TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Beach Volleyball team held its first live action of 2016 with the Garnet & Gold exhibition match on the Seminole Beach Volleyball Courts. All five courts were in action as 11 different teams were featured on Friday night under first year head coach Brooke Niles.
“I saw a lot of great things tonight so it makes my job that much harder when it comes to picking teams to compete next weekend,” said Niles. “But this is what I’ve expected all preseason as everyone has stepped up to the plate, so I’m excited to put some line-ups together and get on our way to Arizona and then California.”
In first round action, three of the five courts went two sets including victories by Jace Pardon/Julie Brown, Nina Pellitteri/Tory Paranagua and Sierra Sanchez/Vanessa Freire. Courts three and five went the distance with the teams of Annie Montgomery/Kayla Joyce and Cecilie Woie/Katie Horton coming out on top.
All five courts were decided in two sets in the second round with Pellitteri/Paranagua defeating Brown/Pardon 21-19, 21-18 on court one.
“For the girls, it was fun to go out there and compete,” added Niles. “We’ve been practicing for a long time, so being able to put on that uniform, play in front of some fans and in a different environment was good for us all.”
Florida State will conclude its exhibition weekend with an alumni match on Saturday, February 27. Some of the alumni returning to face one another on Saturday include Aurora Davis (’14), Katie Mosher (’15), Taylor Nyquist (’15), Melanie Pavels (’15) and Lacey Blackman (’12). The alumni match is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Admission to all beach volleyball matches are free of charge.
The Seminoles open the 2016 season on Friday, March 4 against South Carolina in Tempe, Ariz., at the Sun Devil Challenge.
First Round Results
Julie Brown/Jace Pardon d. Eva Torruella/Brooke Kuhlman – 21-12, 21-15
Kristina Pellitteri/Victoria Paranagua d. Katherine Plessy/Ali Eager – 21-13, 21-14
Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez d. Macy Jerger/Nikki Esposito – 21-13, 23-21
Kayla Joyce/Annie Montgomery d. Hailey Luke/Blyss Harkness – 17-21, 21-16, 15-8
Cecilie Woie/Katie Horton d. Meghan Conway/Julia Thompson – 20-22, 21-19, 15-10
Second Round Results
Kristina Pellitteri/Victoria Paranagua d. Julie Brown/Jace Pardon – 21-19, 21-18
Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez d. Kayla Joyce/Annie Montgomery – 21-10, 21-15
Eva Torruella/Brooke Kuhlman d. Katherine Plessy/Ali Eager – 21-18, 21-12
Macy Jerger/Nikki Esposito d. Hailey Luke/Blyss Harkness – 21-18, 21-16
Cecilie Woie/Katie Horton d. Devan Hultquist/Breana Edwards – 21-19, 22-20