Beach Volleyball Defeats Coastal Carolina, Jacksonville at Charleston Classic

MT. PLEASANT, SC – The FGCU Beach Volleyball team picked up a pair of wins on day one of the College of Charleston Classic, defeating Coastal Carolina in aa tight 3-2 match before taking down Jacksonville, 3-0 in a match that the Eagles clinched before being suspended for darkness. The Eagles improve to 7-3 on the season while the Chanticleers fall to 9-4 while the Dolphins drop to 4-8.

“We had some great team wins today,” said head coach Chris Sweat† “The atmosphere and intensity of the Coastal Carolina match was exactly what all these ladies play for. Every point was a battle so it was great to out with a win. The Jacksonville match got suspended with us being up 3-0 but they are really improving under their coach and made us work for every point.”

Against Coastal, the graduate pair of Snowy Burnham and Cortney VanLiew cruised to a 21-17, 21-13 straight-sets victory at No. 4.

The other two wins for the Eagles both went three sets. Junior Maddison Parmelly and sophomore Kacie Johnson collected a 21-19, 19-21, 15-8 win at No. 1 while freshman Jacqueline Carpenter and Lexie Hamilton had to come from behind for a 12-21, 21-17, 16-14 win at No. 2.

In the win against Jacksonville, the Eagles won in flights three, four, and five to clinch the match.

FGCU 3, Coastal Carolina 2
1. Maddison ParmellyKacie Johnson (FGCU) def. Martine Kragholm/Irena Drobnjak (CCU) 21-19, 19-21, 15-8
2. Jacqueline CarpenterLexie Hamilton (FGCU) def. Sarah Riedell/Madie Lichty (CCU) 12-21, 21-17, 16-14
3. Natalie Honzovicova/Ellie Hanford (CCU) def. Trinity RosalesShelby Beisner (FGCU) 21-18, 21-18
4. Snowy BurnamCortney VanLiew (FGCU) def. Madison Allred/Raychel Ehlers (CCU) 21-17, 21-13
5. Emma Gonzalez/Kalin Eske (CCU) def. Emma HansenKaitlyn Luebbers (FGCU) 21-23, 22-20, 17-15
ext. Mia ThompsonSkylar English (FGCU) def. Elena Sanchez/Carli Ginther (CCU) 21-13, 21-14

The Eagles will return to action for day two of the College of Charleston Classic as they will resume their match against Jacksonville while also playing the host Cougars and Eastern Kentucky.

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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’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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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.

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