Jacksonville Sports Day

The CCSA Beach Volleyball Championships begin Friday at the Lakepoint Sporting Community in Emerson, Ga.

FSU's Julie Brown goes for an attack against Tulane. Photo by Don Juan Moore

The Florida State Beach Volleyball team has earned the top seed in the inaugural Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Beach Volleyball Championship which gets underway Friday April, 22 at the Lakepoint Sporting Community in Emerson, Ga. The Seminoles finished the regular season with a 24-1 record including a 7-0 mark against fellow CCSA school members.

“I told the girls that we made it out of pool play,” said Florida State head coach Brooke Niles following Saturday’s regular season finale. “What we just went through was a prequel to what we are faced with now, today starts a new season for us.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond to championship play. This is the time of year where we need to step up our game and play even better than we did during the regular season. I feel we are on a good track and ready to take the next step. We’re excited for this week’s CCSA Championship.”

The eight-team field will be divided into two four-team pools to begin the Championship. The top-three teams in each pool will advance to the knockout phase, with each pool’s winner getting a bye into the semifinals. The Championship Match on Sunday, April, 24 will be broadcast live on ESPN3 at 1:00 p.m.

Joining the top-seeded Noles in group one are fourth-seeded LSU, fifth-seeded South Carolina and eighth-seeded UAB. Florida State will open pool play on Friday at 8:00 a.m. against LSU, followed with its second match of the day against South Carolina at 1:00 p.m. The Seminoles will conclude pool play on Saturday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. against UAB.

Florida State defeated all three schools in its group earlier this year by identical 5-0 scores. The Seminoles faced the Tigers in Baton Rouge back on April 2, opened the 2016 campaign against the Gamecocks in Tempe, Ariz., and faced the Blazers this past weekend in Tallahassee at the FSU Beach Invitational.

The other four teams in group two consist of second-seeded Georgia State, third-seeded FIU, sixth-seeded FAU and seventh-seeded Tulane.

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