March 14, 2018 - by
Beach Drops Dual to Top-Ranked Pepperdine

Box Score | Stats

MALIBU, Calif. – The No. 4 Florida State beach volleyball team fell to No. 1 Pepperdine at Zuma Beach on Wednesday afternoon (March 14) in a 4-1 decision. FSU’s season record moves to 9-4.

While the Seminoles were able to tie up the score 1-1 with a win on court 5, the Waves retaliated in the second round by taking the first set on the top three courts. Pepperdine was able to close out the match at No. 2 with a straight set win, but the Seminoles won the second set at No. 1 to force a third.

From there, Pepperdine was able to close on the third court to clinch the win, and the Waves came back at No. 1 to take a three-set win.

The Seminoles shook up the lineups for their single-dual match against the Waves, switching around the No. 1 and 2 positions to give Sara Putt and Vanessa Freire a shot at the first court.

Despite the changes in positions, the Seminoles were able to see the same consistency at the bottom of the lineup, as Molly McBain and Madison Fitzpatrick earned the first point for the Seminoles to tie up the score.

The duo has one of the best records on the team so far this season, going 7-2 at the No. 5 position. Fitzpatrick led the match with 18 kills and had the fewest attack errors on the court,

Florida State will stay in California for another day to take on Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State at the Beach’s home courts on Thursday (March 15). The Seminoles are 4-0 against the Lions and have an even 4-4 record against the 49ers.


#4 Florida State vs. #1 Pepperdine
March 14, 2018
Zuma Beach, Calif.

Pepperdine 4, Florida State 1

  1. Brook Bauer/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) Sara Putt/Vanessa Freire (FSU) – 21-14, 14-21, 15-13
  2. Deahna Kraft/Corinne Quiggle (PEPP) Tory Paranagua/Macy Jerger (FSU) – 21-14, 21-13
  3. Heidi Dyer/Gigi Hernandez (PEPP) Brooke Kuhlman/Francesca Goncalves (FSU) – 21-11, 21-17
  4. Skylar Caputo/Alexis Filippone (PEPP) Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU) – 21-12, 18-21, 15-13
  5. Madison Fitzpatrick/Molly McBain (FSU) def. Maddie Dilfer/Nikki Lyons (PEPP) – 21-19, 14-21, 11-15

Exhibition 6: Alaina Chacon/Eva Torruella (FSU) def. Jordan Ferrari/Katie Gavin (PEPP) – 21-18, 21-14

Order of Finish: 4, 5, 2, 3*, 1



  • FSU’s season record moves to 9-4.
  • FSU’s all-time record improves to 135-31 (.813).
  • Head coach Brooke Niles’ record moves to 70-16.
  • FSU’s record against Pepperdine moves to 1-9.


Records to Watch

  • Tory Paranagua
    • Her 80 career dual match wins ranks second in program history. Jace Pardon holds the record with 85 career dual match wins.
    • Her 92 career overall wins ranks seventh all-time. She only needs one more wins to tie Sarah Wickstrom’s 93 career overall wins.
    • Her 14 wins at the No. 1 position is tied for sixth all-time. Four more wins passes teammate Brooke Kuhlman’s 17 wins at the top position.
  • Vanessa Freire
    • Her 83 career overall wins ranks ninth all-time. She needs three more to tie Stephanie Pellitteri’s 86 wins.
    • Her 79 career dual match wins ranks third in program history, right behind Paranagua’s 80 wins.
    • Her 35 wins in the No. 2 position ranks third all-time, behind Paranagua’s 42 wins in the position.
  • Paranagua/Jerger
    • The pair’s career 27-8 record ranks 10th in program history. One more win ties them for 9th place, two wins gives them a tie for 8th.


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