TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) – The seventh-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team (5-0) is set to host the Four Points By Sheraton Seminole Invitational starting on Friday in Tully Gym. The event welcomes Samford (3-3), Central Arkansas (1-5) and LSU (1-2) to Tallahassee.
“Central Arkansas and Samford are teams that have won their conference in the past few years,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “Those are going to be good matches for us. LSU is always good. They were in the NCAA Tournament last year and they have a lot returning. If these teams are playing well they’re capable of being ‘Top 30’ level competition.”
The Seminoles are coming off a three-match streak of five set wins over (then No. 11) Florida, Marquette and American. FSU will first face Samford at 7 p.m. on Friday before taking on Central Arkansas at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
“The most important part is that last game, that last set,” redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington said. “When we go to (set) five, we know the rest of the match didn’t matter and that set five is where it’s at.”
Burrington is coming off a career high 16 kills while hitting for .659 percent in the 3-2 win over Marquette.
Florida State will close out the event against LSU on Saturday at 7 p.m. The match has been tabbed as a “Blackout” and the first 300 fans will receive a black t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to wear black to this match. It will also be streamed on NolesTV, which is available for a $3.99 monthly subscription.
On Friday, Samford will face Central Arkansas at 11 a.m. before the Sugar Bears step on court at 5 p.m. to play LSU. On Saturday, The Tigers will square off against the Bulldogs at 1 p.m.
“We’re going to see teams that do things that we aren’t used to seeing,” junior defensive specialist Laura Dadowski said. “It’s going to help us because we’ll be prepared for anything as the season goes on.”
Dadowski has been called upon late in matches as a serving specialist. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native helped spark runs to close out the fifth in both the 3-2 wins over Florida and Marquette.
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