Beach Volleyball
    Florida State Women's Sand Volleyball Beats USC, Loyola Marymount In Inaugural Matches At New Merle Norman Stadium

    Kirby Burnham (left) and Bria Russ

    March 10, 2013


    LOS ANGELES - In the inaugural competition at USC's new on-campus Merle Norman Stadium, the No. 4-ranked Florida State women's volleyball team posted a tight win over the No. 3 Women of Troy, 3-2, and then swept Loyola Marymount, 5-0, while USC was a 4-1 victor over the Lions in team dual match play on a Sunday (March 10) in front of 500 fans.

    It was the season openers for all three teams.

    The day's final team dual match was the closest, and it wasn't decided until Florida State's duo of Marija Milosavljevic-Jace Pardon defeated USC's Eve Ettinger-Alexa Stonish, 21-17, 21-10, at the No. 3 pairs spot. The Seminoles' also won at the No. 4 and 5 spots, with Julie Brown-Sara Wickstrom (over Brooke Fournier-Natasa Siljkovic, 24-22, 21-10) and sisters Kristina and Stephanie Pellitteri (over Sam Hirschmann-Sydney Seau, 21-19, 21-19), respectively, notching victories. USC's wins were by Kirby Burnham-Bria Russ at No. 1 (over Aurora Dvais-Fatma Yildirim, 21-16, 21-15) and Katie Fuller-Stevi Robinson at No. 2 (over Melanie Pavels-Katherine Plessy, 21-16, 18-21, 15-12).

    In the day's second team dual match, USC won all but one match against Loyola Marymount, with the team of Fournier-Siljkovic posting the first-ever Trojan victory in Merle Norman Stadium with a 21-13, 21-9 sweep over Ashley Maxfeldt-Taylor Scioscia at No. 4. Following that were Women of Troy wins by Fuller-Robinson at No. 2 (over Rachelle Suaava-Anne Marie Taylor, 21-15, 21-12) and Ettinger-Stonish at No. 3 (over Avery Bush-Litara Keil, 21-15,21-18) in 2 sets and a 3-set win by Burnham-Russ over Felicia Arriola-Kenna Crouse, 18-21, 21-15, 15-11, at No. 1. LMU's sole victory came with a 21-18, 21-19 win by Amber Mirabello-Hannah Tedrow over Hirschmann-Seau at No. 5.

    Florida State went undefeated in the day's opening team dual match against Loyola Marymount, as only 2 matches were extended to 3 sets. The Seminole teams of Pavels-Plessy (over Suaava-Taylor, 21-10, 21-9, at No. 2), Brown-Wisckstrom (over Maxfeldt-Scioscia, 21-14, 21-14, at No. 4) and the Pellitteri sisters (over Mirabello-Tedrow, 21-8, 21-9, at No. 5) all posted 2-0 victories. FSU's Davis-Yildirim (over Arriola-Crouse, 21-12, 15-21, 15-8, at No. 1) and Milosavljevic-Pardon (over Bush-Keil, 16-21, 21-16, 15-5, at No. 3) both won in 3 sets.

    "I'm really happy we got this first day of competition under our belts," said USC head coach Anna Collier. "It was a great crowd and environment for our opening day. I'm pleased overall with our play. We came out with a lot of jitters, but this will all pay off in the long run. We played good, competitive matches. I liked that Loyola Marymount pushed us in our first match. I thought we were in every match against Florida State and our players saw that they had a chance to beat them. Our players who had beach experience won today, so the more the others get a bit more experience the better we'll be."

    USC returns to action this Thursday (March 14) by hosting Cal State Bakersfield and Grand Canyon, beginning at 1 p.m.

    Florida State 5, Loyola Marymount 0
    1.) Aurora Davis-Fatma Yildirim (FSU) def. Felicia Arriola-Kenna Crouse (LMU) 21-12, 15-21, 15-8
    2.) Melanie Pavels-Katherine Plessy (FSU) def. Rachelle Suaava-Anne Marie Taylor (LMU) 21-10, 21-9
    3.) Marija Milosavljevic-Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Avery Bush- Litara Keil (LMU) 16-21, 21-16, 15-5
    4.) Julie Brown-Sarah Wickstrom (FSU) def. Ashley Maxfeldt-Taylor Scioscia (LMU) 21-14, 21-14
    5.) Kristina Pellitteri-Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU) def. Amber Mirabello-Hannah Tedrow (LMU) 21-8, 21-9
    Order of finish: 5, 4, 2, 3, 1

    USC 4, Loyola Marymount 1
    1.) Kirby Burnham-Bria Russ (USC) def. Felicia Arriola-Kenna Crouse (LMU) 18-21, 21-15, 15-11
    2.) Katie Fuller-Stevi Robinson (USC) def. Rachelle Suaava-Anne Marie Taylor (LMU) 21-15, 21-12
    3.) Eve Ettinger-Alexa Stonish (USC) def. Avery Bush-Litara Keil (LMU) 21-15, 21-18
    4.) Brooke Fournier-Natasa Siljkovic (USC) def. Ashley Maxfeldt-Taylor Scioscia (LMU) 21-13, 21-9
    5.) Amber Mirabello-Hannah Tedrow (LMU) def. Sam Hirschmann-Sydney Seau (USC) 21-18, 21-19
    Order of finish: 4, 5, 2, 3, 1

    Florida State 3, USC 2
    1.) Kirby Burnham-Bria Russ (USC) def. Aurora Davis-Fatma Yildirim (FSU) 21-16, 21-15
    2.) Katie Fuller-Stevi Robinson (USC) def. Melanie Pavels-Katherine Plessy (FSU) 21-16, 18-21, 15-12
    3.) Marija Milosavljevic-Jace Pardon (FSU) def. Eve Ettinger-Alexa Stonish (USC) 21-17, 21-10
    4.) Julie Brown-Sarah Wickstrom (FSU) def. Brooke Fournier-Natasa Siljkovic (USC) 24-22, 21-10
    5.) Kristina Pellitteri-Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU) def. Sam Hirschmann-Sydney Seau (USC) 21-19, 21-19
    Order of finish: 4, 5, 3, 1, 2

    Non-Scoring Exhibition Matches
    6.) Mallory Kiley-Jeassica McGregor (FSU) def. Katie Duddridge-Erica Muller (USC) 21-14, 23-21
    7.) Olivera Medic-Lexy Ryan (FSU) def. Christine Irvin-Erin Kaupp (USC) 21-19, 21-12
    8.) Kiley-McGregor (FSU) def. Duddridge-Irvin (USC) 18-21, 21-7, 15-11