TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) – The sixth-ranked Florida State (11-0) indoor volleyball team will open conference play on Friday in the historic Tully Gym against No. 12 North Carolina (9-1) at 7 p.m. The contest pits the only two ACC teams ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll in the highest ranked match up in conference history.
“It’s a huge match for us,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We are two teams that could win the ACC this year. We’re going to have to play well and North Carolina knows it’s a big match too. It’s always a great match.”
Following the match on Friday, the Seminoles will welcome Notre Dame (3-8) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Florida State has also won 28-straight ACC matches on its home floor- a streak that began on Sept. 14, 2011 in a 3-0 sweep of Miami.
The Seminoles are coming off a pair of wins at (then No. 21) Texas A&M, first grinding out a 3-1 victory before dominating in a 3-0 sweep. Sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton brought home the ACC Player of the Week honors after a weekend of solid, all-around play where she recorded her second career double-double (15 kills, 10 digs) in Saturday’s sweep.
“We’re very excited for this weekend,” Horton said. “We just want to continue what we’ve been doing. This is my first year playing in the ACC so I haven’t experienced any rivalries, but it’s exciting to get it started.”
North Carolina has dropped its only contest to (then No. 11) Illinois 3-0, however the Tar Heels have a pair wins over ranked teams that include (then No. 14) Michigan State 3-0 and (then No. 16) Kentucky 3-2.
Florida State owns the all-time series record over North Carolina 37-20 after a five-set victory in 2013 in Tully Gym, where the Seminoles put up one of the best blocking performances in school history with 28 total team blocks.
Notre Dame will come to Tallahassee on Sunday following its ACC opener in Coral Gables, Fla. against Miami on Friday night. The Irish own wins over Northern Iowa, Morehead State and Saint Louis. The Seminoles own the all-time series edge, 4-2 after sweeping the Irish twice in 2013.
“The conference schedule isn’t really in our favor,” Poole said. “Luckily we get (to play) North Carolina at home but we still have to face other top teams on the road, so we’re going to have to take care of business this weekend.”
Friday’s match will be available on ESPN 3 and is being promoted as a “Whiteout” where fans will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. Fans are also encouraged to wear white. Sunday’s contest will be streamed on Noles TV.
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