FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 3 Florida State beach volleyball team (23-5, 13-1 CCSA) went 3-0 on Friday with 5-0 wins over UAB and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a 4-1 win over No. 18 TCU.
The Noles began their long day of matches against UAB. Florida State jumped out to take the first sets from all five pairs. Juniors Molly McBain and Payton Caffrey captured the first Florida State point. They jumped out to an early first set lead before finishing off the Blazers 21-18. In the second set, it was more of the same as McBain and Caffrey dominated 21-12.
Senior Macy Jerger and freshman Kate Privett wrapped up the first wave of competition with a win of their own. The took the first set 23-21 and backed that up with a 22-20 win in the second set. It marked their 10th win in a row together.
In the second wave of competition, the Garnet and Gold once again won all three first sets. Senior Brooke Kuhlman and sophomore Avery Poppinga clinched the match for the Noles with a 21-18, 21-19 win on court three.
With the match already in the bag, FSU went on to get wins from both their number one and two pairs. Graduate Payton Rund and redshirt junior Sara Putt gave Florida State a 4-0 lead with a 21-12, 21-17 win on court two. Sophomores Alaina Chacon and Madison Fitzpatrick wrapped up competition with a three-set win on court one. They won the first set in a battle 26-24 before dropping the only set for the Seminoles the whole match. In the final set, Chacon and Fitzpatrick won 15-8 to cap off the 5-0 team win.
Florida State took it to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the second match of the day. McBain and Caffrey earned their second straight-set win of the day with a 21-12, 21-16 on court four. Jerger and Privett backed that up with a 21-14, 21-16 win of their own on court five.
Florida State went on to take the first sets from pairs one through three to once again sweep all five first sets. Kuhlman and Poppinga clinched the match again with a 21-14, 21-10 win on court three. Rund and Putt extended the lead to 4-0 with a 21-13, 21-14 win on court two.
Just like in the first match Fitzpatrick and Chacon won the first set then lost the second set. They took the final set 15-8 to complete the second 5-0 sweep of the day for Florida State.
Florida State finished up the day with a 4-1 win over No. 18 TCU. Florida State once again got on the board first with a win by McBain and Caffrey from the fourth position. The two won 21-16, 21-14. Florida State then surrendered their first and only point of the day after TCU took the five pairs 21-16, 21-19.
The Garnet and Gold came out in the second wave of matches to take all three first sets. Fitzpatrick and Chacon gave the Noles the lead again with a 21-17, 21-16 win on court one. It was their 10th win together on the top court this season. FSU then clinched the match with a straight-set win on court two. The first set was a tough one for Putt and Rund but they came through to take it 23-21. They went on to take the second set 21-19 to give the Noles a 3-1 lead.
Kuhlman and Poppinga capped off play in Texas with a three-setter on court three. They won the first set 21-17 before losing the second set 21-19. They went down 7-1 early in the third set but fought back to take the set 18-16 and the match.
Florida State’s win over TCU marked their 17th win over a ranked opponent this season.
Florida State will begin postseason play next weekend as they head to Emerson, Ga. for the CCSA Championships.
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#3 Florida State 5, Alabama Birmingham 0
Ext. Morgan Chacon/Ashley Robert (FSU) def. Ashlee Stansel/Emily Martinez (UAB) 21-16, 21-16
Alabama Birmingham 13-13
Florida State 21-5; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (4,5,3,2,1);
#3 Florida State 5, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-12
Florida State 22-5; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (4,5,3,2,1);
#3 Florida State 4, #18 TCU 1
Ext. Morgan Chacon/Ashley Robert (FSU) def. Hayley Boll/Emily Napoli (TCU) 21-14, 21-17
Florida State 23-5; National ranking #3
TCU 16-14; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (4,5,1,2,3);