KENNESAW, Ga. - The 2018 ASUN Conference Volleyball Championship wraps up on Saturday night, as the top two seeds meet with a NCAA Tournament bid on the line. The No. 1 FGCU Eagles take on No. 2 Kennesaw State in a rematch of last year's ASUN Championship Final.
The Eagles find themselves back in the final for the third-straight season after quickly dispatching Liberty in Friday night's semifinal match. FGCU looks to change history on Saturday night, as they seek its first-ever title and NCAA Tournament berth. A win would also mark the second-straight season with a first-time winner.
The Owls beat Lipscomb in their semifinal match in a five-set thriller. KSU looks to make it back-to-back ASUN Championship Titles, after beating FGCU in last year's final in Nashville. With a win on Saturday, Kennesaw State would continue the trend of back-to-backs title winners, as Lipscomb won in 2015 & '16 and Jacksonville won in 2013 & '14.
In last year's final, Kennesaw State made quick work of the Eagles, as they won it in a sweep. This year's final also features the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup since 2011 when No. 2 Lipscomb took down No. 1 Belmont.
No. 1 vs. No. 2 All Time: 8-2
2018 Matches: Kennesaw State 3, FGCU 1 (Oct. 5th, Fort Myers, Fla.) & FGCU 3, Kennesaw State 1 (Nov. 4th, 2017; Fort Myers, Fla.)
- The Eagles boast the Player, Coach, Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year (Cortney VanLiew, Matt Botsford and Dana Axner)
- In their semifinal win over Liberty, VanLiew notched 16 kills, nine digs and four blocks
- Axner is just eight digs away from breaking the FGCU single-season Division I era record of 558 set in 2015 by Vanessa Benke
- This is KSU's second-straight appearance in the final and third in the last four seasons
- Chastang now sits with 406 kills this season, which sits second all-time in KSU single-season history