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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
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
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.
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