TCU Topples No. 14 Florida Atlantic

April 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- The TCU beach volleyball team closed out an impressive weekend at the Staybridge Suites Invitational with a 3-2 victory over No. 14 Florida Atlantic.

The Horned Frogs (16-8) now have five wins over nationally ranked teams after beating Georgia State (3-2) and Florida International (3-2). Their only blemish on the weekend was a 5-0 loss to No. 4 Florida State.

"We're really happy. We came here to compete and to win and we only lost to Florida State," TCU beach coach Hector Gutierrez said. "I am so proud of the girls. I think we have been competing really well and it was just a matter of time before we started beating those teams. We are believing in ourselves and competing."

TCU also has wins over No 15 Arizona State and then-No. 15 Cal Poly in California in March.

The Horned Frogs will close out the regular season April 22 when they travel to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a meeting with TAMU-CC and Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Against FAU, Ariah Palter and Sarita Mikals got the Horned Frogs on the board first by beating Julia Lewkowicz/Ashlan Cunningham 21-13, 21-19 in the No. 5 match. Molly Scheel and Haven Hill defeated Jazmine Barker and Brittany Pellitteri 21-10, 21-19 at No. 2 to tie the match. Amy Neal and Jaelyn Greene, who have won 10 of their last 11 matches, dispatched Megan Rice/Jessalyn Kinlaw 21-15, 21-18 to secure the win for the Horned Frogs.

The National Championships are slated for May 5-7 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

No. 16 TCU 3, No. 14 FAU 2

1. Amy Neal/Jaelyn Greene (TCU) def. Rice, Megan/Kinlaw, Jessalyn (FAU) 21-15, 21-18

2. Molly Scheel/Haven Hill (TCU) def. Barker, Jazmine/Pellitteri, Brittany (FAU) 21-10, 21-19

3. Dischler, Gabrielle/Lacour, Candace (FAU) def. Jillian Bergeson/Shane Peters (TCU) 22-20, 21-17

4. Grant, Nicole/Navarro, Nicole (FAU) def. Clair Doyle/Avery Arellano (TCU) 21-19, 23-21

5. Ariah Palter/Sarita Mikals (TCU) def. Lewkowicz, Julia/Cunningham, Ashlan (FAU) 21-13, 21-19

Match Notes: Florida Atlantic University 18-5; National ranking No. 14; TCU 13-7; National ranking No. 16
; Order of finish: Doubles (5,4,2,3,1).



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