Nov. 5, 2012
TALLAHASSE, Fla. – The Florida State sand volleyball team welcomed Georgia State for the Panthers’ first-ever competition in collegiate athletics’ newest sport this past weekend.
In a fall exhibition showcase on Saturday, the Seminoles capped the weekend by winning or earning a tie in 20 of the 24 head-to-head matchups with GSU at the Sand Volleyball Complex.
The Noles were led by junior Alexis Ryan and indoor volleyball freshman Sarah Burrington.
Florida State’s No. 2 tandem of All-America senior Aurora Newgard and freshman Katherine Plessy went 3-1 on the day, defeating GSU’s No. 2 and No. 3 pairs and also downing the Garnet and Gold No. 1 squad of sophomore Jace Pardon and senior Mallory Kiley, who went 2-2.
Newgard and Plessy’s only loss was to the Panther’s No. 1 pair of Lane Carico and Katie Madewell. Carico was an All-American indoor player at Miami before transferring to Georgia State to play sand volleyball in her fifth-year of college.
Carico and Madewell’s pair was the only Georgia State tandem to outright win a match for the Panthers, going 4-0.
Each match was made up of two sets played to 21.
The Seminoles are coming off a 2012 campaign in which they finished third at the first-ever AVCA National Championships and went 15-0 in regular season dual play in the first year of collegiate competition for the sport.
For updates and more information on the Florida State sand volleyball team, follow the Seminoles on Twitter at: @FSU_SVB.