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FSU Sports Notebook: Golf, beach volleyball, tennis, softball

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Florida State Seminoles spring sports are in full swing, with several programs in NCAA competition as others near regular season finales.

Here are some quick updates of today’s action and news:

Beach Volleyball kicks off NCAA Championships

by FSU Sports Info

The third-seeded Florida State beach volleyball team split their matches on day of the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship. The Seminoles started off the day with a 3-0 sweep of sixth-seeded Stanford. The Noles and the Women of Troy capped off day one with a nail bitter that USC took 3-1.

“I thought we started off strong against Stanford and that was a good win for us in the first match,” said head coach Brooke Niles. “We knew it was going to be a tough match against USC since we battled with them in California and they have some new pairs and we have some new pairs. It could have gone either way and we just have to let it go and do some work tomorrow in the loser’s bracket. We cannot dwell on it. We know we have to play good teams to win a national championship. We are not expecting an easy route and we are not making it easy on ourselves right now but we will be ready tomorrow to compete.”

Florida State started the day hot, sweeping the Stanford Cardinal 3-0 in 41 minutes. The Garnet and Gold jumped on Stanford in the first set, winning all five including three-set victories of six or more points.

After a couple of hours of rest, the Seminoles got back in the sand to take on USC. The Seminoles took three first sets from the Women of Troy but that was not good enough as courts four and five went three sets.

USC took a 1-0 lead after winning 21-15, 21-13 on court one. Florida State tied it up with another win from McBain and Caffrey on court three. The Seminole duo won 21-18, 21-14. Florida State did not have the lead for long as USC took court two 21-18, 21-11 just moments later.

Florida State begins play in the loser’s bracket tomorrow at 2 pm ET against LSU. This will be the fifth meeting between the Seminoles and the Tigers this season. Florida State is 4-0 against LSU, including two wins a week ago in the CCSA Championship.

“We are good enough, athletic enough and talented enough to beat anyone out here so we need to keep playing like ourselves,” said Niles. “We have to trust each other, trust our training and our coaching staff and I think we will be okay.”

Men’s golf NCAA seeding

by FSU Sports Info

In what was a coronation to a tremendous regular season, Florida State Men’s Golf was selected as the top seed in its own NCAA Regional during Wednesday’s NCAA Golf Selection Show on The Golf Channel. It is the program’s 15th straight regional appearance, a streak that began in 2006.

The Seminoles will be one of six hosts of a 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional, showcasing the renovated and renowned Seminole Legacy Club in a 14-team field on May 17-19. Practice rounds for every team will occur on May 16.

Pak marks another career milestone

by FSU Sports Info

Florida State senior men’s golfer John Pak will have the honor of competing in his second Walker Cup this weekend as he represents the United States against Great Britain & Ireland on May 8-9 at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla.

The Walker Cup consists of some of the world’s top amateur golfers and is a match-play style event that occurs every two years. Pak and the USA Team were selected by the United States Golf Association’s International Team Selection working group. The R&A selects the team from Great Britain and Ireland.

Pak has ranked first through the entire duration of the PGA TOUR University rankings that began last summer and end through the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship on June 2. The native of Scotch Plains, N.J., looks to be one of the Top five finishers in the rankings to earn a direct path to The Korn Ferry Tour.

Pak, whose eight career wins at FSU are tied for the most in program history, is having another tremendous collegiate year. He ranks first in Golfstat’s national player rankings, and is second in Golfweek’s player rankings.

Pak’s scoring average of 69.83 leads the Seminoles as he seeks his third sub-70 scoring average in a single season at FSU. Daniel Berger in 2013 is the only other Seminole to ever record a scoring average in the 60s when he scored a 69.79 in 2013. Pak’s scoring averages include a 69.40 in 2020, 69.56 in 2019 and 70.49 in 2018.

Women’s tennis beats Alabama State

by FSU Sports Info

Before the match, we talked about being efficient and I think that was the way we performed today,” said FSU Head Coach Jen Hyde. “We are excited to get the win and advance in the National Championship tournament.”

Florida State, featuring three ranked doubles teams, secured the doubles point to take the early lead. The nation’s eighth-ranked pair of Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia were first off. The seniors improved to 18-4 on the season with a 6-1 win. Giulia Pairone and Vic Allen clinched the doubles point for FSU. The nation’s 89th-ranked pair, won their match on court three 6-3.

The strength of the Seminoles in 2021 has been the team’s depth and that was the case, again on Friday. FSU secured the match thanks to courts 4, 5 and 6. Allen was the first off on court 5 as she rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win. Petra Hule was next on the board as she won 6-1, 6-1 on court 4 to put FSU in front 3-0. Then the program’s all-time wins leader closed it out as Andrea Garcia won her 20th match of the season 6-0, 6-2 to once again clinch a victory for the Seminoles.

Florida State will move on to face Auburn tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. The Tigers (14-8) are the nation’s 19th-ranked team and they advanced with a 4-2 win over No. 37 Oklahoma State earlier today.

Softball drops first game of season-finale series to Pitt

by Tomahawk Nation

After jumping out to an early lead in the opening game its regular season finale series vs. the Pitt Panthers, FSU’s bats fell short as their ACC foe managed to sneak out a win 6-5 win.

Both Elizabeth Mason and Sydney Sherrill scored two runs, with the latter tacking on an RBI as well in her two at-bats.

FSU went up 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, where the Panthers managed to close the gap and eventually tie it 4-4 with an RBI single. The Seminoles would take the lead one last time off Mason’s second run (Sherill’s RBI), but the Panthers pulled ahead once more, ending the game with a 6-5 win.

The two schools face off again in the second game of the 4 game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.