BATON ROUGE, La. – The Florida State Beach Volleyball team returned to the Mango’s Beach Volleyball Club on Sunday for a pairs tournament on the final day of the LSU Beach Invitational. The tournament featured pairs from Florida State, Grand Canyon and LSU as the teams were divided into two different brackets. The Gold bracket featured seeds 1-4, while the Purple bracket consisted of seeds 5-8.
The Seminoles featured five different pairs over the two brackets.
Florida State’s top-seeded pair, Annie Montgomery and Macy Jerger, registered two wins on the afternoon in earning a runner-up finish in the Gold bracket. Montgomery/Jerger captured a straight set victory over LSU’s Cati Leak and Lilly Kessler, 21-16, 21-19, in the quarterfinals before facing fellow Seminole teammates Kayla Joyce and Katherine Plessy in the semifinals. After Joyce/Plessy won the first set 26-24, Montgomery/Jerger bounced back to win the next two, 21-18, 15-9, to advance to the finals.
In the Gold finals, Montgomery/Jerger fell to Grand Canyon’s No. 1 pair of Mackenzie Phelps and Shannon Dugan in straight sets, 21-13, 21-17.
Ali Eager and Meghan Conway teamed up to go 1-1 in the Gold bracket, while Plessy/Joyce finished their tournament run with an identical 1-1 record.
In the Purple bracket, FSU’s Julia Thompson and Breana Edwards and Blyss Harkness and Brooke Kuhlman both went 1-1. Thompson/Edwards defeated Grand Canyon’s Kelli Iverson and Mia Sakasegawa, 21-12, 16-21, 15-12, in the first round before falling to LSU’s Victoria Boraski and Roxanne McVey, 21-14, 21-19. Harkness/Kuhlman, who earned a bye in the first round, opened bracket play with a straight set victory over LSU’s Jeni Clark and Addison Hoven, 21-16, 21-9, in the quarterfinals. The Seminole duo then dropped a tough three-set match to the Tigers’ McVey/Boraski, 16-21, 21-15, 15-13.
The Seminoles return to action on Saturday, April 9 at the Siesta Key Tournament.
Pairs Tournament – LSU Beach Invitational
Gold Bracket – First Round
(FSU 3) Ali Eager/Meghan Conway d. (LSU 4) Callan Molle/Riley Young (21-15, 21-10)
(FSU 2) Kayla Joyce/Katherine Plessy d. (GCU 4) Brooke Razo/Kami Dickerson (21-17, 21-14)
(GCU 1) Mackenzie Phelps/Shannon Dugan d. (FSU 3) Ali Eager/Meghan Conway (21-15, 21-19)
(FSU 1) Annie Montgomery/Macy Jerger d. (LSU 3) Cati Leak/Lilly Kessler (21-16, 21-19)
(FSU 1) Annie Montgomery/Macy Jerger d. (FSU 2) Kayla Joyce/Katherine Plessy (24-26, 21-18, 15-9)
(GCU 1) Mackenzie Phelps and Shannon Dugan d. (FSU 1) Annie Montgomery/Macy Jerger (21-13, 21-17)
Purple Bracket – First Round
(FSU 7) Julia Thompson/Breana Edwards d. (GCU 6) Kelli Iverson/Mia Sakasegawa (21-12, 16-21, 15-12)
(LSU 6) Victoria Boraski/Roxanne McVey d. (FSU 7) Julia Thompson/Breana Edwards (21-14, 21-19)
(FSU 5) Brooke Kuhlman/Blyss Harkness d. (LSU 7) Jeni Clark/Addison Hoven (21-16, 21-9)
(LSU 6) Roxanne McVey/Victoria Boraski d. (FSU 5) Blyss Harkness/Brooke Kuhlman (16-21, 21-15, 15-13)