TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As one of just 11 schools to reach the NCAA Tournament each year since 2009, Florida State will begin the 2019 postseason with a match against RV UCF (24-7) on Thursday, December 5 at 4:30 p.m. The Noles and Knights will play at Exactech Arena in Gainesville, as No. 12 Florida is hosting the first and second rounds of the tournament.
“UCF is a very good team that is very well coached,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “Their players do a good job of staying in system and have an outside, McKenna Melville, that is as good as there is anywhere in the country. They are also very well balanced, so you don’t know exactly who they are going to go to at any given time. They are a dangerous team and we are preparing for a tough match.”
Florida State is 26-4 all-time against UCF, including winning each of the last 17 matches, dating back to 1984. Thursday’s match will be the first time that the Seminoles and Knights will meet in the NCAA Tournament.
Overall, FSU is 18-23 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a record of 16-10 under Coach Poole, with five trips to the Regionals, as well as a National Semifinal appearance in 2011.
The Seminoles are 3-6 this season against teams that have made the 2019 NCAA Volleyball Championship, including wins over No. 7-seed Minnesota, Louisville and Big East Champion St. John’s.
Thursday’s match between FSU and UCF will be broadcast on ESPN3, and tickets are still available through the Florida Athletics Ticket Office. Links for the stream, broadcast and live stats are available on the volleyball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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