BATON ROUGE, La. – The seventh-ranked Florida State beach volleyball team heads into its final tournament of the regular season this weekend, as it will see its last five opponents at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou April 14 and 15.
The Seminoles head into the weekend with a 19-6 record (8-0 CCSA) after winning its last seven matches. Before Saturday’s matches of the Seminole Beach Battle were canceled last weekend, FSU swept its last three opponents in straight sets.
Florida State is looking for its third consecutive conference championship this season, and this weekend will give the team its final chance to see CCSA opponents Georgia State and LSU before the conference tournament next weekend. The Tigers will prove to be the Seminoles’ closest competition of the weekend, as they are ranked just below FSU in both the AVCA and DiG polls this week.
1:00 pm – #7 FSU vs. #11 Georgia State
4:00 pm – #7 FSU vs. Houston Baptist
6:00 pm – #7 FSU vs. New Orleans
11:00 am – #7 FSU vs. #8 LSU
2:00 pm – #7 FSU vs. Jacksonville State
Times listed are EST
Georgia State has had a successful season since the two teams last met in February. The Panthers earned wins over ranked LSU and Florida Atlantic teams and have gone undefeated at home.
The Panthers have seen their most consistency at the No. 3 position, as the duo of Georgia Johnson and Olivia Stasevich has gone 13-4 on the third court. Brooke Weiner and Tiffany Creamer have been holding down the top of the lineup with a 10-5 record at the No. 1 and 2 positions.
Florida State leads 6-1 in the series. The Seminoles have not lost to the Panthers under Niles, and have won the last four meetings in the series.
FSU is one of six CCSA teams the Huskies have seen this season. HBU defeated UAB early in the season but has since fallen to Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, UNC Wilmington, FSU and Tulane.
Most recently, the Huskies are coming off of a 1-2 weekend where they fell to No. 19 Tulane and No. 12 Grand Canyon, but defeated New Orleans 5-0 at the Green Wave Invitational.
Florida State leads 2-0 in the series. Prior to meeting earlier this season at Stetson’s Hickory Point Lake Bash, the two teams had only met once in 2016.
New Orleans has picked up three wins this season with a 3-2 decision over Houston Baptist and sweeps over Tarleton State and Ottawa.
The pair of Madison Miller and Brianna Vega leads the team with six wins earned at the No. 3 and 4 positions. The Privateers are strongest in the bottom of their lineup, with seven wins at both the No. 4 and 5 positions.
The two teams have only met once in the series. FSU took a 5-0 win over UNO in FIU’s Surf N Turf Invitational in Miami, Fla. last season.
LSU started off the season with a big win over then-No. 14 Cal Poly, and later took down No. 2 USC at the East Meets West Challenge. With a CCSA 6-4 record, the Tigers have defeated UNC Wilmington, Florida Atlantic, College of Charleston, Tulane and UAB.
This will be the only time the Seminoles are able to see one of the CCSA’s top programs before the conference championships the following weekend.
Florida State is undefeated against the Tigers. Three of FSU’s five wins in the series have come under head coach Brooke Niles, one of which was in Baton Rouge.
Jacksonville State is in its third year as a program after beginning the first year beach volleyball was recognized as an NCAA sport (2016). This will be the first time the Seminoles and the Gamecocks have met.
Florida State will be the sixth CCSA team the Gamecocks see this year, as the team has already faced UAB, UNC Wilmington, Georgia State, LSU and South Carolina. Jacksonville State has earned a majority of their wins at the No. 1 and 5 positions, earning three points in each position.
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