TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Keara Rutz and Torrey Van Winden only dropped one set in six matches over the weekend as they defeated three teams in the LSU Tiger Beach Challenge. This performance earned the Seminole duo AVCA/CollegeBeachVB.com National Pair of the Week honors on Tuesday.
They are the fourth Florida State pair to earn such distinction. They join Alaina Chacon and Molly McBain who earned the honor a season ago along with Madison Fitzpatrick and Chacon who earned the award in 2019 and Vanessa Freire and Tory Paranagua who first earned the honor in 2018.
Rutz and Van Winden have remained consistent all season long, only dropping one set in 10 matches. Of those 10 matches, five of them were against ranked teams and three of them were against teams in the top-10. They are two of five players in the country that are 10-0, joining teammates Maddie Anderson, Kate Privett and Sara Putt.
This past weekend, Rutz and Van Winden went 6-0 on court two while only dropping one set. They started the weekend with straight-set wins over Louisiana Monroe and Tulane on Friday. The pair dropped their first set of the season against Houston Baptist on Saturday but rebounded to take the second set 21-14 and the third set 15-11.
Rutz and Van Winden then earned their biggest win of the weekend to cap off Saturday with a 21-12, 21-14 win on court two against Claire Coppola and Kelli Greene-Agnew of No. 1 LSU to clinch FSU’s 4-1 win over the Tigers.
They capped off the weekend with straight-set wins over No. 19 Georgia State and No. 11 FAU on court two.
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Keara Rutz / Torrey Van Winden (10-0)
DATE POS OPPONENT RESULT
Mar. 5 2 Anna Demmer/Katie McKay (ULM) W, 21-14, 21-8
Mar. 5 2 Kendall Peters/Allie Olsonoski (Tulane) W, 21-18, 21-16
Mar. 6 2 Butters, Maddie/Miller, Brennan (HBU) W, 19-21, 21-14, 15-11
Mar. 6 2 Claire Coppola/Kelli Greene-Agnew (LSU) W, 21-12, 21-14
Mar. 7 2 Olivia Stasevich/Mattie Johnson (GSU) W, 24-22, 22-10
Mar. 7 2 Ellie Austin/Savannah Pesante (FAU) W, 21-13, 23-21