March 15, 2013
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The No. 4-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team improved to 5-2 in dual matches this season by cruising past CSU Bakersfield, 5-0, on Friday on Day Two of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge held at the US Olympic Training Center.
All five Seminole pairs advanced to Saturday's final day of bracket play at the event, as well.
Florida State's only loss suffered on the day was when sophomore Jace Pardon and senior Marija Milosavljevic edged teammates senior Fatma Yildiriim and junior Aurora Davis, 24-22, 21-12 during in the Gold Division bracket play. Both teams will continue in the double-elimination bracket on Saturday.
In the Silver Division, the teams of sophomore Melanie Pavels and freshman Katherine Plessy, sophomore Stephanie Pellitteri and freshman Nina Pellitteri, and senior Mallory Kiley and sophomore Sarah Wickstrom all went 1-0 in the single-elimination tournament.
"Today was the first day where we have really played to our potential," Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. "Everything clicked today. We were strong and consistent. Tomorrow could be long day as each pair could play anywhere from one to four matches.
"Jace and Marija were spectacular today. Marija had a bunch of great blocks and Jace played very inspired. It was a lot of fun. We are looking forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow."
The Seminoles began the day by sweeping the Roadrunners of CSU Bakersfield, winning each match in two sets.
On Court 1, Pavels and Plessy took down CSU Bakersfield's Yan Fu and Debroa Araujo, 21-18, 21-14, while Kiley and Wickstrom flew past Shayna Guitave and Mariah Alvidez on Court 2, 21-12, 21-15.
Pardon teamed with freshman Julie Brown on Court 3 and the pair defeated Molly O'Hagan and Lisa Bartsch, 21-12, 21-15 and the Pellitteri's picked up a victory over Julie Bowen and Danika Youngblood on Court 4, 21-12, 21-15.
Saturday's final day of competition will begin at 10 a.m. PST.
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Results: Florida State 5, CSU Bakersfield 0 Court 1 - FSU Melanie Pavels/Katherine Plessy def. CSU B Yan Fu/Debora Araujo - 21-18, 21-14 Court 2 - FSU Mallory Kiley/Sarah Wickstrom def. CSU B Shayna Guitave/Mariah Alvidez, 21-15, 21-12 Court 3 - FSU Jace Pardon/Julie Brown def. CSU B Molly O'Hagan/Lisa Bartsch - 21-12, 21-15 Court 4 - FSU Stephanie Pellitteri/Nina Pellitteri def. CSU B Julia Bowen/Danika Youngblood - 21-13, 21-15 Court 5 - FSU Jeassica McGregor/Olivera Medic def. CSU B Kelsee Sawyer/Star Tucker Campbell - 21-13, 21-14
Bracket Play Gold Division FSU Pardon/Milosavljevic def. FSU Davis/Yildirim - 24-22, 21-12 FSU Pardon/Milosavljevic def. GC Bowden/Dugan - 21-13, 21-15
Silver Division FSU Kiley/Wickstrom def. GC Chloe Jenkins/Megan Davis - 21-8, 21-13 FSU Pellitteri/Pellitteri def. GC Ausmus/Hiller - 21-12, 21-10 FSU Plessy/Pavels def. GC Spackman/Posse - 21-9, 21-7