NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The semifinals of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Volleyball Championship are set for play on Friday between third-seeded FGCU and No. 2 seed and host school Lipscomb at 5 p.m. CT and No. 5 seed ETSU and top-seeded Belmont at 7:30 p.m.
Lipscomb defeated FGCU, 3-1, Oct. 22nd in the only meeting of the season between the two teams. Belmont captured two wins against ETSU during the regular season (3-1; 3-0).
The winners of today's matches advance to the championship final non Saturday at 3 p.m. CT
All matches of the 2011 A-Sun Volleyball Championship are broadcasted for free on ASun.TV.
FGCU vs. Lipscomb Match Notes:
Lipscomb’s 44-match A-Sun wins streak was snapped this season by Belmont on Oct. 25th. The streak was the longest in conference history and ranked third amongst active streaks in the nation.
Lipscomb has won the past two championships. The last team to win three A-Sun titles in a row was UCF from 2001-03.
The Lady Bisons are 16-3 in their past 19 matches, but have dropped three of the last five matches entering the championship.
Senior Katie Rose earned a share of the A-Sun Player of the Year honor. She ranked in the top-ten of the A-Sun in hitting percentage (.346; 2nd), kills/set (3.18; 7th), blocks/set (.78; 9th) and points/set (3.96; 5th).
Junior Kaycee Green ranks 5th-most amongst active A-Sun players with 875 career kills. She has 293 this season.
The last host school to claim the A-Sun Championsip was Belmont in 2006. The host school has only captured four of the last 14 A-Sun titles.
Lipscomb has appeared in the past four A-Sun Finals.• FGCU is making their second-ever appearance in the A-Sun Championship. In their first appearance in 2009, the Eagles advanced to the Championship Final as a three-seed in Fort Myers.
FGCU advances to its second A-Sun Semifinal in the past three seasons. In 2009, the third-seeded Eagles defeated No. 2 Jacksonville 3-0 to advance to the finals.
In four of the last six championships, the three seed has reached the championship final, but has not won the title since FAU in 1999.
The Eagles are 5-2 in their last seven matches.
The last team to reach the finals after missing the previous year’s championship was ETSU last season. No team has ever won the title after missing the previous year.
In the regular season, Lipscomb defeated the Eagles, 3-1, in Allen Arena. Lipscomb owns the all-time series advantage at 7-2. FGCU’s two wins against the Lady Bisons both came in 2008.
Freshman of the Year Jill Hopper led all freshman with 371 kills and ranked seventh in the A-Sun for points/set with 3.73.
Senior Holly Youngquist now ranks fourth all-time in the A-Sun for career digs with 1,652. She passed Mercer’s duo of Katie Plummer (2001-04) and Claire Tucker (2005-08) in the win vs. UNF.
ETSU vs. Belmont Match Notes:
The Bruins are 14-2 since Sept. 13th. Their only losses came to Lipscomb (Oct. 6) and FGCU (Oct. 21).
The share of the regular-season conference title was Belmont’s first A-Sun Conference title in program history.
Belmont’s Maggie Johnson earned a share of the Player of the Year honor. Only one other Bruin (Colleen Nilson; 2006) has ever won the award.
Head Coach Deane Webb won his third A-Sun Coach of the Year honor with Belmont. He previously won in 2004 and 2006.
Johnson is third all-time in the A-Sun for career kills. The senior outside hitter has tallied 1,531 kills, which is only 21 away from tying former Bruin Lindsay Cleveland (2002-05) for second.
Sophomore Jen Myer has 125 aces in her career, which ranks her in seventh place for career aces in the A-Sun after two seasons. This year, Myer has 83 services aces, which is six away from breaking the A-Sun single-season record held by FGCU’s Ana Kokanovich.
Belmont has appeared in four of the last seven A-Sun Finals.
Five-seeds are 3-14 all-time in the A-Sun Championship under the current tournament format. ETSU owns two of those wins. The only time a five-seed has reached the championship final was 1991 (Stetson) in round-robin format.
On 12 occassions, the runner-up from the previous year’s championship has returned to the championship final. Four times the runner-up has won the following year’s title.
Senior Jamie Stancliff leads all active A-Sun players with 325 career blocks. She is eight away from tying for 10th in the A-Sun for career blocks.
The Bruins swept ETSU in the regular season with a 3-1 win in Nashville and 3-0 sweep in Johnson City. The Lady Bucs defeated the Bruins, 3-2, last season in Johnson City.
Sophomore Megan Devine recorded 485 kills this season, which ranks second-most in the A-Sun. Her 845 career kills is seventh-most amongst active players. She is three away from sixth-most.
Kiley Tamblyn has 1000 career digs, which makes her one of seven in the A-Sun to reach that mark.