March 15, 2012
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Florida State sand volleyball team has won each of its first six matches in dominating fashion. The Seminoles are expected to face their first real tests this weekend, however, at USC’s three-day tournament from Friday through Sunday held at the Annenberg Community Beach House.
FSU will join the Trojans, Pepperdine and Long Beach State at the event, which will begin each day at 9 a.m. PT.
The format of play will vary each day, with all five courts used daily. Friday will be pool play, with four teams in each of the five pools, and the results will determine the seeding for Sunday’s single elimination bracket play that will crown a pairs champion. Saturday will feature double elimination flight play to determine a team champion.
“I’m so excited to get to the West Coast,” Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. “I feel like USC is our rival – their coach (Anna Collier) is my former coach. Pepperdine is an amazing team with an amazing coaching staff. Long Beach State has always been known to have a great volleyball team, too. I think this weekend will be a true test for us as to where we stand in the country. We’ve done a great job in the Southeast so far. I just can’t wait. I expect it to be awesome.”
Collier is in her first-year coaching the Trojans, but has vast international experience, including coaching two Olympic pairs. She coached Corso at the beginning of the FSU coach’s professional beach volleyball career.
The Trojans, who have advanced to the last two NCAA indoor volleyball Final Fours, and Pepperdine, an indoor volleyball Elite Eight participant in 2011, are expected to give the Seminoles their first challenges in this inaugural season of collegiate sand volleyball.
FSU has yet to drop a dual, capturing 5-0 wins against every opponent this season.
USC routed Loyola Marymount, 5-0, in their first match on March 10 at Annenberg Community Beach House. Trojans, Katie Fuller and Natalie Hagglund also won the pairs championship versus the Lions.
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