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Beach Volleyball Drops a Pair of Close Decisions at FIU Surf and Turf Invitational
April 1, 2017

Final Stats

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

  1. Bianca Arellano/Whitney Follette (ASU) def. Megan Rice/Jessalyn Kinlaw (FAU) 24-

26, 21-17, 15-8

  1. Oluoma Okaro/Madison Berridge (ASU) def. Candace Lacour/Gabby Dischler (FAU)

19-21, 21-12, 15-9

  1. Nicole Navarro/Nicole Grant (FAU) def. Kwyn Johnson/Frances Giedraitis (ASU) 21-

13, 17-21, 15-12

  1. Katelyn Carballo/Ellyson Lundberg (ASU) def. Brittany Pellitteri/Julia Lewkowitz

(FAU) 21-16, 15-21, 16-14

  1. Jazmine Barker/Ashlan Cunningham (FAU) def. Mia Rivera/Sage Patchell (ASU) 21-

13, 21-14


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

  1. Margherita Bianchin/Federica Frasca (FIU) def. Megan Rice/Jessalyn Kinlaw (FAU)

21-15, 18-21, 15-11

  1. Candace Lacour/Gabby Dischler (FAU) def. Kari Peterson/Taija Thomas (FIU) 21-16,


  1. Nicole Navarro/Nicole Grant (FAU) def. Estefanie Bethancourt/Anabela Sataric (FIU)

22-20, 21-19

  1. Katie Hogan/Helene Thelle (FIU) def. Brittany Pellitteri/Julia Lewkowitz (FAU) 21-

14, 21, 19

  1. Lina Bernier/Natalia Giron (FIU) def. Jazmine Barker/Ashlan Cunningham (FAU) 21-

16, 21-19


FAU will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. for the Staybridge Suites Invitational, hosted by Florida State University on April 7-8.

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