March 7, 2019 - by
Noles Sweep 49ers, Fall to Women of Troy in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The No. 4 Florida State beach volleyball team (9-2, 6-1 CCSA) split its first day of competition in California, falling to No. 2 USC 3-2 and beating No. 8 Long Beach State 5-0.

In a close 2-3 loss to the Women of Troy, every point was decided in three sets, with four sets going into extra points. The match came down to the third set at No. 2, where the CCSA Pair of the Week – sophomores Alaina Chacon and Madison Fitzpatrick – battled USC’s Cannon/Slater, who won the match with a 15-13 third set win.

The win over the 49ers marked FSU’s fifth win over Long Beach State in the last six meetings, and only the second sweep over the Beach in the series. After playing as the deciding court in the first match of the day, Chacon/Fitzpatrick clinched the second match with a 22-20, 22-20 win in the second position.

FSU now looks ahead to UCLA’s East Meets West Invitational on Saturday. LSU, FIU and TCU join the Seminoles to represent the east – and the CCSA – in Manhattan Beach. All of the teams at both events are ranked in the AVCA Top-20.

Three teams competing in the East Meets West Invitational were teams the Seminoles defeated on their way to the team’s third National Runner-Up title in 2018. FSU took down USC in the first round, UCLA in the second round and Hawaii in the semifinals to meet the Bruins again in the finals. FSU leads in the series against both Hawaii and UCLA.

There will be no live stats for any of the six matches this week.

FSU returns home next weekend for Alumni Weekend and a Garnet and Gold scrimmage, held at the Seminole Beach Volleyball Courts Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 pm. The following weekend, FSU will host the Seminole Beach Battle, welcoming Arizona, Austin Peay and Stetson.


Match #10: No. 2 USC def. No. 4 Florida State, 3-2

  1. Abril Bustamante/Tina Graudina (USC) def. Brooke Kuhlman/Payton Rund (FSU); 21-16, 17-21, 15-9
  2. Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Alaina Chacon/Madison Fitzpatrick (FSU); 27-25, 19-21, 15-13
  3. Haley Hallgren/Alexandra Poletto (USC) def. Molly McBain/Kate Privett (FSU); 25-27, 24-22, 15-13
  4. Payton Caffrey/Sara Putt (FSU) def. Joy Dennis/Maja Kaiser (USC); 21-16, 19-21, 15-9
  5. Macy Jerger/Jenna Johnson (FSU) def. Cammie Dorn/Mollie Ebertin (USC); 21-12, 20-22, 15-12
  6. Exh: Laurel Kujan/Karina Myszkowski (USC) def. Morgan Chacon/Lexi McKeown (FSU); 19-21, 21-18, 15-11

Order of finish: 5, 3, 4, 1, 2*

The No. 3, 5 and 6 positions started first, with Jerger/Johnson and M. Chacon/McKeown winning their first sets quickly, but dropping the second. McBain and Privett finished out a close opening set on 3, but lost the second close set to force a third. The first team point of the match went to the Seminoles as Jerger/Johnson won, but the Women of Troy tied it up with a win over McBain/Privett on 3.

Putt/Caffrey took an early lead at No. 4 and held it throughout the first set. While Kuhlman/Rund lost the first at No. 1, A. Chacon/Fitzpatrick finished out another tight opening set. At No. 4, the Seminoles dropped the second, but ran through the third to give FSU a 2-1 lead. USC and FSU battled two more three set matches at the top of the lineup, taking both of them to edge out a 3-2 win.


Match #11: No. 4 FSU def. No. 8 Long Beach State, 5-0

  1. Brooke Kuhlman/Payton Rund (FSU) def. Megan Kruidof/Mari Molina (LBSU); 21-15, 16-21, 15-13
  2. Alaina Chacon/Madison Fitzpatrick (FSU) def. Z. Konstantopoulou/Nicci Reinking (LBSU); 22-20, 22-20
  3. Molly McBain/Kate Privett (FSU) def. Allie Loitz/Sydney Stevens (LBSU); 21-16, 21-13
  4. Payton Caffrey/Sara Putt (FSU) def. Kendra Koelsch/Sophia Major (LBSU); 21-14, 17-21, 17-15
  5. Macy Jerger/Jenna Johnson (FSU) def. Kenzie Holtz/Tyler Spriggs (LBSU); 19-21, 21-13, 15-10

Order of finish: 3, 5, 2*, 4, 1

The Seminoles came out dominating early in their second match of the day, as McBain/Privett fought through the first set quickly. They were the first to earn a team point with an even faster second set, while No. 5 and 6 went to three sets once again. Jerger/Johnson took an early lead in the third set, closing it out to give FSU a 2-0 lead.

