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April 6, 2012
DELAND, Fla. - The Florida State sand volleyball team improved to 13-0 in dual matches on the season on Friday with a pair of 5-0 wins over Stetson and FAU at the Stetson Sand Volleyball Complex.
The Seminoles dropped only one set over 10 games in two dominating performances.
"We had a tough week of practice, so I'm happy with the results today," head coach Danalee Corso said. "Having us play tired this week was part of my plan. That's what we are going to have to do to win at Nationals in a few weeks. We played great today."
Junior Aurora Newgard and sophomore Brittany Tiegs, FSU's No. 1 duo, defeated Stetson's top squad of Julie Bassett and Kaley Melville, 21-13, 21-11, before cruising past the Owls' No. 1 duo, 21-18, 21-13.
Moving up to the No. 2 position in place of freshman Jace Pardon and senior Jekaterina Stepanova was the tandem of senior Visnja Djurdjevic and Melanie Pavels. The duo routed Stetson's second team, 21-14, 21-14, and FAU's two tandem, 21-18, 21-13.
Freshman Stephanie Pellitteri replaced Stepanova and paired with Pardon as FSU's third team. The pair defeated Stetson, 21-17, 21-14, and FAU, 21-4, 21-11, earning praise from Corso.
"Stephanie and Jace really stepped up today," Corso said. "That was a great win. They probably stepped up the most of anybody today because they haven't really played together."
Stepanova suffered an ankle sprain last weekend at the UNF Sand Invitational and was held out of Friday's competition.
Sophomore Jeassica McGregor and freshman Sarah Wickstrom had the closest call of the day, taking three sets to beat Stetson's Katie DiGirolamo and Stephanie Marin, 21-16, 19-21, 15-10, in the battle of No. 4's. The pair followed up the win by hammering FAU, 21-4, 21-8, on court five.
Graduate student Caitlin Haworth and senior Mallory Kiley picked up victories at No. 5 versus Stetson (21-10, 21-15) and at No. 4 against FSU (21-5, 21-8).
The Seminoles return to action next Friday, April 13, at the Fiesta on Siesta Key (Fla.), a multiple team tournament.
For updates and more information on the Florida State sand volleyball team, follow the Seminoles on Twitter at: @FSU_SVB.
Florida State vs. Stetson and FAU
at the Stetson Sand Volleyball Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. - April 6, 2012
FLORIDA STATE 5, STETSON 0
1. Aurora Newgard/Brittany Tiegs (FSU) def. Julie Bassett/Kaley Melville (STET) 21-13, 21-11
2. Melanie Pavels/Visnja Djurdjevic (FSU) def. Maren Rygh/Alexa Stonish (STET) 21-14, 21-14
3. Stephanie Pelliteri/Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Alisha Hoffman/Taylor Story (STET) 21-17, 21-14
4. Jeassica McGregor/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU) def. Katie DiGirolamo/Stephanie Marin (STET) 21-16, 19-21, 15-10
5. Caitlin Haworth/Mallory Kiley (FSU) def. Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (STET) 21-10, 21-15
FLORIDA STATE 5, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 0
1. Aurora Newgard/Brittany Tiegs (FSU) def. Jocavio ??/Alessia Pizzocheri (FAU) 21-13, 21-18
2. Melanie Pavels/Visnja Djurdjevic (FSU) def. Grace Vega/Daria Sataric (FAU) 21-18, 21-13
3. Stephanie Pelliteri/Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Isabelle Arboleda/Sara Stoll (FAU) 21-4, 21-11
4. Caitlin Haworth/Mallory Kiley (FSU) def. Cintia Nightingale/Thacilli Pereira (FAU) 21-5, 21-8
5. Jeassica McGregor/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU) def. Lauren Jones/Chandler Hatton (FAU) 21-4, 21-8
The Florida State sand volleyball team improved to 13-0 in dual matches on the season on Friday with a pair of 5-0 wins over Stetson and FAU at the Stetson Sand Volleyball Complex.
I'm guessing that means they won the unf tourney. I was walking down jax beach and watched a few sets. Fsu was winning the few I saw but never heard the final outcome.
March 31, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State sand volleyball team dominated the field during pool play on Day 1 of the UNF Sand Invitational presented by Chicago Pizza and Metro PCS on Saturday at the Jacksonville Beach courts.
Competition was suspended at around 7 p.m. and a few more pool play matches will be played starting at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
In what is becoming a theme in this inaugural sand volleyball season, the Seminoles spent a lot of time waiting for the weather to cooperate. Saturday's northern Florida storms caused four separate weather delays and much of the play was spent under showers.
Those are playing conditions FSU has become accustomed to, however, and the Garnet and Gold didn't let the severe weather have an effect on their play.
