March 31, 2018 - by

Beach Dominates Ranked Competition to Close Out Surf N Turf

Tulane | FIU | Grand Canyon

MIAMI, Fla. – The No. 7 Florida State beach volleyball team earned three victories on the second day of the Surf N Turf Invitational, taking down Tulane, No. 12 FIU and No. 11 Grand Canyon on Saturday (March 31). The Seminoles improve to a 16-6 overall record, and a 6-0 conference record.

With a new lineup against the Green Wave, the Seminoles found a rotation that worked and stuck with it, surrendering only one point on Saturday.

“This weekend was really great for our team” said head coach Brooke Niles. “It started off a little bumpy for us because we were trying to get our lineup in place, but we had it set by the second day.”

Florida State fell to UCLA in the team’s first match of the event, but earned the next four consecutive wins and surrendered only two points. The Seminoles saw a number of dominant performances from a number of different pairs, but the duo of Katie Horton and Hailey Luke was the only one to go undefeated through all five matches.

“There were a lot of great team performances this weekend, and we’re ready for our home tournament next weekend.”

The Seminoles return to Tallahassee next weekend as they host the Seminole Beach Battle on April 6-7. FSU will play TCU again, as well as CCSA opponents FAU, UNC Wilmington, TCU, UAB and Georgia State.


FSU’s Results – Surf N Turf Invitational

Friday, March 30
#2 UCLA def. #7 FSU, 4-1
#7 FSU def. TCU, 4-1

Saturday, March 31
#7 FSU def. Tulane, 5-0
#7 FSU def. #12 FIU, 5-0
#7 FSU vs. #11 Grand Canyon


#7 FSU 5, Tulane 0

Saturday, March 31 | 7:50 am

No. 1 – Vanessa Freire/Tory Paranagua (FSU) def. Madeline Martz/Koglie McHugh (TU) 21-17, 21-16
No. 2 – Sara Putt/Macy Jerger (FSU) def. Louren Orlich/Anna Chin (TU) 21-16, 21-11
No. 3 – Hailey Luke/Katie Horton (FSU) def. Lan Nguyen/Tarin Mergener (TU) 21-15, 18-21, 15-10
No. 4 – Molly McBain/Brooke Kuhlman (FSU) def.  Rio Frohoff/Gabriella Becerra (TU) 21-15, 21-10
No. 5 – Francesca Goncalves/Eva Torruella (FSU) def. Ashley Delgado/Addie Hermstad (TU) 21-13, 21-14
Exh- Kendyl Brennon/Christine McAfee (Tulane) def. Ali Eager/Ashley Robert (FSU)17-21, 24-22, 15-13

Order of Finish – 4,5,2,1,3

The Seminoles pulled out a quick sweep to start off the second day of the event, with wins from McBain/Kuhlman and Goncalves/Torruella earning the first team points for the Seminoles. Sara Putt and Macy Jerger finished off a straight-set win in the No. 2 position to clinch the win for FSU.

The duo of Vanessa Freire and Tory Paranagua followed with a win for the fourth team point, and Horton/Luke finished off the shutout with the fifth team point for FSU.

Florida State has never surrendered a point to the Green Wave, winning ten consecutive 5-0 decisions in the series.


#7 FIU 5, #12 FIU 0

Saturday, March 31 | 10:50 am

No. 1 – Vanessa Freire/Tory Paranagua (FSU) def. Federica Fresca/Margherita Bianchin (FIU) 21-13, 17-21, 15-12
No. 2 – Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU) def. Erika Zembyla/Anabela Sataric (FIU) 22-20, 19-21,15-7
No. 3 – Sara Putt/Macy Jerger (FSU) def. Madison Besterfield/Lina Bernier (FIU) 21-11, 21-16
No. 4 – Molly McBain/Brooke Kuhlman(FSU) def. Estafanie Bethancour/Natalia Giron (FIU) 21-12, 21-18
No. 5 – Eva Torruella/Francesca Goncalves (FSU) def. Mariana Dal Pozzo/Taija Thomas (FIU) 21-15, 21-19s
Exh – Marielle Diaz/Bailey Reardon (FSU) def. Mariana De Paula Silva /Helene Thelle 14-21, 21-15, 18-16

Order of Finish – 5,3,4,1,2

FSU once again got out to a quick start in the second match of the day, picking up wins at the bottom of the lineup first to lead 2-0. McBain/Kuhlman clinched the win for the Seminoles with a straight-set victory at the No. 4 position, and the Seminoles finished off the sweep with a pair of victories on the first two courts.

