Noles Wrap Up Garnet & Gold Exhibition

TVT Junior Beach alumni, Tory Paranagua, has a big preseason win at FSU!  This will be Tory’s second season playing beach volleyball at Florida State University.  Go Tory!

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Beach Volleyball team held its first live action of 2016 with the Garnet & Gold exhibition match on the Seminole Beach Volleyball Courts. All five courts were in action as 11 different teams were featured on Friday night under first year head coach Brooke Niles.

“I saw a lot of great things tonight so it makes my job that much harder when it comes to picking teams to compete next weekend,” said Niles. “But this is what I’ve expected all preseason as everyone has stepped up to the plate, so I’m excited to put some line-ups together and get on our way to Arizona and then California.”

In first round action, three of the five courts went two sets including victories by Jace Pardon/Julie Brown, Nina Pellitteri/Tory Paranagua and Sierra Sanchez/Vanessa Freire. Courts three and five went the distance with the teams of Annie Montgomery/Kayla Joyce and Cecilie Woie/Katie Horton coming out on top.

All five courts were decided in two sets in the second round with Pellitteri/Paranagua defeating Brown/Pardon 21-19, 21-18 on court one.

“For the girls, it was fun to go out there and compete,” added Niles. “We’ve been practicing for a long time, so being able to put on that uniform, play in front of some fans and in a different environment was good for us all.”

Florida State will conclude its exhibition weekend with an alumni match on Saturday, February 27. Some of the alumni returning to face one another on Saturday include Aurora Davis (’14), Katie Mosher (’15), Taylor Nyquist (’15), Melanie Pavels (’15) and Lacey Blackman (’12). The alumni match is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Admission to all beach volleyball matches are free of charge.

The Seminoles open the 2016 season on Friday, March 4 against South Carolina in Tempe, Ariz., at the Sun Devil Challenge.

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LSU Beach Volleyball Signs Four to the 2016 Class

TVT Junior Beach athlete, Taylor Bradley, signs with LSU to play Beach Volleyball!  Taylor will start at LSU in the Fall of 2016.  Go Taylor!

BATON ROUGE, LA-The LSU beach volleyball team announced four new commitments for the 2016 recruiting class as Claire Coppola, Taylor Bradley, Kristen Nuss and Olivia Powers all signed their letters of intent earlier this week. The four will be eligible to compete next season.

“We’re really excited about this class,” said coach Russell Brock. “I think we got a great blend of size and athleticism and a good balance of defenders and blockers. We feel like we have four players who can impact our program for four years. They’re all very different, but they all have unique abilities and great talent and huge upside. We’re excited to get them in and have them contribute to help make us a better program right away.”

Claire Coppola, a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, competed nationally at the AAU SOCAL Championships where she qualified for the PanAm Games. Coppola also took first in the AAU Arizona Regionals and the Las Vegas Pursuit.

“I always wanted to go to a big school with big sports, but when I met the coaches and saw the family atmosphere at LSU, I knew I wanted to be a Tiger,” said Coppola.

Taylor Bradley from Round Rock, Texas, made Second Team All-District and garnered two-time Academic All-District player honors.

“The thing that influenced me the most to come to LSU was the coaching staff,” explained Bradley. “Everyone is so positive and you know that they are going to push you to be your best every day.”

New Orleans native Kristen Nuss was the LHSAA Division I MVP as well as a state champion and Gatorade Player of the Year candidate in indoor volleyball.

“As long as I can remember, I always wanted to attend LSU. Now, to be given the opportunity to play beach volleyball is an absolute dream.”

Olivia Powers from Merrit Island Christian School in Florida broke school records in blocks and kills, received 2014 First Team All-County honors and helped her team claim district four years in a row.

“The biggest influence for me was the players and the coaching staff,” said Powers. “I just loved the atmosphere of the whole school and the facilities they offered.”

For the latest information on LSU Sand Volleyball, fans can follow the Tigers on Twitter and Instagram @LSUbeachVB and @RussLSUbeach, or on Facebook by liking LSU beach volleyball.

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