September 7, 2016 - by
No. 13 Seminoles Host Two-Day Tournament
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 13th-ranked Florida State volleyball team makes its home debut against Baylor on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the first of three matches in a two-day stretch as part of the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament.
The Seminoles, who are 38-4 (.905 winning percentage) in home openers since the 1972 campaign, are looking to move to 4-1 on the season in their third-ever meeting with Baylor. Florida State is 7-1 (.875 winning percentage) under head coach Chris Poole at Tully Gym in home openers with the lone setback coming against 23rd-ranked Ohio State in 2013.
After its clash with Baylor, Florida State returns to action for a pair of matches on Friday to face Florida A&M (1 p.m.) and Little Rock (7 p.m.).
“We are very excited to be at home in front of the Seminole faithful,” said Poole. “We hope that the fans will take advantage of seeing us play this week. We have players that have made a lot of improvement and are ready to showcase those skills.”
The Seminoles are a combined 26-1 against the three schools that make up the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament.
The meeting with Baylor, which will be broadcast as part of the ACC Network Extra package with Cecile Reynaud and Tom Block providing the commentary, marks the first match between the two programs since an Oct. 19, 1990 sweep by the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Reynaud coached the Seminoles to a 15-5, 15-7, 15-4 victory in that match.
The home opener against Baylor also marks the first time Poole will face former Seminole associate head coach and current Bears’ head coach Ryan McGuyre. The Seminoles made two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and were 80-15 in the two seasons McGuyre was on Poole’s staff from 2012-14.
Florida State returns to the court on Friday afternoon to face crosstown rival Florida A&M. The Seminoles have dominated the series, winning the last 22 matches, finishing off Florida A&M by virtue of a sweep in 21 of those meetings.
The Seminoles close out the weekend on Friday evening when they clash with Little Rock for the first time in program history.
“Early season is tough for all teams because you have to get back into a flow and build chemistry,” added Poole of the tournament. “There is always adversity but the key is how well an individual and team can handle it.”
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