April 20, 2018 - by
Beach Sweeps Day One of CCSA Championship Pool Play

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EMERSON, Ga. – The top-seeded Florida State beach volleyball team stayed perfect in the first day of pool play at the CCSA Championship, downing UNCW and FAU in a pair of 5-0 decisions. The Seminoles are now 26-6 this season and are still undefeated in the conference tournament since it began in 2016.

Pool play continues on Saturday (April 21), as the Seminoles take on fourth-seeded LSU at 9:00 am and fifth-seeded Georgia State at noon. The top two teams from each pool will continue on to Sunday’s semifinals, and the two winners will move on to the championship match at 1:00 pm.


Florida State 5, UNCW 0

  1. Tory Paranagua/Vanessa Freire (FS) def. Nicole Lott/Maddy Kline (UNCW) 21-18, 21-13
  2. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FS) def. JM Lewandowski/Brynn Montgomery (UNCW) 21-10, 21-12
  3. Macy Jerger/Sara Putt (FS) def. Halle Hunt/Katie McCullough (UNCW) 21-13, 21-18
  4. Brooke Kuhlman/Molly McBain (FS) def. Raquel Rooney/Jaime Thomas (UNCW) 21-13, 21-8
  5. Francesca Goncalves/Eva Torruella (FS) def. Courtney Mullinax/Sarah Kelly (UNCW) 21-6, 21-12

The Seminoles started the day off by winning the first sets at No. 2 and 5, and quickly rounding out the first sets at 3, 4 and then 1. Goncalves/Torruella was the first pair to earn a point for the Seminoles, and it was the No. 4 pair of Kuhlman/McBain that clinched the match for FSU.

The sweep marked the fourth win over the Seahawks in the series, and the second time FSU has opened the CCSA Championship with a 5-0 win over UNCW. The Seminoles have not surrendered a point in any of those four matches.


Florida State 5, Florida Atlantic 0

  1. Tory Paranagua/Vanessa Freire (FS) def. Carly Scarborough/Amanda Silva (FAU) 21-19, 21-17
  2. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FS) def. Gabrielle Dischler/Jessalyn Kinlaw (FAU) 21-14, 21-12
  3. Macy Jerger/Sara Putt (FS) def. Erica Brok/Mackenzie Morris (FAU) 21-5, 21-15
  4. Brooke Kuhlman/Molly McBain (FS) def. Nicole Navarro/Kaila Dorish (FAU) 21-13, 21-12
  5. Francesca Goncalves/Eva Torruella (FS) def. Brittany Pellitteri/Julia Lewkowicz (FAU) 17-21, 21-18, 15-11

The Owls took a set off of the Seminoles at the fifth position to start off the match, but FSU was able to secure the rest of the first sets at the top of the lineup. After a quick first set win, the No. 3 pairing of Jerger/Putt was able to secure the first point for the Seminoles.

Luke/Horton stayed ahead throughout the match to earn a win and give FSU a 2-0 lead, and Kuhlman/McBain clinched the win for the second time with a victory at the fourth position. Wins on 1 and 5 completed the Seminoles’ second sweep of the day.



Match Notes

  • FSU’s season record improves to 26-6.
  • With two sweeps on Friday, Florida State has now shutout its opponent at the CCSA Championship nine times.
  • FSU is now 2-0 against both UNCW and FAU at the conference championship.
  • This marks the second time FSU opened the event with a 5-0 win over UNCW.
  • FSU has never surrendered a point to the Seahawks in the four-match series.


Records to Watch

  • Tory Paranagua
    • With a 96-24 dual record, Paranagua holds the record for the most career dual match victories in program history.
    • Her 109-29 overall record ranks fourth in program history.
    • Her 26-7 record at the No. 1 position places fourth in program history.
    • Her 42-7 record at the No. 2 position is the second most ever earned at FSU. Three more wins will take the record (Kristina Pellitteri leads with a 44-8 record).
  • Vanessa Freire
    • Her 93-30 career dual record ranks second in program history, right behind her partner’s 92 career dual wins.
    • Her 103-33 career overall wins ranks fifth in program history.  
    • Her 36-13 record in the No. 2 position ranks third all-time behind Paranagua’s 42 wins and Pellitteri’s 44.
  • Macy Jerger’s 38-10 record at the No. 3 position is a program record.
  • 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 (24-6), Nikki Esposito coming in third (19-11) and Molly McBain tied for fourth with a 15-5 record.


Broadcast Information

The CCSA Championship semifinals and finals will be airing live on Eleven Prime on twitch.tv along with their linear channel, which is available on DIRECTV channel 623, Verizon Fios channel 597 and AT&T U-verse channel 1665.



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