Jacksonville, Fla. - The Stetson sand volleyball team (9-8) wrapped up the team portion of the inaugural Atlantic Sun Conference Championships on Saturday, defeating host Jacksonville 3-2 and shutting out Mercer 5-0 to claim second place in the five-team round-robin event. The Hatters completed their inaugural season with a winning record.
Three Stetson pairs claimed two wins each on the day against the Dolphins and Bears: #1 seeds Julie Bassett/Kaley Melville, #3 seeds Alisha Hoffman/Claudia Kalin and #4 seeds Katie DiGirolamo and Stephanie Marin. DiGirolamo and Marin went 4-0 as a duo in the team portion after wins yesterday against UNF and FGCU.
STETSON 3, JACKSONVILLE 2
#1 seed - Julie Bassett/Kaley Melville (STET) def. Kendall Courtney/Cari Whitmire (JU) 21-14, 21-12
#2 seed - Kathryn Kane/Sammie Strausbaugh (JU) def. Maren Rygh/Alexa Stonish (STET) 21-16, 21-12
#3 seed - Alisha Hoffman/Claudia Kalin (STET) def. Niatha Cullen/Nicole Teplitz (JU) 21-16, 21-12
#4 seed - Katie DiGirolamo/Stephanie Marin (STET) def. Allison Loeppky/Chelsea Sanderson (JU) 21-12, 25-27, 15-12
#5 seed - Jenna Orner/Alyssa Robertson (JU) def. Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (STET) 21-23, 21-14, 17-15
STETSON 5, MERCER 0
#1 seed - Julie Bassett/Kaley Melville (STET) def. Jamie Duffy/Cassie Roy (MER) 21-16, 21-16
#2 seed - Maren Rygh/Alexa Stonish (STET) def. Jenn Katona/Monica Sanchez (MER) 22-20, 21-13
#3 seed - Alisha Hoffman/Claudia Kalin (STET) def. Caroline Carlton/Emily Rochefort (MER) 21-17, 23-21
#4 seed - Katie DiGirolamo/Stephanie Marin (STET) def. Layna Braxton/Madison Petsos (MER) 21-12, 21-7
#5 seed - Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (STET) def. Erin Brett/Lizzie Knapper (MER) 21-11, 21-10
Other Saturday results - FGCU def. Mercer 4-1; UNF def. FGCU 3-2; UNF def. Jacksonville 3-2; final standings - UNF 4-0; Stetson 3-1; FGCU 2-2; Jacksonville 1-3; Mercer 0-4
The A-Sun Championships conclude tomorrow with single-elimination flight play at each of the five seeds.
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