March 5, 2016 - by
Noles Make it a Clean Sweep in Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Florida State Beach Volleyball team wrapped up its trip to Arizona with two more wins on Saturday as the Seminoles edged No. 15 Grand Canyon, 3-2, before ending the afternoon with a 4-1 victory over New Mexico.

“The team played great in both matches today,” Florida State head coach Brooke Niles said. “We were challenged by a very good Grand Canyon squad that was coached extremely well this morning. In the afternoon game against New Mexico, you could tell we were really focused and relaxed. Overall, I was extremely pleased with how we performed these first two days.”

The Seminoles (4-0) began the day with a morning match in Phoenix against the Lopes that went the wire and was decided at the No. 3 position as FSU’s Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez clinched the match with a three-set victory. After dropping the first set 21-19 to GCU’s Brooke Razo/Emilee Erichsen, Freire/Sanchez responded with wins in the next two sets (21-15, 15-11) to give the Noles the hard fought victory.

After forcing the third and decisive set, the Seminole duo put the pressure on Grand Canyon early running out to an early 7-3 advantage which resulted in a Lopes’ timeout. GCU’s Razo/Erichsen cut the deficit to 12-10 before Freire/Sanchez won three of the last four points to keep Florida State undefeated on the year.

Kristina Pellitteri/Victoria Paranagua remained perfect on the year with a straight set victory over Aleksandra Wachowicz/Molly Turner (21-17, 21-16) at the No. 2 spot. FSU’s first point of the morning came at the fifth position as Annie Montgomery/Kayla Joyce defeated GCU’s Chloe Jenkins/Rebecca Conrad (21-18, 21-14) in straight sets.

Florida State returned to Tempe in the afternoon to face New Mexico in the Seminoles’ final game of the Sun Devil Challenge.

Noles Make it a Clean Sweep in Arizona

The two schools each earned an early point as FSU’s Hailey Luke/Blyss Harkness won at the fifth spot, while New Mexico’s Easten Baleto/Marisa Doran defeated Kayla Joyce/Annie Montgomery (16-21, 21-14, 18-16) at the fourth spot. But the Seminoles swept courts 1, 2 and 3 in straight sets in the second session for the winning margin.

FSU’s duos of Pellitteri/Paranagua and Freire/Sanchez won both of their matches on Saturday to keep the Seminoles with a perfect record on the year through the first four matches.

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).

Match 3 – Phoenix, Ariz.
No. 5 Florida State d. No. 15 Grand Canyon, 3-2
Court 1:
Mackenzie Phelps/Shannon Dugan, GCU d. Julie Brown/Jace Pardon, FSU – 21-17, 21-16
Court 2: Kristina Pellitteri/Victoria Paranagua, FSU d. Aleksandra Wachowicz/Molly Turner, GCU – 21-17, 21-16
Court 3: Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez, FSU d. Brooke Razo/Emilee Erichsen, GCU – 19-21, 21-15, 15-11
Court 4: Kami Dickerson/Jordyn Sanchez, GCU d. Hailey Luke/Katherine Plessy, FSU – 21-15, 14-21, 15-8
Court 5: Kayla Joyce/Annie Montgomery, FSU d. Chloe Jenkins/Rebecca Conrad, GCU – 21-18, 21-14
Exh: Macy Jerger/Nikki Esposito, FSU d. Mia Sakasegawa/Kelli Iverson, GCU – 21-18, 21-12

Order of Finish: 5, 4, 1, 2, 3*
*clinched dual win

Match 4 – Tempe, Ariz.
No. 5 Florida State d. New Mexico, 4-1
Court 1:
Julie Brown/Jace Pardon, FSU d. Devanne Sours/Ashley Kelsey, NM – 21-16, 21-12
Court 2: Kristina Pellitteri/Victoria Paranagua, FSU d. Lisa Rugland/Cassie House, NM – 21-18, 21-16
Court 3: Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez, FSU d. Hannah Johnson/Julia Warren, NM – 21-10, 21-13
Court 4: Easten Baleto/Marisa Doran, NM d. Kayla Joyce/Annie Montgomery, FSU – 16-21, 21-14, 18-16
Court 5: Hailey Luke/Blyss Harkness, FSU d. Madi Mayfield/Carson Heilborn, NM – 21-14, 21

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