FORT MYERS, Fla. – freshman Oreva Evivie, a Virginia Tech 6-foot middle blocker, has officially joined the FGCU volleyball program, as announced by the head coach Matt Botsford. Evivie has four years left to qualify for the Eagles as she saw no action for the Hokies last fall.
“Oreva is an extremely talented and highly motivated young woman who will be a great addition to our program. She will train as a mid-tier and with her skills and experience in the role I expect she will quickly impress,” said Botsford. “Oreva is a dynamic athlete who explodes well off the ground and as a blocker can get very quickly into the opponent’s airspace to disrupt them. The ability to get her to the gym this semester is a huge bonus as it allows her to feel comfortable with our system while also building important connections with her new teammates.”
The announcement of Evivie’s addition to the program comes after Botsford announced three new freshmen for the 2022 campaign: middle blocker Iyanna Battle (Painesville Township, Ohio/Villa Angela-St. Joseph HS), winger Rylen Reid (Rolling Meadows, Illinois/Fremd HS), and setter Grace Reynolds (Martinsville, Ind./Martinsville HS).
Oreva Evivie – 6-0 – MB – Fr. – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Catholic
Secondary school: Four-year letter winner at Charlotte Catholic…All-Conference named as junior…Two-time varsity captain…As a freshman, she helped her team to a conference championship…Counted the most blocks in the conference as a freshman and voted Most Improved…Helped club team to a SAVL championship and a win at the SC AAU Grand Prix Open.
In person: Born May 20, 2003 in Charlotte, NC…Daughter of Dr. Patrick Evivie and Dr. Loretta Evivie…Sister to Jeremy, Valerie and Edafe…Brother Edafe plays men’s soccer at East Tennessee State…Communication major.
The Eagles are coming out of a historic season in which FGCU set an overall record of 27-6 en route to the ASUN Championship title and a place in the NCAA tournament. In the first round of the NCAA, the Greens and Blues managed to rally past Texas Tech but fell to eventual national champion Wisconsin in the second round. The championship title and NCAA berth marked the second time in program history (2018) for the Eagles to achieve both.
The 27 wins tied the program record alongside the 2016 and 2018 teams, while FGCU also placed its best-ever RPI at number 31 over the course of the year. In the past five seasons, the Eagles have won the 12e the most wins of any team in the country with 144, which is more than Stanford, Penn State and Washington but just behind Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The Eagles will be bringing back 12 newcomers this season, including three of their top five-point producers.
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Matt Botsford is in his eighth season as the head coach of the FGCU women’s volleyball program in 2021 after being hired on February 10, 2014. a 96-20 (.827) record in ASUN play. Including last year’s unprecedented spring season, he has taken the program to heights it has not seen in the Division I era (2007-present) – racking up a total of at least 20 wins in six of the past seven seasons and at least 10 wins in conference play each season. In 2018, he led the program to its first regular season championship since 2012 (fourth overall) and its first-ever ASUN tournament title, NCAA tournament appearance, NCAA tournament win and victory over a ranked team. His first two campaigns resulted in a second-place finish in ASUN’s regular season, and the next two saw the Eagles advance to the tournament championship and now the team has won three consecutive regular season titles, including a division title and second place in the ASUN tournament. . the spring 2021 season. On September 10, 2016, Botsford led his team to a five-set win over Indiana at Alico Arena, marking the program’s first-ever win over a team at a Power-5 conference. In 2018, he led the team to a win over Miami (Fla.) – the program’s first-ever Power 5 win, and the Eagles followed with an outright win over the Hurricanes in a neutral venue in 2019.
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FGCU teams have collectively won an incredible 87 regular conference and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. In addition, in just nine seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a total of 43 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have achieved top 25 nationalities in their respective sports – including Women’s Basketball (No. 25, 2021-22), Beach Volleyball (No. 20, 2021), and both Men’s Soccer (2018, 2019) and Women’s Soccer (2018) and three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues took a division best sixth place in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 nationally, for several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018/19, the Eagles had an ASUN and the top seven teams from the state of Florida earned the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their academic progress in their sports. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester, outperforming the general university undergraduate population for 24 consecutive semesters. Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 each reached a new milestone as all 15 programs in each achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also had a record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017—they were recognized as one of two runner-up winners for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.