JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It was a historic moment for the third-ranked Florida State beach volleyball team (12-1) on Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. as they became just the second program in collegiate beach volleyball to reach 200 program victories after a pair of wins over UNCW and UNF.
With the wins over UNCW and UNF the Seminoles reached exactly 200 all-time wins in just the programs ninth year of existence. 135 of those 200 wins came from current head coach Brooke Niles. Florida State trails only USC in the win column who entered the weekend with 207 wins.
Along the way to 200 FSU has earned four straight CCSA Conference Championships and has finished NCAA runner-ups twice and AVCA runner-ups once.
No. 3 Florida State vs. UNCW
Florida State took care of business to start the day with their seventh sweep of the season in a 5-0 win over UNCW.
Senior Payton Caffrey and freshman Liz Waters-Leiga got things started for the Garnet and Gold on court four with a 21-6, 21-11 win. The 21-6 first set marked the third time this season that the Seminole duo held their opponent under 10 points in a set on court four.
Sophomore Jenna Johnson and freshman Keara Rutz once again paired up together on court five to earn their fifth win together. They dominated UNCW’s Katie Lanz and Rachel Schaffer 21-9, 21-5. Their win is Florida State’s largest win of the season through 12 matches.
The match was finished with three more straight-set wins in the second wave of matches. On court three, junior Alice Zeimann along with sophomore Kate Privett earned their first win together 21-11, 21-14 to clinch the match. Junior Madison Fitzpatrick and freshman Maddie Anderson earned their first win together as well on court two with a 21-17, 21-15 win.
Senior Molly McBain and junior Alaina Chacon improved to 12-0 on the season with a 21-11, 21-17 win to finish off the sweep of the Seahawks.
No. 3 Florida State vs. UNF
The second match of the day was more of the same for the Seminoles as they earned yet another 5-0 sweep.
Senior Sara Putt teamed up with sophomore Lexi McKeown for her first match of the season on court five and won in dominating fashion, 21-17, 21-7. Privett and Zeimann gave the Noles a quick 2-0 lead with a 21-19, 22-20 win on court four.
The match was then clinched by Caffrey and Waters-Leiga, this time on court three. The duo won 21-10, 21-18. With the match already in hand, Fitzpatrick and Anderson extended the lead to 4-0 with a 21-12, 22-20 win on court two.
McBain and Chacon capped off the eighth sweep of the season on court one. They won the first set 21-10 before losing the only set of the day for FSU 21-18. They bounced back to take the final set 15-10.
Florida State stays in the state of Florida next week as they head down to the Stetson Beach Blast in Deland, Fla. (March 14-15). The Seminole will have a trio of ranked matches against No. 5 USC, No. 4 Hawaii and No. 10 Stetson to go along with a match against UAB.
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#3 Florida State 5, UNCW 0
Ext. Sara Putt/Lexi McKeown (FS) def. Serah O’Keefe/Kyla Augustine (UNCW) 21-11, 21-13
Florida State 11-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (4,5,3,2,1);
#3 Florida State 5, North Florida 0
Ext. Jenna Johnson/Keara Rutz (FS) def. Taryn Griffey/Gabby O’Connell (UNF) 21-15, 21-14
Florida State 12-1; National ranking #3
North Florida 2-4
Order of finish: Doubles (5,4,3,2,1);