COLUMBIA, S.C. – The second-ranked Florida State beach volleyball team (21-0) extended their program-best start to the season with a pair of 4-1 wins over No. 9 TCU (16-4) and No. 15 South Carolina (13-7).
No. 2 Florida State 4, No. 9 TCU 1
The day got started with the Seminoles’ 20th straight win to start the season. It was also FSU’s 13th ranked win of the year with the 4-1 win over No. 9 TCU.
Sara Putt and Maddie Anderson got the day started for the Garnet and Gold on court three. The first set was close as the Florida State pair led 17-16 most of the way through the first set. Putt and Anderson then went on to win four of the final five points and the set 21-17. They dominated the second set, winning 21-10.
Kate Privett and Jenna Johnson gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead with their 15th win together on court five. They jumped out to an early 11-6 lead in the first set before winning it 21-12. In the second set, Privett and Johnson led 11-10 at the technical timeout. They went on to win 10 of the final 14 points, taking the second set 21-14.
Madison Fitzpatrick and Payton Caffrey clinched the match for Florida State on court four. It was their fifth straight win, improving the pair’s record to 5-1 on court four this season. They took the first set 21-16 and cruised to a 21-14 second set win.
Keara Rutz and Torrey Van Winden continued their impressive start to the season with a three-set win on court two to extend the Seminole lead to 4-0. They won the first set 21-16, before losing the second set 21-18. In the third set, they were down 6-4 early before tying it up at seven. Rutz and Van Winden then took the lead and won the third set 15-11.
TCU’s Danela Alvarez and Tania Moreno Mateeva took court one 24-22, 28-30, 17-15 over Alaina Chacon and Molly McBain.
No. 2 Florida State 4, No. 15 South Carolina 1
Florida State finished off the Gamecock Grand Slam with their 21st win of the season, defeating tournament host and No. 15 South Carolina, 4-1.
Kate Privett and Jenna Johnson put the Seminoles up 1-0 with their first win as a pair on court four. They dominated the first set winning, 21-10. In the second set, they only led by one at the technical timeout. They went on to win 10 of the final 16 points, taking the second set 21-16.
Madison Fitzpatrick and Payton Caffrey extended the Seminole lead to two with a straight-set win of their own on court three. They led all the way through, winning the first set 21-14 and the second set 21-18.
Sara Putt and Maddie Anderson clinched the match for the Noles in their first match together on court two. The Seminole duo is 21-0 together this season. They led the entire first set, winning 21-15. In the second set, Putt and Anderson trailed 13-11. They turned it around, winning 10 of the final 15 points, taking the second set 21-18.
South Carolina earned their first and only win on court five with a 21-19, 27-25 win by Carly Schnieder and Morgyn Greer of South Carolina. They defeated Avery Poppinga and Caitlin Moon.
Florida State capped off the match with a three-set win on court one. Alaina Chacon and Molly McBain won the first set 21-15 before losing the second set 21-18. The Seminole pair dominated the final set winning 15-4.
Florida State heads to California next weekend for two matches against USC (April 4) and two against UCLA (April 4).
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