In the second round of play, Kuhlman/Rund earned a quick 21-15 first set win at No. 1, followed by a win at No. 4 from Putt/Caffrey. While the 49ers took a lead on those courts in the second set, A. Chacon/Fitzpatrick battled through a tough 22-20 opening set at No. 2. With the matches on 1 and 4 headed to a third set, the sophomores were able to finish out another 22-20 decision in the second set to clinch the win. Dominant performances on 1 and 4 helped FSU finish out the sweep over Long Beach State.




Match #12: No. 3 Pepperdine (6-2)

East Meets West Invitational
Manhattan Beach Pier | Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Saturday, March 9 | 2:30 pm EST

  • The Waves were swept by UCLA on Wednesday for the team’s second loss of the season.
  • Pepperdine holds a 9-1 record over the Seminoles, and they have won the last three matches in the series.
  • FSU’s lone win over the Waves came in Tallahassee, making Pepperdine one of only two California teams that have visited FSU’s home court (along with Cal Poly earlier this season). The two played a doubleheader that day in which the Waves handed the Seminoles their only loss at the Seminole Beach Volleyball Courts.
  • Head coach Marcio Sicoli begins his first season in Malibu this year after Nina Matthies retired following the 2018 season.
  • The Waves’ only loss this season came in a 4-1 decision against UCLA.


Match #13: No. 5 Hawaii (2-2)

East Meets West Invitational
Manhattan Beach Pier | Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Saturday, March 9 | 5:30 pm EST

  • FSU leads the series against Hawaii 7-4, the best record against any of the teams the Noles will see this weekend.
  • Florida State handed Hawaii its only loss in the East Meets West Invitational last season, winning in a 4-1 decision.
  • The Seminoles have won four of the last matches against the Rainbow Wahine, and enter the weekend on a two-match win streak against them.
  • In the semifinals of the 2018 NCAA Championship, FSU took down Hawaii to reach the finals through the winners bracket, snapping a 32-match win streak for the Rainbow Wahine.


Match #14: No. 1 UCLA (10-0)

East Meets West Invitational
Manhattan Beach Pier | Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Sunday, March 10 | 3:00 pm EST

  • UCLA improves to 10-0 with a sweep over Pepperdine on Wednesday.
  • FSU has seen UCLA eight times in the regular season in the series between the two, and leads 7-5 in the series.
  • Eight of the Bruins’ wins this season were 5-0 decisions, with a 4-1 decision over Pepperdine and a 3-2 score against USC.
  • The last time these two teams met, UCLA beat FSU to win the 2018 NCAA Championship. Before that, the Seminoles beat the Bruins in the second round, snapping a 31-match win streak for UCLA and making them the first No. 4 seed to beat the No. 1 seed in the tournament.


Match #15: No. 2 Southern California (8-1)

East Meets West Invitational
Manhattan Beach Pier | Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Saturday, March 10 | 6:00 pm EST

  • The Women of Troy earned two wins on their home court on Thursday, beating FSU and Stetson.
  • USC has sat in second place in both polls since the preseason, right behind their cross-town rival UCLA.
  • In last year’s East Meets West Invitational, USC edged out FSU for a 3-2 win in one of only four regular season meetings between the two teams since 2016. The teams’ nine regular season meetings is the most FSU has seen against any of these five teams.
  • The last time these two teams met, the Seminoles beat the Women of Troy in the first round of the NCAA Championships. FSU became the first team to beat USC in the NCAA tournament, and it snapped USC’s six-match win streak against the Noles.



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