AVE MARIA, Fla. (October 6, 2020) – The Florida National Conquistadors (2-5) fell to the Ave Maria Gyrenes (7-2), 3-1 (21-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-11), on Tuesday evening.
FNU jumped out to an early lead, taking set one, 25-21. The Gyenes responded in the second set, with a 25-12 win to tie the match at 1-all. FNU and AMU battled back-and-forth in the third set however the Gyrenes pulled away late to take the set, 25-20. The match was clinched with a fourth-set victory by Ave Maria, 25-11.
FNU was led by Joanne Dania, who posted a team-high 10 kills. Lina Valentino registrered seven kills and a team-high hitting percentage of .385. Carolina Arrais Dantas notched a squad-best 14 digs while setter Gabriela Hernandez recorded a team-leading 23 assists.
The Conquistadors ended the night with an .087 hitting percentage, registering 33 kills on 115 total attacks with 23 attack errors. The Gyrenes tallied a hitting percentage of .380 with 58 kills and 17 attack errors on 108 total attacks. AMU held a 52-31 edge in digs and recorded 6.0 total blocks. FNU posted 2.0 total block.
The Conquistadors return to action on Wednesday, October 7, at St. Thomas. Game time from the Fernandez Family Center is set for 7:00 p.m.
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.