SEATTLE, Wash. – (Seminoles.com) The No. 8/6 Florida State indoor volleyball team (30-2) will play in the first of two regional semifinal matches in Seattle on Friday at 4 p.m. The sixth-seeded Seminoles will face unseeded BYU (27-4) at the Alaska Airlines Arena on the campus of the University of Washington.
“We’ve played well on the road this year for the most part,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “You always have a comfort when you’re playing at home, but we’ve got some experience out on the court that has played in this atmosphere. We just need to stay consistent.”
The Cougars earned their spot in the Sweet 16 after defeating Seton Hall and Arizona, 3-1 in Tuscon. BYU leads the nation in blocks with 3.86 per set, while Whitney Young leads the country with 1.93 blocks per set.
“Serve receive is going to be critical for us,” Poole said “Our first touches on the ball and defense are going to be critical because BYU is big enough where if we don’t give our setters the chance to run our offense, we’re going to be running behind.”
It is the fourth Sweet 16 for Coach Poole in six years. The Seminoles are looking to continue their historical season by advancing into the program’s third-ever Elite Eight on Saturday.
“Confidence is key,” senior setter Sarah Wickstrom said. “When we made the Final Four in 2011, we came out and were a little bit overwhelmed and from that match, each year we’ve gained a little more confidence. Especially this year, we know we can get back there with the type of team we have and with our confidence.”
The second match of the evening pits the third-seeded Huskies against Nebraska on their home floor. After dropping the opening day match to the Seminoles, 3-1 in Lincoln, Nebraska put together a 22-9 season while Washington lost two matches all year, placing second in the PAC-12.
On Friday, the winners will compete at 11:30 pm on ESPNU.
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