Gardner Now B-CU's All-Time Kills Leader; FGCU Wins 3-1
FT. MYERS, Fla. - Krysta Gardner became Bethune-Cookman's all-time kills leader Tuesday night in the Lady Cats' 3-1 (25-15,22-25,25-20,25-17) loss to Florida Gulf Coast in Alico Arena.
The senior's 17th kill of the evening, which occurred in the fourth set, moved her past the previous mark of 1,060 set by Melissa Sanders from 2001-2004. Gardner finished the evening with her fourth double-double of the season - 18 kills and 13 digs - while adding a service ace and a block.
"I didn't realize I was going to get it tonight. It's amazing," Gardner said. " I just want to keep pushing forward."
Gardner can also become B-CU's career service ace leader, now needing 11 to break the current mark of 125 held by Javanne Johnson.
"It's an honor to be able to coach Krysta as she sets these records," said B-CU coach Isaac Raphael. "She had an excellent match tonight."
B-CU (3-19) had its three-match winning streak snapped, but managed to take a set from a Florida Gulf Coast (12-7) team that's undefeated in Atlantic Sun Conference play.
"We're improving," Raphael said.
Delecia Pierre and Phylecia Armstrong, both freshmen, contributed 10 and nine kills, respectively, while freshman setter Monica Lowe posted 31 assists. Armstrong hit .533
Junior libero Jennifer Jimenez had 21 digs and three service aces, and senior Janeen Davis had 16 digs and five kills.
In the second set, Gardner tied the match at 7-7, then Armstrong served consecutive points and B-CU would never trail again. The Lady Cats held leads of 19-12 on a Davis ace and 20-13 on a Gardner kill before holding off an Eagle rally.
In the third set, B-CU turned a 14-10 deficit into a 17-16 lead on a Davis kill, but Florida Gulf Coast scored the next three points to take control.
Jill Hopper led three FGCU players in double figure kills with 17.
B-CU travels to Tallahassee for a key Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division match with Florida A&M at 7 p.m.