November 29, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The Florida State women’s volleyball team will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, for opening round action in the 1998 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships, the NCAA Selection Committee announced Sunday. The Lady Seminoles will face Northern Illinois University in the first round on Friday.
“While we are disappointed that we are not playing at home, we have a good chance at beating the three teams in our bracket,” said head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud. “They are all good teams. We have a lot of confidence after the ACC Tournament which I hope will carry over to this weekend.”
“Going through the ACC Tournament without losing a game was a great boost for us,” said senior setter Fiona Bolten. “Everyone is very excited to get to the NCAAs. I think we are in a good bracket to surprise some people.”
Florida State, 25-10 overall, received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with its victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship last weekend. Northern Illinois, 26-6 overall, is an at-large selection. The Huskies were defeated by Miami (Ohio) in the championship of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Saturday. Friday’s first round matchup will be the first meeting between the two schools.
In Friday’s other opening round match in the four-team bracket, host-Louisville (27-4), the Conference USA champion, will battle American (29-5), the leader of the Colonial Conference. Friday’s winners will meet on Saturday with the winner advancing to the Central Regional Tournament on December 10-13. Louisville was selected as the Central Region’s number four seed. Penn State is the #1 seed followed by BYU at number two and Pacific as the third seed in the region.
Florida State returns to the Tournament following an opening round defeat in last year’s NCAA Championships. This will be the tenth NCAA Tournament appearance for the Lady Seminoles and the eighth in the past 12 years.