FSU finishes 13th in Directors' Cup following strong 2016-17 campaign

Ryan S. Clark, Lead Beat Writer
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The Florida State athletics program, after placing 22nd last year, improved nine spots for a 13th place finish in the Learfield Directors' Cup, the school said in a release Thursday.

The Directors' Cup standings are calculated by how each team in a college or university's athletic program performed throughout the academic calendar. Perennial Directors' Cup favorite Stanford finished first while Ohio State was second. Florida was third while Southern California was fourth.

North Carolina, which placed fifth, was the only Atlantic Coast Conference school to finish above FSU in the final standings.

“The No. 13 national finish in the Directors’ Cup is a tremendous achievement for our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Seminoles athletics director and university vice-president Stan Wilcox said in a release. “To have this level of comprehensive excellence along with two consecutive years of top academic performance by our student-athletes is very gratifying.”

FSU opened fall with football reaching its fifth straight BCS and/or New Year's Six game in its 33-32 win over Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Indoor volleyball finished 26-6 and reached the Sweet Sixteen. The women's soccer team also won an ACC Championship.

Both men's and women's basketball also reached their respective tournaments. The men's team, which returned to the tournament for the first time since 2012, would reach the second round where it was eliminated by Xavier. The women's team, however, made it to the Sweet 16 for a third straight season and made it to the Elite Eight for the second time in three years.

There's also what FSU achieved with its spring sports.

Beach volleyball finished fourth in the nation and ended the year with a 29-9 record. The softball team reached the Super Regional for a school-record, fifth straight season. Under coach Lonni Alameda, the Seminoles became the first Power 5 school to go undefeated in conference play since Nebraska did it in 1998, according to the release.

The baseball team, after a slow start mired by injuries and inconsistencies, rallied to reach the College World Series for the 22nd time in school history. FSU finished 46-23 and also won the school's seventh ACC baseball title.

“It just goes to show the strength of each and every athletic program at this university,” Seminoles coach Mike Martin said in the release. “We have always strived for excellence and that was evident once again this year.”

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