West Miami, Fla. - The Georgia State sand volleyball team wrapped up its weekend at the FIU Surf and Turf Tournament with bracket match play on the campus of FIU. Four of Georgia State's five pairs won at least one match today.
After eight hours of team play yesterday, the Panthers hit the FIU sand courts for bracket pairs play.
GSU's pairs finished a combined 3-3 in the 1/2/3 Bracket Group, while the Panther pairs in the 4/5 Group completed play at 1-2. That gave the team a combined 4-5 result in the nine matches played.
The No. 4 and 5 flights took to the sand first. Alexis Elmurr and Molly Smestad, playing in the No. 4 slot, faced off against Tulane's No. 5 team, and won in three sets, 21-18, 18-21, 15-10. They then went on to face FIU's No. 5 duo and lost in two close sets, 21-17 and 23-21.
The Panthers' No. 3 team of Alexis Townsend and Milani Pickering took down Florida Atlantic's No. 1 team in their first round match, winning 23-21, 21-17. They then fell to Tulane's No. 1 team, 21-11 in both sets.
On the opposite side of the bracket, Button and Olivova, the No. 2 pair, took on Tulane's No. 3 pair and came away with the win in two sets, 21-16, 21-17.They then lost to FIU's No. 2 team, 21-8, 21-17.
Georgia State's No. 1 flight of Lane Carico and Katie Madewell made it the farthest in the bracket, appearing in the final four. The duo took down FAU's No. 2 team, 21-10, 21-17. They then played FIU's No. 2 team for a chance to compete in the championship game, but lost in a tight two sets, 21-17, 24-22. FIU's No. 2 team defeated FIU's No. 1 team in the championship game.
Combined with yesterday's four matches and today's individual pairings, most of GSU's teams got in six matches in the two days in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.
Georgia State will return home to host the Georgia State Sand Invitational on April 6 and 7. Florida State, Louisiana-Monroe and Tulane will travel to Atlanta to compete at the GSU Sand Volleyball Complex.
A Photo Album from this trip was shot by athletic trainer Anne Bryan.
No. 1/2/3 Bracket Results
L. Carico/K. Madewell (GSU) def. A. Pizzocheri/J. Jovanic (FAU), 21-10, 21-17
J. Mendoza/M. Samoday (FIU) def. L. Carico/K. Madewell (GSU), 21-17, 24-22
A. Townsend/M. Pickering (GSU) def. I. Arboleda/M. Evans (FAU), 23-21, 21-17
C. Marton/S. Asprey (TUL) def. A. Townsend/M. Pickering (GSU), 21-11, 21-11
J. Button/S. Olivova (GSU) def. A. Badawi/J. Wegner (TUL), 21-16, 21-17
J. Mendoza/M. Samoday (FIU) def. J. Button/S. Olivova (GSU), 21-8, 21-17
No. 4/5 Bracket Results
O. Utt/M. Moore (TUL) def. K. Kavanaugh/K. Hufstetler (GSU), 21-9, 21-18
M. Smestad/A. Elmurr (GSU) def. E. Jackson/M. Jovic (TUL), 21-18, 18-21, 15-10
J. Gehrke/L. Duffy (FIU) def. M. Smestad/A. Elmurr (GSU), 21-17, 23-21