March 17, 2023


Gulf Shores, Ala, – The No. 4 ranked Florida State Seminoles (12-1) took to the sand for the first day of the March to May Tournament, sweeping No. 19 Tulane and narrowly losing to No. 3 UCLA. Due to inclement weather and delays, all of today’s matches were played to decision.

FSU 3, No. 19 Tulane 0

The Seminoles started March to May with a match against No. 19 Tulane. The two teams last met at this same tournament last year, where the Noles came away with a 5-0 win. This win moves the all-time record to 16-0 in favor of FSU.

On court two Anna Long and Jordan Polo took care of business playing a great defensive first set, not letting Tulane get to double-digit points, and winning 21-7. The second set was more of the same with Long and Polo quickly winning 21-10 giving the Noles their first dual point.

Morgan Chacon and Carra Sassack had a close first set, winning 21-18. The momentum carried over into the second set, and the pair quickly dominated the court winning 21-7 and giving FSU their second dual point.

On court five Makenna Wolfe and Alexis Durish battled for the Noles’ third dual point. The pair swept the sets 21-14 and 21-13 giving the Noles the win.

Courts one, two, and three, went unfinished as the match had already been decided by the Seminoles’ three dual points.

FSU 2, No. 3 UCLA 3

After a break and multiple rain delays, Florida State took on No. 3 UCLA, whose narrow win Friday moved their the redord to 12-8 over the Noles.

Maddie Anderson and Paige Kalkhoff battled on court one for two straight sets. The first set was a narrow 21-18 loss. The duo fought hard but dropped the second set 21-17, giving UCLA their first dual point.

On court five, Makenna Wolfe and Alexis Durish had a three-set bout. The first set went to extra points with Wolfe and Durish getting a 22-20 win. The second set was all UCLA in a 21-11 win, but the FSU duo  bounced back with 15-9 win in the third set giving the Noles their first dual point of the match.

Morgan Chacon and Carra Sassack had three close sets to give the Noles their second dual point. The pair dropped the first set 21-15 but battled back in the second to win 21-19. A back-and-forth third set ended with Chacon and Sassack getting a 15-13 win.

Caitlin Moon and Raelyn White kept their sets close on court four. The pair dropped the first set 21-19 and fought hard in the second set taking it to extra points. Despite the effort, the duo lost 23-21 giving UCLA their second dual point.

The deciding match on court two was an absolute battle for both teams as the winner of this duel won the match. Anna Long and Jordan Polo took the first set in extra points, 28-26. The UCLA pair came out hot in the second set, winning 21-16. The energy was at a high during the deciding third set on both sides with both teams going back and forth and Polo and Long playing great defense. Despite FSU’s effort, UCLA won 15-12 in the third giving them their third dual point and the match win.

Florida State will be back in action Saturday, March 18, taking on conference foes No. 6 LSU at 11:00 a.m. ET and No. 20 South Carolina at 4:00 p.m. ET.



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