Masters and Mambuca Earn Academic All-Conference Accolades
Thursday, April 17, 2014 | by Jamie Church (@jlchurch)

MACON, Ga. – On the eve of the 2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship Tournament, the FGCU sand volleyball team earned two positions on the Academic All-Conference team.  Senior Karina Mambuca and junior Whitney Masters each received the accolade, which is voted on by the league’s sports information directors.

“Karina and Whitney are great leaders on and off the court for our team,” said head coach Matt Botsford.  “This award is a true testament to their dedication as student-athletes.”

Mambuca (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast High School) holds a grade point average of 3.76 as a Business Management major.  The senior posted four wins in her final five matches of the regular season including victories over conference leader North Florida and SEC power LSU.

As a nursing major, Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani High School) maintains a grade point average of 3.78.  The junior won eight matches at the no. 1 position this season including strong performances against FAU, Warner, Stetson, Tulane and the nation’s no. 7 team FIU.  Masters’ earned a position on the All-Academic team for the second-consecutive year.

Mambuca, Masters and the FGCU sand volleyball team will compete in and host the 2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Sand Volleyball Tournament Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 at the Estero Community Park.  As the no. 5 seed, the Eagles will take on no. 4 Mercer on Friday morning.

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Anna Budinska, North Florida

Academic All-Atlantic Sun Conference Team:
Name                        School                   GPA       Cl.    Hometown                                            Academic Major
Anna Budinska           North Florida   3.81     Sr.   Prague, Czech Republic    Economics
Karina Mambuca         FGCU              3.76     Sr.   Naples, Fla.                     Business Management
Whitney Masters          FGCU              3.78     Jr.    Muncie, Ind.                   Nursing
Erin Brett                     Mercer             3.84     Sr.   Foley, Ala.                                   Engineering
Emily Rochefort          Mercer             3.48     Sr.   Savannah, Ga.                 Education
Britt Claessens             North Florida   3.66     Sr.   Lake Mary, Fla.               Physical Therapy
Julie Trembley             North Florida   3.81     Jr.    Miami, Fla.                      Mechanical Engineering
Jordann Dierickx         Stetson             3.71     Sr.   Jacksonville, Fla.             Integrative Health Sciences
Maren Rygh                 Stetson             3.33     So.  Tonsberg, Norway                       Finance
Julie Bassett                 Stetson             3.32     Jr.    Wadsworth, Ohio            Communication