TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) With six matches remaining to the 2014 regular season, the third-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team is ready for its toughest challenge to date by facing Duke on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. before taking on (No. 8) North Carolina on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“Duke and North Carolina have been the history behind the conference for the last 30 years,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “They have won the majority of conference championships so we know if we want to win it, we’ve got to go through those two.”
The ACC-leading Seminoles (24-0, 12-0) will take on the second place Tar Heels (20-2, 11-1) in Carmichael Arena after visiting the third-place Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium (18-6, 10-3).
“We’ve played a demanding schedule to date,” Poole said. “The girls are feeling the pressure of being undefeated and those teams know that. We have the target on our back. They’re going to play well. They’re going to have great crowds so we’re expecting to play in an NCAA Tournament type environment.”
Duke will be the fifth team FSU has faced that has received votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll this season, however the Blue Devils have been ranked as high as 19th in 2014. Following three ACC losses to North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh, Duke dropped out of the polls this week while sitting at No. 27 in the NCAA RPI.
The Seminoles will see the Tar Heels for the second time this season on Friday. Following the 3-0 sweep in Tully Gym, North Carolina put up a perfect October before defeating Virginia Tech and Boston College to start November.
Friday’s contest will once again be the highest match up in ACC history, topping the Sept. 26 meeting between No. 6 (FSU) and No. 12 (UNC). The Seminoles will be eyeing their school-record tying sixth win over a ranked team this season.
In the last meeting, the Seminoles made quick work of the Tar Heels, putting up 14 total team blocks over three sets while junior outside hitter Nicole Walch led the team with 16 kills and 14 digs.
“Both teams are very talented,” Poole said. “They have great recruits and great coaching so it’s going to be a battle. We know that. It’s unfortunate we have to play them on back-to-back days, but they’re in the same situation and we’re just going to have to step up and be ready.
Florida State has not faced both Duke and North Carolina within 24 hours since the 2001 ACC Tournament, when the Seminoles knocked off the Blue Devils 3-1 before falling to the Tar Heels 3-1 on Nov. 17.
Thursday’s match will be streamed on ESPN3, while Friday’s showdown can be seen on GoHeels TV.
Paint It Pink Auction
Jerseys from the ‘Paint it Pink’ match against NC State on Oct. 12 are now available for auction on Seminoles.com. Bidding will be open for two weeks, closing on Nov. 17.
Mosher Senior Class
Redshirt senior Katie Mosher was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Fans can vote once per day until Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The winner will be chosen at the Final Four in December. She currently holds the second highest tally of votes behind Liz McMahon from Illinois.
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