March 17, 2018 - by

Veterans Step Up as Beach Volleyball Takes Down Houston Baptist, Jacksonville

TAVARES, Fla. – The No. 4 Florida State beach volleyball team picked off two opponents on Saturday, defeating Houston Baptist and Jacksonville in the second day of the Hickory Point Lake Bash hosted by Stetson.

Another change in lineups saw the redshirt senior duo of Katie Horton and Hailey Luke take over the No. 1 position, while the top of the lineup saw new additions in Nikki Esposito and Alaina Chacon. The solid duo of Molly McBain and Madison Fitzpatrick held down the first round of play, picking up two more wins at the No. 5 position.

The Seminoles put up a 4-1 win over the Huskies in the beginning of the day, earning straight-set victories on courts 2-5 to go up 4-0 on Houston Baptist. The Huskies came back to force a third set and take the match at No. 1 to earn the only point FSU surrendered on Saturday.

FSU finished the day with a match against Jacksonville, where the team swept the Dolphins across the board and held them to single digits in five of the 12 sets played. It marks the sixth shutout for the Seminoles of the season, and the second sweep over JU in the series between the two programs.

The Seminoles will stay in Florida and will have a break in their schedule with no dual matches in the next week. The team will host a Garnet and Gold Scrimmage on Saturday, March 24 at noon at the FSU Sand Volleyball Courts before heading back on the road the following weekend.


#4 Florida State 4, Houston Baptist 1

  1. Jessica Wooten/Aeriel Horton (HBU) def. Vanessa Freire/Sara Putt (FSU), 16-21, 21-14, 15-12
  2. Hailey Luke/Katie Horton (FSU) def. Kayla Armer/Tori Hinojosa (HBU), 21-15, 21-9
  3. Brooke Kuhlman/Francesca Goncalves (FSU) def. Bailey Banks/Katya Silveira (HBU) 21-17, 21-10
  4. Alaina Chacon/Tory Paranagua (FSU) def. Jordyn Miller/Meagan Carter (HBU), 21-14, 21-4
  5. Molly McBain/Madison Fitzpatrick (FSU) def. Brennan Miller/Kali Fluke (HBU), 21-15, 23-21

Ex. Danielle Wheeler/Mikayla Vivens (HBU) def. Eva Torruella/Lauren Anderson (FSU), 21-19, 21-14

Order of finish: 4, 5, 3*, 2, 1



#4 Florida State 5, Jacksonville 0

  1. Hailey Luke/Katie Horton (FSU) def. Savannah Siegrist/Mackenzie Swan (JU), 21-11, 21-8
  2. Vanessa Freire/Nikki Esposito (FSU) def. Katie Krawczyk/Morgan Dees (JU), 21-5, 21-14
  3. Tory Paranagua/Alaina Chacon (FSU) def. Mallory Mattingly/Lauren Peterson (JU), 21-8, 21-13
  4. Francesca Goncalves/Brooke Kuhlman (FSU) def. Cristina Finan/Shelby Babowicz (JU), 21-14, 21-10
  5. Molly McBain/Madison Fitzpatrick (FSU) def. Hannah Marchand/Shaylee Beefus (JU), 21-14, 21-8

Ex. Eva Torruella/Ali Eager (FSU) def. Bethany Salapek/Tory Reiser (JU), 21-7, 21-11



  • FSU’s season record improves to 12-5.
  • FSU’s all-time record improves to 138-32.
  • Head coach Brooke Niles’ record improves to 73-17.
  • FSU’s record against Houston Baptist improves to 2-0.
  • FSU’s record against Jacksonville improves to 5-0.


Records to Watch

  • Tory Paranagua
    • Her 83 career dual match wins is tied for second in program history with Vanessa Freire. Jace Pardon holds the record with 85 career dual match wins.
    • Her 95 career overall wins is tied for fifth all-time with Julie Brown.
    • Her 14 wins at the No. 1 position is tied for sixth all-time. Four more wins passes teammate Brooke Kuhlman’s 17 wins at the top position.
  • Vanessa Freire
    • Her 86 career overall wins is tied for eighth all-time with Stephanie Pellitteri.
    • Her 83 career dual match wins is tied for second in program history with Tory Paranagua. Jace Pardon holds the record with 85.
    • Her 35 wins in the No. 2 position ranks third all-time, behind Paranagua’s 42 wins in the position.
  • Paranagua/Jerger
    • The pair’s career 27-8 record ranks 10th in program history. One more win ties them for 9th place, two wins gives them a tie for 8th.


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