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Volleyball goes 2-1 at Wildcat Classic with wins over Wofford and Davidson

The FGCU volleyball team finished 2-1 at the Wildcat Classic after defeating Wofford and Davidson, but fell to Georgia in three sets.  Against Wofford, the Eagles swept the Terriers in three sets, with a dominant performance from Amanda Carrol, who became the third player – second in DI history – to reach 1,000 career kills.   In the match against Davidson, the Eagles were down 2-1 but had a dominant comeback with a fourth set win, pushing the game to a fifth set.    In the match against Georgia, FGCU went down quickly but battled back in the third set, only to fall to the Bulldogs as they secured a three-set victory.   Freshman outside hitter Cortney VanLiew and sophomore middle blocker Daniele Serrano were both named to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team following the tournament.  VanLiew recorded 44 kills and had 27 digs over the three matches, while Serrano added 23 kills and five blocks.  After trailing 2-1 in the opening set against Wofford, FGCU rattled off four straight points to take a 5-2 lead, and from there, they never trailed.   In a decisive third set, the Eagles were forced to take a timeout after the Terriers put up five consecutive points to take a 10-9 lead. Yet, FGCU came out strong with seven-straight points to take a 16-10 lead and an eventual 25-18 match victory.   Carroll finished the match with a game-high 18 kills and 19 digs, followed behind Courtney VanLiew, who recorded 13 kills.   On the second day of play, the Eagles first faced off against Davidson.   Despite having a better hitting percentage in the...

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Preview: Women’s soccer at Arizona

The FGCU women’s soccer team will head to Arizona to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils Friday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 p.m. The Eagles will be coming off four home games that included FAU, Kent State and Liberty University. This will be the first time these two teams will meet in program history. Arizona is currently 1-1-1 with its one loss against UCF 1-2 and its one time against UC Irvine. Last season, Arizona ended with an overall record of 9-9-1, going 4-7 in its conference play. Next, the Eagles will take on the Sun Devils in Arizona...

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Preview: Men’s cross country at ASUN Preview

The FGCU men’s cross-country team will compete in the ASUN Preview Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. The team will be coming off competing in the FAU Invitational where they placed second just 10 points behind in-state rival Miami. Three runners finished in the top-10 for the men, led by Troy Clark, who finished third overall with a time of 15:47.08. Other teammates Maximilian Weigand and Joseph Salerno finished fourth and ninth, respectively. Last season, the Eagles finished third in the ASUN Championship and turned in a program-best 17th place finish in the NCAA South Region Championship. Next, FGCU...

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FGCU volleyball suffers losses at Homewood Suites Sunshine State Classic

The FGCU volleyball team battled against in-state rivals, Miami, FAU and UCF, but came up short against each team over the weekend at the Homewood Suites Sunshine State Classic. “We were in quite a few deuce sets and came out on the short end of those maybe every time, that was kind of the story of the weekend,” said FGCU head coach Matt Botsford. “I think part of it is experience, I think part of it is working through personnel questions and trying to find the right fit. It’s a tough situation – to end a game and be...

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FGCU men’s soccer goes 1-1 at the Peter Baldwin Memorial Classic

On Friday night, the Eagles competed in their first game at the Peter Baldwin Memorial Classic and flew by Vermont to earn a dominant 4-0 victory. The Eagles then took on Central Connecticut State on Sunday, but suffered a tough 2-0 loss. “Our start to the game was excellent. The guys came out sharp, we moved the ball well, defended hard and, really, created more chances than we converted,” said FGCU head coach Jesse Cormier. “With that early momentum we were able to take the crowd out of the game and get the clean sheet on the road against...

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FGCU women’s soccer earns 5-1 win over Eastern Michigan

The FGCU women’s soccer team continued its dominance against Eastern Michigan earning a 5-1 win over EMU Sunday morning. “I was very pleased with the weekend,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “Any time you can get six points on the weekend and on the road, it’s a good thing. I was very happy with the way we played today and it resulted in some great goals. It was big for us to bounce back after we gave up an equalizer late in the first half, and we did and then some.” Throughout the entire first half, the Eagles continued...

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Preview: FGCU volleyball at FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational

Kicking off its 2017 season, the FGCU volleyball team is set to host the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational. Play will begin Friday, August 25th against FIU at 7 p.m. and will finish up on Saturday, August 26th against Georgia Southern at 11 a.m. and IUPUI at 7 p.m. Last season, the Eagles hosted this same invitational with Delaware, New Orleans, and VCU. FGCU swept the entire tournament, winning all three matches 3-0. FIU and the Eagles have a 6-5 record going into play, with their last meeting in 2016 when FGCU took the match 3-1. This will only be...

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Preview: Women’s soccer at FAU Adidas Owl Classic

The FGCU women’s soccer team is set to compete in its first invitational of the season, the FAU Adidas Owl Classic in Boca Raton. Play will begin on Friday, August 25th at 5 p.m. against Valparaiso and will conclude Sunday, August 27th at 11 a.m. against Eastern Michigan. This will be the first time these teams will be meeting each other. Valparaiso ended last season with an overall record of 9-10 while Eastern Michigan finished with a 6-10-4 overall record. Next, the Eagles will host a home tournament starting Friday, September 1st at 7 p.m. against Kent State. Play...

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FGCU men’s tennis, Alfonzo, earns spot on Winners for Life team

After excelling both on and off the court, FGCU men’s tennis player, Andres Alfonzo, has recently earned a spot on the ASUN Conference Spring 2017 Winners for Life team. In May, Alfonzo was named FGCU’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and recently graduated from FGCU with a 3.5 GPA and a degree in Finance. His performance in the classroom earned him the co-ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Alfonzo was also a Dean’s List honoree, earning a place on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of his six semesters on campus. Beyond campus, Alfonzo gave back to the community, totaling...

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FGCU baseball, Crawford, selected by Red Sox in 2017 MLB Draft

In the 16th round of the 2017 MLB First-Player Draft, the Boston Red Sox selected junior, right-handed pitcher Kutter Crawford. Crawford earned the 491st overall pick in the Draft, making him the first Eagle in program history to be drafted by the Red Sox and the third former Eagle to sign with the organization out of college. The right-hander will also become the fourth former Eagle to be an active member of the Red Sox along with five-time MLB All-Star Chris Sale. After his transfer from Indian River State College, Crawford quickly established himself in the teams’ weekend rotation...

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