TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) The Florida State indoor volleyball team earned the No. 6 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament as the field of 64 teams was announced on ESPNU on Sunday night. The Seminoles (28-2, 16-2) will host the First and Second Rounds that will run from Dec. 4-5 in Tully Gym, making their sixth-straight tournament appearance.
“I’m very excited to get the sixth overall seed,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “It’s a very fair place. I think the ladies have followed up the two losses of the season with great volleyball. We’ve been playing well the last two weeks and any time you’re in the top 10, you know that you’ve had a good season. We need to continue to win and play to the best of our ability.”
As the second place team in the ACC, Florida State will first face Jacksonville (19-17, 7-7) on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Dolphins are the winners of their second-straight Atlantic Sun Conference Championship after defeating Lipscomb, 3-1 in the finals behind the tournament MVP, Sammie Strausbaugh.
“Being at home is very exciting for us,” redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher said. “We’re just excited to get back to practice this week. Our heart and character has pulled through for us and got us some tough wins during the season. At the beginning of the season we weren’t sure how our team was going to come together, but we’ve been tested and we’re ready.”
The 4:30 p.m. match on Thursday will pit Samford (19-12, 11-5) and Alabama (23-7, 11-5) against each other. Samford won the Southern Conference after defeating Furman 3-1 while Alabama was one of five SEC teams earning a bid to the tournament. The Bulldogs will visit Tallahassee for the season time this season after participating in the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational back in September.
The winners of Thursday’s match will meet on Friday at 7 p.m. The victor of that match will advance to the Seattle Regional, which will run from Dec. 12-13 at the Alaska Airlines Arena looking to continue on to the Women’s Volleyball Championships on Dec. 18-20 in Oklahoma City.
“Being able to start the NCAA Tournament at home is a huge advantage,” Poole said. “Our girls have finals and it’s crucial for us to prepare. We’ve been able to work on some things these last few weeks at home. We’ve got a nice mixture of players with leadership and athleticism. They believe in themselves, they believe that they’re good and that’s why we’ve been able to win 28 matches this year.”
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Mosher Senior Class
Redshirt senior Katie Mosher was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Fans can vote once per day until Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The winner will be chosen at the Final Four in December. She currently holds the third highest tally of votes behind Liz McMahon from Illinois and Chaniel Nelson of North Carolina.