March 8, 2014
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. – The fourth-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team kicked off it’s third season in style on Saturday at the UNF Sand Invitational. The Seminoles went a combined 9-1 in dual match play with victories against ninth-ranked Florida International and against Louisiana-Monroe.
The `Noles sported new black and gold uniforms as they cruised past their first competition of the 2014 campaign. FSU started off slow, losing the first set on Courts 4 and 5, but they were able to rally back to defeat FIU, 4-1, in the morning match before sweeping ULM in the afternoon, 5-0.
Florida State continues to prove that they are the team to beat on the East Coast. With two victories today, the Seminoles remain undefeated all-time against schools on the East Coast.
Head Coach Danalee Corso rolled out a few new pairs than what we saw last year. On Court 1, 2013 All-American Jace Pardon teamed up with 2012 All-American Aurora Davis. Pardon came into the day as the winningest player in school history with 73 wins. Davis is second in that category with 72 career wins. The talented duo went undefeated in both matches today, winning all four sets.
Corso didn’t switch up all the pairs however. Sisters Stephanie and Nina Pellitteri were partnered up again this season. After posting a team-best 34-5 record last year mostly on Court 5, the sister moved up to play on Court 2 and kept their winning ways going. The Pellitteri’s swept all four sets of the day in convincing fashion.
Florida State only lost three sets all day as they improve to 2-0 to begin the 2014 season.
The Seminole season continues tomorrow when they face Jacksonville and North Florida in a pair of dual matches beginning at 10:30am at the St. John’s County Pier in St. Augustine, Fla. before they pack their bags and head west to face defending national champions Long Beach State on Wednesday in Long Beach, Calif.
Florida State 4, Florida International 1
1.) Jace Pardon-Aurora Davis (FSU) def. Kristine Monforte-Martyna Gluchowicz (FIU) 21-12, 21-16
2.) Stephanie Pellitteri-Kristina Pellitteri (FSU) def. Maryna Samoday-Ksenia Sukhoreva (FIU) 21-12, 21-18
3.) Julie Brown-Melanie Pavels (FSU) def. Camila Rosado-Maja Rosko (FIU) 21-13, 21-15
4.) Jessica Mendoza-Jessica Gehrke (FIU) def. Fatma Yildirim-Kayla Joyce (FSU) 21-19, 15-21, 15-8
5.) Sarah Wickstrom-Sierra Sanchez (FSU) def. Tina Toghiyani-Aren Cupp (FIU) 19-21, 21-14, 15-10
Florida State 5, Lousiana-Monroe 0
1.) Jace Pardon-Aurora Davis (FSU) def. Zuzana Markova-Marcela Araya (ULM) 21-14, 21-12
2.) Stephanie Pellitteri-Kristina Pellitteri (FSU) def. Hadley Schwartz-Michelle McNamee (ULM) 21-17, 21-7
3.) Julie Brown-Melanie Pavels (FSU) def. Bianca Ocana-Alannah Cullum (ULM) 21-11, 21-15
4.) Fatma Yildirim-Kayla Joyce (FSU) def. Hope Pawlik-Rachel Arnason (ULM) 21-10, 21-15
5.) Sarah Wickstrom-Sierra Sanchez (FSU) def. Celine Flores-Kaitlyn Shearer (ULM) 21-6, 21-11