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FSU Hosts Sand Volleyball Event Saturday and Sunday



March 28, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The fourth-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team will host Jacksonville, LSU and South Carolina this weekend for a two-day event featuring dual matches on Saturday and bracket play on Sunday at the FSU Sand Volleyball Complex.

The Seminoles are scheduled to open the event against South Carolina at 10 a.m. on Saturday and will also face LSU at 12 p.m. and Jacksonville at 3 p.m.

LSU will meet Jacksonville at 11 a.m., South Carolina will match-up against Jacksonville at 1 p.m. and LSU will challenge South Carolina at 4 p.m.

Bracket play will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday with the Silver Bracket Final scheduled for 2:15 p.m. and the Gold Bracket Final scheduled for 3 p.m.

Match times are subject to change. Follow @FSU_SVB on twitter and check Seminoles.com for updates.

Free sunglasses will be given to the first 150 students who arrive at the match on Saturday and pink t-shirts will be available for a $10 donation as part of the Seminoles' annual "Paint it Pink" promotion.

"It's nice to compete at home," Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. "We have one of the best sites around. We have great courts. Hopefully we'll get a nice crowd cheering for us as well. Its exciting facing new teams each year and seeing the sport grow. LSU is new this year and they will be a wildcard this weekend."

LSU bring s 2-4 record this season to Tallahassee, while the Gamecocks have a 4-6 mark and Jacksonville is 3-10.

The Seminoles are 7-1 and have arguably the nation's strongest top three positions. Senior Aurora Davis and junior Jace Pardon have played at the No. 1 position all season and are 13-1. Davis was an All-American in 2012, while Pardon nabbed All-America honors in 2013.

Junior Stephanie Pellitteri and her sister, sophomore Kristina Pellitteri, are 10-3 at positions Nos. 2-3 this spring. The pair has only lost to one duo outside of FSU teammates in two years.

Junior Melanie Pavels and sophomore Julie Brown have also split time between Courts Nos. 2-3 this season and have combined for a 9-5 dual mark. They competed in the National Championship Pair Tournament last season.

Corso is still trying to fine-tune the backend of the lineup and is expected to start sophomore Annie Montgomery and freshman Julia Thompson on Court 4 and senior Fatma Yildirm and junior Sarah Wickstrom on Court 5.

"We have a lot of depth, and that's obviously a great thing," Corso said. "We have a young team. We are still trying to perfect it. Luckily we have a lot of talent on this team. We scrimmage against each other a lot and I think that competition brings out the best in everybody. That's a big part of our success. It makes everybody work harder and improve."

Montgomery and Thompson had breakout performances last weekend in Panama City, picking up four wins.

Yildirim and Wickstrom are both veterans who have found success on both the indoor courts and sand courts. Yildirim was an indoor All-American outside hitter in 2012 and is in her third year with the sand team.

Wickstrom played at the No. 1 position at the end of 2013 and captured All-America honors. She is also the starting setter on the FSU indoor team.

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

-www.seminoles.com-

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