MT. PLEASANT, SC – Thanks to a 3-2 win over the College of Charleston and a 5-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky, the FGCU beach volleyball team finished the College of Charleston Beach Classic with a perfect 4-0 weekend to run its win streak to seven straight .
“It was a battle all day and College of Charleston made us earn every point of every match. The cold weather was definitely a challenge, so I’m glad to come away with four wins on the weekend,” said head coach Chris Sweat† “Our 1’s pair of Maddie and Kacie are really coming together as a team and are playing great.”
The Eagles opened the day with a tight battle against the Cougars that saw FGCU pick up wins in the first, second and fifth flights to take the victory.
In the afternoon, the Green and Blue swept the Colonels with the first, third and fifth flights winning in two sets each.
On Saturday, FGCU earned a 3-2 win over Coastal Carolina followed by a 3-0 win over Jacksonville as the match was called due to darkness.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Eagles as they head to the FIU Invitational on Wednesday for a trio of matches against FIU, North Florida and Southern California. The week will then conclude with a trip to the Stetson Challenge on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, with two matches each day.
Florida Gulf Coast 3, Charleston 2
1. Maddison Parmelly†Kacie Johnson (FGCU) def. Sky Benjamin/Sofie Vogel (COFC) 21-10, 21-14
2. Lexie Hamilton†Jacqueline Carpenter (FGCU) def. Amani Dunston/Ella Reames (COFC) 16-21, 21-15, 15-12
3. Maria Zweig/Emma Falk (COFC) def. Shelby Beisner†Trinity Rosales (FGCU) 21-13, 21-18
4. Kyra Thompson/Gabi Bailey (COFC) def. Snowy Burnam†Elizabeth Richmond (FGCU) 21-17, 19-21, 15-9
5. Emma Hansen†Kaitlyn Luebbers (FGCU) def. Rebeca Olariu/Jasmin Goei (COFC) 23-21, 21-13
ext. Cortney Vanliew/Cortney Vanliew (FGCU) def. Mikaela Dougherty/Tynley Smeltzer (COFC) 22-20, 22-20
Florida Gulf Coast 5, Eastern Kentucky 0
1. Maddison Parmelly†Kacie Johnson (FGCU) def. Shannon Stone/Hannah Keating (EKU) 21-17, 21-13
2. Trinity Rosales†Jacqueline Carpenter (FGCU) def. Paityn Walker/Sarah Mitchell (EKU) 16-21, 21-14, 16-14
3. Lexie Hamilton†Shelby Beisner (FGCU) def. Sydney Shoe/Kaylin Johnson (EKU) 21-8, 21-12
4. Emma Hansen†Kaitlyn Luebbers (FGCU) def. Elizabeth Fonvielle/Maddy Campbell (EKU) 18-21, 21-13, 15-12
5. Cortney Vanliew/Skylar English (FGCU) def. Kali Walker/Miya Carmichael (EKU) 21-6, 21-9
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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 30-18 record to open his head coaching tenure.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 90 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 44 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. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) 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 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) 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.