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Postseason Play Begins

Dec. 1, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – The 12th-seeded Florida State University indoor volleyball team begins its quest for the Final Four in San Antonio when it hosts the 2011 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship this Friday and Saturday.

The Seminoles (24-6) open play on Friday night at 7 p.m. against America East Conference champion Albany, while BIG EAST champion Cincinnati and Southern Conference champion Samford play before at 4:30 p.m. The winners of both matches will return to Tully Gym for a second-round bout on Saturday night at 6 p.m. for an opportunity to go to the Sweet 16 in Minneapolis, Minn.

To purchase tickets to this weekend’s event, visit the Online Ticket Office or visit the ticket office in Tully Gym on Friday.

  • Florida State Volleyball makes its 14th NCAA postseason appearance, including its third straight since 2009.
  • The Seminoles hold a 5-13 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, making their first appearance in 1983. Four of those wins have come under head coach Chris Poole in the last two seasons (2009, 2010).
  • FSU earns its second national seed in the last three years, entering the 2011 field as the No. 12 seed. In 2009, the Seminoles were seeded third and were also placed in the Minneapolis Regional.
  • The Noles look to defeat Albany in the first round on Friday evening and advance to the second round for just the fourth time in program history. FSU also reached round two in 1993, 2009 and 2010.
  • FSU finished the regular season with a Top 10 RPI, coming in at No. 10. Sub-regional opponent Cincinnati carries an RPI of 19, while Samford (62) and Albany (85) also show Top-100 RPIs.
  • The Seminoles show an 8-6 record against the current NCAA Tournament field of 64. FSU is 3-0 this season against teams in the Lexington Regional (Kentucky, Dayton, Delaware).
  • First-round opponent Albany is also a repeat opponent, having played at Tallahassee earlier in the year on Aug. 27. Senior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic of FSU recorded 10 kills and 10 digs in the match.
  • FSU and Cincinnati could possibly face off on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. for a spot in the Sweet 16. It would be the first meeting between the two schools on the volleyball courts since being in the Metro Conference together until 1991.

    Last Time Versus Albany
    The Seminoles and Great Danes faced off once already this season, as FSU came away with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-20) victory in its second match of the season at the FSU Invitational.

    FSU recorded an impressive .337 hitting percentage against the Great Danes, and registered 10 team blocks as sophomore middle blocker Ashley Neffled the way with six blocks.

    Casey Wright led Albany with eight kills and a .278 hitting percentage.

    Revisiting the Opening Round
    On Friday evening, the Seminoles will be hosting the first round of an NCAA sub-regional since the 2009 season when it defeated Alabama A&M in three sets.

    The contest was memorable not only because it was the first time FSU reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament since 1993. The victory that came in head coach Chris Poole’sFSU postseason debut also marked his 600th career victory, which at the time made him the 16th active coach to reach the milestone.

    ACC Sends Four to NCAAs
    Four Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball teams earned bids to the 2011 Division I NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship, the NCAA Volleyball Selection Committee announced. Duke and North Carolina will play their first round match on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Florida State, the 12th overall seed, and Miami will hit the court on Friday, Dec. 2.

    12th-seeded Florida State (24-6, 18-2 ACC), the 2011 regular season champion and the league’s automatic bid, will host first and second round action Dec. 2-3. The Seminoles received the No. 12 overall seed and will play Albany (N.Y.) (21-8) on Friday. The two squads already met this year back in August, with the Seminoles winning in a three-set sweep.

    With a victory on Friday, Florida State would advance to the second round and face either Cincinnati or Samford. This is the third consecutive trip to the postseason for Florida State, which has compiled a 5-13 record in 13 previous appearances. In 2009, the Seminoles reached the Elite Eight for the first time in school history before being knocked out by Minnesota in four sets.

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