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As part of an existing partnership with PrestoSports, the Florida SouthWestern State College Department of Athletics debuted a redesigned FSWBucs.com, the official website of FSW Athletics, on Wednesday.
“It’s an exciting day for FSW Athletics as we relaunch FSWBucs.com and continue our partnership with PrestoSports,” said FSW Director of Athletics Carl McAloose. “I have no doubt that our new site will do a great job highlighting all of our tremendous student-athletes, coaches and facilities.”
“We’re excited about this redesign,” said FSW Sports Information Director Michael Hill. “Working with PrestoSports to create a clean, visually appealing website was a pretty seamless process. Athletics is often referred to as the front porch of a college/university and this is an exciting way to show off what Florida SouthWestern has to offer. With the imminent opening of the beautiful Suncoast Credit Union Arena, the excitement for our basketball programs to begin competition and the buzz around FSW softball and baseball, our redesign with PrestoSports comes at a perfect time.”
FGCU women’s basketball will welcome a likely Top-10 opponent to Southwest Florida when the Eagles face Ohio State in a first-round game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. Tournament promoters announced the game will tip-off at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 25 at Germain Arena. The game time has been set as to not conflict with the FGCU-Long Beach State men’s game later that evening on FGCU’s campus.
Ohio State returns First-Team All-American Kelsey Mitchell (26.1 points per game last season) and will add the services of two transfers that sat out last season per NCAA rules. Junior forward Stephanie Mavunga will become eligible after transferring from North Carolina and sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun joins the squad after playing at Duke. Both players were McDonald’s All-Americans coming out of high school.
Coming off a record-breaking 33-win season, FGCU will be bolstered by two transfers of its own. Mikala McGhee will be immediately eligible after playing at George Mason and China Dow becomes eligible after sitting out last season following a transfer from Middle Tennessee. FGCU has won six straight Atlantic Sun regular season titles and completed its fourth perfect league season in five years in 2015-16.
The winner of the FGCU-Ohio State will advance to Saturday’s semifinals and will play either last season’s national runner-up Syracuse or defending Atlantic 10 champion George Washington.
The women’s tournament first-round schedule will be as follows:
11 a.m. – Baylor vs. Kent State
1:30 p.m. – DePaul vs. Western Kentucky
5 p.m. – Ohio State vs. FGCU
7:30 p.m. – Syracuse vs. George Washington
Florida SouthWestern State College Athletics unveiled the unique design for the playing floor in Suncoast Credit Union Arena, the future home for FSW men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.
Designed by FSW Sports Information Director Michael Hill, the Buccaneers’ court design, outlined in purple, features the school’s primary Buc head logo and nickname “Bucs” at center court with “Florida SouthWestern” along both baselines. The court also features the text “We Are FSW” located on the sideline opposite of the team benches.
The most recognizable feature of the new court will be four palm trees that nearly stretch sideline to sideline. The palm trees, each in a dark stain, are a nod to the home of the FSW Lee campus and Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Fort Myers, and its nickname, ‘City of Palms’.
The nest was truly protected this weekend when FGCU volleyball swept the competition during the Hilton Garden Inn Classic at Alico Arena. The Lehigh Acres Gazette Photos of the FGCU VCU game Click Here. The Green and Blue didn’t lose a single set in two days, producing three match victories in nine sets. The Eagles defeated Delaware on Friday night before taking down New Orleans (26-24, 25-11, 25-17) on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. and shutting out VCU (25-21, 25-19, 25-11) at 7 p.m. later that night. FGCU placed first in the Labor Day Weekend tournament and improved to 4-2 on the season. VCU placed second after victories over Delaware and VCU and holds a record of 2-4. Delaware stands at 4-2 after weekend play, and New Orleans falls to 1-5. Setter Maggie Rick (Alpharetta, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic HS) was named Tournament MVP after tallying 112 assists in two days of actions, while sophomore Amanda Carroll (Albuquerque, N.M/Sandia HS) earned All-Tournament recognition with 42 kills and 22 digs on the weekend.
After allowing two goals in the first 13 minutes of its home opener Monday night against Michigan (0-0-2), the FGCU men’s soccer team (0-1-1) fought back with two second-half goals to earn a quality 2-2 double-overtime tie at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
The Wolverines scored in the 7th and 13th minutes as FGCU came out flat despite 1,051 vocal supporters. However, the Eagles gave those fans a lot to cheer about in the second half as the Green and Blue flipped the pitch in their favor and tallied both goals exactly two minutes apart in the 65th and 67th minutes.
Junior forward Albert Ruiz (Barcelona, Spain/ CE L’Hospitalet/UE Cornella) converted his second penalty kick in as many games to pull FGCU within one, and senior striker Dylan Sacramento (Winnipeg, Manitoba/York University/Bill Crothers S.S.) added his first goal of the campaign in electrifying fashion off a primary assist from Ruiz to secure the Eagles’ first result of the year.
“We were extremely flat to start the game,” stated FGCU head coach Bob Butehorn, whose team found itself down two goals for the second-straight game. “I challenged the guys at halftime to see what they were made of, and they responded very well. Some of our younger guys really played strong. It was exciting for me to see us get at them (the Wolverines) and respond the way we did because I was a little nervous heading into halftime.”
Former FGCU women’s basketball captain Jenna Cobb has been named the program’s new assistant coach, head coach Karl Smesko announced Tuesday. Cobb, a two-year letterwinner with the Eagles from 2013-15 after transferring from Butler, spent last season as the team’s coordinator of operations.
In her new role, Cobb’s responsibilities will include scouting of opponents, game preparation, player development and recruiting.
“Jenna has all the qualities to be an excellent coach,” commented Smesko, a seven-time Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year. “She is smart, works hard and has a great understanding of basketball. It is enjoyable working with others who have an affinity for our university and our program. Jenna has that.”
FGCU baseball head coach Dave Tollett has announced the dates for his annual summer camps to be held at Swanson Stadium during the months of June and July. Interested individuals are encouraged to register quickly as there is limited space available for each camp. For more information visit: http://collegebaseballcamps.com/fgcu.
Additional information and dates for both the Youth Skills Camps and Summer Prospect Camp is included below.
YOUTH SKILLS CAMPS
Our goal is to make this experience at camp as simple and enjoyable as possible. We will do this by improving their baseball skills and developing proper playing habits while keeping it fun during the camp. Program emphasis will be on individual skills and fundamentals of the game.