September 10, 2008 - by
Florida State Starts Long Road Campaign At Raider Challenge

Sept. 10, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After starting its 5-2 season at home in Tully Gym, the Florida State volleyball team must switch gears and prepare for a month on the road beginning with the Raider Challenge in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday, Sept. 12. The Seminoles will meet first-time opponent Niagara at 5:00 p.m. on Friday before facing Morehead State and Wright State on Saturday.

“I feel this road stretch is a huge challenge for this team,” head coach Chris Poole said. “It’s so much easier to be home, be relaxed and sleep in you own beds. Now we’ve go to go off and be away from that four weeks in a row. I’ve never done this before; I’ve never done more than two weeks in a row. So this will be a real big challenge for us and certainly something we’ll try not to schedule in the future.”

Florida State leads the all-time series against Morehead State 4-0, but the Eagles’ 7-1 record is so far the best among the four teams at the tournament this season. The Seminoles will also meet two teams for the first time, the 0-6 Purple Eagles of Niagara and tournament host the 1-6 Wright State Raiders.

It’s not a good feeling to go that many back-to-back weekends on the road,” Poole said. “It’s really going to build some character and gives the girls a chance to bond so that’s one positive. But we need to get them to be very disciplined when they’re on the road and try to take care of business because we don’t have the advantage of the crowd and the home court.”

Following Friday’s match, FSU plays Morehead State at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday before wrapping up the event with Wright State at 7:00 p.m. that night. Live GameTracker stats will be available for all matches and can be accessed on by clicking the schedule link on the volleyball page.

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