Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State beach volleyball team will hold the No. 5 seed in the sixth year of the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship. Florida State opens the tournament against No. 12 seed Cal Poly on Wednesday, May 4th at 4:00 PM EST.
The Seminoles are the only program in the nation to make an appearance in every national championship event, starting with the AVCA Championship (2012-15) and now the NCAA Championship (2016-19, 2021-22). FSU finished as the runner-up in 2014, 2016, and 2018. The Noles have finished in the Top-5 every year in the postseason.
“We’ve had our ups and downs this year, but this team continues to believe in themselves, believe in the coaches and the program and continue to fight for us,” said head coach Brook Niles. “I can’t tell you how proud I am and how good this feels right now.”
Florida State earned the automatic bid for the NCAA Championship after winning a sixth CCSA Championship title this afternoon. Florida State is the only beach volleyball program in the country to win six straight conference championships.
This season, the Seminoles faced 17 opponents ranked in the AVCA Top-10 with nine wins and played 28 matches against AVCA Top-20 opponents. Florida State enters the weekend 28-9, with only three losses to teams ranked lower than the Seminoles. The remaining six losses were to AVCA Top-3 teams.
The Noles posted 13 sweeps throughout the season and only got swept once to No. 1 USC. One of FSU’s most recent sweeps was to LSU in the CCSA semi-final, it was LSU’s first time being swept this season.
The 2022 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship will feature 16 teams for the first time in history. The first round will be single-elimination, reducing the field to eight teams. After the first round, it resumes the typical bracket format with double elimination. The championship match will be played on Sunday, May 8th at 4:00 PM EST.
The 2022 Beach Volleyball Championship includes automatic bids for conference champions and the remaining teams are selected by the NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Committee.
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Wednesday, May 4 ESPNU
Friday, May 6 ESPNU
Saturday, May 7 ESPN2
Sunday, May 8 ESPN2
*All courts will be streamed on ESPN3