In a rare tripleheader on Saturday, the Stetson sand volleyball team won twice, defeating both Jacksonville and UAB by identical 3-2 scores before falling to third-ranked Florida State 5-0 at the JU Easter Sand Volleyball Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Hatters (9-7, 3-1 A-Sun) opened the day with a key A-Sun win over conference foe Jacksonville. One day after falling to the Dolphins 3-2, Stetson returned the favor, winning at the no. 3, 4, and 5 positions. Katie DiGirolamo and Jordan Dierickx picked up the decisive win at the no. 3 spot, winning 15-9 in a third-set tiebreak.
Stetson also avenged an earlier loss this season to UAB, topping the Blazers at the no. 2, 3, and 5 pairs. Maren Rygh and Savannah Byl earned a 2-1 win at the no. 2 spot, winning 15-12 in the third set. Alisha Hoffman and Catherine Coston also picked up a three-set victory at the no. 3 spot, taking the decisive frame 16-14.
Hoffman and Coston finished the weekend with a 4-1 mark.
Stetson's no. 1 pair of Julie Bassett and Kaley Melville nearly toppled Florida State's top pair before falling in three sets 17-21, 21-16, 15-13.
"I am real proud of the team for bouncing back and getting an important conference win and region win today," Stetson head coach Tim Loesch said. "Although we did not win against Florida State, our top two pairs of Julie Bassett and Kaley Melville and Savannah Byl and Maren Rygh played extremely well against two of the top pairs in the nation."
The Hatters are back home at 2 p.m. Wednesday to take on the UNF Ospreys in a key A-Sun doubleheader.
MATCH 1: STETSON 3, JACKSONVILLE 2
#1: Taylor Nyquist/Sammie Strausbaugh (JU) def. Kaley Melville/Julie Bassett (Stet) 21-18, 21-10
#2: Kendall Courtney/Niatha Cullen (JU) def. Savannah Byl/Maren Rygh (Stet) 21-16, 21-11
#3: Katie DiGirolamo/Jordann Dierickx (Stet) def. Gabriela Roman/Alyssa Robertson (JU) 15-21, 21-14, 15-9
#4: Catherine Coston/Alisha Hoffman (Stet) def. Emily Laskelle/Nicole Teplitz (JU) 21-15, 21-11
#5: Taylor Kennedy/Kendale Speyerer (Stet) def. Thalya Pagan/Kylie Jacob (JU) 21-9, 21-18
MATCH 2: STETSON 3, UAB 2
#1: Kiriana Hirini/Bethanie Thomas (UAB) def. Kaley Melville / Julie Bassett (Stet) 22-20, 21-16
#2: Maren Rygh/Savannah Byl (Stet) def. Ally Slaughter/Kirsten Gallagher (UAB) 22-20, 18-21, 15-12
#3: Alisha Hoffman/Catherine Coston (Stet) def. Alison Woods/Sam Serley (UAB) 21-16, 18-21, 16-14
#4: Rachel Fairbanks/Sara Rishelle (UAB) def. Katie DiGirolamo/Jordann Dierickx (Stet) 17-21, 21-15, 15-13
#5: Erin Robertson/Erika White (Stet) def. Becca Howard/Sam Skinner (UAB) 21-14, 21-15
MATCH 3: FLORIDA STATE 5, STETSON 0
#1: Aurora Davis/Fatma Yildirim (FSU) def. Kaley Melville/Julie Bassett (Stet) 17-21, 21-16, 15-13
#2: Jace Pardon/Marija Milosavljevic (FSU) def. Maren Rygh/Savannah Byl (Stet) 21-16, 21-16
#3: Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels (FSU) def. Alisha Hoffman/Catherine Coston (Stet) 21-16, 21-5
#4: Kristina Pelliterri/Stephanie Pelliterri (FSU) def. Katie DiGirolamo/Jordann Dierickx (Stet) 21-8, 21-9
#5: Mallory Kiley/Jessica McGregor (FSU) def. Erin Robertson/Erika White (Stet) 21-12, 21-9