April 10, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminole volleyball team is out to a very successful start in the spring season as they head to Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, April 11, for a tournament hosted by in-state rival Florida. Florida State will also face ACC opponent Miami and FIU inside Florida Gym.
This weekend will be the third tournament of the spring for the Noles, who already have two wins under their belt.
“I’m very pleased with the performance of the team this spring,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We are currently 15-1 in sets this spring. When you consider that we are playing a lot of different players and different line-ups from the fall, that is very good.”
At the University of Central Florida Tournament on March 28, FSU started off with a split against Miami (25-15, 22-25) but won the pool based on number of points scored to advance to the Championship bracket.
Tournament host UCF was no match for the Seminoles as the Garnet and Gold defeated the Knights, 25-15, 25-22, before taking out Jacksonville in a similar fashion (25-16, 25-18).
Florida State would seal the deal with a sweep over Georgia Southern (25-21, 25-18) in the afternoon pool to be crowned the winners of the Central Florida Spring Tournament.
The following weekend would send the ladies to Atlanta, Ga., to face a handful of 2008 NCAA Tournament participants at the Georgia Tech Spring Tournament on April 5.
First up was Alabama-Birmingham (2008 NCAA participant) and the Noles made easy work of the Blazers in a 3-0 sweep (25-10, 25-17, 25-17) before taking out another recent NCAA team, Mississippi, also in three (25-14, 25-17, 15-12).
The final match placed FSU against the University of South Florida which knocked out tournament host Georgia Tech in an earlier round. In a best-of two championship round, the Seminoles reigned supreme with a 25-13,25-16 victory over the Bulls.
Florida State looks to maintain its momentum heading into a very tough weekend in The Swamp.
“We are making very good strides with the team as a whole and look forward to the matches in Gainesville on Saturday,” Poole said. “The girls are getting quicker and more dynamic and that has been a big focus for us this spring. We are still not where we want to be, but we are light years ahead of where we were last August.”
The Florida Spring Tournament will be the last indoor road tourney for FSU before it hosts a Garnet and Gold scrimmage later this month.
A group of six Noles will travel to the Collegiate Beach Championships in Siesta Key, Fla., on April 18, and will be paired in teams of two. Freshman Rachael Morgan and sophomore Taylor Wilson will be the top team while sophomore Stephanie Neville will pair with junior Nikki Baker and redshirt senior Mira Djuric will make her first appearance since the 2007 season with freshman partner Courtney Zuber, who is making her collegiate debut following a redshirt season in the fall.
“The girls are really excited about the Collegiate Beach Tournament,” Poole said. “We have three competitive teams.
“Taylor and Rachael will play in the Gold Division as both of these players have the most beach experience and we expect them to be competitive. Mira and Courtney did not play in the fall, with both redshirting, but both have good ball control and should also make a competitive team. Mira can play on either side of the court and that makes her valuable as an attacker from anywhere. Stephanie and Nikki will make for a great combination. Stephanie is tall so her reach may be an advantage in the sand where the jump is less. Nikki has a very good sense of the court and has a lot of shots.”
April 11th, 2009 – Tournament at Gainesville Florida
(All matches will be 2 sets to 25 and one set to 15 points.)
Court 1 Court 2
10:00am UF vs. FIU FSU vs. Miami
11:00am UF vs. FSU FIU vs. Miami
12:00pm UF vs. Miami FIU vs. FSU
2:30pm UF vs. FSU Miami vs. FIU
3:30pm UF vs. FIU Miami vs. FSU
4:30pm UF vs. Miami FSU vs. FIU