HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The No. 20 FGCU beach volleyball team remained unbeaten in pool play on day two of the ASUN Championship with wins over Jacksonville (4-1) and Central Arkansas (5-0) to secure a spot in Monday’s semifinals. The Eagles (27-8) will close out the pool play session of the tournament on Sunday against North Alabama at 11 AM.
With the wins, the Green and Blue are one of two unbeaten teams in Pool Play along No. 1 seed Stetson. FGCU secured a spot in the semifinals thanks to its win over third seed North Florida on Friday. The Ospreys and UNA each have 3-1 records after Saturday’s action. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the single-elimination semifinals.
“Today was another great battle in both matches and it’s really exciting to see the team embrace the championship atmosphere and playing at such a high level,” said head coach Chris Sweat.
After picking up two wins alongside Cortney VanLiew at the No. 4 flights of both matches, Snowy Burnam moved into a tie with Kayla Whetstone for the program’s all-time victories lead (67).
“It’s so awesome to see Snowy tie Kayla for the all-time wins record,” said Sweat. “She’s worked so hard after having to sit out last season due to her injury.”
in the first , Madison Parmelly and Kacie Johnson earned the match-clinching point in the No. 1 flight over Jacksonville (10-26), while Trinity Rosales and Shelby Beisner did so in the afternoon session against Central Arkansas (16-15).
The wins improved FGCU’s win streak to seven matches. Sunday’s matches will conclude the pool play portion of the ASUN Championship Tournament and will be streamed live on ESPN+.
no. 20 FGCU 4, Jacksonville 1
one . Parmelly, Maddison/Johnson, Kacie (FGCU) def. Befus, Shaylee/Dunbar, Anna (JVille) 21-11, 21-15
2nd . Eckhardt, Sydney/Kubicsko, Emily (JVille) def. Hamilton, Lexie/Carpenter, Jacqueline (FGCU) 21-16, 17-21, 20-18
3. Rosales, Trinity/Beisner, Shelby (FGCU) def. Szyszkiewicz, Olivia/McNamara, Jenna (JVille) 21-19, 17-21, 15-9
4. Burnam, Snowy/VanLiew, Cortney (FGCU) def. Cunningham, Amanda /Ziegelmaier, Colleen (JVille) 21-8, 21-15
5 . Hansen, Emma/Luebbers, Kaitlyn (FGCU) def. Huynh, Giao/Erhard, Kelly (JVille) 21-14, 21-17
Order of finish:, 2, 3, 4, 1*, 5
no. 20 FGCU 5, Central Arkansas 0
one . Parmelly, Maddison/Johnson, Kacie (FGCU) def. Hasness, Faith/Barbosa, Carol (UCA) 21-19, 21-19
2nd . Hamilton, Lexie/Carpenter, Jacqueline (FGCU) def. Oravec, Julia/Sager, Kelsie (UCA) 18-21, 21-10, 15-12
3. Rosales, Trinity/Beisner, Shelby (FGCU) def. Garmon, Beer/Griffith, Evelyn (UCA) 21-11, 21-9
4. Burnam, Snowy/VanLiew, Cortney (FGCU) def. Sproule, Payton/Cook, Kayla (UCA) 21-12, 21-16
5 . Hansen, Emma/Luebbers, Kaitlyn (FGCU) def. Gepford, Ryenne/Gilmore, Marissa (UCA) 22-20, 21-17
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*, 4, 5
ASUN Championship Pool Play Standings
|Pool A||record||Pool B||record|
|#1 Stetson||4-0||#2 FGCU||4-0|
|#4 UNCW||3-1||#3 North Florida||3-1|
|#5 Col. of Charleston||3-1||#6 North Alabama||3-1|
|#8 Mercer||2-2||#7 Central Arkansas||2-2|
|#9 Stephen F. Austin||0-4||#10 Jacksonville||0-4|
|#12 Eastern Kentucky||0-4||#11 Jacksonville State||0-4|
Upcoming ASUN Beach Volleyball Championship Schedule
Sunday, April 24 – Pool Play
#9 Stephen F. Austin vs. #12 Eastern Kentucky – 9:30 AM
#1 Stetson vs. #5 College of Charleston – 11 AM
#4 UNCW vs. #8 Mercer – 12:30 PM
#10 Jacksonville vs. #11 Jacksonville State – 9:30 AM
#2 FGCU vs. #6 North Alabama – 11 AM
#3 North Florida vs. #7 Central Arkansas – 12:30 PM
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