Pak leads by five at Seminole Intercollegiate

Battling the unseasonable cold on Saturday, the Florida State Men’s Golf team hung tough at 4-over (288-292) and is tied for second through two rounds at the Seminole Intercollegiate held at Golden Eagle Country Club.

The Seminoles are just three strokes behind first-place Washington (+1), setting up an exciting finish on Sunday. FSU’s final round tee times begin at 9:10 a.m.

Junior John Pak had a dominant day, shooting 8-under (70-66) to lead the field by five strokes. Pak’s second-round 66 was highlighted by his eagle approach on the 18th hole, where he stuck his approach shot roughly 10 feet away from the hole, then buried his next putt.

Pak’s second round included four birdies, an eagle and no bogeys despite the blustery conditions. Redshirt freshman Cole Anderson (72-70) was also impressive with a 2-under showing, currently tied for fourth. Anderson’s second round included five birdies, which ended with a strong finish of his own on the par-5 18th hole.

Rounding out the Top 5 are North Florida (+4), James Madison (+6), East Tennessee State (+6) and Liberty (+6). This year’s field includes seven teams ranked in the Top 50, and six of them hold the top six spots on the leaderboard.

Pak and Anderson were just two of seven players who shot under par through the first two rounds. Trailing Pak on the leaderboard are Liberty’s Jonathan Yaun (-3) and Washington’s Petr Hruby (-3).

Freshman Fletcher Wunderlich, playing as an individual, had an exceptional first day. The freshman is tied for 19th (74-73) after shooting 3-over. Senior Jamie Li is also tied for 19th at 3-over (72-75).

Sophomores Alberto Martinez (+11) and Calvin Sierota (+13) finish out the FSU leaderboard.

Sierota tees off Sunday at 9:10 a.m., followed by Martinez (9:20), Li (9:30 a.m.), Anderson (9:40) and Pak (9:50). All five Seminoles will go off the first hole. Wunderlich tees off at 8:10 a.m. from the first hole.

Beach volleyball defeats Stetson, TCU

The second-ranked Florida State beach volleyball team (4-0) continued their fast start to the season with three wins, including a 4-1 win over No. 9 Stetson and a 5-0 win over No. 16 TCU.

The Seminoles have swept three of their four matches this season with 5-0 wins over Houston Baptist and TCU.

No. 2 Florida State vs. Houston Baptist

The Seminoles got the day started with their second sweep in as many matches against Houston Baptist. The Noles played the same five pairs that started the season.

Sophomore Kate Privett and freshman Maddie Anderson got things rolling for Florida State with a 21-10, 21-13 win on court three. Senior Molly McBain and junior Alaina Chacon quickly followed things up with a dominating 21-8, 21-9 win on court one. Senior Payton Caffrey and freshman Liz Waters-Leiga clinched the match for the Noles with a 21-10, 21-19 win on court four.

Sophomore Lexi McKeown and freshman Keara Rutz extended the lead to 4-0 with a 21-18, 21-18 win on court five. Juniors Alice Zeimann and Madison Fitzpatrick capped off the Seminoles’ first victory of the day with a 21-15, 21-19 win on court two.

No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 9 Stetson

Florida State earned their first ranked win of the regular season as they defeated No. 9 Stetson 4-1. The Seminoles had one change to the lineup as sophomore Jenna Johnson entered on court five.

Caffrey and Waters-Leiga improved to 3-0 as a pair as they won 21-15, 21-13 to get the Seminoles on the board. McBain and Chacon quickly followed suit earning a 21-14, 21-18 win on court one. Rutz and Johnson clinched it for the Noles with a 21-18, 21-13 win on court five.

Privett and Anderson extended the Seminole lead to 4-0 with a 22-20, 21-16 win on court three. The Seminoles then surrendered their first point of the season on court two as Zeimann and Fitzpatrick won the first set before losing the next two.

No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 16 TCU

Florida State continued its dominance in its final match of day two of the Seminole Beach Bash. FSU earned its third sweep of the season with a 5-0 win over No. 16 TCU.

