April 29, 2018 - by
FSU Claims No. 4 Seed for NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State beach volleyball team will hold the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championship, which takes place May 4-6 in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Seminoles enter the championship as the top team in the east, and will face off against seven of the best teams in the nation at Gulf Place.

“We are really excited to be chosen again as one of the eight teams to compete in the championship,” said head coach Brooke Niles. “We’re just ready to get out there and compete.”

FSU opens play at the event against two-time defending national champion Southern California. In a rematch of the 2016 title game, the two teams square off at 11 am ET (10 am CT) on Friday, May 4. The winner advances to the second round (Match 7) Friday at 4:00 pm ET, while the loser moves to the first round of the elimination bracket (Match 5) Friday at 2:00 pm. The Seminoles’ first two matches will air on ESPNU.

“It’s great that all four teams, FSU, LSU, South Carolina and FIU, got into the tournament,” Niles said. “That’s the first time that has happened, and it really shows how strong the east is becoming.”

Florida State is one of only two programs in the nation to make an appearance in every AVCA (2012-15) and NCAA (2016-18) Championship. FSU finished as the national runner-up in 2014 and 2016, and posted back-to-back top three finishes in 2012 and 2013.

The Seminoles head into the national championship riding a streak of 18 consecutive victories, and just two weeks after claiming the team’s third CCSA Championship. The team went undefeated against conference opponents this season, and has not lost to an East Coast team since head coach Brooke Niles took the helm in 2016.

FSU saw seven opponents ranked in the AVCA Top-10 this season, with 18 matches taking place against teams ranked in the Top-15 with a 12-6 record in those matches. The Seminoles did not lose to a team currently ranked lower than sixth in the polls, and posted sweeps in 20 matches this season without being swept once.

The 2017 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship will feature a double elimination, bracket play tournament with the two remaining schools playing a winner-take-all match on Sunday at 3:00 pm ET.

The 2018 Beach Volleyball Championship provides for a field of eight teams to compete in a double elimination tournament. The NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Committee conducts team selections, selecting the top three teams from the East Region and the top three teams from the West Region. The remaining two teams are selected at-large from across the country by the NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Committee.

NCAA Championship Seeding

  1. UCLA
  2. Pepperdine
  3. Hawaii
  4. Florida State
  5. Southern California
  6. South Carolina
  7. LSU
  8. Florida International

 

2018 NCAA Championship

Schedule of Events

All broadcast times are Eastern. All time and networks are subject to change.

Friday, May 4
First Round
Match 1: #1 UCLA vs. #8 FIU – 10:00 am (ESPNU)
Match 2: #5 USC vs. #4 Florida State – 11:00 am (ESPNU)
Match 3: #3 Hawaii vs. #6 South Carolina – 1:00 pm (ESPNU)
Match 4: #7 LSU vs. #2 Pepperdine – Noon (ESPNU)
Elimination Bracket
Match 5: Loser of Dual 1 vs. Loser of Dual 2 – 2:00 pm (ESPNU)
Match 6: Loser of Dual 3 vs. Loser of Dual 4 – 3:00 pm (ESPNU)
Second Round
Match 7: Winner of Dual 1 vs. Winner of Dual 2 – 4:00 pm (ESPNU)
Match 8: Winner of Dual 3 vs. Winner of Dual 4 – 5:00 pm (ESPNU)

Saturday, May 5
Elimination Bracket – Second Round
Match 9: TBD vs. TBD – 2:00 pm (ESPN2)
Match 10: TBD vs. TBD – 3:00 pm (ESPN2)
Third Round
Match 11: TBD vs. TBD – 4:00 pm (ESPN2)
Elimination Bracket – Third Round
Match 12: TBD vs. TBD – 5:00 pm (ESPNU)

Sunday, May 6
Elimination Bracket – Final
Match 13: TBD vs. TBD – 12:00 pm (ESPN2)
National Championship – Final
Match 14: TBD vs. TBD – 3:00 pm (ESPN)

 

Match times are approximate, as matches will begin a minimum of 10 minutes after the conclusion of the previous match but no earlier than the stated time.

