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Sand Volleyball Places Three Pairs in Semifinals

March 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES – The fourth-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team wrapped up its West Coast trip by nabbing three of the four semifinal spots during bracket play on Saturday at Southern California’s Merle Stadium.

The All-America duo of senior Aurora Davis and junior Jace Pardon advanced to the finals, while junior Melanie Pavels and sophomore Julie Brown and the sister tandem of junior Stephanie Pellitteri and sophomore Kristina Pellitteri joined Davis and Pardon in the semifinals.

USC’s No. 1 duo Kirby Burnham and Sara Hughes was the fourth semifinalist and defeated Davis and Pardon in the championship match, 21-8, 21-12.

Davis and Pardon knocked off Burnham and Hughes in a three-set match on Court 1 during dual play on Friday.

Brown and Pavels had the best performance of the day in the quarterfinals, avenging Friday’s loss to USC’s No. 2 tandem of Kelly Claes and Alexa Strange by edging out a 21-23, 21-17, 15-13 win to vault the Garnet and Gold duo to the semifinals. Pavels tallied an incredible 27 kills in the three-set match – by far the most of any player on the day.

“All in all we had a great weekend,” Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. “It was a successful, long trip. We’ve already played the top teams on our schedule so we feel very good about where we stand for the National Championships. Everybody played better today, and we got a little tired at the end since we played one more match than the other teams on Friday. Julie and Melanie showed great improvement in coming back to beat USC’s No. 2 team. We’re looking forward to continuing to compete and show that kind of improvement.”

Brown and Pavels fell to Burnham and Hughes in the semifinals, 21-9, 21-13.

The Pellitteri’s advanced to the semifinals by cruising past Loyola Marymount’s top two pairs in straight sets. In the semifinals, the sisters fell to teammates Davis and Pardon, 21-14, 21-13.

Juniors Sarah Wickstrom and Katie Mosher also advanced to the quarterfinals, but fell to Burnham and Hughes, 21-9, 21-13.

The Seminoles had seven pairs compete in the 20-team tournament and every FSU tandem won at least one match, led by the 3-1 record from Davis and Pardon.

The duos of sophomore Kayla Joyce and senior Fatma Yildirim, sophomore Annie Montgomery and freshman Julia Thompson, and freshmen Hailey Luke and Sierra Sanchez all captured Round 1 victories, while Montgomery and Thompson added a second win in a consolation match.

The Seminoles return to action in a week when they take on Florida Gulf State College on March 22 in Panama City, Fla.

For more information visit and follow the Florida State sand volleyball team’s official twitter account @FSU_SVB.


Merle Norman Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Brooke Fournier/Paige Hines (USC6) def. Ashley Maxfeldt/Anne Marie Taylor (LMU5); 21-13, 21-12

Kayla Joyce/Fatma Yildirim (FSU7) def. Taylor Scioscia/Alyssa Walton (LMU6); 21-13, 21-10

Annie Montgomery/Julia Thompson (FSU6) def. Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC5); 21-16, 21-16

Hailey Luke/Sierra Sanchez (FSU5) def. Kati Duddridge/Alexa Stonish (USC7); 21-9, 21-16


[1] Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC1) def. Brooke Fournier/Paige Hines (USC6); 21-13, 21-12

[2] Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon (FSU1) def. Annie Montgomery/Julia Thompson (FSU6); 21-7, 21-8

[3] Litara Keil/Betsi Metter (LMU1) def. Hailey Luke/Sierra Sanchez (FSU5); 21-12, 21-11

[4] Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC2) def. Kayla Joyce/Fatma Yildirim (FSU7); 21-12, 22-20

Katie Mosher/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU3) def. Taylor Akana/Rachelle Suaava (LMU3); 21-19, 21-18

Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels (FSU2) def. Caitlin DeWitt/Hannah Tedrow (LMU4); 21-13, 21-19

Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC4) def. Sam Hirschmann/Natasa Siljkovic (USC3); 21-15, 21-14

Kristina Pellitteri/Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU4) def. Avery Bush/Kathleen Luft (LMU2); 21-12, 22-20


[1] Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC1) def. Katie Mosher/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU3); 21-9, 21-13

[2] Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon (FSU1) def. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC4); 21-18, 21-12

Kristina Pellitteri/Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU4) def. [3] Litara Keil/Betsi Metter (LMU1); 21-11, 21-19

Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels (FSU2) def. [4] Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC2); 21-23, 21-17, 15-13


[1] Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC1) def. Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels (FSU2); 21-13, 21-12

[2] Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon (FSU1) def. Kristina Pellitteri/Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU4); 21-14, 21-13


[1] Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC1) def. [2] Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon (FSU1); 21-8, 21-12


Brooke Fournier/Paige Hines (USC6) def. Avery Bush/Kathleen Luft (LMU2); 21-16, 21-14

Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC5) def. Kayla Joyce/Fatma Yildirim (FSU7); 21-12, 21-17

Annie Montgomery/Julia Thompson (FSU6) def. Ashley Maxfeldt/Anne Marie Taylor (LMU5); 21-16, 21-19

Sam Hirschmann/Natasa Siljkovic (USC3) def. Taylor Akana/Rachelle Suaava (LMU3); 21-18, 21-11

Kati Duddridge/Alexa Stonish (USC7) def. Taylor Scioscia/Alyssa Walton (LMU6); 21-13, 21-16

Caitlin DeWitt/Hannah Tedrow (LMU4) def. Hailey Luke/Sierra Sanchez (FSU5); 21-17, 21-19

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