Jan. 28, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While gearing up for the 2014 season, the Florida State sand volleyball team had five players participate at USAV Beach Women's High Performance Tryout Camps.
Senior Aurora Davis, junior Stephanie Pellitteri and sophomore Kristina Pellitteri participated at the camp in Clearwater, Fla., while junior Jace Pardon and freshman Sierra Sanchez attended the camp in Chula Vista, Calif. The camps were held from January 2-5.
"I'm really excited that our girls were able to participate in this USA program," Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. "It's grown a lot. I helped start the program and it has exploded since then. It's great that our players can have a significant part of that team. Also, just getting to train in the winter is obviously great for them as well as the program."
The USAV Beach Women's High Performance Tryout Camp is designed to identify female athletes early in the year who will be invited to participate at their Transition Week Camp which is held May 12-18 in Hermosa Beach, Calif. and ultimately join the various Junior Beach National Team programs. The tryouts were open to all junior, novice and university athletes born between the years of 1989-1995.
The tryouts were led by USA Volleyball Beach CAP certified coaches. Those coaches have experience at the highest level of the beach game. One of the coaches was Jennie Johnson Jordan, who played in the Olympics and won a silver medal at the 1999 Beach Volleyball World Championships.
Besides getting trained by some of the best coaches in the world, the girls were able to compete with some of the best sand volleyball players in the nation.
"I played with the best of the best," Sanchez said. "It's really cool to be able to play and see that you can hang with them."
The tryout was a four-day camp. The first two days were specialized training sessions, where the girls would practice drills. The last two days the athletes competed in games, such as Queen of the Beach. Stephanie Pellitteri ended up winning the Queen of the Beach tournament in the Clearwater camp with partner Jessica Mendoza from Florida International University.
Until recently, the Florida State sand volleyball team took time off from Thanksgiving break until the New Year. The High Performance camp helped the women get back into playing before the season starts in March.
"It gave me time touching the ball and playing in the sand to get my sand legs back," Davis said. "It helped me get used to the pace of the game."
Florida State sand volleyball will have a Garnet and Gold Intersquad match on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Florida State Sand Volleyball Complex. For more information on Florida State sand volleyball, follow the Seminoles on Twitter @FSU_SVB and like their official Facebook page.