May 5, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. - Head coach Todd Kress and the Florida State volleyball program has announced the 2004 schedule for the upcoming season. The Seminoles will play nine matches against teams that qualified for the 2003 NCAA Tournament including home matches with in-state rival Florida and Top 25 power UC Santa Barbara.
"It's obviously going to be a very competitive schedule as we play five teams that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year," said head coach Todd Kress. "We're real excited about having Florida come back to Tallahassee and playing a top notch program in UC Santa Barbara here as well. This will be a schedule that will prepare us for a run at an ACC championship and success in the NCAA Tournament."
The Seminoles will open the season at home with the FSU Invitational against Sam Houston, Stetson and South Alabama on Sept. 3rd and 4th before traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala. for a mid-week match with the University of Alabama. FSU will remain on the road with a trip to the University of Michigan for the Michigan/Pepsi Challenge. Florida State will have matches with Oakland (Sept. 10), Eastern Michigan (Sept. 11) and Michigan (Sept. 11).
After a clash at home with in-state rival Florida on Sept. 14, the Seminoles will play in its final preseason tournament as they host the FSU Classic before heading into conference play. The Tribe will host Troy (Sept. 17), Winthrop (Sept. 17) and George Mason (Sept. 18) in the Florida State Invitational followed by a match with a Top 25 program in UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 20.
Florida State's first Atlantic Coast Conference weekend will be on the road as the Seminoles travel to ACC newcomers Virginia Tech (Sept. 23) and Miami (Sept. 24.) FSU will host conference foes Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, NC State, Miami and Virginia Tech in 2004. The Seminoles wrap up their home schedule by hosting Virginia on Nov. 5 and defending ACC Champion Maryland on Nov. 7.
FSU breaks up its tough conference schedule with non-conference matches against UCF on Oct. 12 and a trip to Tampa to face South Florida on Nov. 2.
The ACC Tournament will be held in Charlottesville, Va., Nov. 16-21.