March 22, 2013
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The No. 3-ranked Florida State sand volleyball team will host Gulf Coast State College and a group of amateur teams on Sunday at 9 a.m. at the beach volleyball courts at the Pier Plaza in Panama City, Fla.
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, but has been moved to Sunday because of storm threats.
"This weekend will be the first time we've competed at a natural beach this year, so we are very excited about that," Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. "We're looking forward to it. It's a sprint of season. We have to make sure we take care of business, we stay healthy and we keep improving."
Eight FSU pairs will compete along with four Gulf Coast State College tandems and four amateur squads. The 16 pairs will earn seeds through pool play before a tournament later in the day.
This will be the Seminoles' first competition since their season-opening California trip, where FSU went 5-2 and solidified their place as the nation's third best team with close losses to No. 1 Pepperdine (3-2) and No. 2 Long Beach State (4-1) and victories over then-No. 3 USC (3-2), No. 6 UCLA (5-0) and No. 9 Nebraska (4-1).
"From here on out, we're gunning for the National Championships in Alabama," Corso said. "Moving forward, all the teams look better and are improving. We're expecting growth in the East Coast. Everybody is getting better."
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