TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Volleyball Team hosts NC State and North Carolina at Tully Gym this Friday (6:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.), respectively, in what will be a weekend packed full of promotions.
“This weekend has a lot planned for our fans, and it should be very special,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “I’m very proud of Marissa (Stockman) for helping create a one-of-a-kind event that we have planned on Friday night.”
Friday’s match vs. the Wolfpack (7-6, 1-1) will be FSU’s first-ever Mental Health Awareness Match. The event was inspired by senior middle blocker Marissa Stockman, who is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, has been candid about her own experiences, and is working on her Psychology Degree to someday pursue a career in the mental health field.
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Green is the symbolic color of mental health awareness, and all fans are encouraged to wear their green to Friday’s match. Green ribbons will be handed out by the FSU Athletics Marketing staff, and the first 100 fans can write an encouraging message on a mini poster that will be displayed in Tully Gym.
Sunday’s match vs. the Tar Heels (11-2, 0-2) is Family Day as part of Family Weekend at Florida State University. Fans are encouraged to bring their families to Sunday’s rivalry match, where UNC and FSU will be meeting for the 70th time.
The match also includes 200 Spear-It-Rewards points for students as well as a special family giveaway prize at the marketing table.
“We would love for all families to come out and see us play, but especially on Sunday with it being our Family Day match,” Poole added. “This is a crucial weekend for us in the ACC. There’s a lot of meaningful volleyball to be played, and who better to watch it with than your family?”
Florida State leads the ACC with 16.56 digs per set this season, which ranks 35th nationally. The Seminoles (8-3, 1-1) are the only ACC team ranking in the Top 50 nationally in the category.
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Junior defensive specialist Lauryn Burrows had an impressive weekend at Notre Dame and No. 5 Louisville. In the two matches combined, she led FSU with 5.14 digs per set, including a career-high 23 digs at Notre Dame. She led the Seminoles with 13 digs vs. the Cardinals.
Florida State owns a 49-7 all-time record vs. NC State, including winning the last three matches in 2018 and 2019. Both teams did not play each other in the 2020 COVID-shortened year.
FSU is 44-25 against the Tar Heels all-time. The last meeting came on March 27, 2021, in Pittsburgh when FSU won 3-2. Emma Clothier had a career performance in that match with 19 kills and three solo blocks.
Freshman Emery Dupes is one of six players in the ACC averaging four or more digs per set, averaging 4.05 this season.
Poole now has 195 career wins in the ACC after defeating Notre Dame last weekend. He would join an exclusive 200-ACC Win Club that also includes Clemson’s Jolene Hoover (224 from 1993-14), Duke’s Jolene Nagel (274 from 1999-present) and UNC’s Joe Sagula (345 from 1990-present).
Both matches on Friday and Sunday will also be streamed on ACC Network Extra. Admission to Florida State Volleyball matches is free.