May 16, 2018 - by
Seminoles Sweep AVCA Top Flight Awards

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five pairs from the Florida State beach volleyball team earned the inaugural American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) Top Flight award for their respective positions, with three pairs leading their flight.

Hailey Luke and Katie Horton led the nation at the No. 2 position, while Sara Putt and Macy Jerger sit atop the No. 3 position and Francesca Goncalves and Eva Torruella boast the best record in the No. 5 position.

The Seminoles No. 1 duo of Vanessa Freire and Tory Paranagua made an appearance in the top-5 pairs in their position, while Brooke Kuhlman and Molly McBain earned the third-best record for the No. 4 position.

Florida State is one of only three programs to have five pairs ranked in their respective flights, along with Hawaii and UCLA. FSU’s pairs are ranked above UCLA’s in all five positions, and ranked above UCLA’s in four of the five slots.

Nine other pairs from the CCSA were represented on the list, with the conference holding four spots for the No. 1 position.

The AVCA Top Flight Award is designed to reward hard work and consistent play regardless of roster position. A pair is eligible for the award if the two athletes competed in 15 matches and won at least 75-percent of their matches throughout the season were designated as Top Flight Award winners.

Records displayed are representative of each pair’s record prior to the NCAA Championship.

Flight 1

Paula Hoffman/Kaitlyn Sibson, Eckerd, 18-0
Emily Maglio/Ka’iwi Schucht, Hawaii, 25-1
Abril Bustamante/Tina Graudina, USC, 28-2
Vanessa Freire/Tory Paranagua, Florida State, 14-2
Darby Dunn/Sammee Thomas, Stetson, 18-4
Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara, UCLA, 31-7
Federica Frasca/Margherita Bianchin, FIU, 26-6
Kristen Nuss/Claire Coppola, LSU, 30-7
Madeline Mertz/Kaylie Mchugh, Tulane, 30-7
Aeriel Horton/Jessica Wooten, Houston Baptist, 24-6
Hayley Tippett/Megan Nash, Central Arkansas, 13-4

Flight 2

Hailey Luke/Katie Horton, Florida State, 17-0
Morgan Martin/Lea Monkhouse, Hawaii, 19-0
Corinne Quiggle/Deahna Kraft, Pepperdine, 14-1
Carly Perales/Sunnica Helland-Hansen, Stetson, 22-2
Sam Manley/Emily Sonny, Cal Poly SLO, 25-4
Sarah Sponcil/Lily Justine, UCLA, 30-7
Cadie Bates/Katie Smith, South Carolina, 16-4
Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater, USC, 18-5
Brooke Weiner/Tiffany Creamer, Georgia State, 16-5

Flight 3

Sara Putt/Macy Jerger, Florida State, 16-0
Laurel Weaver/Carly Kan, Hawaii, 17-1
Savvy Simo/Zana Muno, UCLA, 18-2
Kristyna Adamcikova/Hailey Harward, Long Beach State, 16-2
Adlee Van Winden/Taylor Nelson, Cal Poly SLO, 19-3
Catherine Griffith/Rebecca Brown, ULM, 15-4
Julia Mannisto/Carly Schneider, South Carolina, 19-6
Tenley Housler/Erin Umbel, Texas A&M Kingsville, 21-7

Flight 4

Alexis Filippone/Skylar Caputo, Pepperdine, 25-2
Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer, USC, 15-2
Brooke Kuhlman/Molly McBain, Florida State, 13-2
Elise Zappia/Mac May, UCLA, 19-3
Amy Ozee/Ari Homayun, Hawaii, 32-6
Leah Perri/Macie Tendrich, South Carolina, 19-4
Mia Merino/Caroline Schafer, Cal, 23-5
Emmy Allen/Megan Davenport, LSU, 18-5
Julie Varga/Lauren Durham, Stetson, 18-5
Zoi Konstantopoulou/Nicci Reinking, Long Beach State, 18-5
Julie Nightwine/Victoria Prokic, Stevenson, 13-4

Flight 5

Francesca Goncalves/Eva Torruella, Florida State, 15-1
Megan Muret/Izzy Carey, UCLA, 27-3
Grace Campbell/Maddie Micheletti, Cal, 27-3
Paige Dreeuws/Hannah Zalopany, Hawaii, 24-6
Hannah Matt/Marisa Ramsey, Long Beach State, 23-6
Rebecca Ingram/Quinci Birker, Stetson, 18-6
Kristen Castellanos/Cierra Simpson, LMU, 12-4
Maddie Dilfer/Nikki Lyons, Pepperdine, 12-4


Original AVCA Release


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