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Seminoles Shine at Sunday Tryout
Aurora Newgard


Aurora Newgard

May 21, 2012

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Less than one month after completing its inaugural season with a third-place performance at the National Championships, the Florida State sand volleyball team was back on the court competing on Sunday.

The Seminoles hosted the USA Volleyball Beach High Performance Tryouts at the Seminole Sand Volleyball Complex.

Over half of the FSU squad was at the tryout, which featured skills tests, drills and live play.

"I thought it went well," FSU head coach Danalee Corso said. "We had 22 participants. It's a great start. We want to establish this tryout as a yearly event in Tallahassee. Members of USA Volleyball came here and were impressed with our facility. Our FSU players do all of the same drills so they were prepared. It was fantastic."

Corso and her husband, Brian, the Noles' assistant coach, ran the tryout along with other USA Volleyball coaches from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The tryout was for top beach volleyball athletes between the ages of 12 and 25 to be selected for the Future Select-U15, Youth-U19, Junior-U21 and Senior A2-U26 national teams that will represent the United States in various national and international competitions including the Beach High Performance Championships on July 18-22 in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Selections will be made at a later date. There are over a dozen tryout sites across the country.

"The tryout went really well," FSU rising sophomore Stephanie Pellitteri said. "It's a lot of the drills we do in practice, so I think we all felt ready for the drills, the training and the skills tests we did today. We started at 9 a.m. with skills testing where they tested our vertical jump and timed our sprints. We did a lot of drills, too. We did team play at the end. This summer, I have been doing our FSU workout two-to-three times a week and playing in tournaments with my sister. I felt prepared."

Pellitteri was joined at the tryout by teammates Lacey Blackman, Mallory Kiley, Jeassica McGregor, Aurora Newgard, Amanda Saxton and Sarah Wickstrom.

For more information on the Florida State sand volleyball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_SVB.

-www.seminoles.com-

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