August 31, 2016 - by
No. 16 Noles Trek to San Juan for Puerto Rico Clasico

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 16th-ranked Florida State volleyball team travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico, this week to face No. 14 Texas A&M, Alabama and No. 6 Minnesota, in the Puerto Rico Clasico, for the first matches outside the continental United States in program history. The Seminoles are 61-10 (.860 winning percentage) in the 25 in-season tournaments that they have participated in since the arrival of head coach Chris Poole in 2008.

Florida State is in search of its 33rdall-time victory against an American Volleyball Coaches Poll Top 25 opponent and 25th in the nine-year tenure of Poole.

Florida State, which opened the 2016 campaign with a sweep of UCF on Saturday, Aug. 27, begins the Puerto Rico Clasico against the 14th-ranked Aggies (2-1) on Thursday at 8 p.m. (EST). The Seminoles are in search of their fourth straight win in the series with Texas A&M after posting a four-set victory (25-22, 23-25, 26-24, 25-21) in Tully Gym on Sept. 18, 2015.

The Noles return to the court on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (EST) when they clash with Alabama (3-1) for the 27th time in program history and most recent since the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Florida State owns a 15-11 edge in the all-time series and completed a sweep of the Crimson Tide (25-18, 25-22, 25-19) as they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Seattle Regional.

The three-day event draws to a close on Saturday evening when Florida State faces sixth-ranked Minnesota at 8 p.m. (EST). The Golden Gophers own a three-match advantage (9-6) in the all-time series and have won three straight since Sept. 17, 1994. The Seminoles last faced Minnesota in the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, with the Golden Gophers winning in four sets.

“We are excited to see how far we have come in the last three weeks,” said Poole about a pair of AVCA Top 25 teams. “It is important to have a measuring stick going into ACC play. This will be a tough challenge for us as we are trying to replace a lot of offense from last season.”

The matches for the Puerto Rico Clasico can be seen on www.flovolleyball.tv.

FSU will play its home opener next week on Sept. 8 when it squares off against Baylor as part of the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament.

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