In the “Gold” bracket, sophomore Melanie Pavels and freshman Julie Brown finished second after falling to GSU’s No. 1 tandem of Lane Carico and Katie Madewell, 21-15, 21-18, in the finals. Pavels and Brown avenged their Saturday pool play loss to ULM’s Zuzanna Markova and Tanya Sukach, by defeating them, 21-15, 21-16, in the semifinals to advance to the finals.
“Today was the best day we’ve had so far this season,” head coach Danalee Corso said. “Aurora and Katherine were great and Julie and Melanie, who moved up to No. 2, were very solid. Today was the first day I felt like we really got everything in our control right. We had some injuries (seniors Fatma Yildirim and Marija Milosavljevic), but our subs really stepped up. We got a lot of rest this past week and it paid off. The team is rounding into shape and I’m looking forward to the next few weeks leading up to the National Championships.”
The Pellitteri sisters lost to Davis and Plessy in the “Silver” bracket and finished in a tie for third, while McGregor and Pardon fell in a tough three-set affair, 16-21, 21-19, 15-11, to GSU’s Carico and Madewell in the “Gold” bracket. Carico was an All-American indoor player at Miami, but Pardon went toe to toe with her in one of the tournament’s most exciting matches.
McGregor replaced Milosavljevic, who sprained her ankle on Saturday. Plessy subbed in for Yildirim, who is also battling injuries.
The “Gold” bracket featured teams’ No. 1 and No. 2 pairs, while the “Silver” bracket featured pairs No. 3, 4 and 5.
The Seminoles return to action next Friday through Sunday at the Fiesta at Siesta at Siesta Key, Florida.
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