DeLand, Fla. - In its first competition against Atlantic Sun Conference opposition, the Stetson sand volleyball team (3-2) came through with flying colors in a 5-0 shutout victory over visiting FGCU (0-1) Saturday morning at the Stetson Sand Volleyball Complex. Four of the five Hatter tandems won in straight sets with four players, all freshmen, recording double-doubles.
Freshmen Julie Bassett (Wadsworth, Ohio) and Alexa Stonish (Stony Brook, N.Y.) set the tone at the top of the lineup as each notched double-doubles: 15 kills, 17 digs and four aces for the former and 12 kills/12 digs for the latter in a 21-18, 21-13 win over Brooke Kohler and Karina Mambuca.
In the #5 seed slot, another all-freshman pair, the team of Claudia Kalin (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Taylor Story (Plano, Texas) rallied from a set down for a thrilling 14-21, 22-20, 16-14 win over FGCU's Camil Dominguez and Brittany Muse. Kalin put up 12 kills, 17 digs and four aces while her partner Story collected 12 kills, 12 digs and five aces.
The Hatters are back in action at home Wednesday afternoon for a 10:30 am doubleheader against Webber International. Admission to the Stetson Sand Volleyball Complex is free; spectators should bring chairs and/or blankets for seating.
STETSON 5, FGCU 0
Seed 1 - Julie Bassett/Alexa Stonish (STET) def. Brooke Kohler/Karina Mambuca (FGCU) 21-18, 21-13
Bassett - 15 kills, 17 digs, 4 aces
Stonish - 12 kills, 12 digs
Seed 2 - Kaley Melville/Maren Rygh (STET) def. Jill Hopper/Whitney Masters (FGCU) 21-16, 21-11
Melville - 9 kills
Rygh - 12 kills, 9 digs
Seed 3 - Katie DiGirolamo/Alisha Hoffman (STET) def. Lindsey Childs/Kaitlin Holm (FGCU) 21-19, 21-15
DiGirolamo - 13 kills, 9 digs
Hoffman - 11 digs
Seed 4 - Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (STET) def. Olivia Mesner/Gigi Meyer (FGCU) 21-18, 21-14
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Seed 5 - Claudia Kalin/Taylor Story (STET) def. Camil Dominguez/Brittany Muse (FGCU) 14-21, 22-20, 16-14
Kalin - 12 kills, 17 digs, 4 aces
Story - 12 kills, 12 digs, 5 aces
Exhibition - Liga Strautniece/player unknown (FGCU) def. Taylor Kennedy/Ashley Rutherford (STET) 21-19, 21-17
Kennedy - 14 digs, 3 aces
Rutherford - 7 kills, 7 digs, 2 aces
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