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FGCU volleyball adds four new faces

FGCU head volleyball coach, Matt Botsford, has signed four student-athletes during the early signing period. Cortney VanLiew, Snowy Burnam, Alayna Ryan and Sharonda Pickering will join the Eagles for the 2017 season. “I’m really excited that these four have decided to continue their careers at FGCU,” said Botsford. “They each possess a great blend of volleyball acumen and athleticism that will help propel this team to even greater heights. Equally important is the passion that they have each shown for this program and university. They are committed to our vision for the future and eager to make an impact.”...

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FGCU volleyball falls to Lipscomb in ASUN final

In the final game of the ASUN championship tournament, the Eagles fell 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23) to first-seeded Lipscomb on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Eagles ended the season 27-6 (11-3 ASUN), setting a DI record with 27 wins. Even though the outcome did not favor FGCU, the team played a strong game, putting up 18.5 blocks, which marks the most in a single match for the Eagles in the DI era and fourth-most in program history. FGCU’s defense was led by libero Karissa Rhodes, who led the Bisons’ offensive to a season-low .043 hitting percentage. “Tonight was a gritty...

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FGCU volleyball falls to Lipscomb in ASUN final

In the final game of the ASUN Championship Tournament, the FGCU volleyball team fell 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23) to first-seeded Lipscomb on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Eagles ended the season 27-6 (11-3 ASUN), setting a DI record with 27 wins. Even with the outcome not favoring FGCU, the team played a strong game fight, putting 18.5 blocks, which marks the most in a single match for the Eagles in the DI era and fourth-most in program history. FGCU’s defense was led by libero Karissa Rhodes, who led the Bisons’ offensive to a season-low .043 hitting percentage. “Tonight was a...

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FGCU volleyball advances to ASUN Championship final with win over Kennesaw State

Trailing two sets to one and losing grip in the fifth set, the FGCU volleyball team dug deep, earning itself a win against #2 Kennesaw State (19-25, 25-21, 20-25, 26-24, 15-11), advancing to its first ASUN Championship Final since 2009. In the first set, Kennesaw State came out strong with 8-3 lead after converting on all of their first five attacks. The Owls extended its lead to 14-8, but FGCU made the game within four after a kill by Carroll and block assists from Leigh Pudwill and Serrano. However, FGCU didn’t fight back enough, dropping the set 25-19. In the...

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FGCU volleyball advances to ASUN Championship semifinals with win over JU

In the first round of ASUN tournament play, the FGCU volleyball team traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to play #6, Jacksonville. The Eagles came out with a 3-1 victory over the Dolphins after four long sets. This will be the sixth time the Eagles advanced to the ASUN Championships semifinals. The Eagles got off to a slow start, but responded after the 10-minute intermission with a pair of 25-16 wins in the third and fourth sets to claim the victory. Highlighting the game was first team all-conference player, Amanda Carroll, who totaled 13 digs and a game-high 27 kills, which...

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FGCU volleyball earns postseason honors

After finishing third place in the regular season, five Eagles from the FGCU volleyball team earned ASUN All-Conference honors. With nine total awards, FGCU ties with first seed Lipscomb for most in the conference. Along with her unanimous First-Team All-Conference honors, sophomore Maggie Rick was named the ASUN Setter of the Year. Joining Rick on the conference’s first team were Amanda Carroll and Leigh Pudwill. All three of the First-Team selections were standouts both on the court and in the classroom. This season, they were also named to the ASUN’s All-Academic Team for their academic success. Two freshmen rookies...

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FGCU volleyball finishes regular season with win over NJIT

The FGCU volleyball team finished the regular season with a 3-0 win over NJIT Sunday afternoon. The Eagles ended 25-5 this year, and 11-3 for ASUN play. With the win, the Eagles will be seeded No. 3 in the ASUN Conference Championship and take on sixth-seeded Jacksonville in the opening round Thursday, Nov. 17, in Nashville at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. A dominant defense was key for FGCU’s 25th victory of the season, holding the Highlanders to a .000 hitting percentage. Daniele Serrano, Maggie Rick and Leigh Pudwill were strong on the net defensively, while Karissa Rhoades recorded 13 digs....

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Preview: FGCU volleyball at USC Upstate

After dropping the first home game of the season to Lipscomb late last week, the FGCU Volleyball team is set to face USC Upstate on Friday, Nov. 11. The Eagles will be traveling to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to face the Spartans, who hold a 4-8 in ASUN play. The last time these two teams faced off, the Hatters where swept in straight sets by the Eagles, falling 25-15, 25-22 and 25-13 en route to a 3-0 defeat. FGCU, 9-3, will look to earn a victory on the road as they sit behind Lipscomb and Kennesaw State, who are tied...

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FGCU volleyball claims win over Kennesaw State on Senior Night

On Saturday evening, FGCU faced off against Kennesaw State for the second time this season. When FGCU faced KSU back in October, FGCU lost in four sets, but in the most recent match against KSU, FGCU claimed the win at Alico Arena. The Eagles and KSU went set for set, but FGCU dominated in the fifth set for the match win on Senior Night. FGCU had 61 kills and 68 digs, compared to KSU’s 60 kills and 53 digs. FGCU also had eight blocks compared to KSU’s four blocks. Amanda Carroll contributed 21 kills during the match, and Karissa...

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FGCU volleyball loses last home game of season 3-0 to Lipscomb

On Friday evening, FGCU took a tough loss against Lipscomb in three sets at Alico Arena (21-25, 12-25, 29-31). This was one of the Eagles’ last home games, and this loss now puts their record at 22 wins and five losses for the season. In this match, Lipscomb came out on top offensively and defensively, recording 51 kills and 64 digs, with a hitting percentage of .328% compared to FGCU’s 35 kills, 51 digs, and .173 hitting percentage. However, Amanda Carroll contributed to FGCU’s score with 16 kills and 15 digs. Leigh Pudwill contributed 8 kills. To begin the...

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