JSU Falls in ASUN Final, Libs and Kindermann Named to All-Tournament Team

FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Jacksonville State volleyball team fell to Florida Gulf Coast in the ASUN Conference Tournament Championship 3-1, ending the season with a 24-7 record.

JSU’s 24 wins on the season marks the most since the 2009 season and most under Head Coach Todd Garvey.

Senior’s Lexie Libs and Lena Kindermann were named to the ASUN All-Tournament team following stellar performances on the week.

Kindermann led the Gamecocks with 17 kills in the championship match while Libs recorded 39 assists. Libs finished her JSU career in third place all-time in the JSU record book with 4, 313 career assists and led the ASUN this season.

Saturday’s match marked the final match for Libs and fellow fifth year senior Kaylie Milton. Libs and Milton have played in 111 and 142 matches, respectively through their careers. Milton recorded eight digs in the match and finished her career with 998 career digs.

“Lexie and Kaylie have meant everything to this program. They totally helped me change the culture of this program and took us from the bottom to the top,” said Head Coach Todd Garvey “They taught us how to fight, play with determination, be winners. They helped us get two championships and a runner-up in two years. I think they brought out the best in everybody else. To see people just totally transform their mindsets and learn how to believe in themselves so much, stems from our two seniors.”
FGCU took a 1-0 lead in the match following a 25-17 win in the first set.

JSU stormed back in the second set and took an early 8-3 lead following a kill from Kylee Quigley. A kill from Kindermann pushed the lead to 10, 17-7. Libs gave the Gamecocks set point with a kill and a service error from FGCU gave JSU a 25-17 win in the second.
Both sides battled in the early goings of the third set before a Quigley kill gave the Gamecocks a three-point lead, 16-13. FGCU responded with a 4-1 run, taking the lead, 18-17. The Eagles would go on to win the set 25-20.

It was neck-and-neck in the fourth set until a 7-1 run put the Eagles ahead 14-10. Behind, 16-12, the Gamecocks used an 8-4 run to tie 20-20.
FGCU closed out set on a 5-1 run to win, 25-21 and 3-1 in the match.

Erin Carmichael led JSU with 18 digs and two service aces.

Despite the result, the Gamecocks fought to the end.

“That’s one of the things I’m most proud of. It’s going to happen sometimes in life. Volleyball is bigger than life and I think that a lot of the stuff that they did this season will be great lessons in life on to not give up when things get hard and to find a way to battle through,” added Garvey. “I love the perseverance and how they stuck together and were family and also kept believing and fighting, no matter the circumstance or no matter the adversity we got hit with.”

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