November 30, 2017 - by
Volleyball Opens NCAA First Round Against Cougars

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Florida State volleyball heads to host site Nebraska for the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Seminoles (18-10, 12-8 ACC) will face the Washington State Cougars (17-10, 6-14 Pac-12) in the first round on Friday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 pm (4:30 CT).

Head coach Chris Poole has now led the Seminoles to nine consecutive tournament appearances in his ten years at Florida State, and 2017 marks FSU’s 20th overall appearance since 1983.

In the eight consecutive seasons, Florida State has not dropped a first round match. Not one of those matches was decided in more than four sets, and FSU saw six sweeps in that time frame. While the Seminoles have been dominant in the tournament under Poole, this is the first time FSU heads to the tournament unranked since 2010.

This will be the first meeting for the Seminoles and the Cougars, and the fifth time in program history the Seminoles will open play at the tournament against a team it had not met prior. The two teams have one common opponent this season – Baylor. FSU beat the Bears in Waco to open the 2017 season, while WSU lost to Baylor in Pullman later in the preseason.

 


 

GAME NOTES

First Round Matchup: Washington State Cougars
Friday, Dec. 1 | 4:30 pm (5:30 EST)

FSU All-Time First Round
All-Time First Round Record: 10-11
First Round Record Under Poole: 8-0

Florida State Heads to 20th NCAA Tournament

  • For the ninth consecutive season, head coach Chris Poole is leading the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament. This is the program’s 20th appearance in the tournament since former head coach Cecile Reynaud piloted FSU to its first appearance in 1983.
  • For the last four seasons FSU has traveled to Gainesville, Fla. for the First and Second Rounds.
  • Since FSU began its eight-year streak of NCAA Tournament appearances, the team is undefeated in the first round, meaning that head coach Chris Poole has never lost a First Round match in his tenure at Florida State.

Seminoles vs. Cougars

  • The Seminoles have never played Washington State in program history.
  • This marks only the fifth time in program history that the Seminoles will open play at the NCAA Tournament against a team they had not met prior. The others were Colorado State (1988), DePaul (1993), Northern Illinois (1998), Alabama A&M (2009).
  • FSU has faced seven teams for the first time in the NCAA Tournament, including Pacific (1993), Jacksonville State (2009) and Stanford (2016) along with the previous teams mentioned.
    • Florida State is 3-4 against first-time opponents in the NCAA Tournament.
  • This is the 11th time in FSU’s history that neither the Seminoles nor its opponent in the NCAA Tournament are ranked in the AVCA Top 25, and the first time since 2010.

Common Opponent

  • This season, the two teams only have one common opponent: Baylor.
  • Florida State defeated Baylor in its home opener this season, taking down the Bears in four sets in front of the largest crowd in Baylor history.
  • Washington State lost to Baylor in the Cougar Challenge Tournament in Pullman earlier this season, losing in five sets after winning the opening and fourth sets.

 

Second Round Matchup: No. 5 Nebraska Cornhuskers / Stony Brook Seawolves
Saturday, Dec. 2 | 7:00 pm (8:00 EST)

FSU All-Time Second Round
All-Time Second Round Record: 5-5
Second Round Record Under Poole: 5-3

Four Set Upset

  • Florida State opened the 2014 season ranked 13th in the AVCA Poll, and headed to Lincoln to take on the No. 7 Cornhuskers in the first match of the season. The Seminoles walked away with a 3-1 win over Nebraska in front of a crowd of over 8,500 at Devaney Sports Center.
  • The win kicked off a 24-match win streak to start the season, one of the longest streaks in Florida State history, and the best start the Seminoles have ever seen.
  • FSU seniors Milica Kubura and Cecilie Woie were both on the 2014 squad, and Kubura added 5 kills and one assisted block to help propel the Seminoles over the Cornhuskers.

Seminoles vs. Cornhuskers

  • Nebraska leads 2-1 in the series that dates back to 1978, taking the first two matches and falling to the Seminoles in 2014.
  • The two have never met in the postseason before.
  • The Huskers are coming off their second straight Big Ten Championship, and went on a 13-match win streak to close out the season.

Seminoles vs. Seawolves

  • A second round matchup between Florida State and Stony Brook would be the first meeting between the two teams.
  • The Seawolves advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever after claiming the America East Championship this season.
  • Stony Brook ranks 29th nationally in digs per set at 17.23

 

 

Stat Leaders

  • Kills
    • FSU: Milica Kubura, 372
    • WSU: Taylor Mims, 488
    • UN: Mikaela Foeche, 361
    • SB: McKyla Brooks, 309
  • Assists
    • FSU: Brianne Burkert, 894
    • WSU: Ashley Brown, 688
    • UN: Kelly Hunter, 1,010
    • SB: LeAnne Sakowicz, 1,236
  • Digs
    • FSU: Cecilie Woie, 445
    • WSU: Alexis Dirige, 537
    • NU: Kenzie Maloney, 376
    • SB: Kiani Kerstetter, 536
  • Total Blocks
    • FSU: Taryn Knuth, 158
    • WSU: Jocelyn Urias, 164
    • UN: Briana Holman, 112
    • SB: McKyla Brooks, 96­

 

 

Follow the Action

The First and Second Rounds will stream live on Nebraska’s website, Huskers.com. Links for the stream will open 30 minutes before the scheduled match time.

 

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