#ASunVB Countdown – Top Returning Leaders in Aces

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

MACON, Ga. - As the beginning of the 2013 Atlantic Sun Volleyball season is just two days away, today's final preview focuses on the top returning leaders in services aces.

Topping the list is FGCU's Jill Hopper, a unanimous 2012 First-Team All-Atlantic Sun selection who led the conference with an average of .34 per set. Hopper scored 37 aces last season and checks in as the No. 2 career active player with 84 aces in two seasons with the Eagles.

Second in the ranking is USC Upstate's Lexi Gober - a member of the A-Sun 2012 All-Freshman Team. Gober recorded 35 aces last season and reached her season best of four aces in a match in conference play against Jacksonville.

The A-Sun 2012 Freshman of the Year Sammie Strausbaugh (Jacksonville) was one of three players to tally the third-highest total of 37 aces last season. Strausbaugh averaged .29 aces per set and her six aces in a match against USC Upstate tied for the 2012 A-Sun season high.

She is followed by a pair of ETSU Bucs – 2012 A-Sun Player of the Year Megan Devine and her teammate Katie Muey. Devine's 39 aces were second-best in 2012, and she enters 2013 as the fifth-ranked career active player in aces with 79. Devine was also the unanimous choice for 2013 Preseason Player of the Year as selected by the conference's coaches.

Voted 2013 Preseason Libero of the Year in the recent fan vote, Muey was tied with Hopper and Strausbaugh with 37 aces last season and averaged .27 aces per set.

#1 for Aces
Quick Bio
Name: Jill Hopper
School: FGCU
Year: Junior
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: Muncie, Ind.
Previous School: Yorktown     

2012 Aces/Set: .34 Total Aces: 37

#2 for Aces
Quick Bio
Name: Lexi Gober
School: USC Upstate
Year: Sophomore
Position: Setter
Hometown: Edwardsville, Ill.
Previous: Edwardsville 

2012 Aces/Set: .33 Total Aces: 35

#3 for Aces
Quick Bio
Name: Sammie Strausbaugh
School: Jacksonville
Year: Sophomore
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: Dover, Pa.
Previous School: Dover         

2012 Aces/Set: .29 Total Aces: 37

#4 for Aces
Quick Bio
Name: Megan Devine
School: ETSU
Year: Senior
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.
Previous School: Dobyns-Bennett  

2012 Aces/Set: .28 Total Aces: 39

#5 for Aces
Quick Bio
Name: Katie Muey
School: ETSU
Year: Junior
Position: Libero
Hometown: Alexandria, Ind.
Previous School: Alexandria Monroe        

2012 Aces/Set: .27 Total Aces: 37