Four Eagles Earn All-American Status
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

FORT MYERS, Fla., - The 26th American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American teams were announced today for NCAA Division II. FGCU landed four players on the list.

Ericka Fonseca and Brooke Youngquist were each named second team All-American by the AVCA. Both players continue to garner post-season accolades. Fonseca was named first team All-South Region by DAKTRONICS and also named second team Academic All-District by CoSIDA. Youngquist was named South Region player of the year by DAKTRONICS. Each player was named to the South Region All-Tournament team. Fonseca ended her career as the all-time leader in blocks with 247. Youngquist, a junior from Fort Myers, Fla., is already the career leader in kills and second in school history in digs.

Chandra Ginest, who was selected to the AVCA Division II All-America Third Team also received the same honor from DAKTRONICS earlier in the season. Ginest, a sophomore, owns seven of the top 10 single match records for assists. She is second in school history in assists and helped direct the team to a .299 hitting percentage, which was second in the nation in Division II this year. Whitney Hendry, a Fort Myers, Fla., native, was named an honorable mention All-America selection by the AVCA. Hendry also was named honorable mention last year by the AVCA. She led the Eagles in digs for the third consecutive season.

FGCU finished the year 29-3 and compiled a 27-match winning streak, the longest in school history. The Eagles advanced to the South Region Final for the second consecutive season where they lost 3-1 to eventual national champion Tampa. FGCU jumps to Division I next year, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Eagles return five starters as well as their libero.