October 3, 2017 - by
Volleyball Returns Home to Host Miami, Pittsburgh

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After going 2-2 through the first two weeks of conference play, the Florida State volleyball team will return home this week to host Miami on Wednesday (Oct. 4) and Pittsburgh on Friday (Oct. 6) at 6:30 pm.

After seeing tough competition in Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville and Notre Dame, the Seminoles are looking for two wins this week to keep it in the running for both the ACC title and a postseason run.

While FSU traditionally has an edge over Miami, the Hurricanes have seen one of its best seasons in program history this year. The team started off on a 9-0 run to begin the season before falling to Louisville on Sunday (Oct. 1). It was one of only three unbeaten teams in the nation before the conference loss.

Pittsburgh has also seen success so far this season, as it is leading the conference with an 11-4 overall record and a 4-0 ACC record. The Panthers are on an eight-match win streak, and in that time frame it has seen five sweeps and three four-set victories.

FSU has won the last two matches in the series against Miami and the last one against Pittsburgh. The Seminoles are 5-1 at home this weekend and 2-0 in conference play in Tully Gym this season, and hoping to use its home court advantage to take down two of the ACC’s toughest competitors.

 

Seminoles Stat Leaders

The Seminoles’ offense will be led by senior outside hitter Milica Kubura, who is currently averaging 3.83 kills per set, with 176 kills on 400 total attacks already this season. Senior Natasha Calkins follows right behind her outside counterpart, averaging 2.85 kills per set (137 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 448 assists (9.33 assists/set). Burkert has also recorded a double-double in eight of the 12 matches the team has played so far, and has now recorded 22 double-doubles in her career. She most recently became the eighth different Florida State player to record a triple-double, which she accomplished against Notre Dame on Oct. 1.

On the defensive side, senior libero Cecilie Woie leads the team with 211 digs (4.40 digs/set). Burkert follows right behind her with 158 digs (3.29) already this season. Freshman middle blocker Taryn Knuth has been holding down the defense in the front row, leading the Seminoles with 61 total blocks (1.27 blocks/set) this season.

 

 

Scouting the Opponent

Miami
Series Record: FSU leads 31-19-1
Last Meeting: The No. 12 Seminoles swept the unranked Canes in Coral Gables last season.

Category Leaders

  • Kills
    • UM: Olga Strantzali (192)
    • FSU: Milica Kubura (176)
  • Digs
    • UM: Sylvia Hernandez (163)
    • FSU: Cecilie Woie (211)
  • Assists
    • UM: Haley Templeton (394)
    • FSU: Brianne Burkert (448)
  • Total Blocks
    • Lucia Pampana (36)
    • FSU: Taryn Knuth (61)

 

Pittsburgh
Series Record: FSU leads 5-4
Last Meeting: The No. 15 Seminoles beat the Panthers in four sets at home last season.

Category Leaders

  • Kills
    • UP: Nika Markovic (175)
    • FSU: Milica Kubura (176)
  • Digs
    • Angela Seman (183)
    • FSU: Cecilie Woie (211)
  • Assists
    • Kamalani Akeo (538)
    • FSU: Brianne Burkert (448)
  • Total Blocks
    • Layne Van Buskirk (57)
    • FSU: Taryn Knuth (61)

 

 

Following the Action

Miami
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

 

Pittsburgh
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

 

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