friday night. Lipscomb's Carlyle Nusbaum had 17 kills, but the Bisons fell to Texas A&M. NJIT, Stetson and USC Upstate fell on the road to close out Friday's play.
ASUN Volleyball Upcoming Schedule - Saturday, Sept. 9th
USC Upstate at Wake Forest - 10 AM
NJIT vs. Central Connecticut State - 10 AM
Jacksonville vs. Southeastern Louisiana - 10:30 AM
Stetson vs. McNeese State - 11 AM
FGCU at Davidson - 12 PM - A-10 TV
NJIT vs. Niagara - 2:30 PM
FGCU vs. Georgia - 4 PM
USC Upstate vs. William & Mary - 4:30 PM
Jacksonville at Alabama State - 6 PM