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Florida State Hits the Road for CofC Sand Classic



April 4, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The fourth-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team hits the road for a two-day dual match competition on Saturday and Sunday at the CofC Sand Classic hosted by the College of Charleston at the sand courts at Creekside in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

The Seminoles will face South Carolina at 8 a.m. on Saturday. FSU swept the Gamecocks, 5-0, last weekend at the Florida State Sand Volleyball Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State will then take on Mercer at 10 a.m.

The Noles kick off Sunday's competition at 8 a.m. versus No. 8 Georgia State and finish against host College of Charleston at 10 a.m.

FSU defeated GSU 4-1 last season. This year the Panthers are 9-3.

College of Charleston brings in a 5-1 record while South Carolina has a record of 4-9 and Mercer is at 7-5.

"We haven't been to Charleston yet, so we are excited to compete there," Florida State assistant coach Brian Corso said. "They have a three-court facility. We are looking forward to continuing to prove we are the best team in the Southeast as well as one of the best teams in the nation. We go out and we play hard. We respect every opponent we play by giving it our best.

"As we come closer to the National Championships, we are focusing on making sure we stay rested along with developing our new teams. We have to cultivate that chemistry. We have to keep competing for those top five spots and we have to stay fresh. The goal is to take care of business in May."

The Seminoles come into this weekend's event with high confidence. FSU holds a 10-1 record and recently won the Florida State Sand Volleyball Invitational on March 29 and 30.

No. 1 tandem of senior Aurora Davis and junior Jace Pardon improved their record to 18-1 on the season and won the Gold bracket pairs tournament at last week's FSU event.

Senior Fatma Yildirim and junior Sarah Wickstrom won the Silver bracket pairs tournament and have a 6-0 record together this season. The duo has impressed head coach Danalee Corso and has moved up into the No. 4 spot for the Seminoles.

Florida State will play its fifth match against a ranked team when it takes on No. 8 Georgia State on Sunday. The Seminoles are 3-1 this season against ranked teams with victories over No. 5 Long Beach State, No. 6 UCLA and No. 7 Florida International. Its lone loss of the season came against No. 1 USC on the road in a close battle, 3-2.

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

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