TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After some major schedule changes and a nearly two-week hiatus, the No. 20 Florida State volleyball team is back in action this weekend as it hosts the Auburn Tigers on Saturday (Sept. 16) afternoon at 2:00 pm.
The projected impact from Hurricane Irma forced the cancelation of the FSU-FAMU Classic and the rescheduling of FSU’s match at Florida. The Tigers had also originally planned to compete in the Miami/FIU Invitational this weekend, but the event was canceled.
Auburn stands at 7-1 overall and is off to its best start since 2013. The tilt against the Seminoles will be the team’s fifth match against an ACC school in 2017. The Tigers are currently 4-0 against ACC opponents this year, taking down Georgia Tech, NC State, Clemson and the preseason conference favorite, North Carolina.
The Seminoles’ offense will be led by senior outside hitter Natasha Calkins, who is currently averaging 3.50 kills per set, with 84 kills on 233 total attacks already this season. Senior Milica Kubura follows right behind her outside counterpart, averaging 3.59 kills per set (79 total) so far this season.
The offense has been supported by junior setter Brianne Burkert this season, as the Seminoles’ lead setter has already notched 238 assists (9.92 assists/set). Burkert has also recorded a double-double in five of the six matches the team has played so far, and has now recorded 18 double-doubles in her career.
On the defensive side, senior libero Cecilie Woie leads the team with 117 digs (4.88 digs/set). Freshman middle blocker Taryn Knuth has been holding down the front row defense, leading the Seminoles with 32 total blocks (1.33 blocks/set) this season.
Scouting the Opponent
Series Record: Florida State leads 16-1
Last Meeting: No. 6 Florida State won 3-2 (25-17, 26-28, 17-25, 25-16, 15-8) in Tallahassee on September 15, 2014. Auburn was unranked.
Although the Seminoles have defeated the Tigers in 16 of their 17 meetings and are on a three-match win streak, this Auburn team is arguably one of the best teams the program has seen in years. With its best start since 2013 and three returning All-SEC honorees,
Although the Seminoles have taken the last three matches over the Tigers, those matches have not been close – every one of them has been decided in five sets. Prior to that run, the matches had been settled in only three sets in the rally scoring era, with Florida State taking the first two sweeps and Auburn taking the third – FSU’s only loss in the series.
Through 28 sets, the Tigers have earned 13.61 kills per set, 13.07 assists per set, 15.64 digs per set and 1.46 blocks per set. Through 24 sets, the Seminoles have earned 13.33 kills per set, 12.46 assists per set, 17.17 digs per set and 2.62 blocks per set.
Following the Action
All regular season matches held at Tully Gym will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra, and live stats will stream through StatBroadcast. Admission is free to all regular season home matches.
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