The Stetson sand volleyball team enjoyed a successful day of competition at the Fiesta on Siesta Key tournament on Saturday.
"We had a great second day today," head coach Kristina Hernandez said. "I was really happy with the play of all our pairs."
Stetson duos played in two different competitions in the tournament. In the Fiesta Pairs competition, the top two seeds from each team competed in pool play with regular scoring. Kaley Melville and Kaylee Anderson were one of the pairs that represented Stetson in this division.
"Mel and Kaylee were strong in the pairs competition pool play and went 3-0" Hernandez said. "They were steady the whole way."
Anderson and Melville were the only pair from Stetson to go undefeated for the day. The duo downed teams from North Florida, South Carolina, and Florida Atlantic to earn first place in their pool for the day.
Savannah Byl and Catherine Coston were the other team to compete for Stetson in the Fiesta Pairs. In their first match of the day, the pair nearly defeated North Florida's top seed of Dagnija Medina and Kimberley Hildreth and only lost in extra points in both sets (27-25, 26-24). Byl and Coston dropped two more hard-fought matches against teams from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and South Carolina.
"Cat and Savannah played some tough new competition, but they hung in. A few points just didn't go our way in tight sets," Hernandez explained.
Stetson's other pairs contended in the Team Cup portion of the tournament. This competition featured pool and bracket formats in which teams played one set to 25.
Several duos shined early on during pool play. Taylor Kennedy and Claudia Kalin along with Julie Bassett and Rachael Farrell went 3-0 in their pools.
"They were tough competitors and even though they drop the 1st round in bracket play they showed a lot fight today," Hernandez said.
After pool play, competition was divided into four single-elimination brackets. Stetson had pairs compete in the top three brackets of gold, silver, and bronze. The Hatters also performed well in bracket play as four out of the seven duos advanced to the second round, including Creamer and Lind in the gold, Rygh and Dierickx as well as Marin and Tormey in the silver, and DiGirolamo and Speyerer in the bronze.
"I was really proud of our composure and heart in those rounds," Hernandex said of the pairs. "They were tight games, and they all worked hard for every point to the end."
Hernandez was proud of the team's performance on the second day of the Fiesta on Siesta Key.
"Overall, we had a competitive day as a team," Hernandez explained. "All of our pairs played extremely well, especially against some familiar conference teams and new teams we haven't seen before. I am excited to continue play tomorrow and see how far all our pairs can go."
The tournament will continue at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Stetson will honor their seniors at 8:00 a.m. before competition begins.