JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The FGCU sand volleyball team picked up a pairs championship Sunday afternoon on the final day of the 2012 Atlantic Sun Sand Volleyball Championship at the Dolphin Beach Volleyball Complex.
The Green and Blue posted a 2-2 record in the two-day team competition and finished third in the inaugural 2012 A-Sun Sand Volleyball Team Championship on Saturday.
FGCU’s tandem of redshirt junior Brooke Kohler (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter HS/Clemson) and junior Brittany Muse (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS) claimed the Flight #3 championship. The Eagles' #3 pair also earned All-Tournament Team honors and went 5-1 on the weekend.
In addition, FGCU had four of its five pairs advance to the championship match in their respective flight.
UNF’s head coach Steve Loeswick was named Coach of the Year and the Ospreys’ #1 pair of Anna Budinska and Dagnija Medina, who earned the Flight #1 championship, earned Pair of the Year honors.
The Osprey’s tandem of Paige Pridgeon and Cameron McGuire claimed the title at #4, while Stetson’s flight champions included the #5 pair of Kaylee Ream and Savannah Byl and the #2 pair of Alexa Stonish and Maren Rygh. The Hatters’ Julie Bassett claimed Freshman of the Year Honors.
UNF made program and national history with the win, as the A-Sun Championship is the first sand volleyball conference championship in NCAA Division I history.
2012 All-Tournament Team
• Cassie Roy and Jamie Duffy, Mercer
• Kendall Courtney and Cari Whitmire, Jacksonville
• Katie DiGirolamo and Stephanie Marin, Stetson
• Brooke Kohler and Brittany Muse, Florida Gulf Coast
• Anna Budinska and Dagnija Medina, North Florida
A-Sun Pair of the Year:
Anna Budinska and Dagnija Medina, North Florida
Freshman of the Year
Julie Bassett, Stetson University
Coach of the Year
Steve Loeswick, North Florida
Flighted Pairs Results:
Flight #5 Matches
• FGCU – Meyer/Childs def. Mercer – Knapper/Brett, 28-20
• UNF – Shirley/Baran def. FGCU Meyer/Childs, 28-26
• Stetson – Ream/Byl def. Jacksonville, 28-25
• Stetson – Ream/Byl def. North Florida Shirley/Baran, 28-26
Flight 5 Champions: Stetson – Ream/Byl
Flight #4 Matches
• UNF – McGuire/Pridgeon def. Mercer Braxton/Petsos, 28-23
• UNF – McGuire/Pridgeon def. Stetson DiGirolamo/Marin, 28-25
• FGCU – Masters/Hopper def. Jacksonville Loeppky/Sanderson, 28-20
• UNF – McGuire/Pridgeon def. FGCU Masters/Hopper, 28-16
Flight 4 Champions: UNF – McGuire/Pridgeon
Flight #3 Matches
• Mercer – Rochefort/Carlton def. Jacksonville Cullen/Teplitz, 28-19
• UNF – Trembley/Claessens def. Mercer Rochefort/Carlton, 28-25
• FGCU – Kohler/Muse def. Stetson Hoffman/Kalin, 28-16
• FGCU – Kohler/Muse def. UNF Trembley/Claessens, 28-24
Flight 3 Champions: FGCU – Kohler/Muse
Flight #2 Matches
• FGCU – Mambuca/Mesner def. Mercer Katona/Sanchez 28-22
• FGCU – Mambuca/Mesner def. North Florida Jenkins/Strack, 28-24
• Stetson – Stonish/Rygh def. Jacksonville Kane/Strausbaugh, 30-28
• Stetson – Stonish/Rygh def. FGCU Mambuca/Mesner, 28-17
Flight 2 Champions: Stetson – Stonish/Rygh
Flight #1 Matches
* North Florida – Budinska/Medina def. Mercer Duffy/Roy, 28-20
* North Florida – Budinska/Medina def. Stetson Melville/Bassett, 28-20
* FGCU – Holm/Youngquist def. Jacksonville Courtney/Whitmire, 28-26
* North Florida – Budinska/Medina def. FGCU Youngquist/Holm, 28-22
Flight 1 Champions: North Florida – Budinska/Medina