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Mendoza/Samoday reach final four of sand pairs championship

FIU's sand volleyball season, which ended Sunday, could've come with the Brooklyn-esque "Wait 'til next year!"

Three of the four players on FIU's top two pairs, Jessica Mendoza/Maryna Samoday and Kate Stepanova/Ksenia Sukhareva, are juniors. The 6-3 Stepanova finished her graduate work at FIU and will be the only player out of eligibility.

Mendoza/Samoday got to the semifinals of the (deep breath) American Volleyball Coaches Association Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championship pairs championship before losing to Long Beach State's Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke 21-11, 21-16.

Before that, Mendoza/Samoday beat Chelsea Cabrajac and Delainey Aigner-Swesey in three sets, 21-11, 22-24, 15-12, then got past Florida State's Jace Pardon and Sara Wickstrom, 21-19, 21-15.

Stepanova/Sukhareva outlasted Saint Mary's Dalas Dodd (daughter of 1996 Olympics beach silver medalist Mike Dodd) and Jordan Shaw 12-21, 21-18, 15-13. In the quarterfinal round, Georgia State's Lane Carico and Katie Madewell took out the FIU pair, 21-15, 13-21, 15-12.

 

 

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