March 8, 2012
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The only thing that can beat the Florida State sand volleyball team is itself. Literally.
The Seminoles improved to 4-0 with a back-to-back 5-0 sweeps over Stetson and the College of Charleston on Thursday during day one of competition at the Clash of the Collegians event at the Aspire Higher Volleyball SuperCenter.
Following the pair of dual victories, FSU, Charleston and Stetson began a double-elimination tournament among the 15 doubles squads at the event. Twice the Seminoles faced off against each other, accounting for the squad's only two losses this season.
"We played great again," FSU head coach Danalee Corso said. "Everybody played well. We definitely got some competition today. We are learning a lot. This is our first road trip. It was really hot out today and that posed a challenge."
Freshman Jace Pardon and senior Kate Stepanova, junior Aurora Newgard and sophomore Brittany Tiegs and freshman Melanie Pavels and senior Visnja Djurdjevic all won their matches against both Stetson and the College of Charleston.
Freshman Stephanie Pellitteri and senior Mallory Kiley combined to win at No. 4 against the College of Charleston, while juniors Marija Milosavljevic and Fatma Yildirim also snagged a "W" in the afternoon match at No. 5.
After the duals, five Seminoles' dual teams competed in the first round of a double elimination tournament where the Garnet & Gold were served their first blemishes - to theselves.
Newgard and Tiegs defeated McGregor and Wickstrom, 21-16, 22-20, in the first round.
Djurdevic and Pavels also snagged a close win over Kiley and Pellitteri.
However, all five FSU teams remain in the tournament, which continues on Friday at the Aspire Higher Volleyball SuperCenter.
For more information on the Clash of the Collegians go to: http://www.ahvsupercenter.com/Collegiate-Sand-Volleyball.html
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