Florida State’s Kristina Pellitteri is a senior on the Seminole beach volleyball team. Throughout the spring semester, Nina will provide fans with an in depth look into the Florida State beach volleyball program as the Seminoles vie for their first national championship in program history. We hope you enjoy the ‘Beach Bulletin’ with Nina during the spring semester.
The Beach Bulletin, Vol. 6: Ready for Siesta Key
By Kristina Pellitteri
The Florida State beach volleyball team is back from Louisiana with two more wins under our belt. This past weekend we defeated both LSU and Grand Canyon – two top 10 ranked opponents. LSU was new competition for us, but we beat GCU earlier this season in Arizona. The first time we played GCU we won the dual 3-2, but this past weekend we took the dual 4-1. It is always great to see how we improved against a team we faced earlier in the year as it proves to us our hard work is paying off. It also shows the focus and drive we have in ourselves to get better each time we step onto the sand. With only two more tournaments left in the regular season before the conference championships take place in Atlanta, Ga., we are all extremely excited and ready to keep competing.
This weekend we travel to Siesta Key beach. This tournament is always a fun one for us to compete in because we actually get the opportunity to play on a real beach. This tournament is normally a giant bracket play event where everyone competes to be the “Queen of the Beach;” however, this year the Fiesta on Siesta consists of duals, which will count towards our regular season record.
As promised, I will give a little behind the scenes information regarding the day in a life of a Florida State beach volleyball player. Lately, we added a new piece of motivation to our routine. Although we are already a very hungry and dedicated team who continues to push each other every day, we can always use that extra motivation. Before each team lift session, which is usually 2-3 times per week, we have a team gathering in our locker room and one person each time gets to pick their favorite motivational video to play for the whole team. These hype videos get us really pumped to lift, and keep us reminded of what we are working towards every single day. These ‘pump up’ video sessions have definitely brought us closer as a team and allows us to show each other what motivates us individually.
Keep up with us this weekend as we head off to Siesta Key beach to compete! And do not forget about our home event on April 15 & 16 with our senior day festivities taking place on Saturday, April 16 at 6 pm. See you on the sand!