February 23, 2018 - by
No. 4 Beach Volleyball Stays Ahead on Day One of Spring Fling

DELAND, Fla.The Florida State beach volleyball team topped two conference opponents in the first day of the Stetson Spring Fling, sweeping No. 16 FAU and No. 8 South Carolina on Friday (Feb. 23).

“I think we had a great day today,” said head coach Brooke Niles. “I was really proud of the team the way they competed.”

The Seminoles won their first two matches for the third season in a row, in the same number of years under Niles. Competing against two conference opponents in its opening weekend allows FSU to check out the CCSA field early in its quest for a third consecutive conference title.

“We’re just focused on our side of the net because it’s still early on and we don’t know much about the teams, so we’re just trying to execute,” Niles said. “The good thing is we still have a lot we can work on as the season progresses.”

Florida State saw a veteran lineup in both matches, while certain players took on different roles. Junior Macy Jerger played at the No. 1 position for the first time in her career, and freshmen Alaina Chacon and Madison Fitzpatrick took to the sand in an exhibition match against FAU.

“Macy [Jerger] and Tory [Paranagua] were really clean and in system almost every time, and they were really putting a lot of pressure on teams with their serves,” Niles said.

The Seminoles return to competition on Saturday (Feb. 24), taking on CCSA opponent Georgia State at 11:30 am, and the hosting Stetson Hatters at 3:30 pm.


#4 Florida State def. #16 Florida Atlantic, 5-0 | PDF Box Score

  1. Macy Jerger/Tory Paranagua (FSU) def. Jessalyn Kinlaw/Gabrielle Dischler (FAU) 21-12, 17-21, 15-6
  2. Brooke Kuhlman/Vanessa Freire (FSU) def. Carly Scarborough/Brittany Pellitteri (FAU) 21-16, 23-21
  3. Francesca Goncalves/Sara Putt (FSU) def. Nicole Navarro/Nicole Grant (FAU) 21-16, 21-19
  4. Hailey Luke/Katie Horton (FSU) def. Mackenzie Morris/Erica Brok (FAU) 21-14, 21-18
  5. Molly McBain/Eva Torruella (FSU) def. Kaila Dorish/Ashlan Cunningham (FAU) 21-10, 21-17

Ext. Alaina Chacon/Madison Fitzpatrick (FSU) def. Jazmine Barker/Julia Lewkowicz (FAU) 21-18, 21-19

Order of finish: 4, 5, 3*, 2, 1
*Clinched win


The Seminoles started off strong in the first match of the day against the Owls, with Luke/Horton and McBain/Torruella picking off their opponents in two sets at the No. 4 and 5 positions, respectively. Freshmen Alaina Chacon and Madison Fitzpatrick also picked up their first win as Seminoles, defeating Barker/Lewkowicz in an exhibition match.

Macy Jerger and Tory Paranagua finished off a quick 21-12 first set, followed by a pair of 21-16 first-set wins from Kuhlman/Freire at No. 2 and Goncalves/Putt at No. 3. The Seminoles at the No. 1 position dropped the second set, but it was Goncalves and Putt that wrapped up a quick 21-19 set to defeat FAU’s Navarro/Grant to clinch the match for FSU.

The Seminoles carried out the sweep with a two-set win from Kuhlman/Freire at No. 2 and a three-set win from Paranagua/Jerger at No. 1, taking down Florida Atlantic 5-0.


#4 Florida State def. #8 South Carolina, 4-1 | PDF Box Score

  1. Macy Jerger/Tory Paranagua (FSU) def. Shannon Williams/Ali Denney (SC) 21-14, 21-14
  2. Carly Schnieder/Katie Smith (SC) def. Vanessa Freire/Brooke Kuhlman (FSU) 24-26, 21-16, 15-10
  3. Sara Putt/Francesca Goncalves (FSU) def. Leah Perri/Macie Tendrich (SC) 21-14, 21-15
  4. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU) def. Julia Mannisto/Jess Vastine (SC) 23-21, 21-11
  5. Molly McBain/Eva Torruella (FSU) def. Franky Harrison/Hannah Edelman (SC) 21-16, 11-21, 15-12

Order of finish: 4, 5, 1*, 3, 2
*Clinched win


Florida State saw closer competition in its second match of the day, taking down No. 8 South Carolina 4-1 on Friday afternoon.

Although the first set stayed close, the pairing of Luke/Horton was able to take the first team point for the Seminoles with a quick 21-11 win in the second set at the No. 4 position.

McBain and Torruella followed up with the next team point with a three-set win. After some long first sets in the first three positions, it was the No. 1 duo of Jerger/Paranagua that was able to clinch the win for the Seminoles with a 21-14, 21-14 win over Williams/Denney.

FSU followed up with another quick win at the No. 3 position from Goncalves and Putt, but the Gamecocks were able to hold off another sweep for the Seminoles with a three-set win at the No. 2 position.


Match Notes

  • Florida State’s record over Florida Atlantic improves to 7-0.
    • Five of those wins have come in neutral site matches.
  • Florida State’s record over South Carolina improves to 11-0.
    • The record stands as the best record FSU holds over any team.
  • FSU’s all-time record improves to 128-27.
  • Head coach Brooke Niles’ record improves to 63-12.
  • Career Records
    • With her win against FAU, senior Vanessa Freire’s 74-18 career dual match record is tied for the third-highest in program history.
    • Senior Tory Paranagua’s two wins on Friday moves her into a tie for the seventh-most overall wins in program history with a 86-21 record.
    • Paranagua/Jerger’s win against FAU’s Kinlaw/Dischler gives the pair the 10th most victories by a pair in program history. After their two wins on Friday, the pair now has a 21-7 record.
    • Brooke Kuhlman’s win against FAU moves her into 10th overall at the No. 2 position. She now has a 6-2 record at No. 2.
    • Eva Torruella’s two wins on Friday moves her into 2nd overall at the No. 5 position with a 19-6 record.


2018 Stetson Spring Fling – Schedule of Events

Friday, Feb. 23 – #4 Florida State def. #16 Florida Atlantic* 5-0
Friday, Feb. 23 – #4 Florida State def. #8 South Carolina* 4-1
Saturday, Feb. 24 – #4 Florida State vs. #12 Georgia State* (11:30 am) | Live Stats
Saturday, Feb. 24 – #4 Florida State vs. #15 Stetson (3:30 pm) | Live Stats

Full Tournament Schedule

*Denotes conference opponent



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