Feeling ready for anything
It is that time of the year that everyone works hard for all season -- NCAA tournament time! It is such a joyous time for those 64 teams that have made it into postseason, and we are thankful to have made it to this point.
Coach Poole always says our season is made of three parts: preseason tournaments, conference matches and postseason. Once you make it into the field of 64, it’s as if you press the reset button on your record and anything can happen.
This season will be the fifth year in a row we have made it into postseason, which is a program best.
We sat together as a team in the locker room Sunday night to watch the selection show. We learned we would be heading to Gainesville, Fla., for the first and second rounds, which is part of the Champaign, Ill., regional. In the first round we have been paired with Georgia Southern, putting us in the same set-up as my freshman year.
Postseason is a time for teams to take everything they’ve learned throughout the season and showcase their improvements and lessons learned.
I have seen this team make huge strides, and looking back, we have improved tremendously despite the adversity and ups and downs we have encountered. There is no doubt in my mind we can face whatever challenges are thrown at us and overcome any obstacles we might run into. We have grown as a team and as a unit, and we are ready.
There is a lot of success going around in the Florida State athletic department. Our football team is ranked No. 1 in the nation, our women’s soccer team is heading to the College Cup, and our men’s and women’s basketball teams have started off their seasons strong. Also, our women’s cross country team won FSU’s first ACC title of the year before taking eighth at nationals.
We take pride in our fellow athletes’ successes, so we are ready to jump on the train. Whatever losses we have had up to this point are only lessons to be learned. It is a whole new season, and we are ready to travel the road to Seattle.
It is a great time to be a Florida State Seminole!