TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 4 Florida State volleyball team finished off another undefeated weekend with two wins on Saturday (March 3) over College of Charleston and No. 15 Stetson.
The Seminoles finished the FSU Invitational as the only undefeated team in the tournament, as they did last weekend at the Stetson Spring Fling. The wins also make Florida State the only undefeated team in the AVCA Top-5.
“Overall it was a great weekend for us” said head coach Brooke Niles. “I think it’s hard for teams to play us here because our team really loves to win at home.”
FSU swept the first three matches of the tournament, defeating St. Petersburg College 5-0 and 4-0, and beating College of Charleston 5-0.
“As a team we all just wanted to stay aggressive,” said redshirt sophomore Sara Putt. “I think it’s great how we were all able to push through this weekend as a team, we’ve all been working on a lot and it was great to see that progress out there.”
With an almost identical lineup from both teams, a number of pairs for the Seminoles saw an improvement in their game against the Hatters the second time around. The No. 1 pair of Tory Paranagua and Macy Jerger earned a quicker win over Dunn/Thomas, while the No. 5 pair of Molly McBain and Madison Fitzpatrick earned a win over Richardson/Varga – a team that FSU’s No. 3 team defeated last weekend.
“We’re just trying to get better and better every time we’re out here, and there are so many things that we can tell we got better at in practice this week,” Niles said. “That’s the kind of progress that we like to see out there.”
The team heads to California next weekend for the East Meets West Challenge, taking on the four other AVCA top-5 teams, and will stay to take on Pepperdine, Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount over spring break.
8:30 am – No. 15 Stetson def. St. Petersburg College 3-1
10:30 am – College of Charleston def. No. 11 FIU 3-2
12:30 pm – No. 4 FSU def. St. Petersburg College 5-0
2:30 pm – No. 15 Stetson def. College of Charleston 3-2
4:30 pm – No. 4 FSU def. St. Petersburg College 4-0
8:30 am – No. 11 FIU def. St. Petersburg College 3-1
10:30 am – No. 4 FSU def. College of Charleston 5-0
12:30 pm – No. 11 FIU def. No. 15 Stetson 4-1
2:30 pm – College of Charleston def. St. Petersburg College 3-1
4:30 pm – No. 4 FSU def. No. 15 Stetson 4-1
No. 4 Florida State 5, College of Charleston 0
The No. 5 seeded duo of Molly McBain and Madison Fitzpatrick was able to pick off Charleston’s Manusky/Foley in two quick sets to earn the first point for the Seminoles, while Francesca Goncalves and Sara Putt took three sets to earn the second team point for FSU at the No. 4 position.
After two tight first sets at the No. 1 and 3 positions, it was the highest-seeded Tory Paranagua and Macy Jerger who were able to stay on top in the second set and clinch the match for the Seminoles.
The second and third positions were both decided in three sets, but Vanessa Freire and Brooke Kuhlman were able to come up with the fourth point for the Seminoles at No. 2. Katie Horton and Hailey Luke earned their first match as a pair in the No. 3 position with a three-set win that earned the Noles its fifth team point.
No. 4 Florida State 4, No. 15 Stetson 1
Ext. Eva Torruella/Nikki Esposito (FS) def. Julie Varga/Lauren Durham (STET) 16-21, 21-16, 15-11
Once again it was the fifth-seeded McBain/Fitzpatrick who earned the first team point for FSU with a quick straight-set win, followed by Luke/Horton, who picked up the second point with another straight-set win.
Putt and Ali Eager clinched yet another match for the Seminoles with an easy 21-17, 21-12 win at the No. 3 position, and Jerger/Paranagua followed up with a win at No. 1 to give FSU its fourth point. The Hatters at the No. 2 position were able to come back and take the second and third sets, forcing FSU to give up its only point of the weekend.
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