The Panthers’ work isn’t done though. They still need to compete in the first ever CCSA Conference Tournament from Friday, April 22, to Sunday, April 24.
FIU Beach Volleyball
For Toghyani, this win placed her at the top of the FIU beach volleyball record books. She surpassed Maryna Samoday for most individual wins, 63, in program history.
Coming off the Stetson Invitational, one of the most challenging events in program history in which the team went winless, the Panthers were back at home hosting the fourth annual FIU Surf and Turf Invitational.
“We are very loud and have very big hearts for the game,” Boulanger said. “I think that together we care so much that our love for the game just really gave us that will to win and succeed in our games.”
After losing to the Louisiana State University Tigers in its previous event, the University beach volleyball team traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13 for a rematch.
“I saw fierceness and a lot of heart [today]. Yesterday, I saw a lot of fear, and that gets you nowhere,” said Head Coach Rita Buck-Crockett.
Last season, Toghiyani led the team in wins, finishing with a 23-3 record. A similar year can have her sitting alone at the top with the most wins in program history.
“I would like to place first in the nation. I would like to keep our team first in the East Coast. I would like to win all of my games,” Cupp said.
Bethancourt is a native of Guatemala and attended Colegio Interamericano prior to FIU. There she lettered in volleyball for three years and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2013. At 5 foot 9, she is the shortest player on the Panthers; however, she has not let her height affect her style of play.