June 16, 2014
MYSLOWICE, Poland. – Florida State sand volleyball All-American, senior Jace Pardon, finished second with partner Lara Dykstra of Pepperdine while representing the United States at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland.
Pardon and Dykstra earned a silver medal after advancing to the U23 championship match. The pair fell to Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho of Australia in the finals on center court at Slupna Park in a three-set battle 21-19, 17-21, 15-7.
The American tandem fought back after dropping the first set in order to force a third in the championship bout. The offensive attack from Artacho and defensive blocking of Laird proved to be too much in the third set as the Aussies took the match.
Pardon and Dykstra defeated Taru Lahti and Anniina Parkkinen of Finland in the semifinals 21-15, 21-13 to reach the finals.
Pardon, a 2014 All-American, has been teamed up with Dykstra before. The dup played last summer at the USA High Performance Championships and won the event together. Pardon was chosen to the U23 National Team after advancing through a series of tryouts.
The pair finished with a 7-2 overall record at the World Championships.
A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Pardon is a two-time All-American with the Florida State sand volleyball team. She is coming off a 2014 season where she posted a 41-4 record with her partner Aurora Davis. The pair advanced to the AVCA Pairs National Championship semifinals and helped lead the Seminoles to their first National Championship finals appearance.
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