HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. – Florida State beach volleyball capped off play at the USAV Collegiate Pairs Championship with a second place finish by volunteer assistant coach Jonathan Justice and his partner Bryce Estes and a fourth place finish my Madison Fitzpatrick and Alaina Chacon.
Justice and Estes’s second-place finish gets them invited to train with the college beach training team.
Jonathan Justice made his second straight appearance in the finals of the USAV Collegiate Pairs Championship. Last year Justice along with FAU’s Adam Wienkowsi won the pairs championship and represented Team USA in the World University games. This year Justice teamed up with Bryce Estes of Nicholls State. The two went 2-0 in pool play to capture the two seed in the single elimination bracket.
After a first-round bye, Justice and Estes earned two three-set wins to make an appearance in the championship match. In their first two matches, the duo lost their first set and came back to take the final two sets and the match.
Justice met up with former teammate Wienckowsi and UCLA’s Tim Brewster in the final. Just like the previous two matches, the pair lost the first set, 21-17. They bounce back to force a third set like the last two times with a 21-13, dominant performance in the second set.
The championship came down two a thrilling third set that needed more than just 15 points to decide it. Justice and Estes took an early 7-3 lead but their opponents came back and tied it at 12. Justice and Estes then served an ace to get their first of four match points but that was not enough. The two teams continued to swap points until Wienkowsi and Brewster came away victorious 23-21.
Madison Fitzpatrick and Alaina Chacon went 0-2 on the day losing to LSU’s Claire Coppola and Kristin Nuss in straight sets and Loyola Marymount’s Emman Doud and Savannah Slattery in three sets.
Claire Coppola/Kristin Nuss (LSU) def. Madison Fitzpatrick/Alaina Chacon (FSU) 21-18, 21-17
Emman Doud/Savannah Slattery (LMU) def. Madison Fitzpatrick/Alaina Chacon (FSU) 21-19, 13-21, 15-12
Jonathan Justice (FSU)/Bryce Estes (Nicholls State) def. Evan Cory/Jacob Titus (Lincoln Memorial) 18-21, 21-16, 17-15
Jonathan Justice (FSU)/Bryce Estes (Nicholls State) def. Jason Gibbs/Carlos Jimenez (Lewis) 17-21, 21-15, 15-11
Adam Wienckowsi (FAU)/Tim Brewster (UCLA) def. Jonathan Justice (FSU)/Bryce Estes (Nicholls State) 21-17, 13-21, 23-21