Aug. 5, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State University indoor volleyball team will be featured in three televised matchups this season, including two in prime time, as Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford announced the league’s nine-match television schedule today.
The Seminoles will take part in ESPNU’s second year of Wednesday Night Women’s Volleyball broadcasts as they battle conference rival Miami on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. at home in Tully Gym. The matchup is notable not only for the two schools’ respectable rivalry, but also because both teams finished last year’s regular season in a classic five-set thriller that determined third and fourth place in the conference. Since the 2008 season, both teams have won three matches apiece, while FSU leads the overall series 19-15-1 dating back to 1978.
ESPNU reaches over 73 million homes, allowing a large audience to witness one of the ACC’s best rivalries.
“We are really excited about the opportunity to again play in front of a national audience. These girls were disappointed with last season and not reaching our ultimate goal of getting to NCAA Regionals in the NCAA Tournament,” head coach Chris Poole said. “If we can stay healthy this season, I think we can have another outstanding year.”
ESPNU has also announced that all of their Wednesday Night Women’s Volleyball broadcasts will be broadcast in high definition.
FSU’s two other televised matches will take place on the road. The Seminoles travel to Clemson on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. for a contest that can be seen worldwide on ESPN3.com. FSU and the Tigers split last year’s series at 1-1, with each team winning on their home court. The Seminoles lead the overall series, 25-20, and have won four of the last five matchups.
One regionally televised match will take place as FSU faces N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. One of the ACC’s Regional Sports Network partners, which include Fox Sport South, Fox Sports Florida and other regional cable partners, will broadcast the match.
The ACC is coming off another strong season on the volleyball courts. All 12 conference teams combined to go 108-39 (.739) in non-conference competition in 2010. The ACC has sent a league-record five teams to the NCAA Volleyball Championship for two straight years and has had a representative reach the regional final in both years, as FSU advanced to the Elite Eight in 2009 followed by Duke in 2010.
For FSU, the increased exposure combined with the program’s immense progress over the last three seasons makes the 2011 campaign an excitable one. Another key point of the success of the program is the commitment toward its facility, which will be on display for the ESPNU home contest against Miami.
“We are working to build on the success we have had the last three seasons and there has been a commitment to renovate Tully Gym this summer to reflect the vision we have for the future,” Poole added.
The conference’s television schedule will feature volleyball matches on eight different campuses and include 10 of its 12 teams.
Check back with Seminoles.com for any television broadcast updates for the 2011 season, as well insight on the team’s upcoming preseason camp that begins next week.