TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2018 National Runner-Up and three-time CCSA conference champion Florida State beach volleyball team announced its 2019 spring schedule on Monday (1/7). The schedule is headlined by a program-record four home events, tournaments in five different states and eight meetings with 2018 NCAA Championship teams.
The Seminoles are coming off of the program’s best season to-date in 2018, finishing with a program-best 33 wins and the team’s third National Runner-Up finish – advancing through the winner’s bracket and finishing with only one loss in the tournament for the first time.
The team begins its eighth season in 2019 and fourth under head coach Brooke Niles. Since 2016 – when beach volleyball became an NCAA sanctioned sport and the Seminoles joined the CCSA – FSU has gone undefeated against all teams east of California.
The Seminoles hit the ground running in the first week of the season, hosting CCSA opponents LSU, South Carolina and Tulane, as well as Tampa and AVCA Top-10 Cal Poly in its first tournament. This is the first season in program history that the Seminoles will start with a home tournament.
From there, the Seminoles head south to Boca Raton to compete in FAU’s Beach Burrow Bash the first weekend of March, and then will spend Spring Break in California once again. Out west, the team will face USC at Merle Norman Stadium in Los Angeles before competing in the East Meets West Invitational, where it will face Pepperdine along with the three teams the Seminoles defeated in last year’s NCAA Championship: Hawaii, UCLA and USC.
FSU will then host back-to-back events, with the Garnet & Gold Scrimmage on March 16 and the team’s second home tournament on the 22nd and 23rd, where they will host Stetson, Arizona and Austin Peay. The Seminoles then close out Match at FIU’s Surf ‘N’ Turf Invitational in Miami.
The final month of the regular season is led by FSU’s fourth home event, where the team will host conference opponents Georgia State, FAU and FIU. Dual match season will end in Fort Worth Texas, as the Seminoles face ULM, New Orleans, and conference opponents UAB and TCU in the Horned Frogs’ first season in the CCSA.
Florida State will look for its fourth-straight CCSA Conference title at the end of April in Emerson, Ga. Southern Miss and TCU joined the conference prior to the 2018-19 academic year, expanding the conference to 12 teams. The Seminoles will then look for their eighth-straight NCAA Championship bid after a week off to prepare for another championship run.
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