March 15, 2018 - by

Beach Volleyball Splits Final Day of California Road Trip

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – To close out their spring break in California, the No. 4 Florida State beach volleyball team picked up a win against No. 16 Loyola Marymount and dropped a close match to No. 8 Long Beach State on Thursday (March 16).

The Seminoles went 1-2 in their only single-dual matches of the season, falling to two top-10 programs and jumping up to a 5-0 record against Loyola Marymount. FSU’s season record moves to 10-5.

FSU will now head back to the east coast and head straight to Tavares, Fla. to compete in the second day of the Hickory Point Lake Bash. The Seminoles will face Houston Baptist at 10 am and Jacksonville at 4:00 pm.



#4 Florida State 5, #16 Loyola Marymount 0

  1. Vanessa Freire/Sara Putt (FSU) def. Savannah Slattery/McKayla Ferris (LMU), 22-20, 15-21, 15-13
  2. Brooke Kuhlman/Macy Jerger (FSU) def. Sara Kovac/Jessie Prichard (LMU), 21-17, 21-18
  3. Tory Paranagua/Ali Eager (FSU) def. Veronica Nederend/Maddie Leiphardt (LMU), 21-16, 26-21
  4. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU) def. Chloe Reinig/Kekai Whitford (LMU), 21-12, 21-13
  5. Molly McBain/Madison Fitzpatrick (FSU) def. Bozena Culo/Emma Doud (LMU), 21-13, 18-21, 15-12

Ex. Nikki Esposito/Alaina Chacon (FSU) def. Cierra Simpson/Kristen Castellanos (LMU), 25-23, 21-17


With the even numbered courts up first, the Seminoles were able to quickly take all three of the first sets on 2, 4 and 6. While Esposito and Chacon battled out a long straight-set win in the exhibition match, Kuhlman/Jerger and Horton/Luke closed out their matches at No. 2 and 4, respectively, to give FSU a 2-0 lead.

In the second round of matches, the Seminoles saw success on the odd numbered courts, taking the first set at No. 1, 3 and 5. While the Lions came back at No. 1 and 5 to force a third set, it was the new pairing of Ali Eager and Tory Paranagua that clinched the win for FSU with a straight-set victory at No. 3.

The Seminoles came back to close out the matches on the first and fifth courts to finish off the sweep over the Lions. It marks the team’s fifth sweep of the season and fifth win over Loyola Marymount in the series.



#8 Long Beach State 4, #4 Florida State 1

  1. Sasha Karelov/Anete Brinke (LB) def. Vanessa Freire/Sara Putt (FSU), 21-19, 21-17
  2. Rachel Nieto/Nele Barber (LB) def. Brooke Kuhlman/Macy Jerger (FSU), 21-14, 21-11
  3. Hailey Harward/Kristyna Adamcikova (LB) def. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU), 26-24, 25-23
  4. Alaina Chacon/Tory Paranagua (FSU) def. Nicci Reinking/Zoi Konstantopoulou (LB), 19-21, 21-12, 15-6
  5. Marisa Ramsey/Hannah Matt (LB) def. Molly McBain/Madison Fitzpatrick (FSU), 21-13, 22-24, 15-13

Ex. Ashley Robert/Bailey Reardon (FSU) vs. Claire Newlander/Megan Kruidhof (LB), LB 22-20, FSU 21-15 (susp)


The Seminoles saw tougher competition out of Long Beach State from the start, as the 49ers took the first set on the even numbered courts. While Chacon and Paranagua were able to battle back in the second set and force a third, the Beach closed out a win at No. 2 for a 1-0 lead. The Seminoles at No. 4 were able to come back and pick up a win with a quick third set to even up the score at 1-1.

In the second round of matches, the 49ers once again took all three of the first sets on the odd numbered courts. While McBain/Fitzpatrick came back to win the second set at No. 5, the 49ers took the matches at No. 1 and 3 to clinch the match, with a win at No. 5 ending it in a 4-1 decision.




  • FSU’s season record moves to 10-5.
  • FSU’s all-time record improves to 136-32.
  • Head coach Brooke Niles’ record moves to 71-17.
  • FSU’s record against Loyola Marymount improves to 5-0.
  • FSU’s record against Long Beach State moves to 4-5.


Records to Watch

  • Tory Paranagua
    • Her 81 career dual match wins ranks second in program history. Jace Pardon holds the record with 85 career dual match wins.
    • Her 93 career overall wins is tied for sixth all-time with Sarah Wickstrom.
    • Her 14 wins at the No. 1 position is tied for sixth all-time. Four more wins passes teammate Brooke Kuhlman’s 17 wins at the top position.
  • Vanessa Freire
    • Her 84 career overall wins ranks ninth all-time. She needs two more to tie Stephanie Pellitteri’s 86 wins.
    • Her 81 career dual match wins ranks third in program history, right behind Paranagua’s 81 wins.
    • Her 35 wins in the No. 2 position ranks third all-time, behind Paranagua’s 42 wins in the position.
  • Paranagua/Jerger
    • The pair’s career 27-8 record ranks 10th in program history. One more win ties them for 9th place, two wins gives them a tie for 8th.



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