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FSU beach volleyball’s season ends vs. 1-seed USC

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Another great season concludes.

2019 FSU beach volleyball
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Saturday night update:

Florida State fell 3-1 to top-seeded USC on Saturday, marking the end of their 2019 campaign.

Friday night update:

The 3-seed ’Noles fell 3-0 to 2-seed UCLA on Friday now drop into the losers’ bracket. They’ll play top-seeded USC at 10 am on Saturday; the Trojans were upset by the 8-seed, Stetson, before eliminating 4-seed Pepperdine to remain alive.

Friday afternoon update:

The Seminoles have dispatched of Cal Poly 3-0 and now advance to face 2-seed UCLA in a rematch of last year’s championship finale this afternoon.

Florida State beach volleyball is once again one of the best teams in the country, and on Friday, the Seminoles will begin another run at the national title to which they’ve gotten so close but not yet captured. Beach volleyball has been an NCAA sport since 2016, and in the three years since, the ’Noles have finished second, fourth, and second in the country, respectively. USC won the championship over FSU in 2016 and then repeated in 2017, while UCLA topped the Seminoles for the crown last year.

Here’s the press release from FSU with more information detailing another excellent season for the Seminoles:

GULF SHORES, Ala. – On Friday, May 3rd, the Florida State beach volleyball team begins play in the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship as the No. 3 seed. The Seminoles went 28-5 this season and earned their fourth straight CCSA title.

FSU opens play against the Cal Poly Mustangs on Friday at 12:00 am CT (1 pm EST). Florida State leads the series against Cal Poly 2-0 including a 4-1 win at home earlier this season. The Seminoles will play a second match [on Friday], with the time depending on their first match result.

The Seminoles enter the NCAA Championship on a 12-match win streak and are one of just two programs in the nation (along with Pepperdine) to have played in every AVCA Championship (2012-15) and NCAA Championship (2016-18). Florida State is also the only program in the country to win four straight conference titles.

FSU saw 16 opponents ranked in the AVCA Top-10 this season and came away with 11 wins. 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. They earned sweeps in six of their last eight matches including a 3-0 sweep of LSU in the CCSA Championship match.