What you need to know:
* No. 9 Georgia State (26-8, 6-4 CCSA) advanced to the CCSA Championship, but came up short against No. 3 Florida State.
* The Panthers will have to wait till May 1 when the NCAA will announce the eight teams that receive NCAA Tournament bids.
* The NCAA Tournament will be held in Gulf Shores, Ala. May 6-8.
EMERSON, Ga. (CCSA) – Ninth-ranked Georgia State defeated LSU in the semifinals Sunday morning, but lost to No. 3 Florida State in the championship match at the inaugural CCSA Beach Volleyball Championships at Lakepoint Sports Complex.
The Seminoles secured the first CCSA Championship trophy with a 3-0 win over the Georgia State Panthers. FSU won four of the five first sets to set the tone in the Championship match. CCSA All-Tournament team selection Sierra Sanchez and Vanessa Freire secured the first point of the match with a straight-set win (26-24, 21-12) at the No. 3 position. CCSA Pair of the Tournament, Julie Brown and Jace Pardon, followed suit with a hard fought straight-set win (21-16, 21-19) over Jansen Button and Sara Olivova to give the Noles a 2-0 lead.
The other three matches all went to three sets as the Panthers looked for a big comeback to get back into the dual. The match clinching point came down to Court No. 5 where CCSA Co-Freshman of the Year Nikki Esposito and Hailey Luke faced Alexis Townsend and Chloe Cook. In the third and final set, Esposito and Luke got off to a quick start to take a three point lead. After trading points and maintaining the three-point lead, Esposito got the final kill on match point to win the third set 15-11 and set off the celebrations on Court 5 for the Seminoles.
During the awards ceremony the CCSA recognized the following pairs as members of the 2016 All-Tournament Team:
Julie Brown / Jace Pardon from Florida State (Pair of Tournament)
Aren Cupp / Tina Toghiyani from Florida International
Andrea Galinis / Chelsey Tekavec from Florida Atlantic
Macie Tendrich / Katie Reilly from South Carolina
Helen Boyle / Lilly Kessler from LSU
Milani Pickering / Delaney Rohan from Georgia State
Sierra Sanchez / Vanessa Freire from Florida State
Florida State advanced to the final earlier in the day when the Seminoles defeated South Carolina 5-0. All five matches were won in straight-sets with the third win coming at the No. 1 court by Julie Brown and Jace Pardon. Macy Jerger and Annie Montgomery won the first match , with Esposito and Luke finishing second.
In the second semifinal, Georgia State moved on with a 3-2 victory over LSU. Olivova and Button secured a point on Court 1 in straight sets, while Pickering and Rohan picked up the second point. The match was won on Court 4 where Brooke Weiner and Natalie Wilson picked up a straight set win, 21-19, 21-14 to clinch the match.
Eight teams receive bids to the 2016 NCAA Tournament that will take place May 6-8 at Gulf Shores, Ala. The NCAA Selection show will be shown Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. on NCAA.com.
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