College volleyball: FGCU loses to Lipscomb in Atlantic Sun championship

By Tom Wood

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Disappointment quickly gave way to determination for the Florida Gulf Coast volleyball team.

Third-seeded FGCU (27-6) was still looking for its first Atlantic Sun crown after suffering a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to top seed and defending champion Lipscomb (22-7) on Saturday night at Allen Arena.

The victory gives the host Bisons the league’s automatic bid to the 64-team NCAA tournament. Pairings will be announced next Sunday.

It was a record-setting season for the Eagles, who were making their first championship appearance since 2009. And for all the achievements, a league title remained out of reach.

“We’re disappointed because the goal for us now every year is to be in the NCAA tournament,” FGCU coach Matt Botsford said after his Eagles fell 16-25, 23-25, 25-17, 23-25.

For full story in the Naples Daily News, click here.

For full story in the Fort Myers News-Press, click here.

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