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Eagles Capture First Sand Volleyball Victory in Program History
Saturday, March 24, 2012 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast sand volleyball team picked up its first win of the season and went 1-2 on Saturday during Day 1 of competition at the Seminole Sand Battle held at Florida State’s Seminole Sand Volleyball Complex.

The four-team event features USC, FGCU and Stetson along with the host Seminoles.

Florida State captured the team championship by picking up a pair of 5-0 victories over both the Eagles and Stetson before handing the Trojans a 4-1 loss in the day's final match. Over 500 fans showed up throughout the day, as the event was pushed up by two hours to 8 a.m. to start because of storm threats.

Both FGCU and Stetson came into the final match having lost their previous two matches to the Seminoles and USC. The Eagles won their matches on Courts No. 1, 3 and 4 in three sets, before wrapping up their first win in two games on Court 5.

Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) and Karina Mambuca (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS) fought hard and defeated Stetson’s Maren Rygh and Alexa Stonish (14-21, 21-16, 16-14) on Court 1 to put FGCU ahead 1-0.

After the team of Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Marshall) and Jill Hopper (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown HS) dropped their match to the Hatters on Court 2, the Green and Blue responded with their second and third three set victories of the day. The duo of Brooke Kohler (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter HS/Clemson) and Brittany Muse (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS) and the team of Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River HS) and Lindsey Childs (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation HS) defeated SU to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead in the match. FGCU closed out the program’s first team victory on Court No. 5 when Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) and Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani HS) made quick work of Stetson’s Taylor Kennedy and Claudia Kalin and won their matchup in straight-sets (21-17, 21-19).

Sunday's action includes a double-elimination "Gold Bracket" featuring the event's top 10 teams. The bottom 10 teams will play in a single elimination "Silver Division" bracket.

Sunday's action begins at 9 a.m.

Seminole Sand Battle
Dual Team Flight Play
at the Seminole Sand Volleyball Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. - March 24, 2012

Results
FSU - 3-0
USC - 2-1
FGCU - 1-2
Stetson - 0-3

USC 5, Stetson 0
Court 1: Sara Shaw/Geena Urango (USC) def. Julie Bassett/Kaley Melville (Stetson) - 22-20, 21-16
Court 2: Natalie Hagglund/Katie Fuller (USC) def. Maren Rygh/Alexa Stonish (Stetson) - 21-14, 21-13
Court 3: Kelly Irvin/Kirby Burnham (USC) def. Alisha Hoffman/Katie DiGirolamo (Stetson) - 21-16, 21-7
Court 4: Kendall Bateman/Sam Hirschman (USC) def. Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (Stetson) - 21-11, 21-6
Court 5: Megan Thornberry/Kati Duddridge (USC) def. Taylor Story/Claudia Kalin (Stetson) - 21-4, 21-12

FSU 5, FGCU 0
Court 1: Aurora Newgard/Brittany Tiegs (FSU) def. Karina Mambuca/Holly Youngquist (FGCU) - 21-19, 21-7
Court 2: Jekaterina Stepanova/Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Kaitlin Holm/Jill Hopper (FGCU) - 21-9, 21-12
Court 3: Melanie Pavels/Visnja Djurdjevic (FSU) def. Brooke Kohler/Brittany Muse (FGCU) - 21-14, 21-6
Court 4: Stephanie Pellitteri/Mallory Kiley (FSU) def. Lindsey Childs/Olivia Mesner (FGCU) - 21-9, 21-12
Court 5: Jeassica McGregor/Caitlin Haworth (FSU) def. Gigi Meyer/Whitney Masters (FGCU) - 21-6, 21-11

USC 5, FGCU 0
Court 1: Sara Shaw/Geena Urango (USC) def. Karina Mambuca/Holly Youngquist (FGCU) - 21-7, 21-14
Court 2: Natalie Hagglund/Katie Fuller (USC) def. Kaitlin Holm/Jill Hopper (FGCU) - 21-10, 21-11
Court 3: Kelly Irvin/Kirby Burnham (USC) def. Brooke Kohler/Brittany Muse (FGCU) - 21-10, 21-17
Court 4: Sam Hirschman/Kendall Bateman (USC) def. Lindsey Childs/Olivia Mesner (FGCU) - 21-11, 21-10
Court 5: Megan Thornberry/Kati Duddridge (USC) def. Gigi Meyer/Whitney Masters (FGCU) - 21-13, 21-12

FSU 5, Stetson 0
Court 1: Aurora Newgard/Brittany Tiegs (FSU) def. Julie Bassett/Kaley Melville (Stetson) - 21-11, 16-21, 15-6
Court 2: Jekaterina Stepanova/Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Maren Rygh/Alexa Stonish (Stetson) - 21-12, 21-9
Court 3: Visnja Djurdjevic/Melanie Pavels (FSU) def. Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (Stetson) - 21-7, 21-10
Court 4: Stephanie Pellitteri/Mallory Kiley (FSU) def. Claudia Kalin/Taylor Story (Stetson) - 21-16, 21-12
Court 5: Jeassica McGregor/Caitlin Haworth (FSU) def. Ashley Rutherford/Stephanie Marin (Stet. ) - 21-12, 21-10

FGCU 4, Stetson 1
Court 1: Karina Mambuca/Holly Youngquist (FGCU) def. Maren Rygh/Alexa Stonish (Stet.) - 14-21, 21-16, 16-14
Court 2: Julie Bassett/Kaley Melville (Stet.) def. Kaitlin Holm/Jill Hopper (FGCU) - 21-13, 21-12
Court 3: Brooke Kohler/Brittany Muse (FGCU) def. Alisha Hoffman/Katie DiGirolamo (Stet.) - 14-21, 21-17, 15-13
Court 4: Lindsey Childs/Olivia Mesner (FGCU) def. Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (Stetson) - 14-21, 21-10, 15-12
Court 5: Gigi Meyer/Whitney Masters (FGCU) def. Taylor Kennedy/Claudia Kalin (Stetson) - 21-17, 21-19

FSU 4, USC 1
Court 1: Aurora Newgard/Brittany Tiegs (FSU) def. Sara Shaw/Geena Urango (USC) - 21-14, 21-17
Court 2: Jekaterina Stepanova/Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Natalie Hagglund/Katie Fuller (USC) - 21-17, 21-14
Court 3: Melanie Pavels/Visnja Djurdjevic (FSU) def. Kelly Irvin/Kirby Burnham (USC) - 21-19, 14-21, 15-13
Court 4: Sam Hirschman/Kendall Bateman (USC) def. Stephanie Pellitteri/Mallory Kiley (FSU) - 21-6, 21-11
Court 5: Jeassica McGregor/Caitlin Haworth (FSU) def. Megan Thornberry/Kati Duddridge (USC) - 21-10, 21-10

Attendance: 542
Note: Play was moved up and started at 8 a.m. because of the threat of a storm later in the day.