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Volleyball finishes runner up in second straight ASUN Championship

Following a 3-0 win over No. 6 USC Upstate, the No. 3 FGCU volleyball team swept No. 2 Jacksonville to advance to the ASUN Championship for the second year in a row. FGCU and Kennesaw State will each look for its program’s first ASUN championship and the place in the NCAA Tournament. “I think it looked a little bit like yesterday where there was a gradual improvement from set to set,” FGCU head coach Matt Botsford said. “A lot of positive things. Snowy was fantastic and Amanda did a great job coming through attacking wise. I think our blocking...

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Volleyball earns five ASUN honors

As the FGCU volleyball team continues its play in the ASUN Tournament, five specific players were awarded Wednesday night for their contributions throughout the regular season. Freshman Snowy Burnam was named to the ASUN All-Freshman Team. Burnam, who played high school volleyball at Jensen Beach, finished the year with 154 kills. Cortney VanLiew was also awarded the ASUN All-Freshman Team honor. VanLiew, from Seymour, Ind., was second on the team in kills with 293. Setter Maggie Rick was named to the Second Team All-Conference. Rick, who was nominated preseason setter of the year, led the conference in total assists...

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Preview: Volleyball vs. Kennesaw State

The FGCU volleyball team will conclude its regular season schedule Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. versus Kennesaw State. KSU (16-4, 10-1) is riding high and is currently on a seven-game winning streak. Anaiah Boyer, Sydni Shelton and Maddie Jones are the three to watch for KSU. The Eagles are currently trailing first place by two games, with three games remaining. Up next, the Eagles will prepare for the ASUN Volleyball Championship, beginning Thursday, Nov. 16 and concluding Saturday, Nov....

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Preview: Volleyball vs. Lipscomb

The FGCU volleyball team will play its second-to-last regular season game Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. versus Lipscomb. The Eagles have been led by Amanda Carroll (370 kills), Cortney VanLiew (271 kills) and Daniele Serrano (202 kills). A key player to watch for FGCU is Giovanna Borgiotti (70 kills), who is fresh off arguably her best performance of the season against NJIT with 14 kills. The Bisons are led by Carlyle Nusbaum (407 kills), Maddie Phillips (204 kills) and Lauren Anderson (201 kills). These two schools met in Nashville earlier this year, with the Eagles defeating the Bisons...

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Volleyball suffers tough ASUN losses

The FGCU volleyball team needed one win to clinch a spot in the ASUN Conference Tournament. However, it was not the Eagles’ night, as UNF defeated the Eagles in five sets: 23-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17 and 5-15. Coming into the match, FGCU was on a 22-match winning streak. The Ospreys made sure to put the streak to bed. In the opening set, the Eagles scored the first three points, where two came from kills by Maggie Rick and Amanda Carroll. The two schools were exchanging leads throughout. FGCU was able to push the lead to three, 19-16, but UNF...

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Volleyball records eighth straight win over Stetson

On Saturday night, the FGCU volleyball team defeated the Stetson Hatters, 25-20, 25-14, 25-19. The victory extends the Eagles’ winning streak to an impressive eight games. The ASUN standings have Jacksonville and Kennesaw State still at the top with FGCU. The Hatters (3-17, 2-6) grabbed three of the first four points in the opening set. The Eagles (17-6, 7-1) went on a couple of runs late in the set, in large credit to Amanda Carroll, who finished with 17 kills on the night, and freshman Snowy Burnam, who had an outstanding night with 12 kills herself. With FGCU leading...

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Preview: Volleyball vs. Stetson

The FGCU volleyball team will conclude a four-game home stand Saturday night, October 21 versus the Stetson Hatters with the first set beginning at 6 p.m. Paced by Amanda Carroll, Cortney VanLiew, and Daniele Serrano, the Eagles have swept its past three opponents. Stetson (3-14, 2-3) has been playing good volleyball, winning their past two matches against conference foes. The Hatters are led by Eva Deisa (164 kills) and Hao Jin (128 kills). These two schools met a little over a month ago, with FGCU sweeping Stetson in Deland. Next, the Eagles will hit the road to take on...

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FGCU grabs a pair of ASUN wins after straight set victories of JU and UNF

In what was supposed to be the FGCU volleyball team’s toughest match, the Eagles made it look easy, sweeping JU Friday night 25-21, 25-20, 25-20. The victory gave FGCU a share of first place in the ASUN Conference, along with Jacksonville and Kennesaw State. Mallory Mattingly began the scoring, giving the Dolphins a quick 2-0 lead. The Eagles then went on an 8-3 scoring run, in large part to Kaitlan Krivdo, who finished with six kills on the night. JU went on a run of their own and turned the score around from down 8-5 to ahead 9-8. Freshman Cortney VanLiew was dominant on offense and defense, accounting for 12 kills and 13 digs. “It was a really good atmosphere out there tonight. We all played extremely well on defense and floor. Overall, we played good team volleyball in the match. Coach really prepared us well for conference play and throughout our current winning streak,” VanLiew said. In the second set, Amanda Carroll was active as the team raced to a 3-0 start. The Dolphins put pressure on the Eagles, producing a 3-0 run of their own to go on top 8-7. With FGCU leading late 22-17, Jacksonville went on a 3-0 run to cut the deficit to two points at 22-20, forcing the Eagles to burn their final timeout of the set. FGCU scored the first four points...

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Preview: Volleyball vs. UNF

The FGCU volleyball team will have another back-to-back on its schedule, as they face off against North Florida Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. The Eagles (10-6, 2-1) are led offensively by Amanda Carroll, Cortney VanLiew, and Daniele Serrano. Their opponent, the Ospreys (7-11, 0-3), who are still looking for their first road victory (0-7) and first conference victory (0-3), are led by Carina Hoff (186 kills) and Taryn Griffey (158 kills). In 2016, the Eagles swept UNF in Fort Myers, but fell in five sets at Jacksonville. Next, FGCU will take on Bethune-Cookman Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6...

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FGCU volleyball wins its fourth straight over FIU in straight sets

Playing in a non-conference regular season game, the Eagles defeated FIU for the second time this season, moving 13-6 on the season. Also, Courtney Stephens moves into the top-five in digs after the senior finished with 11 on the night. “I thought we played amazing defensively,” FGCU head coach Matt Botsford said. “We’ve been on them a lot recently about making that jump both at the net and the floor defense. But I thought tonight those things really played hand in hand with one another. I’m really pleased with the direction on that side of the ball. It’s going...

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