FORT MYERS, Florida. – After guiding the FGCU volleyball program to his second ASUN Championship title and place in the NCAA, graduated Cortney Van Liew (Seymour, Ind./Columbus East HS) was named to the US Senior CLASS Award second-team all-star on Wednesday night. The honor is a crowning achievement for VanLiew who will leave the FGCU as one of the all-time greats in the volleyball program.
“What a way to cap off one of the most prolific careers in the history of our program! The Senior CLASS award recognizes the full contribution of a student-athlete to their sport, their university and their community, ”said the head coach. Matt botsford. “Cortney has dedicated herself completely to each of these categories and I am very grateful to have coached her.”
The award, chosen by a national vote of Division I women’s volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is presented annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s volleyball. Sydney Hilley of Wisconsin was named the overall winner for the team’s early selections. VanLiew was part of the second five-member team.
VanLiew, with his teammate Dana axner (Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Coffman HS) became the first representatives of the volleyball program to be recognized in the top 30 since the award began in 2010. VanLiew went on to become the first Eagle volleyball player to be named a finalist in November and the fourth FGCU student-athlete in the total.
The outside hitter received her undergraduate degree in accounting with a minor in Spanish in the spring of 2021 and began working on her Masters of Business Administration this fall. She returned for the 2021-2022 campaign to use the extra year of eligibility due to the COVID pandemic. She has compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.678 for her undergraduate career and has been a President’s List selection, a Dean’s List selection, an AD Honor Roll selection, and a member of the AD Honor Roll. honor of ASUN. She is the two-time first selection of the program’s All-Academic CoSIDA team and was only the second triple ASUN All-Academic winner in the history of the program. To highlight her undergraduate career, she was inducted into the FGCU Hall of Fame, as announced last spring.
In the community, VanLiew has compiled over 250 hours of community service during her time at FGCU in places such as LEAD Like a Girl SWFL, Project Life Movement, Read Across America, Naples Humane Society and more. She was twice President of the Eagles Council (SAAC) and was also heavily involved in the ASUN Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In addition, she has been an advocate and outspoken ambassador for the FGCU on student-athlete mental health. She is at the forefront of working with young children during camps and clinics and has been heavily involved in outreach on and off campus.
She is also one of the best all-time players in the program’s history after setting the all-time record for kills earlier this year. She finished her time in the Greens and Blues with 1,658 in 148 games played. She also became one of three players in program history to record 1,000 career wins and 1,000 career digs alongside FGCU Hall of Fame member Amanda Carroll and Olympian Brooke Youngquist Sweat. VanLiew also had 1,126 digs for his career, which ranks seventh in program history. She is a two-time ASUN Player of the Year (2018, 2019) for indoor volleyball and an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2018. She has been honored three times on the All-ASUN First Team. In the summer of 2020, VanLiew was selected in the ASUN All-Decade team (2010-19). Among her NCAA peers, she currently ranks 22sd nationwide for career wins among active players. In ASUN, it ranks 4e all time in conference history for career wins as well.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a senior student or NCAA Division I graduate and have notable achievement in four areas of excellence: community, class, character, and competition.
Acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on all student-athletes and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
For more information on all applicants, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Top 10 FGCU Senior Class Award finalists
2011 – Adam Glick – Men’s Soccer (1st Team honors)
2016 – Tabby Tindell – Women’s Soccer (1st Team honors)
2019 – Riley Randolph – Softball (2sd Team honors)
2021 – Cortney Van Liew – Volleyball (2sd Team honors)
2021 Senior CLASS Award Volleyball First Team All-Americans
Dani Drew, Utah
Sydney hilley, Wisconsin (overall winner)
Kayla lund, Pittsburgh
Jonni parker, State of Pennsylvania
Alli Stumler, Kentucky
2021 Senior CLASS Award Volleyball Second Team All-Americans
Kennedy Eschenberg, BYU
Nicole lennon, Rice
Mac May, UCLA
Dana rettke, Wisconsin
Cortney Van Liew, FGCU
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Matt Botsford is in his eighth season as Head Coach of the FGCU Women’s Volleyball Program in 2021 after being hired on February 10, 2014. During his tenure, Botsford-led teams compiled an overall record of 184-59 (.757), including a 96-20 (.827) record in ASUN play. Including last year’s unprecedented spring season, he took the program to heights it had never seen in the Division I era (2007-present) – recording at least 20 wins in total in six of the past seven seasons and at least 10 conference wins play each season. In 2018, he led the program to his first regular season championship since 2012 (fourth overall) and his first-ever ASUN tournament title, his NCAA tournament appearance, his NCAA tournament victory and his victory against a ranked team. His first two campaigns saw him finish second in the ASUN regular season, and the next two saw the Eagles advance to the tournament championship and now the team have won three straight regular season titles, including one. division title and a runner-up in the ASUN tournament in the spring 2021 season. On September 10, 2016, Botsford led his team to a five-set victory over Indiana at Alico Arena, which marked the program’s first-ever victory against a team at a Power-5 conference. In 2018, he led the team to a victory over Miami, Fla – the first-ever road win in the Power 5 program, and the Eagles followed with a straight-set victory over the Hurricanes at a neutral venue in 2019.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 86 regular season conference and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Plus, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 42 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA Championships. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (# 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (# 20, 2021) and men’s football (2018 , 2019) and female. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-2017, the Greens and Blues secured a sixth place, the best in the department, in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors Cup and a top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven ASUN and Florida State teams that won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall semester of 2020 and outperformed the general undergraduate population of the University for 24 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters each saw another milestone, with all 15 programs each achieving a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also completed a record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the top NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.