Volleyball Heads to Stetson Looking to Remain Unbeaten in ASUN Play

Volleyball Heads to Stetson Looking to Remain Unbeaten in ASUN Play

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Looking to remain unbeaten in ASUN play, the FGCU volleyball team heads to Stetson on Saturday night for a 6 PM opening serve. The Eagles enter the contest with a 15-4 overall record and a 7-0 mark in league play, while the Hatters are 9-10 on the year and 4-3 in conference action.


The match will be streamed on YouTube Live from the Edmunds Center where it will be Pink Night to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Eagles lead the East Division, while Stetson ranks third.


FGCU is the only remaining unbeaten team in ASUN play this year and have an eight match unbeaten streak in place. The Eagles enter the weekend with a No. 49 RPI which leads the conference – North Florida is just behind at No. 65 followed by Jacksonville State at No. 87.


Nationally, FGCU has been one of the top defensive units in the country ranked No. 8 in opponent hitting percentage (0.135) and No. 19 in blocks per set (2.66). The Green and Blue also ranks 39th in hitting percentage at 0.252 on the year.


Erin Shomaker (Granville, Ohio/Granville HS) continues to lead the Eagles with 223 kills followed by Juliana Lentz (Miami, Fla./St. Brendan HS) who has 140 on the year and Aja Jones (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) who has 107. Lentz also leads FGCU in blocks with 78, while Jones has 70.


Dana Axner (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman HS) leads the squad in digs (296), while Chelsey Lockey (Eaton, Colo./Eaton HS) is one of the top ASUN setters with 621 assists.


Stetson is led by Elena Djokovic who has 256 kills and Alexis Thompson who has 125 kills. Kaylee Oscarson has 110 kills, while Nyah Molina directs the offense with 600 assists.


The Hatters have split their last four matches and are coming off a 3-2 loss to Kennesaw State last Saturday.


All-time, FGCU leads the series 27-2 including 17 consecutive wins. Last spring, the teams played four times with the Eagles winning each.


Axner and Cortney VanLiew (Seymour, Ind./Columbus East HS) were recently selected Senior CLASS Award Top-30 candidates to highlight sensational careers. Axner enters the weekend with 1,764 career digs which ranks second-most in program history and seventh most in the ASUN. She ranks 17th among active NCAA Division I players. VanLiew holds a program record 1,540 career kills which ranks 18th among active NCAA players and is eighth all-time in the ASUN. She also holds 1,029 career digs which is the eighth-most in program history. She is one of just three players in program history to hold 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs joining Amanda Carroll and Brooke Youngquist Sweat.


ASUN Leaders (Top 10)

Kills/Set – Shomaker (1st, 3.72)

Hitting Percentage – Lentz (2nd, .379)

Assists/Set – Lockey (3rd, 10.18)

Aces – Shomaker (6th, 23)

Digs/Set – Axner (1st, 4.85)

Blocks/Set – Lentz (2nd, 1.28), Jones (5th, 1.17)

Points/Set – Shomaker (1st, 4.41)


Most Career Kills

1.  1,540   Cortney VanLiew (.225)  2017-present
2. 1,483  Amanda Carroll (.259)  2015-19
3. 1,173  Brooke Youngquist Sweat (.245)   2004-07
4. 1,132  Olivia Mesner (.331)  2011-14
5. 961  Jessica Barnes (.194)  2010-14

Most Career Digs 

1.   1,965  Whitney Hendry (390 sets)  2004-07
2.  1,764  Dana Axner (345 sets)  2018-present
3.  1,687  Whitney Masters (483 sets)  2011-14
4.  1,652  Holly Youngquist (418 sets)  2008-11
5.  1,369  Brook Youngquist Sweat (346 sets)  2004-07

Most Career Assists 

1.   4,540  Maggie Rick (467 sets)  2015-18
2.  4,408  Gigi Myer (474 sets)  2011-14
3.  3,108  Chandra Lefever (309 sets)  2006-09
4.  2,987  Chelsey Lockey (338 sets)  2018-present
5.  1,809  Laura Monovill (186 sets)  2004-05

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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 171-56 (.753) record overall, including an 87-19 (.818) 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 five of the past six 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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