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Cason joins coaching staff for FGCU men’s basketball team

Eagles' week wrap-up

October 6, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A veteran with more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, David Cason, has been named a FGCU men's basketball team assistant coach. Cason started his duties with the Eagles at the beginning of this week.

Cason spent the past two seasons in the same role at Texas under head coach Shaka Smart. A coach and recruiter, Cason has spent time with VCU, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Notre Dame, among others, while being part of more than 400 wins.

"We're excited to have David on staff," stated FGCU head coach Joe Dooley. "He has proven to be an immensely-talented coach, recruiter and leader, and his skill set in those areas will be of incredible value to our program. He will be working mostly with our guards, and I expect our players to continue to develop and get better each day under his tutelage."

Cason replaces Aaron Miles, who after one season on the FGCU bench accepted the head coaching position with the Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBA Gatorade League (formerly NBA Development League) affiliate of the Golden State Warriors.

He joins an FGCU program which returns three of its top four scorers from last year's squad which set Division-I program single-season records in points per game (79.4), rebound margin (+5.4) and field-goal percentage (.499; 5th best in the nation). Led by reigning ASUN Newcomer of the Year Brandon Goodwin, the Eagles have already been selected by multiple media outlets to win their third-straight ASUN Championship.

Ruiz leads Eagles past Omaha

Albert Ruiz, the nation's leading returning goal scorer, finally made his season debut as the FGCU Eagles tallied a trio of highlight-reel goals as the men's soccer team (5-3-1) took down the nation's 24th ranked club Tuesday night at home with a 3-2 victory over Omaha (7-3-2).

The win extends FGCU's unbeaten streak to five in a row (4-0-1) as the Green and Blue have now won four straight - tied for the 7th-longest streak in the country.

After finishing runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy - college soccer's equivalent of the Heisman a year ago, Ruiz missed the first eight games of this season recovering from an injury, but made his return Tuesday.

The Eagles resume ASUN action Saturday, Oct. 7. when Lipscomb invades the FGCU Soccer Complex for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Bisons are 5-5-0 on the year, and 1-2-0 in ASUN action.

Eagle women earn top 20 finish

Led by a top-20 finish from Madeline Marck-Sherk, the FGCU women's golf team wrapped up its season-opening tournament Tuesday with an 8th place showing at Missouri's Johnie Imes Invitational at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

The Eagles shot rounds of 298 and 300 on Tuesday to conclude their three rounds with an 898 (+34) total, just three strokes behind 7th-place Bradley. Host Missouri won the 14-team tournament with an 861 (-3) total - the only team in the field to post a below-par score.

Marck-Sherk finished in a tie for 19th overall at +5 following rounds of 71 and 76 on Tuesday after an opening-round 74. Natalia Nassar was just behind Marck-Sherk as she recorded rounds of 72 and 74, bouncing back from a 1st-round 77 to finish in a tie for 24th overall at +7.

The Eagles will now have a break before returning to the course Oct. 22-24 at FIU's 40th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational at Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Hudson ASUN Player of Week

With a goal and an assist against Kennesaw State to help the FGCU women's soccer team post its best record through 11 games in program history, Nikki Hudson was tabbed the ASUN Conference's Player of the Week Monday.

The redshirt-senior becomes the fifth Eagle this season to earn a weekly honor from the conference while taking home the award for the first time in her career.

Hudson returned to her goal-scoring ways Sunday afternoon against the Owls, grabbing an assist on Marjorie Boilesen's (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Porto Seguro/West Florida) opening goal before finding the back of the net herself to close out a three-goal first half for the Eagles in a 3-0 win.

Hudson's work in the midfield Sunday helped moved FGCU to 8-2-1 this season, marking the best start through 11 games in program history.

The Eagles continue ASUN play this weekend, heading back on the road to face NJIT and USC Upstate. The Eagles and Highlanders are set for a 3 p.m. match Friday in Hillsdale, New Jersey before the Green and Blue travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina for a1 p.m. match Sunday.

Eagles tennis team in Bedford Cup

The FGCU women's tennis team wrapped up play at the annual Bedford Cup Sunday. The three-day event saw the Eagles take on the best from the state of Florida.

The weekend included three titles, two on the doubles side for the Eagles. Sofia Perez won the Flight 6 main draw title for the lone singles crown of the weekend. Perez also teamed with Sofia Blanno to claim the Flight 4 Doubles title.

Bridget Forster continued their successful fall seasons, finishing as runners-up in the top-flight doubles main draw.

Julia Asca and Madison Gallegos earned the consolation championship in Flight 2 doubles.

FGCU?women's soccer team rolls

A period of heavy rain could not dampen a bright performance from the FGCU women's soccer team Sunday afternoon. The Eagles (8-2-1, 1-0-1 ASUN) used three first-half goals to defeat Kennesaw State (5-5-3, 0-2-1) 3-0 and jump into second place in the ASUN Conference standings.

The victory today helped FGCU post its best record through 11 games in program history. In the historic 2014 campaign, the Eagles were 8-3 through 11 matches, which stands as the only other time the Green and Blue have posted eight victories in 11 attempts.

FGCU goes back on the road to face NJIT and USC Upstate this weekend. The Eagles and Highlanders are scheduled for a 3 p.m. start Friday in Hills-dale, N.J., while FGCU and USC Upstate meet Sunday at 1 p.m. in Spartanburg, S.C.

Volleyball team tops Lipscomb

Cortney VanLiew and Amanda Carroll each produced 16 kills as the FGCU volleyball team bounced back from a tough loss Friday with a 3-1 win (25-18, 25-18, 19-25, 25-23) over Lipscomb on the road Saturday evening.

After Lipscomb (7-8, 1-2 ASUN) won the third set to keep the match alive, FGCU (10-6, 2-1 ASUN) closed things out by hitting .400 in the fourth set on only one attack error. Lipscomb had 16 service errors as a team, including one on match point.

With the win Saturday, FGCU also concludes a 10 match road trip. The Eagles return home today for a 7 p.m. matchup against USC Upstate. They will then host NJIT Saturday at 6 p.m.

Scrimmage opens swimmers season

Hosting its annual Green-Blue Scrim-mage, the FGCU women's swimming and diving team kicked off its season Saturday with the Blue Team winning, 226-205.

Among the 17 events held, 10 different meet records were made, including Elizabeth Zeiger, who broke two meet records, and Doris Eichhorn, who also broke a pair of records.

Hannah Soutar broke her previous meet records in the 150 free, and Christina Kaas Elmgreen reset her own record in the 150 fly, leading three swimmers under the former record. Gracie Redding and Lindsay Manganiello also broke meet records in the 50 free and the 50 kick, respectively.

In the 200 medley relay, Eichorn, Redding, Karin Schienvar and Rebecca Moynihan combined to set a meet record.

The Eagles begin their regular season today, at 4 p.m. in a two-day event against Rutgers at the FGCU Aquatics Center.



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