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FSU women to host NCAA soccer; Gators go to Milwaukee

Florida State, which reached the national semifinals a year ago, earned a No. 2 seed and the right to host the opening weekend of the NCAA women's soccer tournament. The Seminoles (14-3-4) face Jacksonville (11-9-1) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, a rematch of an Oct. 24 meeting FSU won 3-0.

"Hopefully, Friday night will be a great night of soccer in Tallahassee," FSU coach Mark Krikorian said.

Auburn (11-4-5) faces California (11-5-3) in the other game Friday at 8. The winners will play Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets, $7 for adults and $5 for students, youths and seniors, can be purchased at seminoles.com.

"It is awesome and gratifying to be a No. 2 seed for the second year in a row," said All-American India Trotter. "I hope this continues on for years after this senior class is gone. We are striving to be the No. 1 program in the nation. Hopefully we will get another shot to play for a national championship this year."

Florida (13-5-4), which earned a No. 3 seed, travels to Milwaukee to face Loyola (14-6-3) at 6 p.m. Friday.

This is Florida's 10th NCAA berth but the first time the Gators have not played host to their first match.

The other teams playing at the Milwaukee site are Marquette (11-6-4) and Purdue (14-5-3), who face off at 8 p.m.

The winners will meet in Sunday's second round at 2 p.m.

"We are happy to be in the tournament," UF coach Becky Burleigh said. "We are playing a team that we aren't familiar with and we will have a lot of work to do to prepare. We kind of had a feeling that we would get shipped out somewhere, and it just happens to be Milwaukee and that's fine. For us, it is kind of good to be together (on the road) as a group and there are less distractions. I'm looking forward to going to Milwaukee."

Volleyball

ALL-SOUTH REGION TEAM: Tampa placed two members on the All-South Region first team, outside hitter Stephanie Rivera and libero Margeaux Sinibaldi. Outside hitter Katelen Dixon made the second team, as did Eckerd right-side hitter Angela White.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

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