TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second time this season, a Florida State pair was named Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week. The duo of Victoria Paranagua and Kristina Pellitteri remained undefeated on the season with a 5-0 week to earn the weekly honors, announced by the league office on Tuesday.
The pair helped the Seminoles stay undefeated on the season (9-0) as they won four of their five matches in straight sets last week while taking on top level competition. Their lone three-set victory came at the home of the defending champions No. 2-ranked USC in Los Angeles. The duo defeated Sophie Bukovec and Alexa Strange 21-19, 13-21, 15-13 to help flip momentum as Florida State ended USC’s 19-match home winning streak.
Prior to that contest the duo secured wins over No. 6 Long Beach State, No. 3 UCLA and No. 20 Loyola Marymount. They began the week with a 21-15, 21-15 win over LBSU, then followed that up with a 21-14, 21-12 win against CSNU. They defeated the UCLA pair of Elise Zappia and Isabella Carey 23-21, 21-17.
The pair looks to remain unbeaten on the season when they head to Texas this upcoming weekend for three matches. Florida State will take on Houston Baptist, TCU and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Seminoles are 9-0 on the year and moved up to No. 2 in the latest AVCA Beach Volleyball rankings this week.
CCSA Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week – Mar. 15th
Victoria Paranagua & Kristina Pellitteri, Florida State
Sophomore | Austin, Texas / Senior | Deerfield Beach, Fla.
– First Career CCSA Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week Honor
– Helped Florida State to perfect 5-0 week on the west coast to remain undefeated
– Won four of five matches in straight sets playing all five at No. 2 position for Seminoles
– Defeated four ranked opponents last week, including No. 3 UCLA and No. 6 Long Beach State
– Closed week with three-set win over No. 2 USC helping end 19-match home winning streak
– Win over No. 2 ranked USC is highest ranked opponent FSU has defeated in program history
Other Nominees: Gabbi Moreno/Emily Martinez, UAB; Savannah Davis/Natalia Giron, FIU; Milani Pickering/Delaney Rohan, Georgia State; Helen Boyle/Lilly Kessler, LSU; Katie Reilly/Macie Tendrich, South Carolina; Jackie Wegner/Tea Juric, Tulane.
Match Results for Victoria Paranagua/Kristina Pellitteri
Victoria Paranagua/Kristina Pellitteri, FSU d. Rachel Nieto/Kobi Pekich, LBSU – W, 21-15, 21-15
Victoria Paranagua/Kristina Pellitteri, FSU d. Lauren Conati/Katie Sato, CSNU – W, 21-14, 21-12
Victoria Paranagua/Kristina Pellitteri, FSU d. Elise Zappia/Isabella Carey, UCLA – W, 23-21, 21-17
Victoria Paranagua/Kristina Pellitteri, FSU d. Lindsay Carr/Veronica Nederend LMU – W, 21-16, 21-12
Victoria Paranagua/Kristina Pellitteri, FSU d. Sophie Bukovec/Alexa Strange, USC – W, 21-19, 13-21, 15-13