FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Atlantic Sun Conference has announced that Florida Gulf Coast University will host the 2009 & 2010 A-Sun Volleyball Championships at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Fla. The 2009 tournament is Nov. 19-21 and the 2010 will be Nov. 18-20.
The 2009 Volleyball Tournament marks the first time FGCU has hosted an A-Sun Championship since joining the league in 2007. In November, the Eagles hosted the 2008 O'Reilly Auto Parts College Basketball Experience Classic and for the past two seasons the Eagles have hosted the First Round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
“We are ecstatic to bring the Volleyball Championships to Alico Arena for the next two years,” head coach Dave Nichols said. “Not only are we excited about a chance to compete for our first NCAA bid at our home site, but we are looking forward to sharing our first class facilities and great fans with the A-Sun’s finest teams. FGCU always does a great job of hosting and preparing events, and I know that whoever attends this tournament will have a great experience. We are hoping to showcase an exciting brand of volleyball and a large, loyal, fired up fan base.”
FGCU has had a great deal of success at Alico Arena. The Eagles are a combined 20-0 (1.000) at Alico Arena in A-Sun play during their first two seasons of Division I.
The volleyball team’s success at home has also brought the fans in as the Eagles ranked number one in home attendance in the A-Sun in each of the last two seasons.
The Eagles have experienced a great deal of success in conference play as FGCU has won back-to-back regular season titles as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
In 2008, the Eagles had one of the best seasons in school history as the club set a record for conference wins in a season with 18 (18-2)
The Eagles had two student-athletes named first team All-Atlantic Sun and one All-Freshman honoree. Senior outside hitter Ana Kokanovic (Lazarevac, Serbia) and senior setter Roberta Santos (Recife, Brazil) earned First Team All-Atlantic Sun honors while freshman libero Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla.) was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman team.