Adrian Benitez | Contributing Writer The FIU beach volleyball team is traveling to Jacksonville, Florida to open up their season at the Jacksonville Invitational, beginning…
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Although the Panthers came off two straight wins in pool play, they were given the upset of the season.
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.
Coming into the Stetson Beach Invitational, the Panthers were ranked No. 10. Surely, after four consecutive losses, they will fall out of the top 10 for the first time this season.
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.
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.
Two members of the University beach volleyball team were crowned champions at the 2015 U21 Women’s Central Beach Volleyball Championships on Friday, Nov. 27.