LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Florida State Beach Volleyball team continued its winnings ways out on the west coast Wednesday afternoon with a resounding 5-0 victory over No. 6 Long Beach State as the fourth-ranked Seminoles moved to 5-0 on the young season.
The Seminoles’ No. 1 pairing of Julie Brown and Jace Pardon wasted very little time giving FSU its first point of the match sweeping the duo of Nele Barber and Sammee Thomas in straight sets 21-17, 21-9. Hailey Luke and Nikki Esposito also followed with a straight set victory (21-18, 21-15) on court five to give the Noles the early 2-0 lead. The start for Esposito marked the first of her career.
Vanessa Freire and Sierra Sanchez, the reigning CCSA Pair of the Week winners, clinched the match for the Seminoles at the third position with a three-set victory over LBSU’s Jenelle Hudson/Ciana Wagner. Freire/Sanchez took the first set 21-19 before falling in set two by the identical score. The Seminole duo kept their perfect dual-match record intact in 2016 winning set three 15-10.
The momentum carried over into the second session as the Garnet & Gold won in straight sets at the second and fourth positions to complete the sweep. Kristina Pellitteri and Victoria Paranagua remained undefeated on the year (5-0) winning 21-15, 21-15, while Kayla Joyce and Annie Montgomery won 21-15, 21-10.
With the win, Florida State improved to 3-4 all-time against the 49ers as the Seminoles have now won three straight in the series. It marked the first time in seven all-time meetings that FSU has swept Long Beach State.
In the exhibition match, the freshmen duo of Macy Jerger and Brooke Kuhlman fell to LBSU’s Ariana Garner/Peyton Grahovac 21-18, 21-19.
The Seminoles return to action on Thursday, March 10 in Santa Monica with a pair of matches against No. 3 UCLA at 2:00 pm (ET) and then Cal State Northridge at 4:00 pm (ET).
Match 5 – Long Beach, Calif.
No. 4 Florida State d. No. 6 Long Beach State, 5-0
Court 1: Julie Brown/Jace Pardon, FSU d. Nele Barber/Sammee Thomas, LBSU – 21-17, 21-9
Court 2: Kristina Pellitteri/Victoria Paranagua, FSU d. Rachel Nieto/Kobi Pekich, LBSU – 21-15, 21-15
Court 3: Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez, FSU d. Jenelle Hudson/Ciana Wagner, LBSU – 21-19, 19-21, 15-10
Court 4: Kayla Joyce/Annie Montgomery, FSU d. Mykah Wilson/Zoi Konstantopoulou, LBSU – 21-15, 21-10
Court 5: Hailey Luke/Nikki Esposito, FSU d. Megan Kruidhof/Morea Wagner, LBSU – 21-18, 21-15
EXH: Ariana Garner/Peyton Grahovac, LBSU d. Macy Jerger/Brooke Kuhlman, FSU – 21-18, 21-19
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 3*, 4, 2
*clinched dual win