MIAMI, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida State beach volleyball team (17-5) went 1-1 on day two of the Surf-N-Turf Invitational with a loss to No. 1 UCLA (20-0) and a win over No. 8 FIU (11-7).
“We started the day with a tough loss to UCLA,” said head coach Brooke Niles. “We played them really tough across the board but just came up short. We then had a quick turnaround before we took on a tough FIU team. We were able to come out with a win and we showed a lot of grit out there today. Macy and Kate really impressed me this weekend. They played unbelievable together and were strong and fun to watch.”
For the second time this season Florida State took on No. 1 UCLA (20-0). The result was the same as UCLA won 4-1. Florida State took just one first set and one second set.
UCLA captured their first point on court one with a 21-17, 21-14 win. The Bruins then extended their lead to 2-0 with a 21-18, 21-16 win on court two. UCLA then clinched the match with a 21-14, 21-19 win on court four.
Juniors Molly McBain and Payton Caffrey lost the first set 21-15 before winning the second set 21-16 to force a court deciding third set on court three. UCLA jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the third before taking the set 15-13 and a 4-0 lead in the team score.
Senior Macy Jerger and freshman Kate Privett wrapped up the match getting the Noles their first and only point. They took the first set 21-19 before losing the second set 21-12. They fell behind 5-4 early in the third set. They tied it up at seven and took the lead from there on their way to a 15-12 third set win. Jerger and Privett improved to 5-0 on the year together with a 4-0 record on court five.
In their final match of the Invitational against No. 8 FIU, the Seminoles turned things around to win 3-2.
McBain and Caffrey were the first on the board as they dominated court three. They took a 10-8 lead in the first set and hung on to win 21-15. In the second set, they jumped out to a 14-5 lead before finishing off their opponents 21-11. McBain and Caffrey are now 5-1 on the year together.
FIU went on to win the next two courts to take a 2-1 lead. They first took court one 21-18, 21-19 and backed that up with a 21-17, 21-19 win on court two.
Down but not out senior Brooke Kuhlman and sophomore Avery Poppinga tied the match at two with their first win together on court five. The duo won the first set 21-17 and took it to their opponent in the second set, winning 21-11.
The match came down to Jerger and Privett on court four. After a big win against the No. 1 team in the nation earlier in the day the two stayed strong. They went down early in the first set and were not able to come back. In the second set, they took an 11-8 lead and held on to it forcing a third set after taking the second 21-19. The final set was a battle as the two teams continued to go back and forth. Down 8-7 Jerger and Privett went on to win four of the next five points to take an 11-9 lead. They held on to that lead to take the final set 15-12 and clinch the match for the Noles.
Florida State will be back home next weekend for the FSU Beach Bash.
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#1 UCLA 4, #3 Florida State 1
Ext. Mac May/Megan Muret (UCLA) def. Ali Eager/Avery Poppinga (FS) 21-19, 21-13
UCLA 20-0; National ranking #1
Florida State 16-5; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,4,3,5);
#3 Florida State 3, #8 Florida International 2
Ext. Nikki Esposito/Morgan Chacon (FS) def. Ashley Klassen/Brooke McDermott (FIU) 21-14, 24-22
Florida State 17-5; National ranking #3
Florida International 11-7; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2,5,4);