March 11, 2018 - by

Beach Volleyball Falls to Bruins, Women of Troy in East Meets West Challenge

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – The No. 5 Florida State beach volleyball team dropped two matches on the final day of the East Meets West Challenge, falling to No. 4 UCLA and No. 2 USC on Sunday (March 11).

Both duals ended 3-2 and were the closest the team has seen this season, with both clinching points decided on the final courts played.

The team will stay in California for the remainder of the week, participating in single-dual events against Pepperdine on Wednesday (March 14), and Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State on Thursday (March 15).


Match #3: No. 4 UCLA

  1. Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (UCLA) def. Macy Jerger/Tory Paranagua (FSU), 21-16, 21-13
  2. Vanessa Freire/Sara Putt (FSU) def. Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil (UCLA), 17-21, 21-15, 15-9
  3. Savvy Simo/Zana Muno (UCLA) def. Brooke Kuhlman/Francesca Goncalves (FSU), 17-21, 21-18, 17-15
  4. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU) def. Elise Zappia/Madi Yeomans (UCLA), 18-21, 27-25, 15-13
  5. Izzy Carey/Megan Muret (UCLA) def. Molly McBain/Madison Fitzpatrick (FSU), 26-24, 21-16

Order of Finish: 1, 5, 2, 4, 3*

The Seminoles saw tougher competition from the very beginning of their match against UCLA, as the Bruins pulled out two quick wins to gain an early 2-0 lead over FSU.

Despite the two-point deficit, the Seminoles weren’t ready to give up yet and gained two wins from the pairings of Freire/Kuhlman and Horton/Luke to tie up the dual. The final point came down to the No. 3 position, as the Putt/Goncalves took the first set, but the Bruins took the second to force a third set. The battle on court three stayed close, but UCLA was able to close out the third set and clinch the match.


Match #4: No. 2 USC

  1. Abril Bustamante/Tina Graudina (USC) def. Macy Jerger/Vanessa Paranagua (FSU), 21-9, 21-8
  2. Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Sara Putt/Vanessa Freire (FSU), 21-13, 21-15
  3. Brooke Kuhlman/Francesca Goncalves (FSU) def. Joy Dennis/Haley Hallgren (USC), 21-19, 21-18
  4. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU) def. Alexandra Poletto/Katrina Kernochan (USC), 21-10, 21-18
  5. Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer (USC) def. Molly McBain/Madison Fitzpatrick (FSU), 21-17, 21-17

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

USC’s dominant top-seeded pair was able to earn a win at the No. 1 position for a 1-0 lead, but Horton/Luke fought back at No. 4 to tie it up. The wins kept going back and forth as the Women of Troy earned another point at the No. 2 position, and the Seminoles retaliated with a win from Kuhlman/Goncalves at No. 3.

With the dual tied 2-2 all eyes were on the fifth court as the pairing of McBain/Fitzpatrick looked to come back from a first set loss. The Women of Troy proved to be too much for the Seminoles as they were able to pull out the two-set win and clinch the match for USC.


FSU’s Results – East Meets West Challenge

Saturday, March 10

12:30 ET (9:30 a.m. PST) – No. 1 Pepperdine def. No. 5 Florida State, 4-1
4:30 ET (1:30 PST) – No. 5 Florida State def. No. 3 Hawaii, 4-1

Sunday, March 11

2:00 ET (11 a.m. PST) – No. 4 UCLA def. No. 5 Florida State, 3-2
7:00 ET (4:00 PST) – No. 2 USC def. No. 5 Florida State, 3-2



  • FSU’s season record moves to 9-3.
  • FSU’s all-time record moves to 135-30.
  • Head coach Brooke Niles’ record moves to 70-15.
  • FSU’s all-time record against UCLA moves to 6-3, and its record against USC moves to 3-8.


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