Florida State is now 6-0 in conference play and earned its sixth-straight win over FIU with Saturday’s victory.


#7 FSU 4, #12 Grand Canyon 1

Saturday, March 31 | 4:50 pm

No. 1 – Molly Turner/Hannah Towne (Grand Canyon) def. Vanessa Freire/Tory Paranagua (FSU) 21-13, 21-18
No. 2 – Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU) def. Taylor Jarzombek/Katie Pyles (Grand Canyon) 21-3, 21-10
No. 3 – Sara Putt/Macy Jerger (FSU) def. Jessica Stansfield/Kelly Iverson (Grand Canyon) 17-21, 21-11, 15-12
No. 4 – Molly McBain/Brooke Kuhlman (FSU) def. Jamie Walsh/Emily Reinking (Grand Canyon) 21-12, 21-19
No. 5 – Francesca Goncalves/ Eva Torruella (FSU) def. Jessica Clerk/Madison Relaz (Grand Canyon) 21-17, 21-11

Order of Finish – 1,5,4,2,3

Grand Canyon earned the first team point against Florida State, but it was a victory from Goncalves/Torruella and a seventh consecutive win from Luke/Horton that pulled the Seminoles back in the lead. While the Antelopes forced a third set at No. 3, the duo of McBain/Kuhlman clinched the win at No. 4 and gave FSU a 3-1 lead.

Putt/Jerger came back on the third court to earn the fourth point for the Seminoles to help the Seminoles earn their second 4-1 over the Antelopes in the series.



  • FSU’s season record improves to 16-6 (6-0 CCSA).
  • FSU is 5-4 against ranked competition this season.
  • FSU’s all-time record improves to 142-33.
  • Head coach Brooke Niles’ record improves to 76-18.
  • Florida State’s all-time record against UCLA moves to 6-4, 4-0 against TCU, 10-0 against Tulane, 8-2 against FIU, 4-0 against Grand Canyon.
  • Florida State has stayed perfect against Tulane, defeating the Green Wave 5-0 in each of its 10 wins in the series.
  • FSU is 10-4 in neutral site matches this season.
  • Florida State has been strongest this season when the bottom of the lineup is winning. The Seminoles are 17-1 when winning at No. 3, 17-3 when winning at No. 4 and 16-2 when winning at No. 5.


Records to Watch

  • Tory Paranagua
    • With an 87-24 dual match record, Paranagua now holds the record for the most career dual match victories in program history.
    • Her 99-28 overall record is the sixth-most wins earned by a Seminole in program history.
      • One more win makes her the fifth player in FSU history to record 100 overall wins.
    • Her 16-7 record at the No. 1 position is tied for sixth in program history. She needs one more win to tie Brooke Kuhlman’s record (17-12).
    • Her 43-7 record at the No. 2 position is the second most ever earned at FSU. Two more wins will take the record (Kristina Pellitteri leads with a 44-8 record).
  • Vanessa Freire
    • Her 83-30 career dual record ranks third in program history, behind Paranagua’s 87 wins and Jace Pardon’s 85.
    • Her 87-32 career overall wins ranks 9th all-time.
    • Her 36-13 record in the No. 2 position ranks third all-time behind Paranagua’s 42 wins and Pellitteri’s 44.
  • Katie Horton now holds the record for most wins at the No. 4 position with a 30-11 record. Francesca Goncalves and Hailey Luke are both tied for the sixth-most wins on the fourth court, each with a 15-4 record.
  • Four current players rank in the top-5 for most wins at No. 5, as Hailey Luke leads with a 42-16 record, followed by Eva Torruella coming in second (21-6), Nikki Esposito coming in third (18-11) and Molly McBain tied for fourth with a 15-5 record.



Follow the team on Facebook (Florida State Beach Volleyball), Twitter (FSU_BeachVB) and Instagram (FSUbeachvolleyball).

Related Articles