TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s pair of Vanessa Freire and Sierra Sanchez completed the opening weekend with a perfect 4-0 record and were rewarded as the first Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The pair went 4-0 on the opening weekend guiding the Seminoles to a perfect start to the 2016 season. The pair opened the season with a sweep over fellow CCSA member and No. 17-ranked South Carolina. The duo followed that match with another sweep, 21-19, 21-13, including the match clincher over the host school Arizona State.
On the next day, Freire and Sanchez helped Florida State remain undefeated by clinching the decisive third point in a 3-2 win over No. 15 Grand Canyon. After dropping the opening set 19-21, the pair made a comeback to take the second set 21-15 and then complete the win with a 15-11 decision in the third set. Freire and Sanchez closed out the weekend with a straight-set win over New Mexico.
The Seminoles return to action on Wednesday, March 9 at No. 4 Long Beach State. FSU will then play four more matches over the next two days in California including two matches against ranked opponents in No. 6 UCLA (Thursday, March 10 in Santa Monica) and No. 1 Southern Cal (Friday, March 11 in Los Angeles).
CCSA Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week – Mar. 8th
Vanessa Freire & Sierra Sanchez, Florida State
Sophomore | Windermere, Fla. / Junior | Valencia, Calif.
– First Career CCSA Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week Honor
– Helped Florida State to perfect 4-0 start to 2016 Beach Volleyball season
– Concluded opening weekend with 4-0 mark at No. 3 position for Seminoles
– Clinched decisive third point in 3-2 win over No. 15 Grand Canyon
– Also clinched match in 4-1 win over Arizona State on first day of season
– Swept three of four matches, including match against No. 17 South Carolina
Other Nominees: Chelsi Carter/Avery Hoven, UAB; Delaney Clesen/Gabrielle Dischler, Florida Atlantic; Savannah Davis/Natalia Giron, FIU; Sarah Blomgren/Aubrey Ezell, South Carolina.
Match Results for Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez
Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez, FSU d. Macie Tendrich/Katie Reilly, SC – 21-17, 21-17
Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez, FSU d. Madison Berridge/Bethany Wedepohl, ASU – 21-19, 21-13*
Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez, FSU d. Brooke Razo/Emilee Erichsen, GCU – 19-21, 21-15, 15-11*
Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez, FSU d. Hannah Johnson/Julia Warren, NM – 21-10, 21-13
*clinched dual win