BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Florida State volleyball team will head to Virginia for its final weekend matches of the 2017 regular season. The Seminoles will face the Virginia Tech Hokies on Friday night (Nov. 17) and then head to Charlottesville to take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 19).
The Seminoles (14-10, 8-8) evened up its conference record with two wins last weekend, while both the Hokies (9-18, 3-13) and the Cavaliers (7-20, 3-13) lost both of their last matches.
This is the second time the Seminoles will see these teams this season, as FSU hosted both of them for its first conference weekend at home in September, winning both matches in four sets each.
Florida State is looking to close out its conference season undefeated, as it beat Syracuse and Boston College last weekend, and it holds winning series records against its remaining four opponents. The team is looking for its ninth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and with a current RPI of 39 and a potential for six straight wins to finish out the regular season, the tournament will not be far out of reach for the team.
The Seminoles will take on the Hokies on Friday, November 17 at 6:30 pm, followed by the Cavaliers on Sunday, November 19 at 1:00 pm. Both matches will stream live on ACC Network Extra.
Seminoles Stat Leaders
The Seminoles’ offense will be led by senior right side hitter Milica Kubura, who is currently averaging 3.58 kills per set, with 326 kills on 743 total attacks already this season. Natasha Calkins follows right behind her senior counterpart, averaging 2.29 kills per set (253 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 777 assists (8.35 assists/set). Burkert has also recorded a double-double in 14 of the 24 matches the team has played so far, and has now recorded 27 double-doubles in her career. She recently became the first Florida State player to record multiple kill-assist-dig triple-doubles, accomplishing the stat line at Notre Dame and at home against NC State.
On the defensive side, senior libero Cecilie Woie leads the team with 394 digs (4.24 digs/set). Burkert follows right behind her with 268 digs (2.88 per set) already this season. Freshman middle blocker Taryn Knuth has been holding down the defense in the front row, leading the Seminoles with 132 total blocks (1.42 blocks/set) this season.
BURKERT DOUBLES DOWN FOR JUNIOR CAMPAIGN
The Seminoles’ junior setter, Brianne Burkert, has now recorded a double-double in 14 of the 21 matches FSU has played this season.
Burkert became the first Seminole since Cassie McLaughlin (2003) to earn a triple-double when she recorded 12 kills, 32 assists and 20 digs against Notre Dame this season. She became the third Florida State player to earn a kill-assist-dig triple-double, and the eighth different Seminole to accomplish the feat since 1986.
She repeated the accomplishment again against NC State with 10 kills, 46 assists and 10 digs. This makes her the only player in the country to record more than one triple-double so far this season, the first in FSU history to record multiple kill-assist-dig triple-doubles, and the fourth different player in the program to record multiple triple-doubles in a career.
Scouting the Opponent
Series Record: FSU leads 31-4
Last Meeting: The No. 19 Seminoles beat the Hokies in four sets at home earlier this season to close out a perfect conference-opening weekend.
Series Record: FSU leads 33-14
Last Meeting: The No. 19 Seminoles beat the Cavaliers in its first conference match of the 2017 season, winning in four sets at home.
Following the Action
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