September 22, 2016 - by
ACC Slate Begins Against Miami, Louisville This Weekend

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After four weeks of non-conference action, which included four sweeps and its 33rd all-time victory against an AVCA Top 25 program, the 15th-ranked Florida State volleyball team begins its quest for the fifth Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) crown in program history when it takes on Miami and Louisville at Tully Gymnasium this weekend.The Seminoles (7-2) are looking to maintain their perfect 8-0 mark in ACC home openers under head coach Chris Poole when they take on Miami at 7 p.m. on Friday. A victory over the Hurricanes (6-6) would also extend Florida State’s current ACC opener win streak to four matches, which began on Sept. 28, 2013 with a 3-1 triumph at Syracuse.

Friday evening’s clash with Miami will mark the seventh time since the Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2004 that the two Sunshine State schools have met in either the ACC opener or Florida State’s home opener. The Seminoles are 4-2 against Miami in those meetings with setbacks coming in 2008 and 2012.

“We are looking forward to being back home and at the same time opening up ACC action,” said Poole. “The biggest thing right now is that we are working to pull things together and overcome adversity as many teams are having to do at this point of the season. At the same time we are working very hard in practice to get ready for a big weekend.”
When the Seminoles square off against Louisville (5-5) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Florida State will be looking to avenge a five-set loss that took place on Nov. 15, 2015 and ultimately gave the 2015 ACC Championship to the Cardinals. It marks only the third time that the former Metro Conference rivals have met as members of the ACC.
Individually, Florida State is led by the combination of ACC Player of the Week Milica Kubura (101 kills), Katie Horton (97 kills), Mara Green (.431 attack percentage) and Brianne Burkert (235 assists) on offense. Green, who tops all conference hitters and ranks fifth nationally in attack percentage, has been instrumental in helping the Seminoles amass 446 kills (12.74 kills/set) and a .250 attack percentage in the first nine matches.
The FSU defense, highlighted by Melanie Keil’s 57 total blocks (1.68 blocks/set) and Cecilie Woie’s 110 digs (3.14 digs/set), has been instrumental in the team’s success in limiting opponents to a .201 attack percentage and committing 210 errors.
“It’s critical for us to get off to a good start this weekend,” added Poole. “These are must-wins for us to open up league play at home and it’s going to be an extremely important weekend for us. The players realize that and we are going to give everything we’ve got to be successful.”
Seminole fans will have the opportunity to watch both matches as part of the ACC Network Extra package. Friday’s match will include commentary from Cecile Reynaud and Ariya Massoudi. On Sunday, Florida State fans will hear commentary about the match from Reynaud and Shawn Davison.
On Friday, Florida State fans will have free rally towels, sponsored by the Coaches Club, placed in the seats in Tully Gym for their arrival. Members of Net Set Club will receive also free buttons that can be used to support the Seminoles throughout the season. One Florida State student will also have the chance to win free textbooks for a semester during a promotion at the intermission of the second and third sets.
On Sunday, Seminole fans will receive free koozies and a special commemorative Katie Horton poster that she will autograph following the match.
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