Nov. 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 18th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team hits the road for one final weekend of ACC back-to-back matches. On Friday the Seminoles will take on Virginia at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium before heading to Blacksburg, Va. to play Virginia Tech at 7 p.m.
The Seminoles (17-6, 10-2) have moved into second place in the conference standings, sitting behind No. 15 Duke after picking up a pair of wins at home against then- No.12 North Carolina and NC State.
“This is a dangerous road trip for sure,” head coach Chris Poole said. “Both teams are very good and they have some great coaches, they’ve got some great players that successful this year and they’ve also stolen some wins from other teams. We need to realize that they are capable of beating us, but we’re also capable of winning if we play up to our potential.”
With the win over the Tarheels, FSU captured its fourth AVCA Top 25 win of the season. The `Noles own nationally-ranked wins this season over then-No. 7 Michigan, then-No. 16 Western Kentucky and then-No. 17 Kentucky.
Adding to the upset, the Seminoles set a new record under head coach Chris Poole for total team blocks at 28. The 28-block performance was the best in the ACC this season.
More benchmarks were passed over the weekend, as redshirt junior libero Katie Mosher passed Holly Schneider on the career digs list after tallying 33 digs, moving the Fort Myers, Fla. native into third place with an overall total of 1,438.
Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch became the third Seminole in 2013 to garner the ACC Player of the Week honors. The Stuart, Fla. native led the team in kills (31), kills per set (3.88) and hitting percentage (.481) during the weekend.
The `Noles now hold an RPI of 21 after jumping up 13 spots from the previous week, which 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.
Virginia sits in sixth place in the ACC while boasting a record of 14-10 (7-5) just ahead of Virginia Tech, who is in seventh with an 18-8 (6-6) showing.
The Cavaliers are on a four-match winning streak after coming off a pair of five-set wins on the road at Georgia Tech and Clemson to start off November, however Virginia Tech dropped its last two contests to the same teams on the road. The Hokies last victory was against Notre Dame on Oct. 25 when they topped the Irish 3-1.
Saturday’s match against Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.
Following the Virginia road trip, FSU heads to Coral Gables, Fla. to play Miami on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. for its final road match of the regular season. The duel will be the second one of the season, as the Seminoles first defeated the Hurricanes 3-1 on Oct.16 at Tully Gym while airing on ESPNU.
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