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Monday, December 12, 2011

Cinderella Florida State Seminoles in the NCAA Final Four Volleyball Ball

Florida State makes their first trip to the Final Four ever.

The Seminoles are certainly worth the price of admission - they play for free in Tully Gym. It is nice for the Tallahassee Democrat to be able to write about championship possibilities at this time of year.

The clock has not stuck midnight yet and the Cinderella Seminoles will continue dancing another week.

Number 12 seeded FSU beat the Number 5 and 4 seeded Purdue and Iowa State to advance to the Final Four in San Antonio at the Alamo Dome. Their next game is Thursday night as a play UCLA. If they win that game - they are in the national championship game on Saturday night.

It is a wide open field thanks to perennial power Penn State being knocked out early along with Hawaii and Texas being gone. FSU's 4 year coach Chris Poole is a cinch to be voted as Coach of the Year leading the upstart Seminole this far in such a short time. An athletic administrator told me that he is the best FSU coach - bar none.

The Seminoles usually play their home games in on-campus Tully Gym that on a good night holds about 150o people - and the admission is free. Compare this to the happenings in Hawaii where the Wahine draw paying crowds of 10,000.

It is a 900 mile drive over Interstate 10 from Tallahassee to San Antonio. It is very tempting to hop in the Prius to make the 18 hour jaunt.

As a Number 12 seed - the rest of the volleyball community doubts that the Noles will make it past Thursday night. Seminole fans are gushing over their new ACC Champions and are making room for another National Championship trophy that the Gators can break into the FSU Hall of Fame to steal. The Gators have plenty of time since they fell out of the field last weekend.

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