TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles have earned the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title in each of the last three seasons, ACC Tournament titles in 2014 and 2015 and are predicted to continue their success in the ACC in 2016 as No. 10 Florida State was voted to finish first by the league’s head coaches.
The Noles have won or tied the season series in each of their last 25 series against conference opponents, posting a mark of 22-0-3 over that span. The last time FSU dropped a series to a conference opponent was at Maryland on May 5-6, 2012.
“One of our goals each season is to win the ACC regular season, as well as the tournament,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “With seven ACC teams in the postseason last year and several ranked as we start 2016, the conference continues to grow into a very competitive league. But with all preseason awards, they don’t mean anything if you don’t put in the work to actually go out and earn them. I’m excited to get the season started and see where this team can go.”
Florida State received 99 points and 9 first-place votes in the poll as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Notre Dame picked up the other two first-place votes and finished in second with 92 points. There was a tie for third as Louisville and NC State both earned 74 points, while North Carolina placed fifth with 69 points. Virginia Tech (52) and Pitt (51) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, as Boston College (30), Syracuse (27), Georgia Tech (24) and Virginia (13) closed out the poll.
The Noles have posted a 78-13 record against ACC foes since 2012, winning the last three regular season championships and setting a conference record of 24 ACC wins in 2014. Florida State has 13 of the 25 ACC Championships awarded by the conference, including three under Alameda – 2011, 2014 and 2015.
The 2016 ACC schedule will have FSU facing eight conference opponents during the regular season. The Noles will have four home series at JoAnne Graf Field – Syracuse (March 19-20), No. 23 NC State (April 8-10), Virginia Tech (April 23-24) and Louisville (May 7-8).
Florida State will hit the road for ACC series at North Carolina (March 25-26), No. 24 Notre Dame (April 2-3), Boston College (April 16-17) and Pitt (April 30-May 1). FSU will not face Georgia Tech or Virginia during the 2016 regular season.
The 2016 ACC Championships will be held in Raleigh, N.C., from May 12-14 on the campus of NC State.
The Seminoles open the 2016 season in Miami, Fla., on February 12 as they will compete in the FIU Invitational. The first game will be against St. John’s at 2:30 p.m. The first home game at JoAnne Graf Field will be on Wednesday, February 17 as FSU hosts Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m.
Follow Florida State softball on Twitter (@FSU_Softball) and Instagram (fsusoftball), and like our Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSUsoftball) to keep up to date with everything about Seminole softball.
2016 ACC Softball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Florida State – 99 points (9 first-place votes)
2. Notre Dame – 92 (2)
T3. Louisville – 74
T3. NC State – 74
5. North Carolina – 69
6. Virginia Tech – 52
7. Pitt – 51
8. Boston College – 30
9. Syracuse – 27
10. Georgia Tech – 24
11. Virginia – 13