Johnson, Parmelly named ASUN Beach Volleyball Couple of the Week

FORT MYERS, FL. – After a 3-1 win in the final weekend of the regular season, including two ranked wins, are FGCU’s No. 1 duo of Kacie Johnson and Maddison Parmelly was named ASUN Beach Volleyball Couple of the Week by the league office on Wednesday.

“Maddie and Kacie have worked so hard at the partnership and their craft all year and it really showed it this weekend in South Carolina,” the head coach said Chris Sweat. “You can see how much they both play beach volleyball by the way they play and it was amazing to see how it all came together this past weekend. The South Carolina game was one of the funnest games of the season and to win the tiebreak and secure victory for FGCU was a great moment.”

Johnson and Parmelly led the Eagles to a 3-1 weekend at the Palmetto Invitational as the pair picked up victories over No. 14 Georgia State and No. 18 South Carolina, as well as a win over Coastal Carolina. They won in straight sets against Georgia State (21-18, 21-15) and against Coastal Carolina (21-9, 21-14), while also earning a hard-fought set against South Carolina (21-17, 23-25 ) fetched , 15-13). The wins lifted the pair to 20-10 on a year-to-year basis.

This was the second time FGCU had a pair of the week this season Shelby Beisner and Trinity Rosales received the award on March 23.


The Eagles will compete in the 2022 ASUN Beach Volleyball Tournament as the #2 overall and top team in Pool B. The game begins Friday at 9:30 a.m. with FGCU taking on North Florida and Jacksonville State (2:00 p.m.). Pool play will continue on Saturday and Sunday, with the ASUN Championship semi-finals and championship games being played on Monday, April 25th. All games will be played at the John Hunt Sand Volleyball Complex in Huntsville, Ala.

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TRAINER SWEAT

Chris Sweat is in his third season as the head coach of the FGCU beach volleyball program, having spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach. A member of VolleyballMag.com’s Under 40 Coaching Hotshots list in January 2020, he led the Eagles to a 4-0 start in 2020 prior to the COVID-19 shutdown and has a 44-23 record by the end of his tenure to open as a head coach.



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ABOUT FGCU
FGCU teams have collectively won an incredible 92 regular conference season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a total of 44 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a national top-25 ranking in their respective sports — including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022), and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as three of the youngest. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues finished in the division’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and made the top-100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven teams from ASUN and Florida to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also achieved a combined record 3.50 GPA in the classroom for the Fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the university’s general student population for 25 consecutive semesters. In each of the last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) another milestone was reached as all 15 programs each achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also contributed an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 and were recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.



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