Aug 23, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The 18th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team gears up for the regular season by hosting the annual Garnet-Gold intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at Tully Gym. Just like all Florida State home matches, admission to the scrimmage is free and open to the public.
Fans will have an opportunity to grab the team’s new “On Target” poster featuring seniors Elise Walch, Ashley Neff and Olivera Medic. The entire Seminole volleyball team will also participate in a post-scrimmage autograph session in the lobby of Tully Gym adjacent to Lucy McDaniel Court.
“We are very excited to play in a match atmosphere,” head coach Chris Poole said. “I’m expecting good competition between the two teams. The girls are battling hard right now. The key to our season is keeping them healthy as I feel we have very good talent from top to bottom.
“Our older players have experience from the NCAA National Semifinals, but our younger players are part of the best recruiting classes ever to join Florida State Volleyball. The competition in practice has been at a high level at times and we are just working on consistency.”
The Seminoles head into the 2013 season with plenty of experience returning. American Volleyball Coaches Association Third-Team All-American Ashley Neff returns, as well as redshirt junior libero Katie Mosher. Florida State has four student-athletes on its current squad that were members of the 2011 NCAA National Semifinal team, including junior setter Sarah Wickstrom and senior right-side hitter Elise Walch.
As back-to-back ACC champions heading into the season, Florida State is looking to become the first ACC team to win three consecutive titles since North Carolina accomplished the feat from 1999-2001. Duke (1991-94) and North Carolina (1980-83) are the only ACC schools to record four straight conference titles.
Since the regular-season champion was determined to be the league winner beginning in 2005, Florida State is the only ACC school to win consecutive titles.
The Seminoles’ roster is relatively young this season, with eight of their 13 student-athletes comprised of freshmen and sophomores. Florida State has also made it a point of emphasis to attract some of the best players in the state of Florida.
The true freshmen class includes setter Hailey Luke (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) and right-side hitter Izzy Carmona (Titusville, Fla.). Redshirting in 2012 and looking to earn time on the floor this season are outside hitter Leah Mikesky and middle blocker Sarah Burrington, whom both were part of the No. 3 ranked recruiting class in 2012.
The Seminoles begin their regular season on Friday, Aug. 30 with a trip to Long Beach, Calif. for the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational. Florida State last visited Long Beach in 2007, where it was defeated by Long Beach State and eighth-ranked Washington.
Florida State faces fellow 2011 NCAA National Semifinal participant Illinois out West on Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Later that day, the Seminoles match up against No. 17 Kentucky at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. On Saturday, Aug. 31, Florida State finishes the road trip at Long Beach State at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
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