May 2, 2014 - by
Noles Sweep Hatters, Face Pepperdine at 1 p.m. CT

May 2, 2014

GULF SHORES, Ala. ( – The third-seeded Florida State sand volleyball team opened the 2014 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships with a 5-0 sweep over No. 6 seed Stetson and will face No. 2 seed Pepperdine at 1 p.m. CT for a berth in Saturday’s National Semifinals.

The Seminoles cruised to victories on Courts 1 and 2 as All-Americans Jace Pardon and Aurora Davis routed Stetson’s top tandem of Kaylee Anderson and Kaley Melville, 21-12, 21-14, while Stephanie Pellitteri and Kristina Pellitteri captured a 21-15, 21-12 victory over Catherine Coston and Savannah Byl.

Julie Brown‘s four blocks led she and Melanie Pavels to a 21-15, 21-14 win on Court 4. The duo was the first FSU team to finish versus the Hatters.

Arguably the top performance for FSU came on Court 3 where Sarah Wickstrom and Fatma Yildirim used a second-set comeback to complete the 21-18, 22-20 victory. The pair trailed 15-11 in the second frame but rattled off an 8-1 run to take control of the set.

“Winning in two sets was exactly what we needed to do,” Wickstrom said. “If we would’ve went to a third set it could’ve been either team’s game. They would’ve had the momentum. We had to fight back and win that second game. We focused on getting the side out on every ball and trying to get that mini-run. We got that run and got the momentum.”

Yildirim finished with a match-best 31 kills versus Stetson.

Freshmen Sierra Sanchez and Hailey Luke showed toughness in their first-ever AVCA National Championship match, grabbing a three-set victory on Court 5, 21-19, 16-21, 15-10 to complete the 5-0 sweep.

The Seminoles improved to 4-0 all-time against Stetson with each match being a sweep.

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