TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The second-ranked Florida State Beach Volleyball team puts its undefeated record on the line this weekend in DeLand as the Seminoles are set to face their toughest two-day stretch of competition this season at the Stetson Beach Invitational, Friday & Saturday, March 25-26.
All four opponents the Seminoles (12-0) will face at Stetson carry a top-20 national ranking including three teams that rank in the top 10. On Friday, FSU will open the tournament against No. 10/9 Florida International (5-2) at 12 noon before taking on No. 4/3 UCLA (5-3) for the second time this year at 3:00 p.m.
On Saturday, the Seminoles return to the sand to face No. 5 Hawaii (4-5) at 10:30 a.m. and will then conclude the tournament against No. 17 Florida Atlantic (6-3) at 4:30 p.m. All four matches will be held at the Cooper Beach Volleyball Courts located on Stetson’s campus.
At 12-0 on the year, Florida State is off to its best start since winning its first 15 games during the inaugural 2012 season. It also marks the second longest win streak in program history. All 12 games in 2016 have come on the road.
Florida State is 2-2 all-time against FIU as the Panthers carry a two-game series win streak into Friday’s match. FIU won both match-ups against FSU last year including a 5-0 victory in the first round of the AVCA Championships in Gulf Shores.
FSU and UCLA are squaring off for the second time this year as the Seminoles defeated the Bruins, 3-2, out in Santa Monica on March 10. In that match, Florida State wasted no time earning the three team points winning in straight sets on courts one (Julie Brown/Jace Pardon), two (Victoria Paranagua/Kristina Pellitteri) and four (Vanessa Freire/Sierra Sanchez). The clinching point came on court four as Freire/Sanchez defeated Zana Muno and Reily Buechler, 21-17, 21-19. FSU is 3-0 all-time against UCLA.
Florida State and Hawaii will meet for the fifth time on Saturday with the Seminoles leading the all-time series 3-1. The Rainbow Wahine snapped a three-game losing streak in the series last year recording their lone win over the Seminoles in the consolation bracket of the AVCA Championships in Gulf Shores.
FSU is 3-0 all-time against FAU as the two schools met at Siesta Key last year with the Seminoles blanking the Owls, 5-0.
Live stats for all four of FSU’s matches at the Stetson Beach Invitational will be available on the Beach Volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com. Also be sure to follow the Noles on Twitter (FSU_BeachVB) and on Instagram (FSUBeachVolleyball) for updates from this weekend’s matches.