Dec. 10, 2009
Photo Gallery: First Day in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — For the first time in the history of the Florida State athletic department, the Seminole volleyball team is headed to the third round of the annual NCAA Championship.
FSU (30-2) is in Minneapolis, Minn. after a memorable 2009 regular season and strong start to postseason play as the No. 3 national seed.
After a successful 30-match slate of games that saw the Seminoles capture the first outright Atlantic Coast Conference championship in school history, Florida State earned back-to-back sweeps of Alabama A&M and Jacksonville State in the first two rounds last weekend.
The ‘Noles must now take on a Kentucky team that went 17-3 in the Southeastern Conference and boasts an impressive overall record of 28-4. The Wildcats, who swept Michigan State and Oregon to start the tournament, are led by Sarah Mendoza and her 4.12 kills-per-set average. In total, Kentucky has six players that average at least two kills per set.
The winner of the Kentucky-Florida State match will then take on the winner of the Minnesota-Colorado State showdown. The two third-round games are on Friday and the fourth round contest is scheduled for Saturday.
FSU’s match against Kentucky will take place at 6 p.m. ET and will air online at NCAA.com. The Saturday match, which will air live on ESPNU, will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.
All matches will be played at the Sports Complex on the campus of the Univerisity of Minnesota.