No.1 FGCU & No. 2 Kennesaw State Meet Again in #ASUNVB Championship Final

No.1 FGCU & No. 2 Kennesaw State Meet Again in #ASUNVB Championship Final

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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 FGCU vs. No. 2 Kennesaw State | Saturday, Nov. 17th 7 PM ET | ESPN+
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.)
  
#1 FGCU (25-6; 15-1)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 9-8
Last ASUN Championship: Runner-Up (2017) 
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Runner-Up (2009, 2016, 2017)
- The Eagles make their third-straight appearance in the ASUN Championship; they seek their first-ever title
- FGCU won the ASUN Regular Season title for the first time since 2012 with a record of 15-1
- 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
- FGCU's 14-game winning streak is tied for its third longest in their Division I era; they've only surrendered six sets during the streak
 
#2 Kennesaw State (24-6; 14-2)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 5-6
Last ASUN Championship: 2017; Champions
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champions (2017)
- The Owls look to defend their ASUN Championship, as they took down FGCU last year in the final
- This is KSU's second-straight appearance in the final and third in the last four seasons
- In their semifinal win over Lipscomb, First Team All-Conference member, Lauren Chastang had 21 kills and eight digs
- Chastang now sits with 406 kills this season, which sits second all-time in KSU single-season history
- Senior Sydni Shelton eclipsed 1,000 kills for her career against Lipscomb, as she notched 10 kills 
- Lexi Broadwater ranks 15th nationally in assists/set with a mark of 11.30, she dished out 55 in the semifinal win over Lipscomb
  
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