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Junior Sarah Wickstrom


Junior Sarah Wickstrom

April 11, 2014

SIESTA KEY, Fla. - The fourth-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team finished its dual-match regular season with victories over Webber International, 4-1, and Tulane, 5-0, on Day 1 of the Fiesta on Siesta Key event.

The Seminoles improved their dual-match record to 16-1 on the season and remain undefeated all-time (since 2012) against schools on the East Coast.

"It was one of our goals to be the best team on the East Coast," Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. "To end another season undefeated against schools in our region, it is exciting for our players and staff to be able to do that."

Florida State was able to rest some key players in its first match against Webber International and was still able to come out victorious.

"We had a partner change in the Webber International match to rest players because this weekend is such a marathon," Corso said.

All-American junior Jace Pardon and junior Stephanie Pellitteri sat out against the Warriors which switched up the Seminoles' lineup slightly.

All-American senior Aurora Davis was paired up with sophomore Kristina Pellitteri for the first time all season and fell to Tulane's Helene Rancourt and Karowlina Sowala, 22-20, 22-20.

Pardon and Pellitteri were back in their normal roles in FSU's second match against Tulane as the Seminoles rolled over the Green Wave.

Davis teamed back up with her normal partner Jace Pardon and cruised to victory over Tea Juric and Jackie Wegner 21-13, 21-18 on court 1. The All-American duo is now 23-1 on the season.

Senior Fatma Yildirim and junior Sarah Wickstrom continue to stay perfect while fighting to move up on the depth chart. Yildirim and Wickstrom won both matches with ease, defeating Tara Sandbeck and Liz Eddy of Webber International, 21-14, 21-10, and making quick work of Hannah Holmes and Annie Shurtz of Tulane, 21-16, 21-17. Yildirim and Wickstrom are an impressive 12-0 on the season when playing together.

"This is Fatma's venue," Corso said. "She plays significantly better at Siesta Key because the beach is so flat. The flatter beach makes it easier for indoor volleyball players. She was an All-American indoor player and this venue allows her to show off her indoor skills."

The battle for the fifth spot is increasingly becoming tighter as the AVCA National Championships approach. The tandem of sophomore Annie Montgomery and freshman Julia Thompson finished 2-0 on the day after dropping the first set in their match against Tulane's Sarah Strasner and Miah Diirell, 17-21. Montgomery and Thompson were able to keep their composure and win the next two sets and clinch the sweep of the Green Wave.

The freshmen pair of Hailey Luke and Sierra Sanchez have now won four dual-matches in a row after defeating Webber International's Alida Schat and Brittany Mock, 21-15, 21-17.

"It is great to pull through in tight matches," Corso said. "Three of the four competing are freshmen, and the best way to learn is through losses and fighting back. These are the future stars of our program and we have to keep grooming them."

FSU will begin its defense of back-to-back Fiesta on Siesta Team Cup titles Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m.

For more information visit Seminoles.com and follow the Florida State sand volleyball team's official twitter account @FSU_SVB.


Results:

#4 Florida State 4, Webber International 1
1.) Helene Rancourt-Karowlina Sowala def. Aurora Davis-Kristina Pellitteri 22-20, 22-20
2.) Sarah Wickstrom-Fatma Yildirim def. Tara Sandbeck-Liz Eddy 21-14, 21-10
3.) Melanie Pavels-Julie Brown def. Katie Lindstrom-Taylor Eiken 21-18, 21-15
4.) Annie Montgomery-Julia Thompson def. Briawna Mueller-Bethany Taylor 23-21, 21-15
5.) Hailey Luke-Sierra Sanchez def. Alida Schat-Brittany Mock 21-15, 21-17

#4 Florida State 5, Tulane 0
1.) Jace Pardon-Aurora Davis def. Tea Juric-Jackie Wegner 21-13, 21-18
2.) Stephanie Pellitteri-Kristina Pellitteri def. Annie Shurtz-Hannah Holmes 21-13, 21-17
3.) Sarah Wickstrom-Fatma Yildirim def. Hannah Holmes-Anna Wruck 21-16, 21-7
4.) Melanie Pavels-Julie Brown def. Courtney Liddle-Olivia Utt 21-14, 21-19
5.) Annie Montgomery-Julia Thompson def. Sarah Strasner-Miah Diirell 17-21, 22-20, 15-9

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