May 3, 2018 - by
Noles Begin Hunt for NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship Friday

Match Notes

GULF SHORES, Ala. – On Friday, May 4th, the Florida State beach volleyball team begins play in the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship as the No. 4 seed. The Seminoles went 30-6 this season and undefeated in the CCSA to earn the fourth seed in the tournament for the second year in a row.

FSU opens play against the USC Women of Troy on Friday at 10:00 am CT (11 am EST). Southern Cal leads the series between the two teams 8-3, and beat the Seminoles once this season in a 3-2 decision at the East Meets West Challenge in Manhattan Beach. FSU has lost to USC twice at the NCAA Championship, including once in the 2016 finals match to give USC the first Championship title.

The Seminoles enter the NCAA Championship on an 18-match win streak, and continue to stay undefeated against East Coast teams since head coach Brooke Niles took over in 2016.

Florida State is one of just two programs in the nation (along with Pepperdine) to have played in every AVCA Championship (2012-15) and NCAA Championship (2016-18).

FSU saw seven opponents ranked in the AVCA Top-10 this season, with 18 matches taking place against teams ranked in the Top-15 with a 12-6 record in those matches. The Seminoles did not lose to a team currently ranked lower than sixth in the polls, and posted sweeps in 20 matches this season without being swept once.

This is the first time the CCSA has seen four teams selected for the NCAA Championship. FSU saw all seven teams in the event at least once during the regular season.

Broadcast Schedule | Venue Information | Tickets

Friday, May 4
First Round
Match 1:  – 10:00 am (ESPNU)
Match 2:  – 11:00 am (ESPNU)
Match 3:  – Noon (ESPNU)
Match 4:  – 1:00 pm (ESPNU)
Elimination Bracket
Match 5: TBD vs. TBD – 2:00 pm (ESPNU)
Match 6: TBD vs. TBD – 3:00 pm (ESPNU)
Second Round
Match 7: TBD vs. TBD – 4:00 pm (ESPNU)
Match 8: TBD vs. TBD – 5:00 pm (ESPNU)

Saturday, May 5
Elimination Bracket – Second Round
Match 9: TBD vs. TBD – 2:00 pm (ESPN2)
Match 10: TBD vs. TBD – 3:00 pm (ESPN2)
Third Round
Match 11: TBD vs. TBD – 4:00 pm (ESPN2)
Elimination Bracket – Third Round
Match 12: TBD vs. TBD – 5:00 pm (ESPNU)

Sunday, May 6
Elimination Bracket – Final
Match 13: TBD vs. TBD – 12:00 pm (ESPN2)
National Championship – Final
Match 14: TBD vs. TBD – 3:00 pm (ESPN)


Match times are approximate, as matches will begin a minimum of 10 minutes after the conclusion of the previous match but no earlier than the stated time.

Order for Matches 9 and 10 will be determined at the conclusion of Match 8.

All broadcast times are Eastern. All time and networks are subject to change.


Florida State’s Lineup

No. 1 – Tory Paranagua and Vanessa Freire

  • One of two FSU pairs named to the CCSA All-Conference Team.
  • 14-2 season record (.875), all in the No. 1 position
  • Both hit 100 career overall wins this season, making them two of six players in program history to reach the milestone.
  • Paranagua is two wins away from becoming the first Seminole to earn 100 career dual match wins.

No. 2 – Hailey Luke and Katie Horton

  • CCSA Tournament MVP
  • 31-3 season record (.912), undefeated at No. 1 (2-0) and No. 2 (16-0)
  • Has won their last 20 matches, with most wins coming in the No. 2 position.
  • Horton leads the team with 32 wins this season.
  • Both had successful indoor volleyball careers at FSU; this is the only year they were both able to focus on beach.

No. 3 – Macy Jerger and Sara Putt

  • 17-0 season record, with one win at No. 2 and 16 wins at No. 3.
  • Jerger holds the program record for most wins earned in the No. 3 position with a 42-10 record.
  • Holds the second-highest pairs record on the team with 17 wins.
  • Jerger was named CCSA Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice (2017 and 2018).
  • Putt was an All-American with Stetson in 2016.

No. 4 – Brooke Kuhlman and Molly McBain

  • 13-2 record (.867), all in the No. 4 position.
  • The pair has won 12 of their last 13 matches.
  • Clinched both of FSU’s wins on the first day of the CCSA Championship.
  • McBain owns the fourth-most wins on the team with a 25-5 record this season.
  • Kuhlman was named an AVCA All-American in 2017.

No. 5 – Francesca Goncalves and Madison Fitzpatrick

  • 1-1 record.
  • Earned a straight-set win over Jacksonville State’s Ashley Clingan/Kim Krutsinger on April 15.
  • Goncalves holds a 26-5 record this season with 16 wins in the No. 5 position. She has a 56-12 record as a sophomore.
  • Fitzpatrick has an 11-4 record in the No. 5 position.


Broadcast Information

FSU’s first matches on Friday will air on ESPNU. Links for the live stream and coverage for each court can be found here.



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