April 21, 2018 - by
Beach Volleyball Advances, Looks for Third Straight Conference Title on Sunday

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EMERSON, Ga. – For the third year in a row, the Florida State beach volleyball team will head into the semifinals of the CCSA Championship undefeated in pool play. The Seminoles took down LSU and Georgia State on Saturday (April 21) to finish at the top of their pool, and will face FIU in Sunday morning’s semifinal match.

“We had a really dominant two matches today,” said head coach Brooke Niles. “They all came in really focused. We’ve been in this situation before so nothing really rattles them. Tomorrow is like a brand new tournament and we’re really excited.”

FSU has yet to drop a match in the conference championships, and surrendered only one point in pool play this year for the first time. The Seminoles have now earned 10 sweeps in the conference championships and are 2-0 against all four opponents it saw in pool play this year.

FSU and South Carolina secured positions at the top of their respective pools, both going 4-0 over the first two days. LSU finished behind Florida State in Pool A and will face the Gamecocks in the second semifinal match.

The Seminoles swept South Carolina in 2016’s semifinal match, and took down FAU in 2017’s semifinal. The Seminoles have a perfect 6-0 pairs record in the championship matches. If Florida State advances, it will face the winner of LSU-South Carolina in the 2018 CCSA Championship title match.

 

Florida State 4, LSU 1

  1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Tory Paranagua/Vanessa Freire (FS) 21-12, 21-19
  2. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FS) def. Haleigh Nelson/Mandi Orellana (LSU) 21-10, 21-12
  3. Macy Jerger/Sara Putt (FS) def. Olivia Powers/Hunter Domanski (LSU) 21-19, 21-11
  4. Brooke Kuhlman/Molly McBain (FS) def. Emmy Allen/Megan Davenport (LSU) 21-10, 21-11
  5. Francesca Goncalves/Eva Torruella (FS) def. Riley Young/Maddie Ligon (LSU) 22-20, 21-14

The Seminoles’ No. 4 pair of Kuhlman/McBain started things off for the Seminoles, earning the first point with a straight-set win. From there, the second point was earned by Horton/Luke at No. 2 and rounded out with a clinching win from Jerger/Putt at No. 3.

FSU was able to earn a fourth point with another straight-set win by Goncalves/Torruella on the fifth court, but the Tigers took a point from the Seminoles with a win on No. 1.

 

Florida State 5, Georgia State 0

  1. Tory Paranagua/Vanessa Freire (FS) def. Annika Van Gunst/Teegan Van Gunst (GSU) 21-16, 21-14
  2. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FS) def. Tiffany Creamer/Brooke Weiner (GSU) 21-16, 21-13
  3. Macy Jerger/Sara Putt (FS) def. Olivia Stasevich/Georgia Johnson (GSU) 21-14, 21-15
  4. Brooke Kuhlman/Molly McBain (FS) def. Amie Held/Kate Novack (GSU) 21-16, 21-12
  5. Francesca Goncalves/Eva Torruella (FS) def. Allie Elson/Ashley McGinn (GSU) 21-15, 21-19

Florida State won every first set against the Panthers to start the match, and kept up the tempo through the second sets on every court. Horton/Luke finished first to give FSU its first team point, and a win from Jerger/Putt at No. 3 gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead.

The Seminoles stayed ahead of Georgia State on every court, and played for the clinching point at the same time on both the fourth and fifth courts. It was Goncalves/Torruella who pulled off the third point, while Kuhlman/McBain and Paranagua/Freire earned straight-set wins to round out another shutout for the Seminoles.

 

Schedule – Sunday, April 22

Semifinals

  • Semifinal 1: Florida State vs. FIU » 9:00 am
  • Semifinal 2: LSU vs. South Carolina » 10:30 am

Championship Match

  • Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2 » 1:00 pm

 

Match Notes

  • FSU’s season record improves to 28-6.
  • Florida State is 15-0 in the CCSA Championship.
    • FSU’s pairs record in the championship is 64-7.
  • With its sweep of Georgia State, Florida State has now shutout its opponent at the CCSA Championship 10 times.
  • This was the first time the Seminoles have surrendered only one point through all matches in pool play at the championship.
  • FSU is now 2-0 against both LSU and Georgia State at the conference championship.
  • Florida State is 7-0 against the Tigers and 8-1 against Georgia State.

 

Records to Watch

  • Tory Paranagua
    • With a 97-24 dual match record, Paranagua holds the record for the most career dual match victories in program history.
      • She is three wins away from becoming the first Seminole in program history to reach 100 career dual match wins.
    • Her 110-29 overall record ranks fourth in program history.
    • Her 27-7 record at the No. 1 position places fourth in program history. She needs just two more wins to take third place.
    • Her 42-7 record at the No. 2 position is the second most ever earned at FSU. Three more wins will take the record (Kristina Pellitteri leads with a 44-8 record).
  • Vanessa Freire
    • Her 95-30 career dual record ranks second in program history, right behind her partner’s 98 career dual wins.
    • Her 105-33 career overall wins ranks fifth in program history.  
    • Her 36-13 record in the No. 2 position ranks third all-time behind Paranagua’s 42 wins and Pellitteri’s 44.
  • Sara Putt and Macy Jerger head into Sunday’s semifinal match still undefeated with a 15-0 record, all in the No. 3 position.
  • Macy Jerger’s 40-10 record at the No. 3 position is a program record.
  • Katie Horton now holds the record for most wins at the No. 4 position with a 30-11 record. Francesca Goncalves and Hailey Luke are both tied for the sixth-most wins on the fourth court, each with a 15-4 record.
  • Four current players rank in the top-5 for most wins at No. 5, as Hailey Luke leads with a 42-16 record, followed by Eva Torruella coming in second (26-6), Nikki Esposito coming in third (19-11) and Molly McBain tied for fourth with a 15-5 record.

 

Broadcast Information

The CCSA Championship semifinals and finals will be airing live on Eleven Prime on twitch.tv along with their linear channel, which is available on DIRECTV channel 623, Verizon Fios channel 597 and AT&T U-verse channel 1665.

 

 

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