Volleyball suffers a 3-0 loss to Arkansas


FORT COLLINS, Colo. – FGCU Volleyball suffers a 3-0 loss to Arkansas to close out the Colorado State Invitational on Saturday.

FGCU is now down to 4-2 on the season with back-to-back losses. The Eagles lost to Colorado State 3-1 late Friday night, but the Greens and Blues opened the invitational tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Alabama State.

Arkansas swept the competition, 3-0 over FGCU, Colorado State and Alabama State. Alabama State went 0-3, while tournament hosts Colorado State finished 2-1 posting wins over the Hornets and Eagles.

“Arkansas played exceptionally today and really dictated the direction for most of the game from the service line,” the head coach said. Matt Botsford said. “I thought we were a bit more comfortable in each set, but we’re still seeing way too many points, which is hard to overcome. We saw a lot of positives this weekend, but the key in this moment is to build our consistency in all stages of the game.”

FGCU fought all afternoon, especially in the third set, limiting attacking errors. Led two sets to zero, the third had seven points of equality and four changes of lead. Arkansas would seal the match with a 25-23 win in three sets.

The Greens and Blues’ crisp defense tied Arkansas overall with five blocks apiece, but the Razorbacks edged the Eagles at the service line with aces 12-3.

Arkansas opened the day with a 25-14 win and followed it up with a 25-17 win in straight sets. Arkansas held ASUN leader in killings, Erin Shomaker (GRANVILLE, OHIO)just three.

Shoemaker recorded 44 kills over the weekend. On Friday, she moved to fifth all-time in FGCU career wins (974). Shomaker is 26 kills away from the 1,000 career kill mark.

Square. Name (year) Career kills at FGCU
1. Courtney Van Liew (2017-21) 1,657
2. Amanda Carroll (2015-19) 1,483
3. Brooke Youngquist (2004-07) 1,173
4. Olivia Mesner (2011-14) 1,132
5. Erin Shomaker (2019- 974

Lawrence Clark (CHAMPLIN, MIN.) stepped up offensively to lead all Eagles in kills (8) against Arkansas. Both Juliana Lentz (MIAMI, FL.) and skylar english (NAPLES, FL.) added six wins each.

Originally from Colorado Chelsey Lockey (EATON, COLO.) posted a double-double, a team leader with 14 digs and 19 assists.

The Eagles will look to regroup next weekend at the Sunshine Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida. FGCU opens its third and final road invite of the season next Friday, Sept. 9 against VCU (noon) and No. 13 Florida (7:30 p.m.).

VCU is 3-3 on the year and No. 13 Florida is currently 3-1. On Saturday, Sept. 10, FGCU is scheduled to take on Georgia Southern (5-1) at 1 p.m. to complete the Sunshine Invitational.

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Matt Botsford completed his eighth season as head coach of the FGCU women’s volleyball program in 2021 after being hired on February 10, 2014. During his tenure, teams coached by Botsford compiled an overall record of 188-61 (.755), including a 96-20 (.827) ASUN in-game record. Including last year’s unprecedented spring season, he has taken the program to heights it has never seen in the Division I era (2007-present) – recording at least 20 wins over six of the past seven seasons and at least 10 conference wins. play every 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 second-place finish in the ASUN regular season, and the next two saw the Eagles advance to the tournament championship. Now the team has won four straight regular season titles, including two ASUN Tournament Championship titles. On September 10, 2016, Botsford led his team to a five-set victory over Indiana at Alico Arena, which marked the program’s first-ever victory against a team from a Power-5 conference. In 2018 he also led the team to a win over Miami, Florida – the Power 5 program’s first-ever road win, and the Eagles followed that up with a straight-sets win over the Hurricanes at a neutral site in 2019. In 2021, Botsford led the Eagles to 27 wins, tying the program record previously set in the 2016, 2018 and 2019 seasons, and an NCAA First Round win over Texas Tech. The victory over the Red Raiders marked the second NCAA first-round victory for the Greens and Blues following their 3-2 victory over No. 13 UCF in Orlando in 2018.

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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10+ seasons of DI playoff eligibility , the Eagles have fielded 45 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA Championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 26 consecutive semesters. In five of the last six semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021), the Eagles have reached another milestone as all 15 programs have achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.


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