Florida State defeats Hawaii 4-1 to advance to first ever AVCA Sand Volleyball National Championship.
The Seminoles captured three of four semifinal spots and Jace Pardon and Aurora Davis nabbed runner-up honors on Saturday at USC
The All-America duo of Jace Pardon and Sarah Wickstrom fell in the pairs quarterfinals
FSU fell to the defending national champions, 3-2, on Saturday
No. 3 seed Florida State swept No. 6 seed ULM to open the National Championships.
Sophomore Season (2013) Paired with Julie Brown to go 21-8 during the season...Teamed with Katherine Plessy to go 5-4 and finished 2013 26-12 overall...Placed fourth at the Panama City Beach tournament with Lexy Ryan (March 23)...Finished second in the 'Gold' bracket with Brown in Atlanta, Ga. (April 7)...Reached the semifinals in the 'Gold' division with Brown at the Siesta Key Tournament (April 14)...Finished 7th at the FSU Sand Tournament with Brown (April 21)...Compiled a 3-1 record during the AVCA National Championships with Brown (May 3-4)...Lost in the first round as the #7 seed with Brown during the AVCA National Championship Pairs Tournament (May 5).
Freshman Season (2012) Teamed with three-time indoor volleyball All-American Visnja Djurdjevic to form arguably the nation's top No. 3 tandem in the country...The pair went 32-10 overall and 13-0 in dual matches...Went 2-0 at the No. 2 spot, 20-2 at the No. 3 position and 2-0 as the No. 4 pair with Djurdjevic...Ranked third on the Seminoles in aces per set (1.11) and fourth in digs per set (5.24)...She and Djurdjevic placed runner-up at the FSU Sand Tournament (March 24-25) pairs championship, falling to teammates Aurora Newgard and Brittany Tiegs in the finals after beating FSU's No. 1 pair earlier in the day in the double elimination bracket...Grabbed All-Tournament accolades at the UNF Invitational (April 1), as she and Djurdjevic tied for third...Missed the final three competitions because of injury.
Before FSU An experienced athlete (volleyball player for 10 years, skier for 10 years, and badminton for six), Melanie has a strong sports resume...An all-county volleyball selection from eighth grade through 12th grade at Valley Stream South High School... All-tournament selection all four years of her high school career...An all-state pick her junior year of high school, as well as a St. Anthony's Invitational MVP...As a senior, she became a member of the Silver Medal Long Island Scholastic Team at the Empire State Games...Snagged four first-place finishes on the East End Volleyball Tour in 2011... Has eight first-place finishes on the Women's Open Great American Volleyball Tour.
Major is business...An accomplished badminton player in high school, Melanie received All-Long Island Badminton Team recognition her senior year, as well as all-county and all-conference mentions her junior and senior years... Recipient of multiple academic awards including the PTSA Award, Valley Stream State of Commerce Award, and was a member of multiple clubs including the National Honor Society...Her sister Hilary played indoor volleyball at Adelphi University and her father played indoor volleyball at UCSB and was on the AVP Tour for sand volleyball...Parents are Eric and Rhonda Pavels...Born on May 14, 1993.