EMERSON, Ga. – The Florida State beach volleyball team placed a program-record five student-athletes on the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Preseason All-Conference Team, the league office announced on Wednesday, February 19.
Seniors Molly McBain and Sara Putt, along with juniors Madison Fitzpatrick and Alaina Chacon to go along with sophomore Kate Privett were all selected to the Preseason Team.
FSU is one of only three teams with multiple players on the list, as both LSU and FIU have two. This marks the fourth season in a row the Seminoles had more players on the Preseason Team than any other program in the conference. This also marks a program record with five selected to the all-conference team, the previous high was four.
McBain, Fitzpatrick, Chacon and Privett all earned the award for the first time, while Putt became the fourth player in program history to be named to the All-Conference Preseason Team multiple times, joining Brooke Kuhlman, Vanessa Freire, and Tory Paranagua.
A 2016 AVCA All-American at Stetson, Putt enters her final season in the Garnet and Gold with 92 career wins, looking to become just the eighth Seminole to hit the 100 win mark. She finished 2019 with a 28-8 record earning herself the AVCA Top Flight Award for court two. She earned CCSA Pair of the Week once with Payton Caffrey and was named to the CCSA All-Tournament team with Payton Rund.
McBain heads into the 2020 season coming off of her second consecutive 28 win season. She was a force in the middle of the lineup a season ago, going 12-4 on court three and 15-1 on court four. She was named a part of the 2019 CCSA Pair of the Tournament with Payton Caffrey after going 5-0 in the conference tournament.
Fitzpatrick and Chacon had a season to remember together in 2019. The duo went 27-15, playing every match together during the season. They were 14-7 on court one, 8-5 on court two and 1-0 on court three. Their 27 wins together vaulted them into 12th place all-time at FSU for wins as a pair. The pairing earned CCSA Pair of the Week twice and AVCA/CollegeBeachVB.com Pair of the Week once. They were named to the 2019 CCSA First Team All-Conference and were second-team volleyballmag.com All-Americans and First team DiG Collegiate Volleyball All-Americans.
Privett heads into the 2020 season coming off Freshman of the Year honors in 2019. She became the third Seminole to earn CCSA Freshman of the Year in the four years of the conference. She finished third on the team in wins with 29. Privett was named to the CCSA All-Tournament team with Macy Jerger and earned the AVCA Top Flight Award for court five. She clinched FSU’s only win in the NCAA Tournament against Cal Poly on court five with Jerge
CCSA Preseason All-Conference Team
Preseason Player of the Year: Kristen Nuss, LSU
|*Kristen Nuss||LSU||Sr.||New Orleans, La.||Sports Medicine|
|*Claire Coppola||LSU||Sr.||Scottsdale, Ariz.||MBA|
|*Kaylie McHugh||Tulane||Sr.||Davie, Fla.||Psychology|
|Margherita Bianchin||FIU||Sr.||Venice, Italy||Int’l Relations|
|Federica Frasca||FIU||Sr.||Rome, Italy||Civil Engineering|
|Alaina Chacon||Florida State||Jr.||Crown Point, Ind.||Finance|
|Madison Fitzpatrick||Florida State||Jr.||Tallahassee, Fla.||Communications and Media|
|Sara Putt||Florida State||Sr.||Jupiter, Fla.||Dietetics|
|Molly McBain||Florida State||Sr.||Toronto, Ontario||Dietetics|
|Kate Privett||Florida State||So.||Grapevine, Texas||Family and Child Science|
* – Denotes Unanimous Selection
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