Atlanta, GA - The No. 3-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team picked up two more dual match victories on Saturday at the Georgia State Sand Volleyball Complex.
The Seminoles improved to 11-2 on the season with a 5-0 victory over No. 9 Tulane and a 4-1 win over GSU.
“All of the teams here have great pairs at the top, and I think it’s our depth that sets us apart and has been allowing us to be successful,” Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. “It was a pretty good day. Tulane and Georgia State are putting together some great teams. Our sisters (the Pellitteri’s) led the way again today. They have great chemistry and they really complement each other. Overall, I’m really happy with how our young players are developing and improving week after week. Hopefully, we continue our success tomorrow.”
FSU swept every court in two sets against Tulane, led by sophomore Stephanie Pellitteri and freshman Nina Pellitteri on court five, who won 21-10, 21-16 as Stephanie recorded six aces.
Senior Mallory Kiley and sophomore Sarah Wickstrom (Court 4), sophomore Melanie Pavels and freshman Julie Brown (Court 3), senior Fatma Yildirim and junior Aurora Davis (Court 2), and senior Maria Milosavljevic and sophomore Jace Pardon (Court 1) all also grabbed easy victories and didn’t drop a set against their Green Wave opponents.
Following the morning victory, Florida State took care of a tougher Georgia State squad.
With the same lineup, the Seminoles swept courts No. 3, 4 and 5 with the Pellitteri’s leading the way again by cruising to a 21-5, 21-6 victory.
Davis and Yildirim used three sets to dispatch GSU’s Jansen Button and Sara Olivora on Court 2, while Pardon and Milosavlejevic were the only Noles to lose in the dual matches, falling on Court 1 to the Panthers’ Lane Carico and Katie Madewell.
The day wrapped up with opening pool play for the “Gold” bracket tournament, featuring the No. 1 and No. 2 teams from FSU, GSU, Tulane and ULM.
Milosavljevic and Pardon fell by forfeit to ULM’s McNamee and Grabiec after Milosavljevic rolled her ankle early in the first set. Freshman Katherine Plessy will replace her during Sunday’s play.
Brown and Pavels moved up to No. 2 for the “Gold” bracket and fell to ULM’s No. 1 team of Sukach and Markova. The pair is still alive, however, as the “Gold” will continue Sunday along with a “Silver” bracket featuring pairs No. 3, 4 and 5.
Play starts at 8 a.m. on Sunday with final matches scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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Florida State 5, Tulane 0
Court 1 – FSU Jace Pardon/Maria Milosavljevic def. TU Cori Martone/Sophie Asprey, 21-18, 21-15
Court 2 – FSU Aurora Newgard/Fatma Yildirim def. TU Milica Jovic/Elysa Jackson, 21-16, 21-12
Court 3 – FSU Melanie Pavels/Julie Brown def. TU Anna Wruck/Grace Weaver, 21-14, 21-14
Court 4 – FSU Sarah Wickstrom/Mallory Kiley def. TU Azzari Bardward/Jackie Wegner, 21-10, 21-16
Court 5 – FSU Stephanie and Nina Pellitteri def. TU Olivia Utt/Mackenzie Moore, 21-10, 21-16
Florida State 4, Georgia State 1
Court 1 – GSU Lane Carico/Katie Madewell def. FSU Jace Pardon/Maria Milosavljevic, 21-17, 21-16
Court 2 – FSU Aurora Newgard/Fatma Yildirim def. GSU Jansen Button/Sara Olivora, 21-18, 17-21, 15-12
Court 3 – FSU Melanie Pavels/Julie Brown def. GSU Alexis Elmurr/Molly Smestad, 21-18, 21-15
Court 4 – FSU Sarah Wickstrom/Mallory Kiley def. GSU Milani Pickering/Katelyn Rawls, 21-14, 21-14
Court 5 – FSU Stephanie and Nina Pellitteri def. GSU Alexis Townsend/Karlee Kavanaugh, 21-5, 21-6.