October 23, 2014 - by
Big Road Test Ahead

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  (Seminoles.com) – The fourth-ranked Florida State (19-0, 7-0) indoor volleyball team hits the road to face Pittsburgh on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Wake Forest on Sunday at 12 p.m. The matches this weekend are a part of a six-of-seven road match swing for the Seminoles.

“When you go on the road you have to be able to handle the drama,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “You still have to perform, so it’s going to be real important for the ladies to do that this weekend. Pittsburgh is a good team or they wouldn’t be 17-2. They’re used to winning and they’re going to be playing with a lot of confidence. It’s going to be a lot of fun and it’s a matter of our girls stepping up and taking care of business.”

Florida State is coming off a pair of wins at home, first sweeping Florida A&M on Friday before defeating Virginia Tech 3-1 on Sunday. Friday’s wins against the Rattles gave seniors Sarah Wickstrom and Katie Mosher their 100th career win in the Garnet and Gold. It is the fourth-straight four-year senior class to achieve the mark under Coach Poole and 11th overall in school history.

The Seminoles will visit the Panthers for the first time since 1983 and it will be the first meeting as ACC members in the Fitzgerald Field House. The series is tied 3-3 after FSU swept Pitt in 2013 in Tully Gym. The Panthers are 17-2, 5-1 on the year, picking up conference wins over Notre Dame, Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Clemson after dropping its ACC opener to (then No. 12) North Carolina, 3-2.

“It’s critical for us to be ready to go,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “It’s something we’re putting an emphasis on in practice – try and limit our mistakes, take care of the ball and make big plays. Pitt has a team that is a mirror of ours, they run a 6-2 and the things they do on offense is very similar to what we do. It’s going to be two teams going to battle and see who can be the best in the end.”

Pittsburgh received votes in the Week Eight AVCA Poll. It will be the fourth team the Noles have faced this season that have received votes (Iowa State, Marquette, American) on top of defeating five ranked opponents (Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M {2} and North Carolina).

Florida State owns the series 28-7 over Wake Forest. The Deacons are 12-9 on the year and 2-5 in ACC play.

Friday’s match can be seen on the Panther Access channel and live stats will be available for both matches. For more information on FSU volleyball visit Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

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