UNF Stuns FGCU, Advances to A-Sun Championship Final

Friday, November 16, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fourth-seeded North Florida stunned No. 1 FGCU 3-2 (25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12) on Friday to advance to its first A-Sun Championship Final in program history. The Ospreys will face No. 3 seed ETSU at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Allen Arena.

North Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead and it appeared that the Ospreys' first win against FGCU since joining the A-Sun in 2007 would be a sweep. FGCU battled, however, claiming the next two sets to force the dramatic fifth set. North Florida hit .348 in the fifth to finish off the Eagles, while FGCU hit .208 in the fifth set and posted a staggering low of .190 for the match.

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The Ospreys have won eight consecutive matches and 11 of their last 12. Four players finished the game with double-digit kills, led by Paige Pridgeon's 21. Carolyn Jenkins added 20, Dagnija Medina totaled 12 and Marija Pantovic contributed 11. Britt Claessens also posted a double-double of 63 assists and 13 digs.

Jill Hopper (16), Olivia Mesner (10) and Kaitlyn Holm (10) led the Eagles with double-digit kills. Gigi Meyer recorded a double-double for FGCU with 28 assists and 13 digs.

UNF's previous participation in the A-Sun Championship was as a six seed in 2011 and 2010.