FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU beach volleyball schedule has officially been announced with the Eagles starting the season on Feb. 25-26 at the Stetson Spring Fling.
“With a full roster and a regular schedule for the first time since the 2019 season, we are really looking forward to what lies ahead,” said head coach Chris Sweat† “The competitiveness is really coming out in practice and with such a deep roster this year, I know all the athletes are really excited to get the season started.”
All told, the Eagles will play in seven tournaments during the season. Fans will have two chances to see FGCU at home when the Green and Blue host Palm Beach Atlantic on Wednesday, March 23 and Tampa on Friday, April 1.
The ASUN Championship weekend will be held April 22-25 in Huntsville, Alabama.
Last spring, FGCU played a modified schedule as part the return to play protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Eagles finished the year 17-15 overall including two wins over top-15 programs. In the ASUN Championship Tournament, FGCU picked up wins over North Alabama and North Florida before falling to top-seeded Stetson in the winners bracket final and then North Florida in the losers bracket.
Maddison Parmelly and Lexie Hamilton were each named to the ASUN All-Tournament Team. The Eagles return three all-conference selections from last spring as well in Parmelly and Hamilton along with Kacie Johnson who was also an All-Freshman selection.
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Chris Sweat is in his third season as head coach of the FGCU beach volleyball program after spending the prior 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 prior to the COVID-19 shutdown and has compiled a 21-15 record to open his head coaching tenure.
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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 postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 43 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – 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) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 24 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, 2020 Fall, and 2021 Spring semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.