March 3, 2012 - by
Nation’s First

March 3, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – History was made by the Florida State sand volleyball team on Saturday, as the Seminoles won the nation’s first eve r collegiate sand volleyball match at UAB.

Florida State swept the Blazers, 5-0, only losing one set in the No. 4 matchup.

“We made history today,” Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. “We won the first ever collegiate sand volleyball match. It was awesome. It was great to share it with our team. Everyone felt it. It’s something we can look back on and be proud of.”

Five dual matches and three exhibitions were played at UAB’s newly completed sand volleyball facility located next to West Campus Field in Birmingham.

FSU’s No. 1 team of Aurora Newgard defeated Heather Thomas and Kisten Gallagher, 21-10, 21-12. Tiegs had 13 kills and Newgard recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs.

The No. 2 tandem of Kate Stepanova (13 kills) and Jace Pardon (14 kills) downed Sarah Secley and Alison Woods, 21-16, 21-18.

FSU’s No. 3 pair of Visnja Djurdjevic and Melanie Pavels handled Kate Morrell and Ally Slaughter, 21-15, 21-11. Pavels had 10 kills and 14 digs.

The Garnet & Gold’s No. 5 squad of Jeassica McGregor and Sarah Wickstrom dispatched Michele Simmons and Becca Howard, 21-15, 21-14, behind McGregor’s 12 digs.

The only match that was close for the Noles was the No. 4 matchup between Mallory Kiley and Stephanie Pellitteri of FSU and Rachel Fairbanks and Kiriavia Hirini of UAB. Kiley and Pellitteri edged the Blazer pair in three sets, 21-14, 9-31, 17-15. Kiley had 17 kills.

FSU also won all three exhibition matches with teams consisting of Fatma Yildirim and Marija Milosavljevic, Amanda Saxton and McGregor and Lacey Blackman and Caitlin Haworth picking up victories.

FSU returns to action on Monday at 4 p.m. CT at Tulane before heading down to Winter Haven, Fla., for the Clash of the Collegians tournament on Thursday and Friday.

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