Order for Matches 9 and 10 will be determined at the conclusion of Match 8.

 

 

FSU vs. the Field

43-27 record against all seven opponents

  • UCLA: 6-4
    • Last meeting: The Bruins took a 4-1 decision over the Seminoles earlier this season at the Surf N Turf Invitational in Miami.
    • Postseason: the two teams have met twice in the NCAA Championship, with FSU winning both matches 3-1 (5/8/16 and 5/6/17)
  • Florida International: 8-2
    • Last meeting: Florida State swept FIU 5-0 in the semifinal round of the CCSA Championship this season.
    • Postseason: The two teams have met twice in a national championship event, with each team earning a sweep over the other in the AVCA Championship.
  • Hawaii: 6-4
    • Last meeting: The No. 5 Seminoles upset the No. 3 Rainbow Wahine 4-1 in the first day of the East Meets West Challenge in Manhattan Beach, Calif. this season for FSU’s lone win of the event.
    • Postseason: the two teams have met five times in the postseason with three of those meetings at the NCAA Championship, where the Seminoles won 3-2 in 2016 but lost twice last season.
  • LSU: 8-0
    • Last meeting: The Seminoles stayed perfect against the Tigers to defeat them in both pool play and the championship match at the CCSA Championship.
    • Postseason: the two teams have never met in a national championship event, but have now seen each other three times in the CCSA Championship.
  • Pepperdine: 1-9
    • Last meeting: The Waves took down the Seminoles 4-1 earlier this season in a single-dual match at Zuma Beach, Calif. After defeating FSU with the same result at the East Meets West Challenge.
    • Postseason: Pepperdine has defeated Florida State three times in the postseason, all at the AVCA Championship in 2013 and 2014.
  • South Carolina: 11-0
    • Last meeting:
    • Postseason: the two teams have met only once in a national championship event, when the Seminoles swept the Gamecocks 3-0 in the elimination bracket last season. The teams have met three times at the CCSA Championship.
  • USC: 3-8
    • Last meeting: The Women of Troy took a close 3-2 decision over the Seminoles in the final match of the East Meets West Challenge, after the match was tied 1-1 and 2-2.
    • Postseason: the two teams have met twice at the NCAA Championship, where the Women of Troy earned two wins over the Seminoles in 2016, with one win coming in the final match to give USC the inaugural NCAA Championship title.

 

Records to Watch

  • Tory Paranagua
    • With a 98-24 dual match record, Paranagua holds the record for the most career dual match victories in program history.
      • She is two wins away from becoming the first Seminole in program history to reach 100 career dual match wins.
    • Her 111-29 overall record ranks fourth in program history.
    • Her 28-7 record at the No. 1 position places fourth in program history. She needs just two more wins to take third place.
    • Her 42-7 record at the No. 2 position is the second most ever earned at FSU.
  • Vanessa Freire
    • Her 95-30 career dual record ranks second in program history, right behind her partner’s 98 career dual wins.
    • Her 105-33 career overall wins ranks fifth in program history.  
    • Her 36-13 record in the No. 2 position ranks third all-time behind Paranagua’s 42 wins and Pellitteri’s 44.
  • Sara Putt and Macy Jerger head into the NCAA Championship still undefeated with a 17-0 record, all in the No. 3 position.
  • Macy Jerger’s 42-10 record at the No. 3 position is a program record.
  • Katie Horton now holds the record for most wins at the No. 4 position with a 30-11 record. Francesca Goncalves and Hailey Luke are both tied for the sixth-most wins on the fourth court, each with a 15-4 record.
  • Four current players rank in the top-5 for most wins at No. 5, as Hailey Luke leads with a 42-16 record, followed by Eva Torruella coming in second (28-6), Nikki Esposito coming in third (19-11) and Molly McBain tied for fourth with a 15-5 record.

 

 

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