Top CofC Pair Finishes Third At FSU Tournament
Top pair Lizzie Theesfeld and Melissa Morello advanced to the semifinals of the gold division before falling to the eventual champions from Georgia State, Lane Carico and Katie Madewell. Theesfeld/Morello lost to UAB in the first round (21-19, 21-13), but rebounded in the consolation bracket with a win over Georgia State’s Jansen Button/Sara Olivova (16-21, 21-14, 15-10). The CofC duo then lost in the semifinal round by a score of 21-10, 21-12 to earn a tie for third place overall.
Charleston’s second pairing of Darcy Dorton and Andi Zbojniewicz won their consolation match against UAB’s Ally Slaughter and Kirsten Gallagher (21-15, 21-14) to tie for fifth place in the gold division.
In the silver division, Charleston’s Kelly Kolich and Emily Neideffer defeated UAB’s Rachel Fairbanks/Sara Rishell (21-18, 22-20) to earn a spot in the semifinal round. However, CofC lost to FSU’s eventual division champions in Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri to finish tied for third.
The pairing of Emily Shelton and Catey Warren finished ninth in the silver with consolation bracket victories of GSU’s Alexis Elmurr/Molly Smestad (21-17, 21-12) and CofC teammates Sloane White/Taeler Davis (21-13, 21-13).
White and Davis placed 10th as they defeated GSU’s Alexis Townsend/Karlee Kavanaugh (21-16, 21-14), but fell to Shelton/Davis.
The tournament concluded College of Charleston’s 2013 regular season and the Cougars will now wait for the AVCA selection to the National Championships. Even if Charleston is not picked as one of the four team participants, CofC is still eligible to send one of its top pairs to the 16-pair bracket tournament. The AVCA National Championships begin on Friday, May 3, in Gulf Shores, Ala.