DeLand, Fla. - The Stetson sand volleyball team improved to 4-2 in its inaugural season, edging visiting Webber International 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at the Stetson Sand Volleyball Complex. Prior to the match, Hatter freshmen Julie Bassett (Wadsworth, Ohio) and Alexa Stonish (Stony Brook, N.Y.) were named the first winners of the Atlantic Sun Conference Sand Volleyball Pair of the Week award.
The #3, 4 and 5 pairs were the keys to today's Stetson victory, making up for a pair of close losses to the Warriors at the top of the lineup. Junior Alisha Hoffman (Leesburg, Fla.) and sophomore Katie DiGirolamo (Bradenton, Fla.) rolled to a 21-13, 21-8 win at the 3 seed with freshman Savannah Byl (Bradenton, Fla.) pairing with senior Kaylee Ream (Venice, Fla.) for a 19-21, 21-18, 15-10 comeback victory at the 4 slot. Senior Ashley Rutherford (Satsuma, Fla.) and freshman Taylor Story (Plano, Texas) grabbed a 21-12, 21-15 win at #5 for Stetson's third point.
SEED 1 - Julianne Daugherty/Katie Lindstrom (WIU) def. Julie Bassett/Alexa Stonish (STET) 21-16, 21-17
Bassett - 15 kills, 11 digs; Stonish - 7 digs
SEED 2 - Kristine Monforte/Ashley Naughton (WIU) def. Kaley Melville/Maren Rygh (STET) 21-15, 10-21, 15-10
Melville - 17 kills, 12 digs, 3 aces; Rygh - 8 kills, 13 digs
SEED 3 - Katie DiGirolamo/Alisha Hoffman (STET) def. Whitney Evers/Tanner Garbutt (WIU) 21-13, 21-8
DiGirolamo - 10 kills, 7 digs; Hoffman - 6 kills, 11 digs, 4 aces
SEED 4 - Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (STET) def. Jessica Bryant/Michelle Einzinger (WIU) 19-21, 21-18, 15-10
Byl - 10 kills, 18 digs, 3 aces; Ream - 20 kills, 16 digs, 3 aces
SEED 5 - Ashley Rutherford/Taylor Story (STET) def. Kristina Reeves/Raisa Thorne-Romany (WIU) 21-12, 21-15
Rutherford - 7 kills, 5 aces; Story - 9 kills, 3 aces
EXHIBITION - Claudia Kalin/Stephanie Marin (STET) def. players unknown (WIU) 18-21, 21-12, 15-11
Stetson travels to Tallahassee, Fla. this weekend for a tournament hosted by Florida State. In addition to the host Seminoles, the Hatters will also match up against A-Sun rival FGCU and national indoor powerhouse USC.
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