TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida State beach volleyball team (13-4, 6-1 CCSA) dominated the competition on Friday with a 4-1 win over No. 15 Arizona and a clean sweep of Austin Peay.
“Today was good,” said head coach Brooke Niles. “Arizona played us really tough. They are a good team and it is good to play those west coast teams. They are a Pac 12 team that plays tough competition every weekend.”
The Noles began Friday against No. 15 Arizona (10-4). The Noles split first sets from pairs four and five before capturing both second sets. Senior Macy Jerger and freshman Kate Privett paired together for the first time this season and were able to give the Noles a 1-0 lead. After taking the first set in dominant fashion, 21-11, they took the second set from Havili and Parker of Arizona 21-18.
“Our new team of Kate and Macy played really strong today and worked together as a team,” said Niles.
After losing the first set 21-16 juniors Payton Rund and Molly McBain came back to take the final two sets and the match on court four. They earned a 21-14 second set win and battled to a 17-5 win in the third set to give the Garnet and Gold a 2-0 lead.
With the second wave starting the Noles captured two of three first sets. Arizona got their first point on the board with a 21-19, 21-15 win on court three. Florida State punched back with a 21-16, 21-16 win by sophomores Alaina Chacon and Madison Fitzpatrick on court one to clinch the match.
Seniors Brooke Kuhlman and Payton Rund finished off the Wildcats with a three-set win on court two. They won the first 21-10 before losing the second 21-17. They were back and forth in the third before they won 15-13 to finish off a 4-1 team win.
Florida State took it to Austin Peay (4-7) in the second match of the day. Florida State got a clean sweep on all five courts and the exhibition match. Privett and Jerger were the first to finish with a 21-7, 21-8 win on court four. Sophomores Ashley Robert and Avery Poppinga gave the Noles a 2-0 lead as they finished with the same score.
Fitzpatrick and Chacon clinched their second match of the day on court one with a 21-9, 21-12 win.
“Alaina and Madison earned the No. 1 spot and they proved it today,” said Niles. “They played really disciplined and had fun and played with a lot of energy. They are fearless.”
Freshman Morgan Chacon and senior Nikki Esposito expanded the lead to 4-0 with a 21-18, 21-16 win on court three. The match was capped off with a 21-13, 25-23 win by Rund and redshirt junior Devin Hultquist on court two.
Florida State is back in action tomorrow at 11 am to take on the No. 10 Stetson Hatters. The match is FSU’s Paint it Pink match
“Stetson is going to be ready for us,” said Niles. “Hopefully we are getting ourselves in a better rhythm to come out really strong against Stetson.”
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#3 Florida State 4, #15 Arizona 1
Ext. Avery Poppinga/Ashley Robert (FS) def. Candice Denny/Caroline Cordes (AZ) 21-11, 21-19
Arizona 11-2; National ranking #15
Florida State 12-4; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (5,4,3,1,2);
#3 Florida State 5, Austin Peay 0
Ext. Jenna Johnson/Ali Eager (FS) def. Claire Darland/Aysha Hood (APSU) 21-4, 21-7
Austin Peay 4-7
Florida State 13-4; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (4,5,1,3,2);