Florida State's Newgard-Tiegs Win Pairs Title On Third Day Of USC Women's Sand Volleyball Tourney
March 18, 2012
The Florida State women's sand volleyball team of Aurora Newgard and Brittany Tiegs battled through cold temperatures and high winds to come back and upset Pepperdine's top-seeded duo of Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross, 16-21, 21-16, 15-10, to claim the pairs championship on the third day of USC's four-team tournament on Sunday (March 18) at Santa Monica's Annenberg Community Beach House.
The Seminole pair, their school's No. 2 team and seeded third in the tourney that included 5 pairs teams each from Florida State, Pepperdine, USC and Long Beach State, posted victories over Long Beach State's Tyler Jackson-Janisa Johnson in 2 sets and Caitlin Ledoux-Tara Roenicke in 3 sets (after losing the first set) and then Florida State's Jace Pardon-Jekaterina Stepanova in 3 sets to reach the final. On the day, they beat the No. 1 pairs teams from Pepperdine (Racich-Ross), Florida State (Pardon-Stepanova) and Long Beach State (Ledoux-Roenicke). Racich-Ross, generally considered the top collegiate pairs team in the nation, had yet to lose any of their nine matches in the three-day tourney until falling to Newgard-Tiegs in the final.
Racich-Ross advanced to the final by sweeping USC's Kendall Bateman-Sam Hirschmann and then Pepperdine's teams of Kelley Larsen-Stevi Robinson and Victoria Adelhelm-Kellie Woolever.
The day's single elimination bracket play was contested under challenging weather conditions, with constant on-shore winds gusting at 25 to 30 miles per hour and the temperature around 50 degrees.
Seedings for Sunday's play were determined by Friday's (March 16) pool play, which saw one pairs team from each school compete randomly in each of the five pools. Pepperdine dominated that first day of play, as three of its five pairs teams won all three of their pool play matches to help the Waves post an overall record of 12-3 (Florida State went 8-7 on Friday, followed by USC at 7-8 and Long Beach State at 3-12).
The Waves handily won Saturday's (March 17) team championship, finishing with 18 points in the double elimination flight play, followed by Florida State with 12 points. USC and Long Beach State each scored 10 points, with the Trojans winning the tie-breaker for third place.
USC next travels to a four-team tourney in Tallahassee, Fla., where it will compete against host Florida State along with Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast.
PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP (March 18, 2012)
16 Kendall Bateman-Sam Hirschman (USC 4) def. 17 Chelsea Cabrajac-Bre Mackie (LBSU 3) 21-9, 21-17
20 Libby Fontanilla-Alma Serna (LBSU 4) def. 13 Visnja Djurdjevic-Melanie Pavels (FSU 3) 21-17, 31-15
15 Mallory Kiley-Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU 4) def. 18 Lauren Minkel-Jocelyn Neely (LBSU 2) 18-21, 23-21, 15-10
14 Tyler Jackson-Janisa Johnson (LBSU 5) def. 19 Lauryssa Blackman-Jeassica McGregor (FSU 5) 21-17, 21-15
Round of 16
1 Caitlin Racich-Summer Ross (PEP 1) def. Bateman-Hirschman (USC 4) 21-9, 21-17
9 Kelley Larsen-Stevi Robinson (PEP 3) def. 8 Sara Shaw-Geena Urango (USC 1) 21-16, 24-22
4 Michaela Christiaansen-Emily Cook (PEP 5) def. Fontanilla-Serna (LBSU 4) 21-17, 21-15
5 Victoria Adelhelm-Kellie Woolever (PEP 4) def. 12 Kirby Burnham-Kelly Irvin (USC 3) 21-16, 17-21, 15-11
2 Jace Pardon-Jekaterina Stepanova (FSU 1) def. Kiley-Pellitteri (FSU 4) 18-21, 23-21, 15-10
7 Lilla Frederick-Kim Hill (PEP 2) def. 10 Kati Duddridge-Megan Thornberry (USC 5) 21-18, 21-15
3 Aurora Newgard-Brittany Tiegs (FSU 2) def. Jackson-Johnson (LBSU 5) 21-17, 21-15
6 Caitlin LeDoux-Tara Roenicke (LBSU 1) def. 11 Katie Fuller-Natalie Hagglund (USC 2) 18-21, 21-12, 16-14
Ross-Racich (PEP 1) def. Larsen-Robinson (PEP 3) 21-18, 21-13
Adelhelm-Woolever (PEP 4) def. Christiaansen-Cook (PEP 5) 26-24, 19-21, 15-11
Pardon-Stepanova (FSU 1) def. Frederick-Hill (PEP 2) 21-19, 21-19
Newgard-Tiegs (FSU 2) def. Ledoux-Roenicke (LBSU 1) 21-16, 15-21, 15-5
Newgard-Tiegs (FSU 2) def. Pardon-Stepanova (FSU 1) 21-14, 21-10
Racich-Ross (PEP 1) def. Adelhelm-Woolever (PEP 4) 21-14, 21-16
Newgard-Tiegs (FSU 2) def. Racich-Ross (PEP 1) 16-21, 21-16, 15-10