SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014
Nyquist and Strausbaugh Runners-Up in Gold Bracket Against No. 1 FSU Pair
Sammie Strausbaugh and Taylor Nyquist
Sammie Strausbaugh and Taylor Nyquist

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jacksonville University sand volleyball concluded action at Florida State University this weekend, playing in the Gold and Silver Brackets on Sunday.

The No. 1 and No. 2 pairs of Taylor Nyquist and Sammie Strausbaugh and Kendall Courtney and Niatha Cullen competed in the Gold Round (1 game to 25), with Nyquist and Strausbaugh competing in the final.

Nyquist and Strausbaugh defeated LSU’s Kaitlin Hatcher and Helen Boyle 25-22 in the Gold Round 1, beat LSU’s No. 1 Meghan Mannari and Katie Lindelow 25-17 in the Gold Quarterfinals, defeated FSU’s No. 2 Stephanie Pellitteri and Kristina Pellitteri 21-19, 18-21 and 18-16 before falling to FSU’s No. 1 Jace Pardon and Aurora Davis 21-15 and 21-15.

No. 2 Courtney and Cullen lost in the Gold Round 1 to LSU’s No. 1 Meghan Mannari and Katie Lindelow
25-13, were defeated in the Gold Consolation (Best 2 of 3) by LSU’s No. 2 Kaitlin Hatcher and Helen Boyle 21-18 and 21-19, and eventually fell in the Gold Seventh-Place Match (Best 2 of 3) to South Carolina’s No. 2 Mikaela Christiaansen and Sarah Blomgren,  21-15 and  24-22.

Jacksonville’s No. 3 Mayara Prestes and Gabriela Roman, No. 4 Lauren Homrich and Rachel Miller, and No. 5 Emily Laskelle and Alyssa Robertson competed in the Silver Bracket.

In the Silver Round 1 (1 game to 25) FSU’s No. 4 Julia Thompson and Annie Montgomery defeated Laskelle and Robertson 25-23 while FSU’s No. 5 Fatma Yildirim and Sarah Wickstrom beat Homrich and Miller 25-15.

In the Silver Consolation (Best 2-of-3), both of JU’s pairs were victorious as Laskelle and Robertson defeated LSU’s No. 5 Emma Hiller and Briana Holman 21-14, 10-21 and 15-10 while Homrich and Miller took out South Carolina’s No. 5 Erin Neuenfeldt and Koko Atoa-Williams 14-21, 21-17 and 15-11. Then Homrich and Miller beat Laskelle and Robertson 21-16 in straight sets.

In the Silver Quarterfinals (Best 2 of 3), Prestes and Roman beat LSU’s No. 4 Mallorie Pardo and Mimi Eugene 21-14 and 21-13 before ultimately falling 21-15 and 21-11 in the Silver Semifinals (Best 2-of-3) against FSU’s No. 5 Fatma Yildirim and Sarah Wickstrom.

Gold Bracket Results (Pairs Nos. 1 and 2)
Gold Round 1 (1 Game to 25)
Jace Pardon/Aurora Davis (FSU1) def. Mikaela Christiaansen/Sarah Blomgren (SC2) 25-14
Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri (FSU2) def. Paige Wheeler/Megan Kent (SC1) 25-22
Taylor Nyquist/Sammie Strausbaugh (JU1) def. Kaitlin Hatcher/Helen Boyle (LSU2) 25-22
Meghan Mannari/Katie Lindelow (LSU1) def. Kendall Courtney/Niatha Cullen (JU 2) 25-13

Gold Consolation (Best 2 of 3)

Paige Wheeler/Megan Kent (SC1) def. Mikaela Christiaansen/Sarah Blomgren (SC2) 21-19, 14-21, 18-16
Kaitlin Hatcher/Helen Boyle (LSU2) def. Kendall Courtney/Niatha Cullen (JU 2) 21-18, 21-19

Gold Seventh-Place Match (Best 2 of 3)
Mikaela Christiaansen/Sarah Blomgren (SC2) def. Kendall Courtney/Niatha Cullen (JU 2) 21-15, 24-22

Gold Quarterfinals (1 Game to 25)

Jace Pardon/Aurora Davis (FSU1) def. Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri (FSU2) 25-17
Taylor Nyquist/Sammie Strausbaugh (JU1) def. Meghan Mannari/Katie Lindelow (LSU1) 25-17

Gold Consolation Quarterfinals (Best 2 of 3)
Meghan Mannari/Katie Lindelow (LSU1) def. Paige Wheeler/Megan Kent (SC1) 25-23, 21-13
Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri (FSU2) def. Kaitlin Hatcher/Helen Boyle (LSU2) 21-12, 21-17

Gold Semifinals

Taylor Nyquist/Sammie Strausbaugh (JU1) def. Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri (FSU2) 21-19, 18-21, 18-16
Jace Pardon/Aurora Davis (FSU1) def. Meghan Mannari/Katie Lindelow (LSU1) 21-18, 21-12

Gold Finals
Jace Pardon/Aurora Davis (FSU1) vs. Taylor Nyquist/Sammie Strausbaugh (JU1) 21-15, 21-15

Silver Bracket Results (Pairs Nos. 3, 4 and 5)
Silver Round 1 (1 Game to 25)
Chynna Ratner/Litsa Darby (SC 4) def. Emma Hiller/Briana Holman (LSU5) 29-27
Julia Thompson/Annie Montgomery (FSU4) def. Emily Laskelle/Alyssa Robertson (JU5) 25-23
Mallorie Pardo/Mimi Eugene (LSU4) def. Erin Neuenfeldt/Koko Atoa-Williams (SC5) 25-17
Fatma Yildirim/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU5) def. Lauren Homrich/Rachel Miller (JU4) 25-15

Silver Consolation (Best 2 of 3)
Emily Laskelle/Alyssa Robertson (JU5) def. Emma Hiller/Briana Holman (LSU5) 21-14, 10-21, 15-10
Lauren Homrich/Rachel Miller (JU4) def. Erin Neuenfeldt/Koko Atoa-Williams (SC5) 14-21, 21-17, 15-11


Lauren Homrich/Rachel Miller (JU4) def. Emily Laskelle/Alyssa Robertson (JU5) 21-16, 21-16

Silver Quarterfinals (Best 2 of 3)
Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels (FSU3) def. Chynna Ratner/Litsa Darby (SC4) 21-4, 21-12
Fatma Yildirim/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU5) def. Victoria Boraski/Cati Leak (LSU3) 21-11, 21-15
Julia Thompson/Annie Montgomery (FSU4) def. Jordan Loney/Jade Vitt (SC3) def. 21-13, 16-21, 15-11
Mayara Prestes/Gabriela Roman (JU3) def. Mallorie Pardo/Mimi Eugene (LSU4) 21-14, 21-13

Silver Semifinals (Best 2 of 3)

Fatma Yildirim/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU5) def. Mayara Prestes/Gabriela Roman (JU3) 21-15, 21-11
Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels (FSU3) def. Julia Thompson/Annie Montgomery (FSU4) 21-16, 21-14

Silver Finals (Best 2 of 3)
Fatma Yildirim/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU5) def. Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels (FSU3) 22-24, 24-22, 16-14