March 28, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State sand volleyball team will put its undefeated dual match record on the line against Hawai’i in a “Paint It Pink” doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Seminole Sand Volleyball Complex.
FSU’s five-court complex is located north of the soccer and softball fields and between the track and field complex and the parking garage on Spirit Way. Parking will be available in the lot across from the courts and in the Spirit Way parking garage.
The second dual will begin 30 minutes after the first dual’s completion.
“Hawai’i is the final team we haven’t seen that we expect to be a really strong opponent,” FSU head coach Danalee Corso said. “It will be fun. I’m from Hawai’i and I know their coaches (head coach Scott Wong and volunteer coach Danny Alvarez). I’m excited to host them. They have a great volleyball tradition at that school.”
Fans are encouraged to wear pink and support the Seminoles as they raise breast cancer awareness. Commemorative t-shirts will be available with a minimum $10 donation and all proceeds will benefit the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
“I hope we get a great crowd for `Paint It Pink,'” Corso said. “It’s great to play a sport you love and compete for a great cause. That makes it more special. It’s a small way we can give back, and hopefully we can do a lot more of it in the future.”
Florida State is 9-0 in dual matches and defeated Southern California, Stetson and FGCU this past weekend at the Seminole Sand Tournament.
The Rainbow Wahine cruised past Jacksonville on Tuesday, 5-0.
Hawai’i is expected to be one of the toughest opponents the Seminoles have faced this season. The `Bows have one of the nation’s top indoor volleyball programs, finishing with a No. 3 national ranking and advancing to the NCAA Regional Semifinals in the fall.
Hawai’i’s sand squad is led by freshmen Emily Hartong, a second-team AVCA indoor All-American, and Jane Croson, who captured the U19 beach volleyball world championship with Pepperdine’s Summer Ross in 2010.
The Seminoles hold a 44-1 overall mark in all matches in dual play, only losing one match to USC in a 4-1 dual win last Saturday.
FSU junior Aurora Newgard and sophomore Brittany Tiegs are coming off back-to-back pairs championship titles, having won the USC Tournament two weekends ago and the FSU Sand Tournament on Sunday.
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