FSU volleyball opens NCAA Tournament with UCF

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Marking its 11th consecutive year in the NCAA postseason, Florida State (19-9) will take on UCF (24-7) on Thursday to begin the 2019 NCAA Volleyball Championship. The Seminoles are one of just 11 schools that have reached the NCAA Tournament each year since 2009.

The Noles and Knights will play each other in Gainesville on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., as No. 10 Florida (25-4) will host Alabama State (17-21) later in the evening at 7 p.m. The winner of those two matches will meet in the second round on Friday at 7 p.m.

“Based on the geography and how the NCAA puts teams together, I felt that we would probably be in Gainesville and we would probably open with UCF,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “They are a great team with a great coach and we know that they have played really tough the last couple of years. We are expecting it to be a very good match.”

Florida State is 26-4 all-time against UCF, including 17 consecutive victories dating back to 1984. It will mark the first time that the Seminoles and Knights will face each other in the NCAA Tournament.

Tickets and broadcast information will be announced later this week.

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