This Week in Atlantic Sun Volleyball: Oct. 11th

Friday, October 12, 2012

MACON, Ga. – A battle of unbeaten FGCU and Lipscomb on Friday night highlights a schedule of 11 conference matches and one non-conference matchup scheduled over the next few days in A-Sun volleyball.

A-Sun Volleyball Quick Notes (#ASunVB)


In the last three years the month of October has been a treat for some A-Sun teams while unfavorable for others. Three-time defending A-Sun Champ Lipscomb has fared the best, followed closely by Kennesaw State. Below are their current records in October since 2009.

Lipscomb: 27-2 (.931)

KSU: 24-6 (.800)

NKU: 27-13 (.675)

FGCU: 18-11 (.620)

ETSU: 20-14 (.588)

JU: 16-26 (.500)

Mercer: 17-18 (.486)

North Florida: 12-25 (.480)

USC Upstate: 12-22 (.353)

Stetson: 6-25 (.194)


As of Oct. 10, FGCU and USC Upstate lead the conference with five players each who have posted at least one double-double this season. Stetson, North Florida and ETSU are next with four a piece, followed by KSU, JU and Mercer with three. Two of the A-Sun’s top teams, NKU and Lipscomb, have two players each with double-doubles. ETSU's Megan Devine leads a list of talented players who have tallied multiple double-doubles this season as well, and below are the A-Sun’s individual leaders in double-doubles this season.

1 – Nine players with 1

2 – Kayle McAvoy, USC Upstate; Jenna Wilt, Kennesaw State; Britt Claessens, North Florida

3 – Gigi Meyer, FGCU; Gabriela Roman, Jacksonville; Ivey Rice, ETSU

4 – Christine Pinder, FGCU; Anna Budinksa, North Florida

5 – Jill Hopper, FGCU; Jamie Duffy, Mercer; Jenna Schreiver, Northern Kentucky; Kayla Eversgerd and Lexi Gober, USC Upstate

6 – Sammie Strausbaugh, Jacksonville; Monica Sanchez, Mercer; Lauren Ford, Lipscomb

7 – Jamie Rutledge, ETSU; Caitlin Dotson, Lipscomb; Paige Pridgeon, North Florida

8 – Kendall Courtney, Jacksonville; Turea Jones, Kennesaw State; Kelly Morrissey, Northern Kentucky; Emily Sanders, USC Upstate; Kelli Carneal and Kaley Melville, Stetson

9 – Molly Locke, Mercer

13 – Megan Devine, ETSU


Something has to give this weekend as FGCU soars into Nashville to face Lipscomb on Friday evening, Oct. 12. In the battle of the A-Sun’s unbeatens, FGCU has won eight straight A-Sun contests, while Lipscomb has notched seven consecutive victories. The Eagles are 4-0 on the road in A-Sun play, and the Bisons are 2-0 at home this season. The last time Lipscomb lost to the Eagles was in Allen Arena, a 3-2 FGCU victory on Oct. 4, 2008. That loss also marks the last home conference loss for the Bisons. FGCU has beaten Lipscomb only one other time, a 3-1 win later that same season on Oct. 19 in Fort Myers. The Eagles and the Bison rank first and second in the A-Sun in hitting pct., opponent hitting pct., assists and kills. FGCU also is second in the conference in blocks. Lipscomb’s Kaycee Green and Catilin Dotson lead the A-Sun in kills (4.52/set) and assists (12.26/set) in A-Sun play, while Dotson also ranks 16th in the nation in assists in the latest NCAA statistical rankings.