"It was a mentally fatiguing day for the players," head coach Danalee Corso said. "It was start-stop, start-stop. That's tough. The weather has been following us, but that's part of the game. You've got to ride the wave. I'm really proud of the team. These courts are really hard to adjust to, and a lot different from our courts. We are pretty handedly in first-place, though. Hopefully, we can close out strong, and win the team competition tomorrow."
Saturday's competition featured seven pools of five teams. The top two finishers in each pool along with the top two third place finishers advance to Sunday's gold bracket play. A 12-team silver bracket and a seven-team bronze bracket will also be contested on Sunday.
The Seminoles are at the top or near the top of each of their pools. Leading the way on Saturday were the duos of senior Jekaterina Stepanova and freshman Jace Pardon and senior Visnja Djurdjevic and freshman Melanie Pavels. Both teams went 3-0 and neither dropped a set.
"It was a pretty good day," Stepanova said. "Luckily, Jace and I didn't have any of our matches get delayed. We didn't have to run off the court and take cover while were playing. We got our full matches in. This is a pretty good site. It's fun to be at the beach."
The tandem of junior Aurora Newgard and sophomore Brittany Tiegs was the only Garnet and Gold tandem to play all four of its games, winning three and tying (splitting a pair of sets) with UAB's No. 1 squad.
Graduate student Caitlin Haworth and sophomore Jeassica McGregor wrapped up the day 1-1-1 (one win, one loss and one tie), while senior Mallory Kiley and freshman Stephanie Pellitteri went 2-1.
For the latest news and updates on the FSU sand volleyball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_SVB.
Please Note: Complete results were not yet available.
The Florida State sand volleyball team dominated the field during pool play on Day 1 of the UNF Sand Invitational presented by Chicago Pizza and Metro PCS on Saturday at the Jacksonville Beach courts.
April 1, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Florida State sand volleyball team ran away with the team title and grabbed second- and third-place finishes in the pairs tournament on Sunday at the UNF Sand Invitational presented by Chicago Pizza and Metro PCS at the Jacksonville Beach courts.
The Garnet and Gold wrapped up Saturday's weather-delayed pool play early Sunday morning by winning all four of its matches in straight sets to finish with a 34-6 (sets won - sets lost) mark among seven pools to easily win the team championship.
All five Seminole tandems advanced to the top-16-team gold bracket pairs tournament. No other team placed more than two squads in the gold bracket.
Junior Aurora Newgard and sophomore Brittany Tiegs lost a hard-fought, three-set battle to Hawaii's Jane Croson and Ashley Lee, 21-16, 19-21, 15-11, in the pairs championship. The FSU duo nearly won its third consecutive tournament pairs title, and now has two runner-up placements and two victories in four tournaments this season.
"It was an arduous weekend," head coach Danalee Corso said. "One of our top players (Jekaterina Stepanova) went down with a sprained ankle, but we still took second and third in the individual pairs championship, and we won the team championship by a large margin. I'm really happy. I'm really proud of Brittany and Aurora. They're playing great. Hawaii had a fantastic team. Jane Croson is a world champion who I used to train on the national team, so I knew they'd be good. We had wonderful volleyball in the final, and that's something to be excited about."
Tiegs and Newgard defeated Jacksonville's top duo in the semifinals, 23-21, 21-16. The pair went 6-1-1 on the weekend.
"Brittany and I didn't play as well on Thursday against Hawaii in Tallahassee, but throughout the weekend we really focused and made sure we were prepared," Newgard said. "We communicated well and we were clicking out there on the court. It was a great weekend. We had some weather trouble on Saturday, but today the weather was great. All of our teams played well today. We faced some really good competition. It was a lot of fun."
Tiegs and Newgard, the fifth-seed in the gold bracket, were joined in the semifinals by senior Visnja Djurdjevic and freshman Melanie Pavels, the third seed.
Djurdjevic and Pavels won their first six matches on the weekend before falling to Croson and Lee, 21-12, 21-14, with the finals berth on the line.
Tiegs, Newgard, Djurdjevic and Pavels were all named to the all-tournament team.
The foursome likely would've been joined by Stepanova and freshman Jace Pardon if Stepanova hadn't sprained her left ankle during the first round of the bracket tournament. The pair had steamrolled the competition all weekend and was the gold No. 1 seed, but had to withdraw midway through the second set against Jacksonville after winning 21-9 in set one.
Senior Mallory Kiley and freshman Stephanie Pellitteri (11th-seed) placed sixth, pushing Djurdjevic and Pavels to three sets in the quarterfinals, while graduate student Caitlin Haworth and sophomore Jeassica McGregor took ninth. Haworth and McGregor (12th-seed) unfortunately drew their teammates, Tiegs and Newgard, in the first round, and fell, 21-11, 21-17.
After Saturday's competition was sporadically interrupted by storms, Sunday's weather couldn't have been better.
The sun was out all day and temperatures stayed consistently in the mid-80s. Groups of beachgoers stopped by the courts and created a fun, raucous atmosphere - especially in the final.
