April 12, 2013
SIESTA KEY, Fla. -The No. 3-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team breezed past Florida Gulf Coast and Webber International on Friday, sweeping both teams in dual action on Day 1 of the Fiesta on Siesta.
The Seminoles improved to 13-2 in duals on the season and dropped only two sets during the two matches held on the beaches of Siesta Key.
FSU will begin its defense of last year's Fiesta on Siesta Team Cup and Pairs Cup championships on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m.
"Tomorrow is really going to be a challenge," Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. "It was great to be out here today to get some experience playing in this sand. We had a great day. We had many of our reserves and some of the new indoor players compete against Webber. They all played well and we swept them. They stepped up today and I'm very proud of them.
"Against FGCU, I thought Katherine (Plessy) and Aurora (Davis) were phenomenal. They are still a new team, but they keep getting better and better and they have great chemistry. For Aurora, this is her home court and she really elevates her game."
Davis, a junior, and Plessy, a freshman, annihilated FGCU's Olivia Mesner and Lindsey Childs, 21-8, 21-9, to lead FSU to the 5-0 victory in the afternoon.
Sophomores Jace Pardon and Sarah Wickstrom (Court 1), sophomore Stephanie Pellitteri and her sister freshman Nina Pellitteri (Court 4) and senior Mallory Kiley and junior Jeassica McGregor (Court 5) also soared past the Eagles in two sets, while sophomore Melanie Pavels and Julie Brown won in three sets on Court 2, capturing the final frame with a score of 15-4.
Pavels and Brown also swept their Webber opponents on Court 1 in the morning en route to the other 5-0 Noles' win.
Joining them with victories against the Lady Warriors were senior Fatma Yildirim and junior Olivera Media (Court 2), freshmen Blyss Harkness and Plessy (Court 3), freshmen Sarah Burrington and sophomore Katie Mosher (Court 4) and freshmen Alexis Ryan and Kayla Joyce (Court 5).
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Results: Florida State 5, Webber International 0 Court 1 - FSU Melanie Pavels/Julie Brown def. WU Adelke Buede/Breanna Evoy, 21-16, 21-10 Court 2 - FSU Fatma Yildirim/Oli Medic def. WU Juliane Dougherty/Katie Lindstrom, 21-17, 16-21, 15-11 Court 3 - FSU Blyss Harkness/Katherine Plessy def. WU Alida Schat/Taylor Eiken, 27-25, 21-14 Court 4 - FSU Sarah Burrington/Katie Mosher def. WU Elizabeth Eddy/Gabriela Olivera, 21-11, 21-14 Court 5 - FSU Alexis Ryan/Kayla Joyce def. Tanner Garbutt/Brittany Mock, 21-16, 22-20
Florida State 5, FGCU 0 Court 1 - FSU Jace Pardon/Sarah Wickstrom def. FGCU Brooke Kohler/Brittany Muse, 21-10, 21-15 Court 2 - FSU Melanie Pavels/Julie Brown def. FGCU Kaitlin Holm/Whitney Masters, 15-21, 21-11, 15-4 Court 3 - FSU Aurora Davis/Katherine Plessy def. FGCU Olivia Mesner/Lindsey Childs, 21-8, 21-9 Court 4 - FSU Stephanie and Nina Pellitteri def. FGCU Chris Pinder/Liga Strautniece, 21-10, 21-7 Court 5 - FSU Mallory Kiley/Jeassica McGregor def. FGCU Jill Hopper Gigi Meyer, 21-5, 21-13