“I don’t know if we made a statement,” said Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal. “That is a question for someone else to answer. I know our players are working very hard and this was a big win.
“We still have some dangerous teams to play. We have to play Florida Gulf Coast again.”
The Lady Bisons won set one 25-22, set 25-21 and set three 25-18.
The Atlantic Sun Conference billed the meeting between the two teams as the A-Sun "Match of the Week".
It marked only the second loss for Florida Gulf Coast in Alico Arena since 2007.
“There was a great crowd,” said Rosenthal. “We knew we had to battle to win. We did a great job of taking the crowd out of it early.”
The loss was the first in an Atlantic Sun match for Florida Gulf Coast this season.
The Lady Bisons have won their last five matches, all by 3-0 sweeps. It marks the first time the Lady Bisons have won five matches in a row by 3-0 decisions.
“It’s great, but we don’t get caught up in the statistics,” said Rosenthal. “We have eight wins. We have won at some tough places. It doesn’t say how many sets we won.”
Middle hitter Alex Kelly made a match-high 15 kills and also had a .480 hitting percentage. Kelly, a junior, has 157 kills this season and 997 for her career. She is three away from joining former players Kristin Peck and Alex Scruggs in the 1,000 kills club.
Outside hitters Meghan Hinemeyer and Kaycee Green each made 11 kills. Green also posted a .333 hitting percentage. Green also made three service aces and three blocks.
“Kaycee made a lot of things happen for us,” said Rosenthal. “She did a fantastic job. She is showing her maturity. She not only made some kills, but she put pressure on Florida Gulf Coast with her serves.”
Setter Stefine “Jake” Pease was credited with 35 assists and 11 digs. Pease, a junior, has 3,037 assists in her career. She is in seventh place in assists on the conference's all-time list.
Libero Katie Rose made a match-high 12 digs.
“We have talked about a balanced attack,” said Rosenthal. “You can go down the score sheet and everybody stands out. It was a great team effort.”
The Lady Bisons are 8-3, 5-0 in the A-Sun. Florida Gulf Coast is 6-6, 5-1 in the conference.