FIU & FSU Grab @CCSA_Beach Weekly Honors After Strong Weeks Out West

FIU & FSU Grab @CCSA_Beach Weekly Honors After Strong Weeks Out West

ATLANTA, Ga. – After leading impressive showings at the competitive East Meets West Invitational in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Federica Frasca & Margherita Bianchin of FIU, as well as Sara Putt & Payton Caffrey of Florida State take home this week's CCSA Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week honors announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Frasca and Bianchin went 3-1 last week out in Manhattan Beach, Calif., as they picked up wins over #1 UCLA, #3 Pepperdine and #5 Hawaii. The pair's only loss went the full three sets against the #2 ranked USC Trojans. The were the only FIU pair to gain a win over the defending national champs in UCLA. The Italian pair hold an 8-1 record on the year and a 55-14 career mark. 

FSU's Putt and Caffrey went 5-1 last week in their trip out to the Golden State. They grabbed wins over #8 Long Beach State and #2 USC on Thurday evening, as a tune up to the East Meets West Invitational. They followed that performance up with victories against #1 UCLA, #3 Pepperdine and #5 Hawaii. As a team, the Seminoles went 3-3 last weekend helping them jump to #3 in this week's AVCA poll. 

CCSA Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week - March 13th
Federica Frasca | Junior | Rome, Italy | Civil Engineering 
Margherita Bianchin | Senior | Venice, Italy | International Relations
- Posted a 3-1 record from the No. 2 position last weekend at East Meets West Invitational
- Their three wins came against ranked opponents (#1 UCLA, #3 Pepperdine & #5 Hawaii)
- Frasca & Bianchin hold a record of 8-1 on the year and are 55-14 lifetime as a pair 
- FIU rose to #8 in this week's AVCA Top 20 Poll; seven CCSA squads are ranked in the top 20
- The Panthers come home this week to host the FIU Fort Lauderdale Tournament

CCSA Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week - March 13th
Sara Putt | Junior | Jupiter, Fla. | Dietetics 
Payton Caffrey | Junior | Chuluota, Fla. | Exercise Physiology
- Posted a 5-0 record from the No. 4 position and 5-1 overall last weekend out west
- Defeated #8 Long Beach St. & #2 USC on Thursday evening in Los Angeles
- Picked up wins over the weekend at the East Meets West Invite against #1 UCLA, #3 Pepperdine and #5 Hawaii
- Putt & Caffrey were the only Florida State pair to defeat UCLA all weekend
- The 'Noles are the highest ranked CCSA squad this week as the come in at #3 in the AVCA poll

Other Nominees: Eden Hawes/Georgia Johnson, Georgia State

Date CCSA Pair of the Week
Feb. 27th Claire Coppola / Kristen Nuss, LSU
March 6th Alaina Chacon / Madison Fitzpatrick
March 13th Federica Frasca /  Margherita Bianchin, FIU & Sara Putt / Payton Caffrey, Florida State