March 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team kicked off the 2013 season with victories over Loyola Marymount and third-ranked Southern California on Sunday at Merle Norman Stadium.
The Seminoles became the first team to win a dual match at the Trojans' new arena, sweeping Loyola Marymount, 5-0, in the morning before edging past USC, 3-2, in the afternoon.
"We beat the third-ranked team in the country at their place, so that is a huge win for this program," Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. "Marija (Milosavljevic) and the Pellitteri's really stood out to me. Marija was really strong and had a ton of blocks. They had great days. Although they lost against USC, Katherine (Plessy) and Melanie (Pavels) also played really well. USC has very athletic No. 1 and No. 2 pairs. There was a great crowd. The weather was fantastic. It was a really fun day."
Florida State grabbed a 3-0 lead against USC by winning in two sets on Courts 3, 4 and 5. The team of Milosavljevic, a senior, and sophomore Jace Pardon clinched the victory with a 21-17, 21-10 victory over the Trojan duo of Eve Ettinger and Alexa Stonish.
Freshman Julie Brown and sophomore Sarah Wickstrom beat Brooke Fournier and Natasa Silikovic, 24-22, 21-10, on Court 4 to stake the Noles to a 1-0 lead over USC right before Seminole sisters, sophomore Stephanie Pellitteri and freshman Nina Pellitteri, downed Sam Hirschmann and Sydney Seau, 21-19, 21-19 on Court 5.
FSU's No. 1 team of junior Aurora Davis and senior Fatma Yildirim fell to USC's No. 1 tandem of Kirby Burnham and Bria Russ, 21-16, 21-15, while Pavels, a sophomore, and Plessy, a freshman, lost on Court 2 to Katie Fuller and Stevi Robinson in a hard fought three-set affair 21-16, 18-21, 15-12.
The Seminoles cruised past the Lions in the day's first match with Pavels-Plessy, Brown-Wickstrom and the Pellitteri's winning in two quick sets.
Florida State will return to action on Monday just a few miles away against No. 2-ranked Long Beach State and No. 6-ranked UCLA at the 49ers' sand volleyball courts
FSU will face UCLA at 11 a.m. PST before clashing with Long Beach State in a rematch from the 2012 AVCA National Championship Semifinals where the 49ers defeated the Seminoles twice by scores of 4-1 and 3-2 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
"It's going to be a battle tomorrow, too," Corso said. "UCLA is in its first season with a sand team and they will be a wildcard, but we expect them to be a very good team. We know Long Beach State is a great team. They return nearly everybody from their team last year. It will be two really tough matchups."
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Results Florida State 3, USC 2 1.) Kirby Burnham-Bria Russ (USC) def. Aurora Davis-Fatma Yildirim (FSU) 21-16, 21-15 2.) Katie Fuller-Stevi Robinson (USC) def. Melanie Pavels-Katherine Plessy (FSU) 21-16, 18-21, 15-12 3.) Marija Milosavljevic-Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Eve Ettinger-Alexa Stonish (USC) 21-17, 21-10 4.) Julie Brown-Sarah Wickstrom (FSU) def. Brooke Fournier-Natasa Siljkovic (USC) 24-22, 21-10 5.) Kristina Pellitteri-Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU) def. Sam Hirschmann-Sydney Seau (USC) 21-19, 21-19 Order of finish: 4, 5, 3, 1, 2
Florida State 5, Loyola Marymount 0 1.) Aurora Davis-Fatma Yildirim (FSU) def. Felicia Arriola-Kenna Crouse (LMU) 21-12, 15-21, 15-8 2.) Melanie Pavels-Katherine Plessy (FSU) def. Rachelle Suaava-Anne Marie Taylor (LMU) 21-10, 21-9 3.) Marija Milosavljevic-Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Avery Bush- Litara Keil (LMU) 16-21, 21-16, 15-5 4.) Julie Brown-Sarah Wickstrom (FSU) def. Ashley Maxfeldt-Taylor Scioscia (LMU) 21-14, 21-14 5.) Kristina Pellitteri-Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU) def. Amber Mirabello-Hannah Tedrow (LMU) 21-8, 21-9 Order of finish: 5, 4, 2, 3, 1
Non-Scoring Exhibition 6.) Mallory Kiley-Jeassica McGregor (FSU) def. Katie Duddridge-Erica Muller (USC) 21-14, 23-21 7.) Olivera Medic-Lexy Ryan (FSU) def. Christine Irvin-Erin Kaupp (USC) 21-19, 21-12 8.) Kiley-McGregor (FSU) def. Duddridge-Irvin (USC) 18-21, 21-7, 15-11