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FGCU swim adds two to coaching staff

The FGCU swim team head coach Dave Rollins added assistant coach Melissa Steele and volunteer assistant Jack Fichenkaub to the Eagles’ coaching staff. “We received an incredible amount of interest in our assistant coach position, and we are very excited to have Melissa joining our Eagle family,” said head coach Dave Rollins. “Her experience is exactly what we were looking for, and we cannot wait to have Melissa help the program reach new heights.” Steele spent the last three seasons at the University of Arkansas, where she was the graduate assistant coach under head coach Neil Harper.  Steele was...

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FGCU beach volleyball falls to Stetson in final round of ASUN Championship

After a strong win against No. 2 Mercer in Saturday’s first round of the ASUN Championship, the No. 3 FGCU beach volleyball team fell 3-1 to No. 1 Stetson in the final round of the championship. The Eagles also took a 3-2 victory over No. 4 UNF which earned themselves a final round appearance. “I’m so proud of this group for what they’ve accomplished this year,” head coach Matt Botsford said. “This weekend was just another example of how competitive and motivated this team is. We constantly stress the idea of continued improvement throughout the season, and there is...

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Preview: Beach volleyball at ASUN Beach Volleyball Championship

The FGCU beach volleyball team will head to Deland to take part in the ASUN Beach Volleyball Championship beginning Saturday, April 22. Play will conclude on Sunday, April 23. The Eagles currently hold a 13-6 overall record and a 6-4 record for conference play. The Eagles have had the most success with the No. 3 pairing of Katherine Puisis and Karissa Rhoades as they’ve gone 13-4 this season. Last season, the Eagles went 2-2 at the ASUN championship in three days of...

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FGCU men’s tennis suffers 2-4 loss to #34 Memphis

Finishing off their regular season, the FGCU men’s tennis team suffered a tough 2-4 loss to #34 Memphis after long-fought matches. The Eagles pushed four of the six singles matches to three sets and claimed two, but wasn’t able to finish with the win. “If we play like this next weekend we’ll be fine,” head coach CJ Weber said. “Hats off to Memphis for closing it out, but I was happy for how the guys fought today on Andy and Sam’s Senior Day.” After doubles and going down a set on five of six singles matches, the Eagles quickly...

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Preview: Beach volleyball vs. FIU

The FGCU beach volleyball team is set to host the FIU Panthers Tuesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. in what will be the last match before the ASUN Beach Volleyball Championship. The Panthers come into this match up with an overall record of 18-10 after competing in seven tournaments so far this season. The last time these two teams met was during the 2014 season at the Stetson Pairs Tournament and the FIU Surf and Turf Tournament. The Panthers took both games, 1-4 and 0-5, respectively. Next, the Eagles will compete in the ASUN Beach Volleyball Championship beginning Saturday,...

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From the Olympics to dugouts: FGCU swimmer ventures to unknown territory with softball

Last summer, FGCU standout swimmer, Evita Leter, was competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics to represent her country, Suriname, for swimming. Now, the Olympic swimmer has traded her goggles and swim cap for a helmet and cleats. After a recent drop in numbers on the FGCU softball team, Coach David Deiros reached out to all of the FGCU women sports coaches for eligible athletes to fill in as a pinch runner. “Coach Rollins was the first one to say, ‘Why don’t you give Evita a try? She’s never played the sport before but she’s athletic, she’s smart and she...

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Preview: Beach volleyball vs. Stetson

The FGCU volleyball team is set to host Stetson in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 12 at 4 p.m. with the second game following immediately at 6 p.m. The Eagles will be coming off a two-game series against Coastal Carolina and Mercer, where the team went 2-2 over the weekend. Stetson is coming into this match with an overall record of 15-11 and a strong 8-0 conference record. Last season, when these two conference teams met, the Hatters took both matches from the Eagles 4-1. Next, FGCU will host FIU Tuesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. in what will...

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Women’s soccer adds Florida State transfer to roster

The FGCU women’s soccer team will gain another strong player to the 2017 roster as head coach Jim Blankenship announced that the team will be adding former Mariner High School standout, and Florida State transfer, Holly Fritz. The midfielder will have two years of eligibility as an Eagle and will become the eighth newcomer for the 2017 season. “Holly is a fantastic addition to our program,” Blankenship said. “She’s a tremendously versatile player that will contribute right away. We see her taking over the center midfielder role, but it is nice to know that she can play out wide,...

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FGCU beach volleyball splits first and second day in weekend doubleheader

The FGCU beach volleyball team traveled to Deland to compete in its first ASUN doubleheader against Coastal Carolina and Mercer this weekend. The Eagles took both matches from Coastal Carolina but suffered two losses against Mercer. Despite tough wind conditions on day one, FGCU claimed a 3-2 victory over the Chanticleers with wins from No. 2, 3 and 5, but suffered from a 3-2 loss to Mercer. “Conditions were tough this afternoon with some pretty heavy winds throughout the day,” head coach Matt Botsford said. “I didn’t think our ball handling was as sharp as it needed to be...

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Women’s basketball player, Mikala McGhee attends ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ program to fulfill dreams

Coaches can impact their players, for good or bad, but for FGCU women’s basketball player, Mikala McGhee, past and present coaches have impacted her life so much that she hopes to do the same. To turn this dream into a reality, McGhee applied for the “So You Want To Be A Coach” program and received the opportunity of a lifetime. The redshirt senior was accepted into this WBCA program as one of just 50 student-athletes from across the nation. “I am very honored and thankful to have this pick because it wasn’t just DI athletes they were looking at,...

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