Aug. 3, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced broadcast coverage today for its Olympic sports for the upcoming fall season. The Florida State University volleyball team is featured prominently on the league’s schedule with six live events in 2012 that will be distributed by the league’s media rights-holders.
Entering the season with high expectations once again after reaching the NCAA Final Four last year, FSU is scheduled have one match air on ESPNU, one on the league’s regional sports networks and at least four on ESPN3.com. Future announcements for more ESPN3.com matches could also come, adding to the Seminoles’ unprecedented exposure.
“The sport of volleyball always gets a big boost during the Olympics,” head coach Chris Poole said. “It is a great spectator sport and we are appreciative that we will have so many of our matches streamed live and/or on TV this fall. We believe we have a great product and that any fan will have a great experience watching us play.
“Tully Gym has been a great home court advantage with the fan support the last few years and we hope that once again Seminole fans will come out to support us both at home and on the road. We are losing three all-Americans from last season, so there may be an initial adjustment, but there is a lot of talent on this team. I would expect us to be very competitive and push for another strong season.”
Just one of FSU’s six scheduled live events occurs at home in Tully Gym, featuring ACC rival Miami on Friday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. Early in the season on Friday, Sept. 7, the Seminoles travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to face the Hurricanes in a 7:30 p.m. tilt that will be televised on ESPNU.
Both FSU and Miami came off successful 2011 campaigns, with the Seminoles enjoying their historical season while Miami spent much of the year nationally-ranked and reached the second round of the NCAA Championship. Both teams split their season series in 2011, and FSU owns a 20-16-1 overall lead in a rivalry dating back to 1978.
The Seminoles travel to Georgia Tech on Friday, Oct. 19, in an 8:30 p.m. matchup at one of the rowdiest venues in the conference. The match will be televised on the league’s regional sports networks (RSN), which reach nearly 32 million households and include FOX Sports Carolinas, SportSouth, FOX Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and NESN. All ACC games produced as part of the RSN package will also be available via WatchESPN.
Atlanta is the site where FSU clinched its third ACC championship last season, defeated the Yellow Jackets by a 3-1 score on Nov. 19.
In that same road swing at Clemson on Oct. 21, the Seminoles face the Tigers at noon on ESPN3.com. FSU’s other scheduled ESPN3 matches, in addition to Clemson and Miami, are at N.C. State (Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.) and at North Carolina (Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.).
The ACC’s media rights-holders will distribute at least 77 events live this upcoming year for its fall Olympic sports, more than double any previous fall package.
“To have a record number of live broadcast opportunities this fall is a terrific way to highlight our players, schools and conference,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Our fans now have more access to ACC content than ever before and I appreciate our television partners working together to set a new standard.”
Nine letterwinners return to FSU for the upcoming season, including five starters in AVCA Honorable Mention All-American middle blocker Ashley Neff, libero Katie Mosher, setter Duygu Duzceler, middle blocker Sareea Freeman and right-side hitter Elise Walch.
The Seminoles’ first day of preseason practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The annual Garnet and Gold scrimmage in what is an intra-squad tuneup is slated for Saturday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. at Tully Gym. The scrimmage is open to the public.
FSU begins its season with the Comcast Lady Vol Classic at the University of Tennessee on Friday, Aug. 24, in Knoxville. That weekend, FSU opens against the host Volunteers at 7 p.m. ET, then faces Iowa State on Aug. 25 at noon ET as well as versus Cincinnati at 5:30 p.m. ET.
The Seminoles open their home schedule the following weekend with the annual FSU Invitational. FSU hosts FIU on Friday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m., then battles neighboring opponent Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m. at Tully Gym. FSU finishes the invitational with a matchup at Florida A&M at the Al Lawson Center on Sept. 1 at 5 p.m.
Follow the FSU volleyball team all season long on Facebook at facebook.com/FSUVolleyball, as well as on Twitter at twitter.com/FSU_Volleyball.
|Sept. 7||at Miami||ESPNU||7:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||at Georgia Tech||RSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 21||at Clemson||ESPN3||12 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||at N.C. State||ESPN3||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 3||at North Carolina||ESPN3||5 p.m.|
|Nov. 23||Miami||ESPN3||1 p.m.|