Panama City Beach, FL - The All-American duo of senior Aurora Davis and junior Jace Pardon went undefeated and a young pair solidified its position in the starting lineup as the fourth-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team competed in a tune-up event at the Russell-Fields Pier.
The Seminoles faced off against each other as well as Gulf Coast State College and a group of adult teams over the course of two rounds of pool play.
FSU swept the top six spots at the end of a beautiful day on the beach. The Seminoles were undefeated against Gulf Coast State College and the adult pairs.
“We had a great all-around day,” FSU head coach Danalee Corso said. “The weather was beautiful and it was fun to play on some phenomenal beach courts at Pier Plaza in Panama City. Jace and Aurora played well and Stephanie (Pellitteri) was fantastic today. Julia (Thompson) and Annie (Montgomery) really impressed me. They are moving up the ranks and into the starting lineup with their play.”
Pardon and Davis continued to prove they will be contenders for the national pairs title by finishing 4-0 and in first-place overall at the event. The duo cruised past teammates junior Melanie Pavels and sophomore Julie Brown and Stephanie and Kristina Pellitteri in the second wave of pool play.
The Pellitteri’s potentially staked their claim to FSU’s No. 2 position in the lineup by defeating Brown and Pavels in a three-set thriller (20-22, 21-16, 15-4) to finish second on the day. Both pairs have swung between the second and third spots in the lineup for the Garnet and Gold this season.
The real breakthrough came in the other pool during the second wave, where Montgomery, a sophomore, and Thompson, a freshman, came out on top to claim fourth-place.
Montgomery and Thompson have yet to see significant action in the starting lineup this season, but that could change after the duo defeated both the pair of senior Fatma Yildirim and sophomore Kayla Joyce, as well as freshman Sierra Sanchez and Lexy Ryan.
“Annie has showed huge improvement from her freshmen year to now,” Corso said. “I’m super excited for Annie and Julia. They have amazing attitudes and are really working hard.”
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PANAMA CITY BEACH EVENT
Russell-Fields Pier | Tallahassee, Fla.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon def. Adult Team Pair; 21-6, 21-10
Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon def. Gulf Coast State College Pair; 21-4, 21-5
Annie Montgomery/Julia Thompson def. Gulf Coast State College Pair; 21-10, 21-12
Melanie Pavels/Julie Brown def. Gulf Coast State College Pair; 21-9, 21-4
Melanie Pavels/Julie Brown def. Annie Montgomery/Julie Thompson; 21-15, 21-13
Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri def. Gulf Coast State College Pair; 21-9, 21-6
Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri def. Gulf Coast State College Pair; 21-9, 21-3
Sierra Sanchez/Lexy Ryan def. Gulf Coast State College Pair; 21-6, 21-5
Fatma Yildirim/Kayla Joyce def. Gulf Coast State College Pair; 21-12, 21-9
Fatma Yildirim/Kayla Joyce def. Sierra Sanchez/Lexy Ryan; 21-14, 21-14
Second Wave: Pool 1
Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri def. Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels; 20-22, 21-16, 15-4
Jace Pardon/Aurora Davis def. Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels; 21-14, 21-15
Jace Pardon/Aurora Davis def. Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri; 21-13, 21-13
Second Wave: Pool 2
Annie Montgomery/Julia Thompson def. Lexy Ryan/Sierra Sanchez; 21-14, 21-17
Fatma Yildirim/Kayla Joyce def. Lexy Ryan/Sierra Sanchez; 21-14, 21-11
Annie Montgomery/Julia Thompson def. Fatma Yildirim/Kayla Joyce; 21-19, 24-22