Erin Shomaker Selected as ASUN Player of the Week

Erin Shomaker Selected as ASUN Player of the Week

FORT MYERS, Fla. – After guiding the FGCU volleyball team to a pair of wins over the weekend against North Florida (3-1) and Jacksonville (3-0), junior outside hitter Erin Shomaker (Granville, Ohio/Granville HS) was selected as the ASUN Player of the Week on Monday.
Shomaker tallied 26 kills with just six errors (.282 hitting percentage), had 20 digs, posted three blocks and had two aces through seven sets. In the win over UNF, her 15 kills tied her conference season-high and stood as her second-best total of the season. She also had a double-double against the Ospreys with 11 digs while adding three blocks. She nearly had a double-double against Jacksonville with 11 kills and nine digs.
“Erin has done a lot of things extremely well this season. But, the thing that continues to impress me the most is her overall consistency,” said head coach Matt Botsford. “When you think about what she is doing for us as a six-rotation player, it really is remarkable. This weekend she showcased her abilities in every phase of the game: from serve receive, to attacking, from blocking, to floor defense and serving. She is finding ways to positively impact the direction of each match. Erin’s reliability and efficiency as a player is a huge asset to this team.”
The Eagles remained unbeaten in ASUN play and extended their win streak to 14 matches – the fourth longest streak in the nation.
Shomaker currently leads the ASUN in points per set (4.40) and kills per set (3.76), while her 297 total kills ranks fourth. She ranks 68th nationally in points per set and 87th in kills per set.
For her career, Shomaker’s 772 kills rank as the ninth most in program history while her 3.4 kills per set is the fourth best all-time.
This marked the fifth weekly honor for the Eagles. Shomaker was also named the league’s Player of the Week on Aug. 30 and Oct. 4, while Juliana Lentz was named the Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 27. Skylar English earned Freshman of the Week honors on Oct. 25.
Entering the upcoming week, FGCU’s 14-match win streak is the fourth-longest in the NCAA alongside BYU and Dayton. In this week’s NCAA RPI, the Eagles moved up nine spots to No. 41 after posting their six year in the last seven with 20-plus wins. Heading into this weekend, FGCU will look to surpass its best ASUN start in program history. The Green and Blue currently stand 21-4 overall and are 13-0 in ASUN play. In 2012, the Eagles started league play 14-0 for its best start ever. FGCU is also six wins away from matching the program’s Division I record of 27 victories set in 2019 and 2016.

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Matt Botsford is in his eighth season as head coach of the FGCU women’s volleyball program in 2021 after being hired on Feb. 10, 2014. In his tenure, Botsford-led teams have compiled a 177-56 (.759) record overall, including a 93-19 (.828) record in ASUN play. Including this past year’s unprecedented spring season, he has taken the program to heights it has not seen in the Division-I era (2007-present) – registering at least 20 wins overall in six of the past seven seasons and at least 10 wins in conference 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 ASUN regular season runner-up finishes, and the following two saw the Eagles advance to the tournament championship and now the team has won three straight regular season titles, including a division title and ASUN tournament runner-up finish in the spring 2021 season. On Sept. 10, 2016, Botsford led his team to a five-set win over Indiana in Alico Arena, which signified the program’s first-ever win over a team from a Power-5 conference. In 2018, he led the team to a win over Miami (Fla.) – the program’s first-ever road Power 5 win, and the Eagles followed that up with a straight-set win over the Hurricanes at a neutral site in 2019.



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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 42 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. 21, 2020-21), 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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