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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four months ago the Florida State volleyball team was virtually a group of strangers, with nine newcomers on the 17-player roster when camp opened.
They aren’t strangers any longer. In fact, the (No.8/6) Seminoles are headed to the NCAA Seattle Regional as one of the nation’s most dangerous teams after sweeping Alabama 25-18, 25-22, 25-19, Friday night at Tully Gym to secure their fourth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in six years.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A record-setting performance by senior Savanah Leaf helped the University of Miami volleyball team defeat UCF in five sets to advance to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The 3-2 victory is the Hurricanes’ first in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Jose “Keno” Gandara. It is also Miami’s first win in the NCAA Tournament since they defeated Northern Illinois in four sets to advance to the second round in 2011.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The seven-seeded Tar Heels started their NCAA Tournament run with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-7) sweep over Hampton Friday night in Carmichael Arena.
The win marked UNC’s 18th-straight win on the season, a school record, and the ninth time Carolina has advanced out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
SEATTLE, Wash. – No. 21 Duke was unable to find its rhythm, falling 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-17) to No. 23 Hawaii in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Championship Friday evening at the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena. After making the program’s 19th NCAA Tournament appearance, the Blue Devils concluded the season with a 22-8 overall record.
The Blue Devils entered the weekend ranked first in the nation in assists per set and second in kills per frame, but Duke was unable to get going versus Hawaii (22-6, 13-3 Big West). Duke totaled a season-low .050 hitting percentage and 29 kills, marking just the second time an opponent held the Blue Devils to under 40 kills this season.