It has been an excellent year for FSU athletics.
The Florida State Seminoles look well-posed to vie for national championships in two NCAA sports in the coming weeks. The FSU softball team (42-5, 19-1 ACC) just clinched their 14th ACC championship with a sweep of Pittsburgh (30-18, 7-12 ACC), while the beach volleyball team (29-1) was just named the number one overall seed of the inaugural NCAA beach volleyball tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Noles begin tournament play against the eight-seeded Stetson Hatters (28-7) on Friday.
What has led these teams to be so successful this season? For the softball team, players like sophomore third baseman Jessica Warren and sophomore outfielder Morgan Klaevemann have led the way. Warren was named the co-ACC player of the week for her efforts in clinching the ACC title this week for FSU while batting .562 with three home runs. Klaevemann is fifth overall in the nation in stolen bases (40, in 44 attempts) and fifth in the nation in runs scored (54).
This team plays fearlessly, never doubting that they are the better team on the field. Florida State recently went into the then-No. 2 Auburn Tigers and split a doubleheader, ending a 17-game winning streak for the Tigers. They have been so good that more and more FSU students are concerned about their windshields with good reason when they park anywhere near JoAnne Graf Field on campus. Talk about power hitting. The 2016 NCAA D1 Women’s College World Series begins on June 2nd and the Seminoles have plans to be there with the best of them.
When it comes to the sandy surface, there’s no better college team in the nation than Florida State. Their quest for the first ever NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship begins this Friday against the #8 Stetson Hatters. It is just an eight-team field, but it is double elimination so the championship game will be against the winner of the “winners” bracket and the winner of the “losers” bracket. TruTV and TBS will be providing live coverage throughout the weekend, and live streams of every game are available at NCAA.com.
Both teams are preparing for that final push towards a national title and greatness. It is an exciting time to be an FSU sports fan.
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All statistics courtesy Seminoles.com and the Tallahassee Democrat. Featured image credit: Florida State Athletics