Fnu Volleyball Player Attacking the ball and opponents trying to blockHIALEAH, FL – The Florida National University women’s volleyball team put up a fight that ended with a 3-2 loss in a thrilling five-set game against Ave Maria University played on Tuesday, October 15th at Ave Maria, Florida.


Match Score: Florida National University 2, Ave Maria University 3
Set Scores: 25-14, 25-18, 25-23
Records: Florida National (12-9), Ave Maria University (9-8)
Location: Tom Golisano Center, Ave Maria, FL.


  • Florida National won the first two sets.
  • The Conquistadors jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first set and maintained their lead for most of the set.
  • The Gyrenes closed the gap and eventually tied the set at 23 after a kill by Flavia Rusterholz.
  • FNU won the next two points to win the set 25-23.
  • In the second set, Florida National built an 11-6 lead. Four-straight points by the Gyrenes brought AMU within one, 11-10.
  • Later in the set, the Blue and Green won five of six points to take a 17-15 advantage.
  • The teams went back-and-forth the rest of the set with AMU getting a set point at 24-23.
  • FNU won the final three points of the set to win 26-24 and take a 2-0 lead.
  • The Gyrenes controlled the third and fourth sets, winning both 25-16.
  • AMU strung together several three- and four-point spurts to build a 21-15 lead in the third.
  • AMU won four of the next five points to close out the set, 25-16, finished off on a kill by McKenna Tyson.
  • Trailing 4-3 early in the fourth, five straight by AMU gave the Gyrenes a 7-4 lead.
  • After an FNU point, four more in a row gave the Blue and Green an 11-5 lead.
  • AMU continued to extend their lead later in the set, leading by as many as 11 and going on to win 25-16.
  • A kill by Katie Grose sealed the fourth set and sent the game to a fifth and deciding set.
  • With AMU leading 4-3 in the fifth set, the Gyrenes won four-straight on Miah Pena’s serve to take an 8-3 lead.
  • After the team’s exchanged points, Ave Maria won three of the final four points to close out the set 15-8.

Florida National University Highlights


  • FNU record is now 12-9 on the season.
  • FNU recorded its fourth away loss on the season.
  • FNU registered a .126 hitting percentage, recording 49 total kills on 174 attacks with 27 errors.
  • The Gyrenes ended the night with an attack percentage of .203 recording 60 total kills on 177 total attacks with 24 errors.
  • The Conquistadors held a 85-81 edge in digs.
  • FNU Conquistadors recorded 3 Service aces while Ave Maria noted 11 service aces.
  • The Gyrenes out-blocked FNU with 11 total blocks against 2 of the Conquistadors.


Florida National University Women’s Volleyball Team will now face Florida Memorial University on Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 Pm. The game will take place at Bucky Dent Gym, FL.

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Ruy Castelo Branco – FNU – Sports Information Director

About FNU: Florida National University opened its first class on January 4th, 1988, in the city of Hialeah, Florida, as Florida International Institute under the administration of Dr. José Regueiro, Dr. María C. Regueiro and Mr. Omar Sánchez. FNU Athletic Department has more than 250 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 2013, FNU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

The mission of the Florida National University Athletic Department is to provide assistance within an athletic structure that promotes the development of a well rounded education through structured sport and competition, to develop life skills of discipline, integrity, leadership, philanthropy and social responsibility, to elevate ethnic and cultural diversity within the athletic programs, to assure equitable opportunity for all staff and student-athletes, and to make the athletic program a durable source of pride for the student population, student-athletes, alumni, university, and community of FNU.

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