COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four Seminoles were named to the 2020 U.S. Collegiate Beach National Team as announced by USA Volleyball.
Alaina Chacon, Payton Caffrey, Sara Putt and Liz Waters-Leiga were all named to the 29 person team based on their collegiate rankings.
The four Seminoles will be joined by incoming Cal Poly transfer Torrey Van Winden.
Chacon finished the 2020 season with a perfect 13-0 record on court one, finishing as one of six individuals to end the season unbeaten (four of the six were from Florida State). She finished the season with seven wins over ranked teams and earned both CCSA and AVCA Pair of the Week honors on March 4. Chacon was a preseason All-American by both collegebeachvb.com and volleyballmag.com. She finished the season as the highest rated player in the MoVR rankings (49.25).
Caffrey finished the 2020 season with an unblemished record as well, as she teamed up with Liz Waters-Leiga in all 13 matches. The duo went 12-0 on court four and 1-0 on court three, as they earned seven wins over ranked teams. They held their opponent to fewer than 10 points in a set six times and outscored their opponents by an average of 7.6 points per set.
Putt played in just one match in 2020, earning a 21-17, 21-7 win on court five against UNF. She was a 2016 AVCA All-American and selected to the 2020 preseason All-CCSA Team.
Van Winden finished the season with a 5-4 record including two wins on court one and a perfect 3-0 record on court two.
Training plans for the team are on hold while the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The head coach for the women’s team is 1996 Olympian and longtime beach volleyball high performance coach Barbra Fontana. She will be assisted by Hector Gutierrez, head coach of Texas Christian beach volleyball and Russell Brock, head coach of Louisiana State beach volleyball.
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