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KENNESAW, Ga. - No. 1 FGCU advances to their third-straight ASUN Conference Volleyball Championship Final, as they took down No. 4 Liberty in straight sets on Friday night at the KSU Convocation Center. The Eagles were led by Player of the Year, Cortney VanLiew, who notched 16 kills, nine digs, five blocks. As a team, the Eagles recorded 18 blocks, just four and half blocks off the ASUN Championship record.
The Eagles took a closely-contested first set, as they won the set in extra points, 26-24. The Flames jumped out to a 16-12 lead only to relinquish it, as FGCU went on a 6-0 run to take a 18-12 lead. VanLiew registered five of her 16 kills in the first set. Dani Serrano, who was dominant at the net all night long, logged four blocks in the first set.
The second set went similar to the first, as FGCU again used a 6-0 run to separate themselves from the Flames. The Eagles took the set, 25-20, led again by VanLiew. The sophomore did a little of everything with five kills, three digs and two blocks. Snowy Burnam registered eight of her 11 kills in the second set.
FGCU closed out the Flames in the third and final set. The Eagles match sealing win was propelled by a 9-1 run, which saw their lead grow from 9-8 to 18-9. The Flames would get as close as four points, but FGCU took five of the last six points to wrap up the victory.
Serrano ended the match with eight block assists and six kills, while Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, Dana Axner recorded 15 digs.
The Eagles get the winner of No. 2 Kennesaw State and No. 3 Lipscomb. FGCU met Kennesaw State in the ASUN Championship Final in 2017 and Lipscomb in the final in 2016
No. 1 FGCU vs. No. 4 Liberty Game Notes
- FGCU advances to their third-straight ASUN Final and fourth all-time; The Eagles seek their first-ever title
- The Eagles improve to 9-8 all-time at the ASUN Championship, four of the nine wins have come in the last two years
- Liberty finishes the season with 15 wins; their 10 conference wins are most by a first year member since 2012
- VanLiew's 16 kills brings her season total to 432, which ranks in the top 35 nationally