The Florida Gators defeated the Florida State Seminoles in straight-sets during the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.
Florida battles rival Florida State to try and reach the second round on the opening match of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The field for the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championships has been announced, with 32 high-achieving Division-I programs officially bracketed and ready for Round 1 action on Thursday, Nov. 29. Central Arkansas leads the field with 26 wins, while 15 other teams boast 20-win campaigns.
Duke setter/outside hitter Andie Shelton averaged 5.7 assists, 2.9 kills, 1.8 digs and 1.10 blocks per set on a .377 hitting clip, while guiding the Blue Devils to a .287 effort in a pair of five-set wins and on to an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.
Florida State junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey has been named the 2018 ACC Volleyball Player of the Year and headlines the All-ACC Team.
Duke’s Andie Shelton and Louisville’s Melanie McHenry have been named ACC Volleyball Co-Players of the Week, and NC State’s Jade Parchment has been selected as the Freshman of the Week.
Stanford and Penn State continued their reign as the only two schools who have made all 38 NCAA fields, while six teams will make their NCAA Division I tournament debuts.
Tennessee hops into the top 16 behind a big win over Florida to emphatically end their regular season.
All but five of the 32 automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament have been claimed with a week remaining in the regular season. Four conference tournaments are ahead this week.
With an injury at the top and a 14th ranked win for Stanford, the Cardinal make the jump back to where they began the year.