FGCU senior outside hitter Amanda Carroll needed just three digs on Friday to put her name among an elite group of athletes, those with 1,000 career kills and 1,000 digs and she got just that, posting the milestone save in Set 3 of the team’s sweep of New Mexico State.
Carroll, who entered the year with a school record 1,354 kills and 969 digs racked up 31 kills and 28 digs on opening weekend to move to 1,385 and 997 respectively. On Friday, she managed eight kills, three digs and two assists as the team went to 3-1 with a 25-20, 25-12, 25-22 victory.
After the team’s Friday morning sweep of New Mexico State at the Lobo Classic, Carroll’s career totals stand at 1,393 and 1,000. She becomes just the sixth player in school history to eclipse the 1,000 dig milestone and just the second to join the 1,000-1,000 club (alongside Brooke Youngquist Sweat 2004-07).
Even more fun for the Albuquerque, New Mexico native, is that she was able to reach the elite milestone in front of her hometown crowd. The Lobo Classic marks the first collegiate matches in Albuquerque for the Sandia High School alumna, who led the school to the 2013 5A state title and earned New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year nods in 2013 and 2014.
All told, Carroll not only tops the FGCU record books in kills (1,385), she also ranks first in reception percentage (.969 with 1723 receptions entering the weekend) and second in career aces (101), just 38 behind Ana Kokanovic‘s standard from 2007-08.
Carroll has posted double-digit kill tallies in 80 of her 98 matches and 10 or more digs in 47 of 98 matches. She has posted 42 career double doubles.
In addition to the match with New Mexico State, the Eagles are set to face New Mexico at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday and Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m. Saturday.
And because she's that awesome, @MandaPaige6 just picked up her 1,000th career dig, becoming the 6️⃣th in program history to do so. She also joins @BaSweat as the only ✌️ players in program history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. #WingsUp | 🤙🦅🌴 pic.twitter.com/m1zvYAxHWG
— FGCU Volleyball (@FGCU_VB) August 31, 2018