MIAMI, Fla. – The no. 14 Florida Atlantic University beach volleyball team had a tough day at the FIU Surf and Turf Tournament on Saturday. FAU lost to no. 12 Arizona State and no. 15 FIU by matching 3-2 scores. The Owls are now 18-5 on the year.
Match 1 vs. #12 Arizona State
Four of the five courts required a third set. Ashlan Cunningham and Jazmine Barker gave FAU an early 1-0 lead with a 21-13, 21-14 win on court 5. Brittany Pellitteri and Julia Lewkowicz overcame a first set loss to force a third frame at no. 4, but came up just short of completing the rally, 16-14. Nicole Navarro and Nicole Grant regained the lead with a three-set win. The tandem of Candace Lacour and Gabby Dischler won the first set, but fell victim to a Sun Devil rally on the no. 2 court. The Owls’ top team of Megan Rice and Jessalyn Kinlaw won the first set 26-24, but couldn’t hang on, dropping set three 15-8.
#12 Arizona State 3, #14 Florida Atlantic 2
- Bianca Arellano/Whitney Follette (ASU) def. Megan Rice/Jessalyn Kinlaw (FAU) 24-
26, 21-17, 15-8
- Oluoma Okaro/Madison Berridge (ASU) def. Candace Lacour/Gabby Dischler (FAU)
19-21, 21-12, 15-9
- Nicole Navarro/Nicole Grant (FAU) def. Kwyn Johnson/Frances Giedraitis (ASU) 21-
13, 17-21, 15-12
- Katelyn Carballo/Ellyson Lundberg (ASU) def. Brittany Pellitteri/Julia Lewkowitz
(FAU) 21-16, 15-21, 16-14
- Jazmine Barker/Ashlan Cunningham (FAU) def. Mia Rivera/Sage Patchell (ASU) 21-
Match 2 vs. #15 FIU
Barker and Cunningham lost in straight sets at no. 5, however, Lacour and Dischler won in straight sets at no. 2 to tie the match 1-1. Pellitteri and Lewkowicz came up just at short on court four, allowing the Panthers to take a 2-1 edge. Navarro and Grant swept FIU’s no. 3 tandem, making the meeting of no. 1 teams the decisive point. Rice and Kinlaw lost the first set, then rallied to take the second. In the decisive frame, FIU held on for a 15-11 win.
#15 FIU 3, #14 FAU 2
- Margherita Bianchin/Federica Frasca (FIU) def. Megan Rice/Jessalyn Kinlaw (FAU)
21-15, 18-21, 15-11
- Candace Lacour/Gabby Dischler (FAU) def. Kari Peterson/Taija Thomas (FIU) 21-16,
- Nicole Navarro/Nicole Grant (FAU) def. Estefanie Bethancourt/Anabela Sataric (FIU)
- Katie Hogan/Helene Thelle (FIU) def. Brittany Pellitteri/Julia Lewkowitz (FAU) 21-
14, 21, 19
- Lina Bernier/Natalia Giron (FIU) def. Jazmine Barker/Ashlan Cunningham (FAU) 21-
FAU will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. for the Staybridge Suites Invitational, hosted by Florida State University on April 7-8.