After sweeping Florida Memorial University in their opening matchup on Friday, Feb. 28, the Missouri State beach volleyball Bears dropped three consecutive contests, finishing the Florida International University Beach Bash 1-3.

MSU won all five matches against FMU in straight sets. Redshirt junior Kelsey Larsen and redshirt freshman Alaina Tinsley lead the squad, collecting their school-record fifth win in the No. 1 spot.

The freshman duo of Parker McAllen and Siena Brewster improves to 4-1 on the season with a win in the No. 5 spot to finish the sweep for the Bears.

Their afternoon match against Tampa was the polar opposite. MSU was swept 5-0. MSU put up a fight, though, going the distance in four of their five matches. 

MSU’s Day 2 opponents were New Orleans and No. 14 Florida International. They lost to both and finished the weekend with a 3-5 overall record.

The Bears held a 2-0 lead over New Orleans thanks to wins by the pairing of Brewster and McAllen in the No. 5 spot and sophomore Kylee Davis and grad student Pamela Jaime in the No. 4 spot. MSU gave up the lead, losing its last three matches in straight sets.

Davis and Jaime were an effective pairing, picking up their second win of the weekend against FIU. They were MSU’s lone victor in that match.

The Bears will take their talents to Fort Worth, Texas, on March 6-7 for the TCU Tournament.