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Florida State Seminoles volleyball advances; Florida Gators fall in Elite Eight

The Florida State volleyball team reached the Final Four for the first time in program history, defeating No. 4 seed Iowa State in five sets in the Minneapolis region final Saturday night.

The Seminoles (28-6), seeded 12th, reached next weekend's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas, winning 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11.

FSU faces No. 9 UCLA, which defeated top seed Texas 3-1 in Lexington, Ky., in the semifinals.

Florida's run ended in Gainesville with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 seed Illinois in the quarterfinals.

The unseeded Gators (26-6), in their first Elite Eight since 2005, lost 25-22, 23-25, 25-14, 25-20 before 3,523 at the O'Connell Center.

"Unfortunately we didn't get every Gator's A game," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "And we knew that to win the match we would need everybody's A game.''

Senior outside hitter Kristy Jaeckel had 19 kills to lead three Gators in double figures. Colleen Ward had 23 kills to lead Illinois (31-4), which faces either USC or Pepperdine in the Final Four.

Soccer: College Cup has all-N.C. final

HOOVER, Ala. — The last meeting between North Carolina and Charlotte meant little.

Today, the two play for both a state and national title in the NCAA men's soccer final, four months after that August exhibition. Neither tournament top seed North Carolina nor unseeded Charlotte thought they'd meet again in December.

"You know when we played them at the beginning of the season we knew they were a good team and we knew we were a good team but we weren't thinking that far ahead," Tar Heels defender Matt Hedges said Saturday, a day after UNC (21-2-2) defeated UCLA in penalty kicks after a 2-2 regulation tie. "That would just be dumb to be thinking we might face you in the final at the first game."

UNC led that Aug. 21 game 2-1 when its was called due to weather in the 70th minute.

The Heels are in their fourth straight College Cup. Charlotte (17-4-3) is in its second College Cup and first since 1996.

Florida State Seminoles volleyball advances; Florida Gators fall in Elite Eight 12/10/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2011 12:04am]
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