Privett and Anderson continued to dominate, remaining perfect with a 21-15, 21-14 win on court three. Johnson and Rutz earned their second win as a pair with a 21-14, 21-13 win on court five to give the Noles a 2-0 lead. McBain and Chacon clinched the win with a 21-10, 21-17 win on court one for their fourth win together in the early season.

Fitzpatrick and Zeimann extended the lead to four with a 21-14, 21-15 win on court two. Caffrey and Waters-Leiga capped off the match with a three-set win on court four that saw the pair killing some shots in the final set on the way to a 15-8 win.

Florida State wraps up the Seminole Beach Bash tomorrow with three more matches. The Noles start the day at 10:30 am against No. 7 Cal Poly. They wrap up the tournament with back-to-back matches against South Carolina and Tampa at 3:30 pm and 4:45 pm.

Men’s tennis defeats Tennessee Tech and Buffalo

The No. 18 Florida State men’s tennis team (9-2) defeated Tennessee Tech (1-4) on Saturday morning, 5-2, and carried that momentum to the afternoon to pick up a 6-1 victory over Buffalo (2-4) to extend their home record to 7-0 at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.

“I think it’s great to have an undefeated weekend and to continue our undefeated record at home,” said senior captain AlexKnaff. “Obviously having a crowd here helps us a lot and gets us pumped.  We are comfortable on these courts and being undefeated at home up to this point helps us going into conference play because it gives us a lot of confidence going up against any ACC team we will face at home.”

No. 18 Florida State 5, Tennessee Tech 2

Singles competition

1. #82 Alex Knaff (FS) def. TOSETTO, Rafael (TTU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 

2. HOLIS, Evzen (TTU) def. Loris Pourroy (FS) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

3. VICENTE, Carlos (TTU) def. Marcus Walters (FS) 7-5, 6-0

4. #104 Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) def. GRUBERT, Elias (TTU) 6-1, 6-3 

5. Enzo Le Seguillon (FS) def. KUBOTA, Riku (TTU) 6-4, 4-6, 3-2 (11-9) 

6. Chase Wood (FS) def. SILVA, Lucca (TTU) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Alex Knaff/Loris Pourroy (FS) def. VICENTE, Carlos/HOLIS, Evzen (TTU) 6-0 

2. SILVA, Lucca/KUBOTA, Riku (TTU) def. Marcus Walters/Bryn Nahrung (FS) 6-4 

3. Rana Roop Bhullar/Richard Thongoana (FS) def. TOSETTO, Rafael/MILA, Marc (TTU) 6-4

No. 18 Florida State 6, Buffalo 1

Singles competition

1. #82 Alex Knaff (FS) def. Hao Sheng Koay (BU) 7-5, 6-1 

2. Vilhelm Fridell (BU) def. Loris Pourroy (FS) 6-1, 6-1 

3. #104 Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) def. Valdemar Holm (BU) 6-3, 6-0 

4. Richard Thongoana (FS) def. Matthew Johnson (BU) 6-4, 6-2 

5. Enzo Le Seguillon (FS) def. Simon Wibler (BU) 6-2, 6-3

6. Chase Wood (FS) def. Jonah Murphy (BU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition

1. Alex Knaff/Loris Pourroy (FS) def. Hao Sheng Koay/Simon Wibler (BU) 7-5 

2. Matthew Johnson/Valdemar Holm (BU) def. Bryn Nahrung/Marcus Walters (FS) 6-4 

3. Rana Roop Bhullar/Richard Thongoana (FS) def. Vilhelm Fridell/D Giritharan (BU) 6-2


  1. Russ Silver

    Love the fact you cover these sports. Reading about the competition and the athletes is something I’ve wanted to do, but usually cannot find stories about them. Stats sometimes but not stories. Really, how many FSU fans even know the names of any of our golfers or beach volleyball players? I wonder If they had known about him, would the fans had gone out to watch Brooks Koepka or even back when Paul Azinger was a student? I know football, basketball and baseball are top of mind, other sports can be fun to follow as well.

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