LAKEPOINT, Ga. – Two of Florida State beach volleyball’s most consistent pairs were named to the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) All-Conference Team, the league office announced on Thursday (April 19).
The senior duo of Tory Paranagua and Vanessa Freire, and the redshirt senior pairing of Hailey Luke and Katie Horton were two of five pairs chosen for the All-CCSA team. Florida State is the only program with more than one pair represented on the All-Conference team, as LSU, Tulane and FIU all have one pair on the list.
Luke/Horton has led the Seminoles throughout the season, posting a 25-3 record and going undefeated in the No. 1 and 2 positions, with 10 wins on the second court. The pair has won its last 14 consecutive matches and have defeated 14 separate teams ranked in CollegeBeachVB.com’s Top-50 for their respective positions. The pair has earned at least one win in four different positions in the lineup, and they lead the team in clinching points this season.
Paranagua and Freire teamed up midway through the season and have notched 10 wins in the 11 games they have played – all at the No. 1 position. They have defeated eight teams ranked in CollegeBeachVB.com’s Top-40 for the No. 1 position, including two ranked in the Top-10. They have won their last eight consecutive matches – all of which were won in straight sets.
The award comes in the same week that Paranagua/Freire earned the final CCSA Pair of the Week honor, as well as the AVCA/CollegeBeachVB.com National Pair of the Week.
The Seminoles take to the sand on Friday morning for the first round of pool play in the 2018 CCSA Beach Volleyball Championships. FSU enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed for the third consecutive year after recording a perfect 10-0 conference record this season.
CCSA All-Conference Team
Pair, School, Cl, Hometown, Academic Major
* Claire Coppola, LSU, So., Scottsdale, Ariz., Finance
Kristen Nuss, LSU, So., New Orleans, La., Sports Medicine
* Madeline Mertz, Tulane, Sr., Peoria, Ariz., Business Marketing
Kaylie McHugh, Tulane, So., Davie, Fla., Psychology
Federica Frasca, FIU, So., Rome, Italy, Civil Engineering
Margherita Bianchin, FIU, Jr., Treviso, Italy, International Relations
Katie Horton, Florida State, Sr., Westland, Mich., Sport Management
Hailey Luke, Florida State, Sr., Altamonte Springs, Fla., Sport Management
Tory Paranagua, Florida State, Sr., Austin, Texas, Sport Management
Vanessa Freire, Florida State, Sr., Windermere, Fla., Marketing & Advertising
*-Denotes unanimous selection to All-Conference Team
CCSA All-Freshman Team
Name, School, Hometown, Academic Major
*Erika Brok, Florida Atlantic, Ormond Beach, Fla., Mathematics
*Mackenzie Morris, Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville, Fla., Biological Sciences
Logan Manusky, College of Charleston, San Diego, Calif., Psychology
Hunter Domanski, LSU, New Braunfels, Texas, Chemical Engineering
Addison Hermstad, Tulane, Seal Branch, Calif., Engineering
*-Denotes unanimous selection to All-Freshman Team
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