Oct. 31, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 20th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team has an important home stretch this weekend as it welcomes 12th-ranked and ACC leader, North Carolina on Friday before taking on NC State on Sunday at Tully Gym.
The Seminoles (15-6, 8-2) will battle the ACC leading Tar Heels (20-1, 9-1) on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. and will follow the top 25 showdown with a match against NC State on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. The Wolfpack (17-5, 8-2) currently share third place with the Seminoles. Both matches will be aired on ESPN3.com.
“If we want the chance to win the ACC it’s going to start with these two teams this weekend,” head coach Chris Poole said. “They’re huge matches and they’re the biggest matches we’ve had all year.”
FSU holds a 21-match winning streak over ACC opponents while playing at Tully Gym. The last FSU loss at home was a 3-0 decision against Wake Forest on Oct. 22, 2010.
The Seminoles are seeking their fourth AVCA Top 25 win of the season against No. 12 North Carolina on Friday. The `Noles own nationally-ranked wins this season over then-No. 7 Michigan, then-No. 16 Western Kentucky and then-No. 17 Kentucky.
Senior middle blocker Ashley Neff has put up strong career numbers against North Carolina where she averages 1.85 blocks per set while swinging for 36 career kills against the Tar Heels. She leads the ACC with 1.43 blocks per set, and is trying to become the first conference player ever to lead the league in blocks per set in three straight years.
The `Noles hold an RPI of 34, while North Carolina is 20th. A sixth-straight victory over the Tar Heels could help FSU’s bid for a fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The feat would mark a program record for consecutive postseason appearances, which is currently at four from 1987-90 and 2009-12.
Tied with No.18 Duke for the ACC lead, The Tar Heels started the season on a 15-match winning streak before falling to the Blue Devils in their only loss of the season.
Heading into this weekend, NC State boasts a three-matching winning streak after defeating Virginia, Pittsburgh and Maryland. Before their loss at Virginia Tech, the Wolfpack defeated Duke 3-1 in Raleigh.
Following the short home stand, FSU goes back on the road for matches against Virginia on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and Virginia Tech on Nov. 9 at 6 7 p.m.
Follow Florida State indoor volleyball on Seminoles.com as well as on the team’s official Twitter (@FSU_Volleyball) and Facebook pages (Facebook.com/FSUVolleyball).