Tiegs and Newgard avenged one of their losses from Thursday's dual against Hawaii in the quarterfinals, routing the Rainbow Wahine's No.1 squad of Elizabeth Stoltzman and Emily Hartong in straight sets, 21-13, 21-17.
Sunday's final gave the FSU duo another chance to atone for its only other non-FSU loss on the season against Croson and Lee.
Croson and Lee jumped out to a big lead and never looked back in set one, however. FSU opened up a large lead of its own in set two. The Seminoles let the `Bows back in the set late, though, and trailed, 19-18, when Tiegs had a vicious block that tied the second set at 19-19 and sparked FSU to the 21-19 second set win.
Croson's jump serve and hammer were too much in the third set of the finals. Tiegs and Newgard cut Hawaii's lead in the final set to 1, 12-11, but Croson's ace spurred three consecutive points for the Rainbow Wahine.
"We had great weather today and fantastic crowds for the finals," Corso said. "There was a great crowd for Hawaii and a great crowd for us. What's impressive to me is the level of volleyball for these young women. I'm really excited for USA Volleyball in general and for what collegiate sand volleyball is going to do for the sport. It was a great, fun weekend competing at the beach."
The Seminoles return to action on Friday at Stetson in a three-team event with the Hatters (10 a.m.) and FAU (Noon).
For more information and updates on the Florida State sand volleyball team, follow the Seminoles on twitter at: @FSU_SVB.
Team Standings (based on pool play)
1. Florida State (34-6)
2. Hawaii (27-13)
3. College of Charleston (21-19)
4. North Florida (17-23)
5. Jacksonville (15-25)
6. UAB (11-19)
7. FAU (10-30)
UH #2 (Lee/Corson)
FSU #1 (Teigs/Newgard)
JU #1 (Courtney/Witmire)
FSU #3 (Djurdjevic/Pavels)
UH #3 (Nordyke/Uiato)
FSU #2 (Stepanova/Pardon) vs JU #1 (Courtney/Witmire) - JU wins (Medical Forfeit)
UAB #1 (Hirini/Fairbanks) vs CofC #1 (Chub/Theesfeld) - UAB wins 2-0 (21-11, 21-16)
UH #1 (Stoltzman/Hartong) vs UNF #1 (Medina/Strack) - UH wins 2-0 (21-18, 21-16)
FSU #4 (Hayworth/McGregor) vs FSU #1 (Tiegs/Newgard) - FSU #1 wins 2-0 (21-11, 21-17)
UH #2 (Lee/Croson) vs UH #4 (Griffiths/Stayer) - UH #2 wins 2-1 (24-26, 21-18, 15-9)
FAU #1 (Joanne/Pizzocheri) vs CofC #2 (Kolich/Shelton) - FAU #1 wins 2-1 (20-22, 23-21, 15-2)
FSU #3 (Djurdjevic/Pavels) vs UAB #2 (Thomas/Gallagher) - FSU #3 wins 2-0 (21-17, 21-12)
FSU #5 (Kiley/Pellitteri) vs JU #2 (Stausbaugh/Cullen) - FSU #5 wins 2-0 (21-10, 21-10)
JU #1 vs UAB #1 - JU #1 wins 2-1 (21-16, 16-21, 22-20)
FSU #1 vs UH #1 - FSU #1 wins 2-0 (21-13, 21-17)
UH #2 vs FAU #1 - UH #2 wins 2-0 (21-17, 21-17)
FSU #5 vs FSU #3 - FSU #3 wins 2-1 (21-11, 16-21, 15-6)
JU# 1 vs FSU #1 - FSU #1 wins 2-0 (23-21, 21-16)
UH #2 vs FSU #3 - UH #2 wins 2-0 (21-12, 21-14)
FSU #1 vs UH #2 - UH #2 wins 2-1 (21-16, 19-21, 15-11)
Tied for 3rd
JU #1, FSU #3
First Round Consolation
FSU #2 vs UH #4 - UH #4 wins (Medical Forfeit)
FSU #4 vs CofC #2 - FSU #4 wins
UNF #1 vs CofC #1 - CofC #1 wins 2-0 (21-17, 21-13)
JU #2 vs UAB #2 - JU wins 2-1 (25-23, 18-21, 15-11)
Tied for 9th
UH #4, JU #2, CofC #1, FSU #4
Tied for 13th
FSU #2, UAB #2, UNF #1, CofC #2
Second Round Consolation
UAB #1 vs FAU #1 - FAU #1 wins 2-0 (21-18, 21-19)
UH #1 vs FSU #5 -- UH #1 wins 2-0 (23-21, 21-10)
Tied for 5th
FAU #1, UH #1
Tied for 7th
UAB #1, FSU #5
The Florida State sand volleyball team ran away with the team title and grabbed second- and third-place finishes in the pairs tournament on Sunday at the UNF Sand Invitational.
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