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MELANIE PAVELS

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Senior Season (2015):

Posted a 23-8 record on the season good for the fourth most wins on the team…paired with Taylor Nyquist to post a 15-4 record and with Julie Brown to post an 8-4 record…saw action on courts 1, 2, 3 and 4 throughout the year and went 10-6 in dual match play…paired with Brown at the beginning of the season and helped FSU win their season opener at the No. 4 position against Stetson along with ranked wins over FIU and Long Beach State…went 3-2 at the Gamecock Invitational with Brown earning victories over Tulane, UAB and South Carolina, all at the number three spot…paired with Nyquist beginning in late March…recorded a straight set victory over FAU’s McIntosh/Shoaff for their first win at the No. 1 spot…won every match during the Fiesta at Siesta Key, including winning the Gold bracket on Day 2 after going 2-0 against Georgia State to finish at the top…put together a 12-match win streak with Nyquist over a two-week span in April winning 10 of those matches in straight sets…played at the No. 1 position in both matches with Nyquist at the AVCA National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala….dropped a tough opening round match to No. 3 FIU (May 1) in a thrilling three sets (15-21, 22-20, 16-18)…followed with a straight set loss (20-22, 10-21) in the consolation round to No. 2 Hawaii (May 1)…helped the Seminoles to a tie for seventh place at the national tournament…represented the Noles in the pairs competition at the AVCA Championship with Nyquist…fell to Georgia State’s Button/Olivova in the opening round in three sets (14-21, 21-18, 13-15).

Junior Season (2014):

 Paired with Julie Brown to go 26-11 during the year…played in the No. 2, 3 and 4 position…opened the season with four consecutive wins in dual play at St. Augustine, Fla., including a season-opening sweep against No. 9 FIU (March 8)…won four matches in California against USC, UCLA, and Loyola Marymount (March 14-15)…ran off nine consecutive victories from April 5 to April 18…during the streak, defeated teams from South Carolina, Mercer, Georgia State, College of Charleston, Webber, Tulane, and Louisiana Monroe…playing at the No. 4 spot in the AVCA National Championships (May 2-3), went 4-1, beating Stetson, Florida International and Hawaii…beat eventual national champion Pepperdine in the finals, 21-14, 24-22, giving the ‘Noles a 1-0 lead in the match…had three aces against the Waves in the final match.

Sophomore Season (2013):

Paired with Julie Brown to go 21-8 and with Katherine Plessy to go 5-4…finished the season at 26-12 overall…placed fourth at the Panama City Beach Tournament with Lexy Ryan (March 23)…finished second in the Gold bracket with Brown in Atlanta, Ga. (April 7)…reached the semifinals in the Gold division with Brown at the Siesta Key Tournament (April 14)…finished seventh at the FSU Sand Tournament with Brown (April 21)…compiled a 3-1 record during the AVCA National Championships with Brown (May 3-4)…lost in the first round as the seventh seed with Brown during the AVCA National Championship Pairs Tournament (May 5).

Freshman Season (2012):

Teamed with three-time indoor volleyball All-American Visnja Djurdjevic to form arguably the nation’s top No. 3 tandem in the country…the pair went 32-10 overall and 13-0 in dual matches…went 2-0 at the No. 2 spot, 20-2 at the No. 3 position and 2-0 as the No. 4 pair with Djurdjevic…ranked third on the Seminoles in aces per set (1.11) and fourth in digs per set (5.24)…with Djurdjevic placed runner-up at the FSU Sand Tournament (March 24-25) pairs championship, falling to teammates Aurora Newgard and Brittany Tiegs in the finals after beating FSU’s No. 1 pair earlier in the day in the double elimination bracket…grabbed All-Tournament accolades at the UNF Invitational (April 1) after tying for third…missed the final three competitions because of injury.

Before FSU:

An experienced athlete (volleyball player for 10 years, skier for 10 years and badminton for six) with a strong sports resume…an all-county volleyball selection from eighth grade through 12th grade at Valley Stream South High School…All-tournament selection all four years of her high school career…an all-state pick her junior year of high school, as well as a St. Anthony’s Invitational MVP…as a senior became a member of the Silver Medal Long Island Scholastic Team at the Empire State Games…snagged four first-place finishes on the East End Volleyball Tour in 2011…garnered eight first-place finishes on the Women’s Open Great American Volleyball Tour…accomplished badminton player in high school, received All-Long Island Badminton Team recognition her senior year, as well as all-county and all-conference mentions her junior and senior years…recipient of multiple academic awards including the PTSA Award, Valley Stream State of Commerce Award, and was a member of multiple clubs including the National Honor Society.

Personal:

Daughter of Eric and Rhonda Pavels…sister Hilary played indoor volleyball at Adelphi University and her father played indoor volleyball at UC Santa Barbara and was on the AVP Tour for sand volleyball…double-majoring in marketing and human resource management…born on May 14, 1993.