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Beach volleyball No. 20 splits on final day of Stetson Spring Fling


DeLAND, Florida. – The season-opening weekend ended Saturday afternoon as the No. 20 FGCU beach volleyball team shared the final day of the Stetson Spring Fling at Cooper Beach Courts. The Eagles beat Mercer, 5-0, before losing 4-1 to No. 19 Stetson. The FGCU improved to 2-2 on the year after also splitting its games on Friday.

“We had to make a few lineup changes today but overall I was happy with the game. Our first game was very clean and I think Skylar has improved a lot for us,” said the manager. head coach. Chris Sweat. “We had our chances at times in some sets but we made too many mistakes in the second game and you can’t do that against a team like Stetson. Overall it was a good weekend learning and growing and we look forward to our next game next weekend.”

Trinity Rosales and Shelby Beisner each had two wins on the day. The duo came out on top at No. 5 (21-14, 21-18) in the morning game against the Bears before earning a three-set victory in the fourth flight against Stetson. Beisner finished the opening weekend 3-1, while Rosales was 3-0 to lead the Eagles individually.

skylar english and lexie hamilton had the deciding game against Mercer winning the third flight 21-19, 21-15.

The FGCU will return to action next weekend at the FAU Beach Burrow Bash on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5. On Friday, the Eagles take on host FAU (10 a.m.) and UNC Wilmington (4 p.m.) before taking on Austin Peay and Palm. Atlantic Beach on Saturday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

No. 18 FGCU 5, Mercer 0

  1. Maddison Parmelly/Kacie Johnson (FGCU) def. Olivia Boeve/Lexi Polychones 21-10, 21-13
  2. snowy burnam/Kirstine Keep (FGCU) def. Nicole O’Mara/Sydney Benson 21-12, 21-13
  3. skylar english/lexie hamilton (FGCU) def. Alyssa Scoggins/Jordan Paddock 21-19, 21-15
  4. Emma Hansen/Kaitlyn Luebbers (FGCU) def. Hana Robertson/Ellie Miller 19-21, 21-7, 15-7
  5. Trinity Rosales/Shelby Beisner (FGCU) def. Reese Hood/Jordan Morris 21-14, 21-18

Additional game: Cortney VanLiew/Mia Thompson (FGCU) def. Emily Earwood/Kathryn Corbett 21-6, 21-9
Finishing order: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

No. 19 Stetson 4, FGCU 1

  1. Hae Henson/Kylie Neuschaeferova def. Maddison Parmelly/Kacie Johnson (FGCU) 21-19, 18-21, 15-9
  2. Carolina Ferraris/Anete Namike def. snowy burnam/Kristine Garder (FGCU) 21-12, 21-18
  3. Karin Zolnercikova/Gabriella Bramante def. lexie hamilton/skylar english (FGCU) 21-15, 21-16
  4. Trinity Rosales/Shelby Beisner (FGCU) def. Lauren Della/Colene Hamilton 17-21, 21-13, 15-12
  5. Audrey Gauthier/Klea Sirois def. Emma Hansen/Kaitlyn Luebber (FGCU) 21-19, 23-21

Additional game: Elizabeth Richmond/Cortney VanLiew (FGCU) def. Lauren Domel/Shahar Rosner 21-17, 21-15
Finishing order: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

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Chris Sweat is in his third season as head coach of the FGCU beach volleyball program after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach. A member of VolleyballMag.com’s Under 40 Coaching Hotshots list in January 2020, he led the Eagles to a 4-0 start in 2020 before the COVID-19 shutdown and compiled a 22-16 record to open his tenure of head coach.


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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 87 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles have brought together 43 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#25, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2021) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 24 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.