FORT MYERS, Fla. – High level Dana Axner (Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Coffman HS) and juniors Erin Shomaker (Granville, Ohio / Granville HS) was named to the ASUN Comprehensive Academic Team following an announcement by the union office on Wednesday. For Axner, this marks the second consecutive season to earn a spot on the seven-member All-Academic roster, while Shomaker was named to the team for the first time in his career.
“Erin and Dana have always done a great job of prioritizing learning and focusing their energies on excelling in that area,” said the head coach. Matt Botsford. “Both are well deserved this recognition and are a great example of how to successfully balance school and sport.”
This is the fifth time the Eagles have put more student-athletes on the team since 2011.
Axner, a defensive specialist/libero, has been brilliant at leading the Eagles defense this season. During the year, she had 416 team-best digs (4.62/set) including 216 in the ASUN match. Her play style helped FGCU hold off the opponent with a rate of 0.128 hits in the year of ranking 3rd nationally. She has four games with 20 or more digs including a three-set pairing with 22 (vs Stetson) and 21 (vs Central Arkansas) with her highest 24 digs of the season in a 5-set win at North Florida. In ASUN, she was 2nd in digs per set (4.62) and 5th overall in digs even though FGCU played 10 fewer sets than any other team this season. 1,906 digs in her career ranked 16thNS nationally among active NCAA players and the most of any ASUN player, and also ranks as the third most prolific diggers in ASUN history. During her career, she was twice honored as ASUN Best Defensive Player (2018, 2019) and 2018 ASUN New Student of the Year. She has also been a three-time All-ASUN selection and was the AVCA 2019 All Region First Team and Vol FootballMag.com All-American Honor Volleyball Championship 2019.
Academically, she has a 3.89 cumulative GPA in high school math. Axner is a top 30 contender for the 2021 Senior CLASS Awards this season after being named CoSIDA’s 2020 All-American Third Team last spring. She was also selected to CoSIDA’s District First Team in 2020 after making her first appearance on the ASUN All-Academic Team. Additionally, throughout his career, Axner has been honored on the FGCU Presidents List, FGCU Deans List, FGCU AD Honors List and ASUN Honors recipients, and is a member of the Board of Directors. FGCU Eagle (SAAC).
Shomaker, one of the top outside stars in the country, has earned his career nod with the almighty team. On the field, she was the 2020 ASUN Player of the Year and entered 2021 as the ASUN Pre-Season Player of the Year. She was also unanimously selected to the ASUN 2020 First Team. This season, she leads FGCU with a total of 342 kills and 3.84 kills per set, while placing 2nd on the team in terms of troops. trump card (28) and third in number of diggings (181). Shomaker leads ASUN in kills per set and is fourth in total kills for overall matches (2nd for ASUN matches). Also among ASUN, she led the conference in points per set (4.47) and placed third overall (397.5).
Nationally, Shomaker is 71st in kills per round, 82nd in points, and 92nd in total kills. She had double kills in 23 games for the year and registered double kills and kills against Rutgers (12 kills, 10 digs), compared to Miami (10 kills, 10). digs), against Kennesaw State (13 kills, 11 digs), and against North Florida (15 kills, 11 digs). She also tops her season with 11 encounters with Bellarmine. All-time, she’s eighth at FGCU for career kills (828) and fourth for kills per round (3.4). She’s announcing her career-best season-round kills total, sweepstakes, digs, block totals, and points this fall, and her 353 kills are now 16th most for a single season in the show’s history. During her career, she has also been named AVCA Honorable Mentioner and Vol FootballMag.com American Honorable Mention, AVCA Southeast Region Honorable Mention selection, New student of the year ASUN 2019 and selected to the ASUN Freshman Team.
Academically, she has a GPA of 3,848 in the field of health sciences and has been shortlisted for FGCU Deans, AD Honors and ASUN Honors. Last August, she was Papa John’s FGCU FGCU Student-Athlete alongside Ethan Dudley in men’s soccer. In addition to her work in the classroom, Shomaker has provided 32.5 hours of community service by participating in events such as beach cleanups, Nest Nights, helping with the Wildlife Trail Cam project, and volunteering. Volunteer at San Carlos Elementary School.
* Fall 2020 sports to be held in spring 2021 due to COVID-19
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