FORT MYERS, Fla., - After wrapping up the A-Sun Championship in their first year in the league, the FGCU volleyball team begins to collect post-season hardware. Junior Ana Kokanovic (Lazarevac, Serbia) was named Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and Roberta Santos (Recife, Brazil) joined her on the first team. Brooke Youngquist (Fort Myers, Fla.) earned second team honors.
“I am very excited for Ana, Roberta and Brooke,” said interim Coach Carrie Lundy. “Our players work very hard and winning the Player-of-the-Year is a great honor for Ana. We are fortunate to have them, all are great people to be around and their stats speak for themselves. They all put the team first and did everything asked of them to help us win the championship in our first year in the Atlantic Sun.”
Kokanovic also earned First-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors in her first year in the league. Kokanovic ranked fourth in the A-Sun in kills per game and sixth in hitting percentage. Kokanovic led the league with a conference-record 88 service aces, and hit over .400 and averaged more than four kills per game against conference foes. Santos, a junior setter, joined her on the first-team.
Santos was named MVP of three tournaments this season and was selected to the four all-tournament teams during the year. She was among the league leaders in assists, blocks, aces and points. Kokanovic and Santos each earned Player of the Week honors in the regular season.
Youngquist earned second team honors after leading the Eagles in kills this season. The senior is the only player in school history to record over 1000 kills and digs during a career. She leaves FGCU as the career leader in kills.
With three all-conference performers and the regular season championship to its name, the Eagles’ head coach, Jaye Flood was named the league’s Coach of the Year. Flood helped guide Florida Gulf Coast to a three-loss season in its first season as a Division I member.
FGCU finished their first season as a Division I member as Atlantic Sun Champions with a 23-3 overall record and 10-1 mark against league foes.