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Volleyball Completes Ninth Sweep On Season

The FGCU volleyball team returned back to Alico Arena and dominated USC Upstate 25-17, 25-18, 25-19. The Eagles began the match on a 3-0 run, in large part to an Amanda Carroll kill, who continues to produce offensively on a nightly basis. Carroll was honored pre-game in recognition of her reaching 1,000 kills on the season. The Eagles were able to stretch their lead to 12-5, as Daniele Serrano produced two kills. The Spartans (5-12, 2-2) never led in the set. They were able to produce a run every now and then, but it was all FGCU early on....

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Preview: Volleyball vs. USC Upstate

The FGCU volleyball team will return home, as they continue ASUN play versus USC Upstate, Friday Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. Their longest road trip of the season included visits to North Carolina, Indiana, Daytona Beach, Deland, Georgia and Tennessee. FGCU’s big three on offense, led by Amanda Carroll, Cortney VanLiew and Daniele Serrano, have a combined total of 490 kills. The Spartans (4-11) are led by freshman Lily Dempsey, who leads the team with 129 kills. Last season when these two schools met, the Eagles swept the Spartans in Fort Myers, but had to grind out a tough...

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FGCU volleyball defeats 2016 ASUN Champions, Lipscomb

After losing its first conference game Friday to Kennesaw State, the FGCU volleyball team dominated the 2016 ASUN Champion Lipscomb in four sets the following night―25-18, 25-18, 19-25, 25-23. FGCU started the first set off strong with two quick kills from Amanda Carroll and Cortney VanLiew, giving the Eagles an early 2-0 lead. When FGCU built a couple of leads, Lipscomb always managed to jump right back in the set. However, with FGCU up 23-18, the freshman duo finished it off. A kill from Snowy Burnam and Cortney VanLiew gave victory in set one for FGCU. Scoring runs was...

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FGCU Volleyball picks up wins vs. Bethune-Cookman and Stetson

The FGCU Volleyball team picked up two more wins this last weekend as well as winning its first ASUN conference match with wins over Bethune Cookman and Stetson. “We were really good from the service line and that’s been something over the last couple weeks that’s really dictated quite a few of our matches,” said head coach Matt Botsford. In match number one versus Bethune Cookman, FGCU got off to a tough start trailing most of the first set, but one of Amanda Carroll’s seven kills in the first set tied the score up at 14. The Eagles went...

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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: Volleyball at Wildcat Classic

The FGCU volleyball team is set to begin the Wildcat Classic Friday, Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m. against Wofford in North Carolina. A doubleheader will occur the following day, with the Eagles taking on Davidson at 12 p.m. and Georgia at 4 p.m. The Eagles are led by junior Amanda Carroll, who leads the team in kills with 85. The Eagles have dominated their opponents, having taken the first nine sets in this young season. However, the team has recently dropped four of its past six sets played against UCF, FAU and Miami. The Terriers are led by sophomore...

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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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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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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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