Florida State Suffers First 2 Losses of 2017 as West Rolls East (3/12)

  0 Braden Keith | March 13th, 2017 | ASUN Conference, Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, Division II, Division III, Independents, News, Pac-12, West Coast Conference

The second week of the second season of full-blown NCAA beach volleyball saw a substantive geographic shift to the western United States, where the sport lives and thrives in its greatest numbers.

At the southern California East Meets West showdown, West finished the weekend with a 13-3 record, thanks in large parts to dual defeats of lasts year’s national runners-up from Florida State.

The day started for the Seminoles with a 3-2 loss to #3 Pepperdine. That was followed by a 3-2 revenge-defeat at the hands of #4 UCLA, who were knocked out of the NCAA tournament last year by Florida State in the semi-finals.

“Our team played tough today and we lost some close matches to some good teams,” Florida State head coach Brooke Niles said of the team’s first two losses of the season. “There are a lot of things that we need to work, especially on our side of the net.”

As bad of a day as it was for the Seminoles, Pepperdine had an equally-good day. Besides beating the #2 team in the country Florida State, they also bested #7 Georgia State. The Waves are now 4-0 this season, with all 4 wins coming against top-7 ranked opponents.

In the first game, against Florida State, Pepperdine lost at the #3 and #5 lines. When they played Georgia State, they left Skylar Caputa/Heidi Dyer in at 3 (they lost again), but swapped in sophomore Kaity Bailey and senior Sarah Seiber to the 5 spot for their first action of the season. The two responded and picked up a straight-set (21-11, 21-18) win over Georgia State’s Amie Held and Allie Elson in the second game.

Elsewhere, Arizona finished the Arizona St. tournament undefeated – which included avenging their loss from the opening weekend against arch rivals the Sun Devils.

Arizona State still won both the 1 and 2 lines in the rematch, but a shakeup at the 5 line was the difference maker for the Wilcats. They teamed up Brooke Burling with Halli Amaro, and got a 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) sweep over Sydney Palmer/Bethany Wedepohl, as compared  to a 2-0 loss the week before with Natalie Anselmo and Tyler Spriggs on the anchor line.

Full Results From Sunday, March 12th

Winning Team Losing Team Score Winning Team Recap Losing Team Recap
#4 UCLA #2 Florida State 3-2 Link Link
#3 Pepperdine #2 Florida St. 3-2 Link Link
#3 Pepperdine #7 Georgia State 4-1 Link Link
#4 UCLA #7 Georgia State 5-0 Link Link
#6 LBSU #10 LSU 3-2 Link Link
#8 Arizona New Mexico 4-1 Link Link
#8 Arizona Texas A&M Kingsville 5-0 Link Link
#10 LSU Cal Poly 5-0 Link Link
#11 Grand Canyon UAB 4-1 Link Link
#11 Grand Canyon Mercer 4-1 Link Link
Cal Poly #12 FIU 4-1 Link Link
LBSU #12 FIU 3-2 Link Link
#12 Arizona State New Mexico 3-2 Link Link
#12 Arizona State Texas A&M Kingsville 5-0 Link Link
#15 South Carolina Jacksonville 5-0 Link Link
#15 South Carolina UAB Snowout Link Link
Florida Atlantic Houston Baptist 4-1 Link Link
Spring Hill ULM 3-2 Link Link
Boise State Sacremento St. 5-0 Link Link
Tulane Houston Baptist 5-0 Link Link
Tulane Jacksonville St. 5-0 Link Link
Tulane Spring Hill 5-0 Link Link
Pacific Utah 3-2 Link Link
Pacific San Francisco 5-0 Link Link
Utah San Francisco 5-0 Link Link
Mercer Jacksonville 5-0 Link Link
Florida Atlantic Jacksonville St. 5-0 Link Link
Spring Hill New Orleans 3-2 Link Link
New Orleans Austin Peay 5-0 Link Link
Austin Peay Huntingdon 5-0 Link Link
ULM Eckerd 4-1 Link Link
Eckerd Huntingdon 5-0 Link Link

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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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