BOCA RATON, Fla. – With a 5-0 win over Austin Peay and a 3-2 win over Palm Beach Atlantic, the No. 26 FGCU beach volleyball team swept day two of the FAU Beach Burrow Bash on Saturday at the FAU Beach Volleyball Complex. With the wins, the Eagles improved to 5-3 overall on the season.
“We struggled with the elements in our first match, but we pulled out some tough wins in the second match. Every pair had a third set or a two point win, so I was glad to see us finish games,” said head coach Chris Sweat† “Emma and Kaitlyn had a great weekend going 4-0 and they’re really coming together as a strong pair for us.”
The Green and Blue opened the day with the morning win over Austin Peay as it swept the match 5-0. The pair of Jaci Carpenter and Lexie Hamilton had the match clinching point at the No. 2 flight. Emma Hansen and Kaitlyn Luebbers picked up the first win of the match at No. 2 before Shelby Beisner and Elizabeth Richmond won the no. 5 flight.
In the afternoon, the Eagles had the match win secured 3-0 before the Sailfish won the final two flights. Kacie Johnson and Maddison Parmelly had the match clinching point in the No. 2 flight winning 21-13 and 21-18.
The Eagles are set to return to action next weekend at the College of Charleston Classic on Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. On Saturday, the Eagles will face Coastal Carolina (11:30 AM) and Jacksonville (4:30 PM) on Saturday before then taking on host College of Charleston (9:30 AM) and Eastern Kentucky (11:30 AM) on Sunday .
FGCU 5, Austin Peay 0
1. PARMELLY, Maddison/JOHNSON, Kacie (FGCU) final BULLINGTON, Marlayna/MEAD, Kelsey (APSU) 21-17, 14-21, 15-12
2. CARPENTER, Jaci/HAMILTON, Lexie (FGCU) final MOORE, Brooke/POWELL, Mikayla (APSU) 21-11, 22-20
3. BURNHAM, Snowy/ROSALES, Trinity (FGCU) final MCINNIS, Demi/SEYRING, Tegan (APSU) 12-21, 21-15, 15-8
4. HANSEN, Emma/LUEBBERS, Kaitlyn (FGCU) final EISENHART, Erin/GRAHAM, Karli (APSU) 21-15, 21-6
5. BEISNER, Shelby/RICHMOND, Elizabeth (FGCU) final WAITE, Caroline/WHEAT, Elizabeth (APSU) 21-13, 21-11
ext. VANLIEW, Cortney/THOMPSON, Mia (FGCU) final CLARK, Jaida/BUGGS, Janvier (APSU) 21-13, 21-16
Austin Peay 0-3
Order of finish: 4,5,2,3,1
FGCU 3, PBA 2
1. Jazz Schmidt/Lunden Evans (PBABVB) def. GARDER, Kirstine/CARPENTER, Jaci (FGCU) 21-19, 22-24, 15-9
2. JOHNSON, Kacie/PARMELLY, Maddison (FGCU) final Lyndzey Minter/Abby Devido (PBABVB) 21-13, 21-18
3. Abigail Mason/Gabriella Aziz (PBABVB) def. BURNHAM, Snowy/HAMILTON, Lexie (FGCU) 21-17, 11-21, 15-11
4. ROSALES, Trinity/BEISNER, Shelby (FGCU) final Emma Vann/Bailey Myott (PBABVB) 21-19, 21-19
5. HANSEN, Emma/LUEBBERS, Kaitlyn (FGCU) final Olivia Finckel/Caroline Henderson (PBABVB) 21-8, 21-18
ext. ENGLISH, Skylar/RICHMOND, Elizabeth (FGCU) final Julia Golichowski/Karla Cantero (PBABVB) 21-18, 16-21, 15-10
PBA Beach Volleyball 7-1
Order of finish: 5.4,2,3,1
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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 24-18 record to open his head coaching tenure.
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