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JACE PARDON - Beach Volleyball - Florida State Seminoles

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ACCOLADES – AVCA All-American…CCSA Pair of the Year…CCSA First Team All-Conference…CCSA Academic All-Conference…Pair MVP of CCSA Tournament…CCSA All-Tournament Team…CCSA Academic Honor Roll…ACC Academic Honor Roll…two-time CCSA Pair of the Week with Julie Brown (3/29/16 & 4/12/16)…Led FSU to the inaugural NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships and a national runner-up finish in Gulf Shores, Ala….partnered with Brown for 33 matches – all at the No. 1 position…finished the season with a 28-5 dual-match record posting victories over 16 ranked teams including nine schools ranked in the top 10…at one stretch during the season, recorded a season-high 15 straight match victories…provided the match clinching victory 10 times in 2016 – second most on the team…finished the season 6-1 in three set matches with one resulting in a ‘DNF’ during the NCAA Tournament…at the inaugural NCAA Championships posted a record of 2-2 collecting wins over Hawaii (May 6) and UCLA (May 8)…both losses in Gulf Shores came against Southern Cal’s No. 1 pair Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes…went 12-0 against CCSA competition including a perfect 5-0 record at the CCSA Conference Tournament leading the Seminoles to the inaugural conference title…won four of their five matches during the CCSA Tournament in straight sets including a 21-16, 21-19 victory over Georgia State’s Jansen Button and Sara Olivova in the championship final…earned first CCSA Pair of the Week honor after defeating three top 10 ranked teams at the Stetson Beach Invitational (FIU, UCLA & Hawaii, March 25-26)…second CCSA Pair of the Week accolade came after going 4-0 at the Siesta Key Tournament (April 9-10) posting straight set victories in all four matches including the clincher to break a 2-2 tie to defeat No. 17 North Florida…became the first three-time All-American in school history and is one of three student-athletes (Hawaii and former Seminole Brittany Tiegs & Southern Cal’s Sara Hughes) to earn AVCA Beach All-America honors three times in the history of the award…is one of only two players to be named AVCA All-American on exactly three occasions alongside Kelly Claes of Southern California…leaves Florida State as the school’s all-time leader in matches played (177), overall wins (147) and dual-match victories (85), while ranking second all-time in tournament victories with 62…her 61 wins at the No. 1 position in dual-match play are the most by any other player at FSU at any position.


Suffered a season ending injury during a match against Loyola Marymount (March 13)…prior to the injury, posted a 5-3 record on the year pairing with Sarah Wickstrom at the No. 1 position…had a promising start to the year after winning the first four matches of the season with eight straight set victories…helped FSU sweep TCU (March 11) before falling to No. 2 Pepperdine in straight sets…ended the season with a loss to Loyola Marymount’s No. 1 pair Metter/Sponcil (22-20, 19-21, 15-17).

SUMMER (2014):

Grabbed a silver medal with Lara Dykstra at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland, in June, finishing with a 7-2 mark at the tournament…paired with former FSU All-American Brittany Tiegs to collect the gold medal at the 2014 World University Beach Volleyball Championship in Porto, Portugal in July…Pardon and Tiegs finished 8-2 and defeated Germany’s top pair, 21-18, 21-12, to finish first in the 26-team tournament.


Named an AVCA All-American for the second consecutive year…played alongside two-time AVCA All-American teammate Aurora Davis for the entire season…was Florida State’s No. 1 pair and one of the best tandems in the nation…posted an impressive 41-4 record and a 19-2 dual match record…won 26 consecutive matches over a two month span and won all 52 sets in those matches…advanced to the AVCA Pairs National Championship semifinals (May 4)…opened the first set of the AVCA Pairs National Championship quarterfinals against ULM on a 10-1 run en route to victory, 21-8, 21-15 (May 4)…made quick work in the first round of the AVCA Pairs National Championships in defeating Stetson, 21-12, 21-9 (May 4)…helped advance the Seminoles to its first ever AVCA National Championship final…went 3-2 in dual matches at the AVCA National Championships (May 2-3)…finished off an undefeated 6-0 record by collecting the Florida State Pairs Challenge Gold Division title (April 18-19)…captured the Siesta Sand Pairs Challenge title without dropping a set over the three-day event (April 11-13)…won every set to help lead the Seminoles to victory at the College of Charleston Sand Classic (April 5-6)…seized the Gold bracket title at the FSU Pairs Tournament after defeating Jacksonville’s top tandem, 21-15, 21-15 (March 30)…won first-place at the Panama City Beach event after cruising to a 4-0 record over the weekend (March 22)…was runner-up at the USC Pairs Tournament…went 7-2 in dual match play against ranked teams with victories over the top pairs from No. 8 ranked Georgia State, No. 6 FIU and UCLA, No. 3 Long Beach State and Hawai’i, and No. 2 ranked USC.


Named an AVCA All-American along with teammate and frequent partner Sarah Wickstrom…paired with Wickstrom for a 14-5 overall record in 2013…also paired with Maria Milosavljevic to go 12-5, freshman Jeassica McGregor and Julie Brown and went 1-1 with each to finish 2013 28-12 overall…won the Gold bracket at the Chula Vista OTC with Milosavljevic (March 15)…took second place with Milosavljevic at the Panama City Beach tournament (March 23)…lost to Georgia State in the Gold bracket with McGregor in Atlanta, Ga., after Milosavljevic went down with an injury (April 7)…reached the quarterfinals with Wickstrom at the Siesta Key Tournament…made the Gold bracket finals at the FSU Sand Tournament with Wickstrom before falling again to Georgia State (April 21)…went 3-1 at the AVCA National Championships, beating ULM, North Florida and Pepperdine, while losing to eventual champion Long Beach State…seeded third in the 16-team Pairs Tournament and reached the quarterfinals before falling to FIU…went 7-4 as No. 1, 3-0 as No. 2, and 5-1 as No. 3 in duals during the season.


Teamed with Jekaterina Stepanova to advance to the semifinals of the pairs portion of the AVCA National Championships…tallied a 45-6 overall record, including a 43-6 mark with Stepanova…finished 18-0 in dual competitions and 20-0 at the No. 2 position…led FSU in kills per set (6.35) and hitting percentage (.468)…ranked third on the Seminoles in digs per set (5.35)…teamed with Stepanova to win the pairs championship at the Clash of the Collegians Tournament (March 8-9)…along with Stepanova placed second at the Fiesta at Siesta Key (April 14) and tied for third at the USC Tournament (March 16-18) and at the FSU Sand Tournament (March 24-25)…Pardon and Stepanova were the No. 1 seed in the pairs portion of the UNF Tournament (April 1), but had to forfeit after Stepanova suffered an injury in the first round of bracket play…Pardon was 6-2 at the No. 1 position.


Won various AAU, CBVA, and USA tournaments…teamed with Tiffany Morales to claim the USA Volleyball Youth Beach High Performance under-19 division championship in June 2011…advanced to the final round of the 2011 USA Beach Volleyball High Performance Championships…nabbed gold in 18U division for the 2011 California Regional Championships and placed third at the 2010 AAU National Championships for the 18U Division…named MVP at the Gahr Tournament…won Manhattan Beach Open in 2011…captured Hermosa Beach Open title in 2009…finished in the top eight at the 2009 “Queen of the Beach.”


Daughter of Jeanne Dempsey and Michael Pardon…sister, Sivan, played water polo at Hawaii…brother, CJ, competed in water polo at UC Irvine…two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll…earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs in the spring of 2015…currently pursuing a master’s degree in sport management…born June 9, 1993.