TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) Eager to appear in its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament, the Florida State (28-2, 16-2) indoor volleyball team will open the First Round of play against Jacksonville (19-14, 8-7) in Tully Gym at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The appearance is the 16th in program history, setting a school record for consecutive trips.
The match will follow the 4:30 p.m. contest between Alabama and Samford.
“The team has high expectations for this post season,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “It’s going to be important for us to limit our errors and that’s what has plagued us all year. We have enough talent to win, but in the NCAA Tournament, we know we’re playing teams that are very good. We’re going to have to play well on our side of the net and have our players step up and play to our potential.”
The Seminoles meet with the Dolphins for the first time since the 2003 season, when a 3-0 victory extended the all-time series lead in favor of FSU, 28-0. Jacksonville earned its bid by securing its second-straight Atlantic-Sun title.
The winner of the match will face either Alabama (23-7, 11-5) or Samford (19-12, 11-5) on Friday at 7 p.m.
“Any time you’re playing a team in the NCAA Tournament you’re starting over,” Poole said. “Other teams look at this as an opportunity to rise up and win on any one night, just like we did last season at Florida. So, it’s important for us to step up and play to our potential.”
Passes for all three matches are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and youth are $4. Individual match tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $4 for children. The first 100 students with valid FSU ID will be admitted for free.
“It’s so important to be able to host the first two rounds,” Poole said. “It helps with the travel involved. There is an amount of fatigue at the end of a season and if you have to hit the road for the first two rounds that’s going to escalate. We’re glad to be playing in Tully, that’s going to be critical.”
All three matches will be streamed on ESPN3. For more information about FSU Volleyball and the NCAA Tournament, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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