Deland, FL -- The Florida State sand volleyball team improved to 13-0 in dual matches on the season on Friday with a pair of 5-0 wins over Stetson and FAU at the Stetson Sand Volleyball Complex.
The Seminoles dropped only one set over 10 games in two dominating performances.
“We had a tough week of practice, so I’m happy with the results today,” head coach Danalee Corso said. “Having us play tired this week was part of my plan. That’s what we are going to have to do to win at Nationals in a few weeks. We played great today.”
Junior Aurora Newgard and sophomore Brittany Tiegs, FSU’s No. 1 duo, defeated Stetson’s top squad of Julie Bassett and Kaley Melville, 21-13, 21-11, before cruising past the Owls’ No. 1 duo, 21-18, 21-13.
Moving up to the No. 2 position in place of freshman Jace Pardon and senior Jekaterina Stepanova was the tandem of senior Visnja Djurdjevic and Melanie Pavels. The duo routed Stetson’s second team, 21-14, 21-14, and FAU’s two tandem, 21-18, 21-13.
Freshman Stephanie Pellitteri replaced Stepanova and paired with Pardon as FSU’s third team. The pair defeated Stetson, 21-17, 21-14, and FAU, 21-4, 21-11, earning praise from Corso.
“Stephanie and Jace really stepped up today,” Corso said. “That was a great win. They probably stepped up the most of anybody today because they haven’t really played together.”
Stepanova suffered an ankle sprain last weekend at the UNF Sand Invitational and was held out of Friday’s competition.
Sophomore Jeassica McGregor and freshman Sarah Wickstrom had the closest call of the day, taking three sets to beat Stetson’s Katie DiGirolamo and Stephanie Marin, 21-16, 19-21, 15-10, in the battle of No. 4’s. The pair followed up the win by hammering FAU, 21-4, 21-8, on court five.
Graduate student Caitlin Haworth and senior Mallory Kiley picked up victories at No. 5 versus Stetson (21-10, 21-15) and at No. 4 against FSU (21-5, 21-8).
The Seminoles return to action next Friday, April 13, at the Fiesta on Siesta Key (Fla.), a multiple team tournament.
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Florida State vs. Stetson and FAU
at the Stetson Sand Volleyball Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. – April 6, 2012
FLORIDA STATE 5, STETSON 0
1. Aurora Newgard/Brittany Tiegs (FSU) def. Julie Bassett/Kaley Melville (STET) 21-13, 21-11
2. Melanie Pavels/Visnja Djurdjevic (FSU) def. Maren Rygh/Alexa Stonish (STET) 21-14, 21-14
3. Stephanie Pelliteri/Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Alisha Hoffman/Taylor Story (STET) 21-17, 21-14
4. Jeassica McGregor/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU) def. Katie DiGirolamo/Stephanie Marin (STET) 21-16, 19-21, 15-10
5. Caitlin Haworth/Mallory Kiley (FSU) def. Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (STET) 21-10, 21-15
FLORIDA STATE 5, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 0
1. Aurora Newgard/Brittany Tiegs (FSU) def. Jocavio/Alessia Pizzocheri (FAU) 21-13, 21-18
2. Melanie Pavels/Visnja Djurdjevic (FSU) def. Grace Vega/Daria Sataric (FAU) 21-18, 21-13
3. Stephanie Pelliteri/Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Isabelle Arboleda/Sara Stoll (FAU) 21-4, 21-11
4. Caitlin Haworth/Mallory Kiley (FSU) def. Cintia Nightingale/Thacilli Pereira (FAU) 21-5, 21-8
5. Jeassica McGregor/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU) def. Lauren Jones/Chandler Hatton (FAU) 21-4, 21-8