Labbe and Johnson named Suncoast Credit Union Scholarship Athletes of the Month
FORT MYERS, Florida. – Suncoast Credit Union FGCU Athletics Athletes of the Month for September have been announced along with Year Two Ashley Labbe (Lake Worth, Fla./Suncoast HS) Women’s Soccer and Redshirt-Junior Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) men’s tennis winning honor.
A female and a male Eagle are chosen as Scholar-Athlete of the Month in FGCU athletics throughout the academic year. Selection factors for honor include a combination of significant athletic and overall success. Chelsey Lockey volleyball and Wyatt Kistner of men’s soccer earned the distinction for the month of August.
Labbe has been integral to FGCU’s strong season as she is second on the team with 15 points, scoring six goals and registering three assists. In conference play, Labbe continued his great play with four goals and an assist as the Eagles are 6-1-1 in ASUN play. Her big week against Eastern Kentucky and Bellarmine in which she scored three goals earned her ASUN Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
In class, Labbe was just as strong as she has a GPA of 3.71 while studying health sciences. She has also contributed to the community with over 60 hours of service learning at SoVi Move In, Damien’s Playhouse, Night at the Nest and Canned Food Drive.
“Ashley is a force on and off the court for our program,” the head coach said. Jim Blankenship. “As strong as she is in the field, I know she is equally dedicated in the classroom and in the community. She is truly a great representation of our program and the FGCU.”
Going into the season as the No. 123 ranked tennis player in the nation and two-time reigning ASUN Player of the Year, Johnson backed him up with solid play in his first two events. At UCF Fall Sizzler, he picked up a singles victory over Furman’s Thomas Kennedy, but kept his best doubles game, winning the title with his partner. Max Dam on a pair of Georgia Southern. He followed that performance with a win over Tulsa’s Ezequiel Santalla at the ITA All-American Championships, one of college tennis’ most prestigious fall tournaments.
Off the court, Johnson has a 3.95 GPA while majoring in management. In 2022, he became the first Eagle in six years to be named to the ASUN All-Academic Team. He also contributed 36.5 hours of community service to the Community Co-op, Tom Manring Foundation, Naples Players, and Hurricane Ian Cleanup.
“Magnus is the quintessential student-athlete,” said the head coach J.C. Weber. “He plays #1 singles and #1 doubles for us. He has the highest GPA on the team. He works incredibly hard on and off the court. He’s a great teammate for everyone on the team. team. He is humble and thirsty to improve. He has a lot of character and integrity. Basically, there is nothing bad to say about him. I am very proud of his development here at the FGCU , and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for him and his teammates.”
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 45 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 26 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team average of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.