BATON ROUGE, La. – In its final day of regular season competition, the seventh-ranked Florida State beach volleyball team earned wins over No. 8 LSU and Jacksonville State at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou. The team won its last 12 dual matches to close out the season with a 24-6, 10-0 CCSA record.
With a wins over No. 11 Georgia State on Saturday (April 14) and No. 8 LSU on Sunday (April 15), the Seminoles finished the regular season as the only CCSA team undefeated in conference play.
“We had a really great weekend,” said head coach Brooke Niles. “We had to battle weather delays and some tough competition, but our teams all performed really well.”
The Seminoles earned three sweeps following hours of weather delays on Saturday, and closed out the tournament with a close 3-2 decision over LSU and a final sweep over Jacksonville State. It was the only time the team saw top conference competitor LSU before heading into the CCSA Championships next weekend.
“We love having strong competition like we saw this weekend,” Niles said. “Playing teams like that will really help us as we prepare for the postseason.”
Senior Vanessa Freire stayed dominant at the No. 1 position, earning wins in all five dual matches to become the sixth player in FSU history to reach 100 career overall victories. Following her win against Jacksonville State, junior Macy Jerger set the program record for the most wins at the No. 3 position with a 36-10 career record on the third court.
Florida State now turns its attention to the postseason, as the team looks for its third consecutive CCSA Championship. The tournament takes place April 20-22 in Cartersville, Ga.
Ext. Madison Fitzpatrick/Alaina Chacon (FSU) def. Ashley Allmer/Lilly Kessler (LSU) 29-31, 21-10, 15-9
The Seminoles edged out the Tigers in their final conference match of the regular season, facing the highest-ranked CCSA team FSU has seen since the beginning of the season (when No. 4 FSU defeated No. 8 South Carolina 4-1).
LSU took the first two team points at the bottom of the lineup to gain an early lead in the dual, but the Seminoles changed the momentum by taking the first sets in the second round of play. From there, FSU pulled off wins on the first three courts to take the match 3-2.
The win marked the 10th CCSA win of the year as the Seminoles close out the regular season undefeated in conference play.
Ext. Ashley Robert/Avery Poppinga (FSU) def. Maddie Cloutier/Bethany Randall (JSU) 21-10, 21-10
The Seminoles started off strong against the Gamecocks, winning the first sets at the bottom of the lineup with three new pairs. FSU closed out the wins at No. 4 and 5 and the exhibition match to earn a quick 2-0 lead in the match.
In the second round of play, the Seminoles kept the same lineup at No. 1 and 3, while Nikki Esposito and Katie Horton took on the No. 2 position. Another round of quick wins helped the Seminoles clinch the match and continue on with the sweep for its fifth win of the weekend.
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