Volleyball to host NCAA tournament watch night on Sunday night
FORT MYERS, Florida. – After winning their second ASUN Championship title, the FGCU volleyball team will host a night before the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday night at Alico Arena. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and will air live on ESPNU. The event is open to the general public as well as fans attending the men’s basketball game against Purdue Fort Wayne (6:00 p.m.) who are invited to stay at the Alico Arena to watch the show on the video board.
The Eagles, who won the ASUN Championship title against Jacksonville State on November 20, will learn where they play in the first round of the NCAA tournament from December 2-4. This is the second time in the history of the Division I program that the FGCU has won the ASUN Championship tournament and secured the automatic spot for the NCAA tournament.
The FGCU last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2018, where the Eagles defeated UCF No.13 (3-2) for their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
The Eagles are currently 26-5 overall, were 15-1 in the ASUN game and currently hold their best RPI at No.31 nationally. That record was highlighted by a 15-game winning streak, a 14-0 start for ASUN to tie the 2012 squad for the best start in the league and a 14-0 record at Alico Arena. Of the 26 wins, only four require more than three sets.
Over the past six seasons, FGCU has the 12e most wins from any program in the country with 143 sitting just behind Washington (144) and Minnesota (145).
As a team this season, the FGCU ranks in the NCAA’s top 30 in four statistical categories: opponent’s strike percentage (4e, 0.127), blocks per set (13e, 2.69), percent pass (21st, 0.271) and the total number of team blocks (30e, 269.5).
After the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, check out www.FGCUAthletics.com for more details on the first round action, including ticket information and how to follow.
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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 February 10, 2014. During his tenure, Botsford-led teams compiled an overall record of 183-58 (.782), including a 96-20 (.827) record in ASUN play. Including last year’s unprecedented spring season, he took the program to heights it had never seen in the Division I era (2007-present) – recording at least 20 wins in total in six of the past seven seasons and at least 10 conference wins play each season. In 2018, he led the program to his first regular season championship since 2012 (fourth overall) and his first-ever ASUN tournament title, NCAA tournament appearance, NCAA tournament victory and his victory against a ranked team. His first two campaigns saw him finish second in the ASUN regular season, and the next two saw the Eagles advance to the tournament championship and now the team have won three straight regular season titles, including one. division title and a runner-up in the ASUN tournament in the spring 2021 season. 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 at a Power-5 conference. In 2018, he led the team to a victory over Miami, Fla – the first-ever road victory in the Power 5 program, and the Eagles followed with a straight-set victory over the Hurricanes at a neutral venue in 2019.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 regular season conference and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Plus, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 42 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA Championships. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (# 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (# 20, 2021) and men’s football (2018 , 2019) and female. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-2017, the Greens and Blues secured a sixth place, the best in the department, in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors Cup and a top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven ASUN and Florida State teams that won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall semester of 2020 and outperformed the general undergraduate population of the University for 24 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters each saw another milestone, with all 15 programs each achieving a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also completed a record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the top NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.