LakePoint, Ga. - No. 13 Stetson finished 3-1 this week after dropping a close competition with No. 8 Georgia State, FGCU moved to 6-1 on the year and Jacksonville swept at home in this week's ASUN Conference Beach Volleyball action.
No. 13 Stetson faced a top-15 ranked opponent for the sixth time on Saturday, as the Hatters hosted the Stetson Beach Invitational in DeLand, Fla. Stetson started the weekend with Friday sweeps of Morehead State and Jacksonville State, dropping just a single set on the day before meeting No. 8 Georgia State the following morning. The Hatters fell 3-2 to the Panthers, winning at the second and third seeds. The tiebreaking decision would be placed on the shoulders of the two teams' top pairings as Kristin Lind and Darby Dunn fell in a three set battle, losing the finale in extra points at 27-25. The Hatters bounced back with a 4-1 victory over a New Mexico squad who received votes in the most recent AVCA poll. In their 2017 debut as partners Samantha Harris and Maggie Skelbred went 3-0 while making appearances in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 spots.
FGCU started the week with a doubleheader sweep of in-state opponent Eckerd College by scores of 4-1 and 5-0. Top pairing Mackenzie Allen and Amanda Carroll won both of their matches in straight sets while Katie Puisis and Karissa Rhoades move to 3-0 from the No. 3 spot. The Eagles posted another three wins in the prevailing weekend, dropping UAB 5-0 while beating Houston Baptist and Spring Hill College by counts of 3-2. Allen and Carroll continued their dominance with three set wins in both of FGCU's Saturday matches versus HBU and the Blazers. Number five pairing Caroline Jordan and Halie Wekmeister were 3-0 on the weekend before heading into a matchup with No. 10 South Carolina, where the Gamecocks shutout the Eagles 5-0 with the top three pairs all going to three sets.
The Dolphins swept visiting Morehead State in a pair of Monday contests. JU allowed the Eagles to just claim one set in a pair of 5-0 victories, gaining its first home wins of the 2017 campaign. After spending the majority of the year alongside Vanessa Richards, Katie Krawczyk combined with Jizzyan Gesualdo in the No. 3 spot, as the two finished both their matches in straight sets and allowed their opponents to break the 10-point barrier for just a single frame.
2016 ASUN Beach Volleyball Pair of the Year Katarina Raicevic and Courtney Miller finished 3-0 in North Florida's opening day of the LSU hosted Tiger Challenge. The Ospreys took a 3-2 decision over UAB before falling to Tulane 4-1 and beating Spring Hill College by the same count later that afternoon. Miller and Raicevic competed at the number one seed during day two as UNF were on the losing sides of matchups with Houston Baptist and No. 8 LSU.
Coastal Carolina was held to a single match win in its season opener against No. 10 South Carolina on Tuesday, as Natasa Savovic and Tahleia Bishop claimed the lone win in their first appearance as a pairing. The Chanticleers lost a pair to UNC Wilmington later in the week with Carla Cahill and Sara Boothe getting a morning match win at the No. 3 seed.
Jacksonville will host a second doubleheader against Jacksonville State on Wednesday while North Florida plays a pair with Spring Hill in Mobile, Ala. FGCU will take to arms versus Webber International for the second time in 2017 and Mercer gets back to work at the Charleston Beach Invitational after taking the previous week off.
Tuesday March 14th Scores
Coastal Carolina 1, No. 10 South Carolina 4; Box Score
Saturday March 18th Scores
North Florida 3, UAB 2; Box Score
No. 12 Stetson 4, New Mexico 1; Box Score
North Florida 4, Spring Hill College 1; Box Score
FGCU 5, UAB 0
FGCU 3, Houston Baptist 2
No. 12 Stetson 2, No. 8 Georgia State 3; Box Score
Coastal Carolina 1, UNC Wilmington 4
Coastal Carolina 0, UNC Wilmington 5
North Florida 1, Tulane 4; Box Score
Wednesday March 22nd Schedule
Jacksonville vs. Jacksonville State - 12 PM
Jacksonville vs. Jacksonville State - 2 PM
North Florida vs. Spring Hill (Ala.) - 3 PM
FGCU vs. Webber International - 4 PM
North Florida vs. Spring Hill (Ala.) - 5:30 PM