October 19, 2017 - by
Volleyball Starts Second Half of ACC Season Hosting Notre Dame, Louisville

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (11-5, 5-3) is looking for two important redemption wins this weekend, as the Seminoles host Notre Dame (14-5, 4-4) on Friday (Oct. 20) and Louisville (13-5, 7-1) on Sunday (Oct. 22).

The Seminoles lost to both teams on the road earlier this season, falling in five sets to the Fighting Irish and three to the Cardinals. Before that weekend, FSU held a seven-match win streak over Notre Dame and had won the previous two matches against Louisville.

The Cardinals currently sits in third place in the ACC with a 7-1 conference record and a six-match win streak. The Fighting Irish falls right behind Florida State in eighth place with a 4-4 conference record.

These matches are pivotal for the Seminoles in the race for the ACC title, as two wins are likely to propel the team into the top five at the midway point of the conference season.

Friday night’s match against Notre Dame will also be the team’s annual Paint It Pink match, where the team will wear special pink jerseys to help raise awareness and support of breast cancer. Fans will also be given the opportunity to purchase special pink T-shirts at the match for $10.

Since the 2009-2010 season, Florida State’s partnership with TMH and the Paint It Pink campaign has raised over $85,000 towards breast cancer research.

 

Seminoles Stat Leaders

The Seminoles’ offense will be led by senior outside hitter Milica Kubura, who is currently averaging 3.80 kills per set, with 232 kills on 521 total attacks already this season. Senior Natasha Calkins follows right behind her outside counterpart, averaging 2.71 kills per set (171 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 549 assists (8.71 assists/set). Burkert has also recorded a double-double in 12 of the 16 matches the team has played so far, and has now recorded 25 double-doubles in her career. She 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 273 digs (4.33 digs/set). Burkert follows right behind her with 204 digs (3.24 digs/set) already this season. Freshman middle blocker Taryn Knuth has been holding down the defense in the front row, leading the Seminoles with 86 total blocks (1.37 blocks/set) this season.

 

 

Scouting the Opponent

Notre Dame
Series Record: FSU leads 8-3
Last Meeting: Oct 1, 2017. ND won 3-2

Category Leaders

  • Kills

o    ND: Jemma Yeadon (267)

o    FSU: Milica Kubura (262)

  • Digs

o    ND: Ryann DeJarld (429)

o    FSU: Cecilie Woie (273)

  • Assists

o    ND: Caroline Holt (698)

o    FSU: Brianne Burkert (549)

  • Total Blocks

o    ND: Sam Fry (99)

o    FSU: Taryn Knuth (86)

 

Louisville
Series Record: FSU leads 13-6
Last Meeting: University of Louisville won 3-0, Sept 29th, 2017

Category Leaders

  • Kills

o    UL: Melanie McHenry (229)

o    FSU: Milica Kubura (262)

  • Digs

o   UL: Molly Sauer (266)

o    FSU: Cecilie Woie (273)

  • Assists

o    UL: Wilma Rivera (670)

o    FSU: Brianne Burkert (549)

  • Total Blocks

o    UL: Maggie DeJong (66)

o    FSU: Taryn Knuth (86)

 

 

Following the Action

Notre Dame
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

Louisville
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: Live Stats

 

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