TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The third-ranked Florida State beach volleyball team (2-0) started the season off with a bang as they earned a 5-0 sweep of Southern Miss and a 4-1 win over No. 8 Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon.
Florida State started the day off with an easy win over Southern Miss, 5-0. FSU won all five matches in straight sets. The Seminoles fourth and fifth pairs started the afternoon winning both matches, giving the Noles a 2-0 lead. Both pairs jumped out to early leads in the first sets and held on to them. Avery Poppinga and Kate Privett gabbed the first set on court five 21-10. They jumped out to a quick 12-3 lead in the second set and turned that into a 21-6 win, giving FSU a 1-0 lead.
Payton Caffrey and Liz Waters-Leiga picked up where they left off a season ago, as the pair won their 14th straight match together dating back to last season. They took the first set 21-18 on court four and then gave FSU a 2-0 lead with a 21-16 second set win.
Torrey Van Winden and Keara Rutz clinched the match for the Noles on court two with a 21-10, 21-9 win. This marked Van Winden’s first win as a Seminole.
Sara Putt and Maddie Anderson extended the Seminole lead to 4-0 with a pair of 21-13 set victories on court three.
Alaina Chacon and Molly McBain extended their winning streak on court one as they won their 14 straight match together on court one and are a perfect 14-0 as a duo. They won 21-11, 21-10.
Florida State capped off the day with a 4-1 win over No. 8 Loyola Marymount. The two teams split pairs four and five. The Seminoles got out to a 1-0 advantage after taking the five pair in three sets. Kate Privett and Avery Poppinga lost the first set 21-17 but came back to win the next two sets 21-17, 15-12. LMU tied it up at one as we headed into the final three pairs.
Sara Putt and Maddie Anderson gave the Noles a 2-1 lead with a 21-13, 21-14 win on court three and they were quickly followed by Torrey Van Winden and Keara Rutz who won 21-17, 21-13, clinching the match on court two.
With all eyes on court one Molly McBain and Alaina Chacon made an impressive third set comeback. The duo lost the first set 21-18 and then went on to win the second set 21-18 to force a deciding third set. McBain and Chacon fell behind early 5-1. They finally tied it up at 12 and would win three of the final four points to win the third set 15-13.
The Seminoles are back in action tomorrow for the final day of the Seminole Beach Bash. The Noles open up the day at 9:45 am against No. 6 Cal Poly. FSU then caps off the weekend against Tampa at 4:45 pm
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