April 27, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On a near-perfect, sunny afternoon at the FSU Sand Volleyball Complex, the No. 3-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team wrapped up its competitive preparation for next weekend’s AVCA Collegiate Championships with an intersquad exhibition on Saturday.
All 10 FSU pairs played two best-of-three matches in a warm-up for the national championship event from May 3-5 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
“When we look at the end of the season, we’ve established ourselves as the top team in the Southeast the past two years, and the fact that we can stay home and get the best competition is a luxury,” Florida State assistant coach Brian Corso said. “The players battle so hard against each other and are able to stretch each other’s offensive and defensive capabilities. We feel that an intersquad matchup is the best preparation for us heading into Nationals.”
In the most exciting and only three-set match of the day, sophomore Stephanie Pellitteri and her sister, freshman Nina Pellitteri, took down junior Aurora Davis and freshman Katherine Plessy in three sets. The sisters, who have a team-best 31 wins this season, trailed 13-10 in the final set, but reeled off the final five points to capture the match victory.
FSU’s No. 1 tandem of sophomores Jace Pardon and Sarah Wickstrom also went undefeated, picking up two-set victories over freshman Sarah Burrington and sophomore Katie Mosher and juniors Jeassica McGregor and Olivera Medic.
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Court 1 – Melanie Pavels/Julie Brown def. Fatma Yildirim/Mallory Kiley – 21-14, 21-11
Court 2 – Stephanie Pellitteri/Nina Pellitteri def. Aurora Davis/Katherine Plessy – 19-21, 21-16, 15-13
Court 3 – Jace Pardon/Sarah Wickstrom def. Sarah Burrington/Katie Mosher – 21-8, 21-13
Court 4 – Jeassica McGregor/Olivera Medic def. Amanda Saxton/Lexi Ryan – 21-14, 21-8
Court 5 – Marija Milosavljevic/Kayla Joyce def. Blyss Harkness/Annie Montgomery – 21-14, 23-21
Court 1 – Stephanie Pellitteri/Nina Pellitteri def. Melanie Pavels/Julie Brown – 21-19, 21-16
Court 2 – Fatma Yildirim/Mallory Kiley def. Aurora Davis/Katherine Plessy – 21-13, 21-15
Court 3 – Jace Pardon/Sarah Wickstrom def. Jeassica McGregor/Olivera Medic – 21-11, 21-13
Court 4 – Sarah Burrington/Katie Mosher def. Amanda Saxton/Lexi Ryan – 21-13, 21-17
Court 5 – Marija Milosavljevic/Blyss Harkness def. Annie Montgomery/Kayla Joyce – 22-20, 21-17