Fieler, Botha Earn Northwestern Mutual Academic Honor
Thursday, December 05, 2013 | by Matt Moretti III (@Moretts13)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Athletics has named men’s basketball player Chase Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va., Parkersburg South HS) and women’s tennis player Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa, De Kuilen HS) as recipients of the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athletes of the Month Award for the month of November.

Each month, the FGCU Athletics Communications Office and Athletic Academic staff will choose a pair of Eagles as the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athlete of the Month. Those selected for the honor will have exhibited a combination of superior athletic and overall academic success.

Fieler has maintained a 2.89 GPA in the field of Business Management and put together a November to remember on the basketball court. In the program’s first nationally-televised home game at 7 a.m. on Nov. 12, the Parkersburg, W. Va., native scored a Division-I program record 30 points on 13-17 shooting while pulling in seven rebounds.

In back-to-back victories over Furman and Eckerd, Fielder posted lines of 10 points, nine rebounds and 15 points, eight rebounds, respectively.

Fieler would go on to average 14.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in the month of November and has the Eagles poised to make another run at the Atlantic Sun Championship in March.

Botha carries a sterling 3.79 GPA in the field of Civil Engineering. She competed with her Eagle teammates as the No. 3 singles representative at the FIU Panther Invitational Nov. 1-3. The South Africa native almost effortlessly earned a spot in the second round of the top-flight singles draw picking up the win in straight-sets, 6-4, 6-1 over Liberty’s Annisha Domenech. Botha would win her match the next day, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 over Yang from Liberty to earn a chance at the main-draw title but would ultimately fall in the final 6-3, 6-0.

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