FGCU Sweeps Liberty, 3-0
Liberty concluded its three-matches-in-five-days road trip with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-22) setback at conference-leading FGCU in Alico Arena on Tuesday, as the Eagles avenged their lone league loss.
FGCU (22-3. 10-1 ASUN) ran its winning streak to 12 matches, as the Eagles have not lost since a conference-opening 3-0 loss at Liberty on Sept. 24. The Lady Flames fall to 14-9, 7-4 in ASUN play after a 2-1 road trip that started with wins at NJIT (Friday) and Jacksonville (Sunday).
• For the match, FGCU outhit Liberty .197-.103. The Eagles also led in blocks (10-7) and aces (3-1), while Liberty held a 58-53 advantage in digs.
• FGCU's Erin Shomaker led all players with 10 kills, while Cortney VanLiew and Dana Axner both collected 16 digs. Chelsey Lockey dished out 35 assists, while Daniele Serrano posted seven blocks.
• Amelia Johnson and Casey Goodwin tied for team high honors with nine kills apiece for Liberty, while Johnson collected 10 digs. Hannah Morris registered a double-double with 15 assists and 11 digs, while Macy Phillips collected a match-high 20 digs. Anna Gragg posted five blocks.
Head Coach Trevor Johnson
"FGCU played really consistent tonight and we didn't. I think we saw glimpses of how great we can be. We could never get into any kind of rhythm and sustain it. The leadership of Hannah and Anna has been awesome all year and I'm proud of what they bring in day in and day out. One practice to get better tomorrow and then Lipscomb Thursday. We need you Flames Nation on Thursday!"
• The Eagles scored the final five points of set one, pulling away for a 25-17 victory. The hosts outhit their guests .220-.132 in the first set.
• FGCU led Liberty 14-4 before the Lady Flames fought back to within three at 15-12 and again at 21-18 and 22-29. The Eagles finished off a 25-20 set-two victory.
• Both teams found their stride on offense in the third, as FGCU hit .256 compared to .250 for the Lady Flames. FGCU held a 21-17 lead before Liberty pulled to within two on three occasions. Shomaker ended it at 25-22 with a kill.
• This was the second match this season where Liberty did not have a player score in double figures in kills (also vs. NJIT on Oct. 11).
• Gragg became the sixth player in program history, and first since Kendle Rollins (2010-13), to record 400 career blocks.
• This was the second time in the last three matches that Phillips collected 20 digs in a three-set match, as she had 20 digs in a 3-0 win at NJIT on Friday.
• FGCU is now 4-1 all-time in volleyball against Liberty.
Liberty closes out a stretch of four matches in three different states in seven days, hosting Lipscomb on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Vines Center.