HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Snowy Burnam set a new program record for career wins as the No. 20 FGCU beach volleyball team earned a 5-0 decision over North Alabama on Sunday at the John Hunt Sand Volleyball Complex earning a spot in the ASUN Semifinals on Monday morning. The second-seeded Eagles (28-8) will face fourth-seed UNCW in on semifinal match at 12:30 PM, while top-seeded Stetson will take on third-seed North Florida in the other. The ASUN Championship match will take place at 2:30 PM.
The Green and Blue cruised through Pool Play going 5-0 and extending its win streak to eight matches heading into Championship Monday.
“I thought we came out and played really well at the start. The girls knew what was at stake and really had some confidence building throughout the day,” said head coach Chris Sweat. “UNA battled in a couple of late sets and showed why they are such a well-coached team and pushed us in the 2’s and 3’s. Snowy and Cortney clicked from the start and it was great seeing Snowy break the wins record with her best friend and teammate of the last five years. We are all excited for tomorrow – we’re really looking forward to our last day at the conference tournament.”
In Sunday’s match-up against North Alabama (16-14), Burnam and Cortney VanLiew put the Eagles on the scoreboard first with a straight set win in the fourth flight. Emma Hansen and Kaitlyn Luebbers in the fifth flight quickly made it a 2-0 lead with another straight set win. The Eagles clinched the match-point thanks to a 23-21, 21-10 win in the No. 1 flight by Madison Parmelly and Kacie Johnson.
Burnam’s win gives her 68 for her career surpassing Kayla Whetstone who had set the mark last season. For the year, Burnam is 24-11 including a 5-0 record during ASUN pool play.
The win marked the third 5-0 sweep in pool play for the Eagles who conceded just two sets through the five matches. Monday’s match-up against UNC Wilmington (25-10) will be the second time the two teams have met this season. FGCU won the earlier match on March 4, 5-0. UNCW has won four straight and six of its last seven with its only loss coming 5-0 against top-seeded Stetson in the opening match of Pool A.
Sunday also extended the Eagles’ record for victories in a season at 28 – now 10 wins past the previous record of 18. FGCU will be looking to make its third appearance in the ASUN Championship match over the last five ASUN tournaments.
#20 Florida Gulf Coast 5, North Alabama 0
4/24/2022 at Huntsville, Ala. (John Hunt Park)
one. Madison Parmelly/Kacie Johnson (FGCU) def. Natalie Kordt/Jelena Girod (UNA) 23-21, 21-10
2nd. Lexie Hamilton/Jacqueline Carpenter (FGCU) def. Catie Ladner/Mackenzie Martin (UNA) 21-16, 22-24, 15-8
3. Trinity Rosales/Shelby Beisner (FGCU) def. Taylor Seney/Allison Temple (UNA) 13-21, 21-14, 15-13
4. Snowy Burnam/Cortney VanLiew (FGCU) def. Martha McLaurin/Katy Floyd (UNA) 21-11, 21-10
5. Emma Hansen/Kaitlyn Luebbers (FGCU) def. Lauren Quigley/Katie Gerig (UNA) 21-12, 21-16
Order of finish: (4,5,1,2,3)
ASUN Championship Pool Play Standings
|Pool A||record||Pool B||record|
|#1 Stetson*||5-0||#2 FGCU*||5-0|
|#4 UNCW*||4-1||#3 North Florida*||4-1|
|#5 Col. of Charleston||3-2||#6 North Alabama||3-2|
|#8 Mercer||2-3||#7 Central Arkansas||2-3|
|#9 Stephen F. Austin||1-4||#11 Jacksonville State||1-4|
|#12 Eastern Kentucky||0-5||#10 Jacksonville||0-5|
*Advanced to ASUN Championship Semifinals
Upcoming ASUN Beach Volleyball Championship Schedule
Monday, April 25
#1 Stetson vs. #3 North Florida – 12:30 PM
#2 FGCU vs. #4 UNCW – 12:30 PM
TBD vs. TBD – 2:30 PM
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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 49-23 (.681) record to open his head coaching tenure.
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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 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.