Siesta Key, FL - A day after defending its Team Cup Championship, the No. 3-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team picked up two more titles in bracket play to wrap up the Fiesta on Siesta on Sunday.
The tandem of senior Mallory Kiley and sophomore Jeassica McGregor and the pair of sophomore Stephanie Pellitteri and her sister Nina Pellitteri each grabbed first place in separate “Sunday Fun” brackets, which were each single elimination and scored as one set to 25.
Kiley and McGregor won four matches in the 16-team “Sunday Fun 2” bracket, defeating FGCU’s Liga Strautniece and Christine Pinder, 25-18, in the final.
The Pellitteri’s also put together four wins among 12 teams in the “Sunday Fun 1” bracket. The sisters edged UNF’s Anna Wagner and Emily Strack, 25-22, in their final.
FSU’s top three teams played in the Gold Division bracket, which was a 16-team single elimination tournament.
The pair of sophomore Melanie Pavels and freshman Julie Brown advanced to the semifinals after defeating teammates junior Aurora Davis and freshman Katherine Plessy in a tough three-set battle, 10-21, 21-17, 15-13. Pavels and Brown then fell to the eventual champions, Taylor Nyquist and Sammie Strausbaugh of Jacksonville, 21-15, 21-14, in the semifinals.
Sophomores Jace Pardon and Sarah Wickstrom also reached the quarterfinals in the Gold Division, but lost in three sets to ULM’s No. 1 pair of Zuzanna Markova and Tanya Sukach, 21-17, 16-21, 15-13.
“Overall it was a great weekend,” Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. “We won just about every single division we competed in. Winning the Team Cup on Saturday was important and definitely a highlight for us. We fell short in the Gold pairs tournament today, but that will keep us motivated for the next three weeks as we prepare for the National Championships.
“We had some new pairs together for the first time this weekend, and they are starting to figure things out. The region keeps getting better and better, and we had some great battles today. I’m very proud of Mallory and Jeassica and Stephanie and Nina for winning their brackets today, too. They played great. It was a lot of fun.”
The Fiesta on Siesta is the nation’s largest collegiate sand volleyball tournament and featured over 300 competitors.
The Seminoles return to action next weekend, April 20-21, when they host Georgia State, UAB and the College of Charleston for pool play and a pairs tournament at the FSU Sand Volleyball Complex.
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