TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The second-ranked Florida State beach volleyball team (1-0) started the season off with a bang as they earned a 5-0 sweep of ULM Friday afternoon.
The Seminoles took it to the Warhawks with five two set wins and another one coming on the exhibition court. Freshmen Maddie Anderson, Keara Rutz and Liz Waters-Leiga, along with junior Alice Zeimann all won their first matches in the Garnet and Gold.
Pairs four, five and the exhibition pair went off first as the Noles quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Redshirt senior Payton Caffrey and Waters-Leiga got things started for the Noles with a 21-14, 21-11 win out of the four spot. Sophomore Lexi McKeown and Rutz gave the Noles a 2-0 lead heading into the second wave with a huge 21-7 first set win and backed that up with a 21-11 win in the second set.
Florida State jumped out fast in the second wave of matches as well, not allowing ULM to earn more than 13 points in a set. Sophomore Kate Privett along with Anderson clinched the match for the Seminoles with a 21-11, 21-10 win on court three. Senior Molly McBain and junior Alaina Chacon extended the lead to four with a 21-9, 21-13 win on court one. Zeimann and junior Madison Fitzpatrick capped off the sweep for the Noles with a 21-12, 21-12 win on court two.
The Seminoles are back in action tomorrow for day two of the Seminole Beach Bash. The Noles open up the day at 8 am against Houston Baptist. Florida State also takes on Stetson at 11:45 am and TCU at 4:45 pm.
All live stats and results for the Seminole Beach Battle are posted at: https://seminoles.com/2020-seminole-beach-bash/
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#2 Florida State 5, ULM 0
Ext. Jenna Johnson/Ashley Robert (FS) def. Gosen, Ina/Kemp, Allie (ULM) 21-8, 21-12
Florida State 1-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (4,5,3,1,2);