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Beach Volleyball Earns No. 3 Seed for the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

Posted: 11:06 PM, Apr 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-28 23:06:24-04
Beach Volleyball Earns No. 3 Seed for the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State beach volleyball team will hold the No. 3 seed in the fourth edition of the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship.

Florida State is one of only two programs 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). FSU finished as the national runner-up in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The Noles also posted back-to-back top-three finishes in 2012 and 2013.

The Seminoles head into the national championship riding a streak of 12 consecutive victories, and just two weeks after claiming the team’s fourth consecutive CCSA Championship. Florida State is the only beach volleyball program in the country to win four straight conference championships.

FSU saw 15 opponents ranked in the AVCA Top-10 this season with 11 wins, and 25 matches taking place against teams ranked in the Top-20 with a 20-5 record in those matches. The Seminoles did not lose to a team currently ranked lower than fourth in the polls and posted sweeps in 12 matches this season without being swept once.

The 2019 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship will feature a double elimination, bracket play tournament with the two remaining schools playing a winner-take-all match on Sunday at 2:00 pm ET.

The 2019 Beach Volleyball Championship provides for a field of eight teams to compete in a double elimination tournament. The NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Committee conducts team selections, selecting the top three teams from the East Region and the top three teams from the West Region. The remaining two teams are selected at-large from across the country by the NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Committee.

Broadcast Schedule | Venue Information | Tickets

Friday, May 3

First Round
Match 1: USC vs. Stetson – 10:00 am (ESPNU)
Match 2: LSU vs. Pepperdine – 11:00 am (ESPNU)
Match 3: Florida State vs. Cal Poly – Noon (ESPNU)
Match 4: Hawaii vs. UCLA – 1:00 pm (ESPNU)

Elimination Bracket
Match 5: TBD vs. TBD – 2:00 pm (ESPNU)
Match 6: TBD vs. TBD – 3:00 pm (ESPNU)

Second Round
Match 7: TBD vs. TBD – 4:00 pm (ESPNU)
Match 8: TBD vs. TBD – 5:00 pm (ESPNU)

Saturday, May 4
Elimination Bracket – Second Round
Match 9: TBD vs. TBD – 2:00 pm (ESPN2)
Match 10: TBD vs. TBD – 3:00 pm (ESPN2)
Third Round – Semifinal
Match 11: TBD vs. TBD – 4:00 pm (ESPN2)
Elimination Bracket – Third Round
Match 12: TBD vs. TBD – 6:00 pm (ESPNU)

Sunday, May 5
Elimination Bracket – Final
Match 13: TBD vs. TBD – 10:30 pm (ESPN2)
National Championship – Final
Match 14: TBD vs. TBD – 2:00 pm (ESPN)

Match times are approximate, as matches will begin a minimum of 10 minutes after the conclusion of the previous match but no earlier than the stated time.

Order for Matches 9 and 10 will be determined at the conclusion of Match 8.

All broadcast times are Eastern. All time and networks are subject to change.

FSU vs. the NCAA Championship Field:

  • 45-31 record against all opponents
    • USC (28-4): 4-10
      • Last meeting: The Women of Troy took a close 3-2 decision over the Seminoles in the final match of the East Meets West Invitational.
      • Postseason: the two teams have met three times at the NCAA Championship. USC won the first two matches, including a 3-0 win in the National Championship in 2016. FSU got the best of USC last season with a 3-1 win in the NCAA Tournament.
    • UCLA (31-3): 7-7
      • Last meeting: The Bruins took a 4-1 decision over the Seminoles earlier this season at the Surf N Turf Invitational in Miami.
      • Postseason: the two teams have met four times in the NCAA Championship. FSU won the first three matches before losing in the championship match a season ago.
    • Pepperdine (20-9): 2-9
      • Last meeting: The Seminoles took down the Waves 4-1 earlier this season in the East Meets West Invitational.
      • Postseason: Pepperdine has defeated Florida State three times in the postseason, all at the AVCA Championship in 2013 and 2014.
    • LSU (29-6): 10-1
      • Last meeting: Florida State defeated LSU 3-0 in the CCSA Conference Championship match.
      • Postseason: the two teams have never met in a national championship event, but have now seen each other four times in the CCSA Championship.
  • Cal Poly (25-10): 2-0
    • Last meeting: FSU defeated the Mustangs 4-1 this season at home.
  • Hawaii (26-9): 8-4
    • Last meeting: The Seminoles took down the Rainbow Wahine 3-2 earlier this season in the East Meets West Invitational.
    • Postseason: the two teams have met six times in the postseason with four of those meetings at the NCAA Championship, where the Seminoles have won two of those meetings. Florida State defeated Hawaii 3-2 in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
  • Stetson (29-8): 12-0
    • Last meeting: The Seminoles took down the Hatters 4-1 earlier this season at home.
    • Postseason: The two teams have met twice in the postseason both resulting in sweeps by FSU. Florida State won the first meeting 5-0 in the AVCA Championship and the second meeting 3-0 in the NCAA Championship.

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