Oct. 2, 2003
Florida State (9-5, 1-1 ACC)
The Seminole volleyball team hosts their first ACC match of the season this weekend against Duke (Fri., 7:00 PM) and Wake Forest (Sat., 6:00 PM). Florida State split matches with North Carolina State (won 3-1) and North Carolina (lost 2-3) last weekend. FSU led 2-1 before falling in the final two games. Junior middle blocker Amanda Santos is currently third in the ACC averaging 1.42 blocks per game. Senior setter Jennifer Anderson has 388 assists (7.92 apg) on the season and is just 402 assists away from becoming FSU’s all-time leader in career assists.
Duke (4-11, 0-3 ACC)
For the second match in a row, the Duke volleyball team lost in five games, this time dropping a 3-2 contest to Wake Forest Tuesday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils fall to 4-11 and 0-3 in the conference. The Blue Devils were picked to finish second by the coaches in the ACC preseason poll, but have yet to get on track this season. Duke returns 12 letterwinners and five starters from the 2002 squad which recorded the most victories in a season (24) by Duke since 1994.
Wake Forest (12-3, 2-1 ACC)
The Demon Deacons are coming off a five game, 3-2 win over Duke on Tuesday night. The Deacs rallied from a two games to one deficit to take down the Blue Devils. Wake Forest began ACC play last weekend by first defeating Virginia, then falling at Maryland. The Cavaliers were off to their best start ever, entering the match at 16-0, but the Deacs handed them their first loss of the season by a score of 3-1 on Friday evening. But the Terrapins gave Wake Forest all they could handle on Saturday night. The match went to a fifth and deciding game, but Maryland came out on top and ended the Deacs’ two match winning streak.
Florida State trails the all-time series with Duke (8-23) dating back to 1983, but leads the series with Wake Forest (13-3) which started in 1996. The Seminoles split the series with the Blue Devils in 2002, with the home team winning each match. FSU has taken two of the last three matches from Duke. The Seminoles took both matches against the Demon Deacons last season in four games. Florida State has won six of the last seven meetings versus Wake Forest.