Sept. 24, 2003
Florida State (8-4, 0-0 ACC)
The Seminole volleyball team opens up ACC play this weekend at North Carolina State (Fri., 7:00 PM) and North Carolina (3:00 PM). Florida State is coming off a 3-0 weekend that claimed the FSU Classic with wins over Jacksonville, Miami and Eastern Kentucky. Junior middle blocker Amanda Santos earned FSU Classic MVP honors after posting 11 kills and 11 blocks in the Seminoles 3-1 win over in-state rival Miami on Friday night. Santos is currently third in the ACC and 29th nationally in blocks, averaging 1.42 blocks per game. Senior setter Jennifer Anderson has 296 assists (7.40 apg) on the season and is just 494 assists away from becoming FSU’s all-time leader in career assists.
North Carolina State (6-8, 0-1 ACC)
NC State opened its ACC season with a 0-3 loss to No. 5 Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. Freshman outside hitter Julia Reis finished with nine kills and 11 digs for the Wolfpack. Reis is seventh in the conference, averaging 3.64 kills per game and leads the team with 169 kills on the season. Maya Mapp has played in 51 of the teams’ 52 games in 2003 and is the team leader with a .324 hitting percentage. NCSU is currently 1-5 in its last six matches with a 3-2 win over Troy State on September 20.
North Carolina (9-4, 1-0 ACC)
The Tar Heels are coming off a 3-1 win over Clemson in their conference opener on Tuesday night. UNC defeated the Tigers 30-27, 27-30, 30-19, 30-28. North Carolina is led by junior outside hitter Molly Pyles who has 161 kills (3.66 pg) and defensively by senior middle hitter Aletha Green who is fifth in the conference in blocks, averaging 1.26 bpg. North Carolina is currently riding a 23-match home winning streak coming into the match with Florida State. UNC will host Georgia Tech on Sunday, September 27.
Florida State leads the all-time series with both NC State (21-5) and North Carolina (24-13). The Seminoles swept both matches against the Wolfpack in 2002 and have won 13 of the last 14 meetings. FSU took 2-of-3 matches from UNC last season including the ACC Tournament semi-final that propelled Florida State into the ACC Championship match.