October 21, 2021 - by
Florida State Travels to Virginia Tech and Wake Forest

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Two more critical road matches await Florida State Volleyball this weekend, beginning with a 6 p.m. match at Virginia Tech on Friday on ACC Network Extra. FSU finishes at Wake Forest on Sunday at 1 p.m., which also airs on ACCNX.

The Seminoles (12-5, 5-3) are tied for fifth in the ACC with NC State and Notre Dame as they approach the halfway point of the conference season. FSU was projected fifth in the ACC pre-season order of finish despite having its youngest roster since 1999.

Head Coach Chris Poole looks to make history as the fastest coach ever to reach 200 ACC wins. He enters Friday’s match at Virginia Tech with a 199-56 record in ACC play, and can clinch his 200th win in his 256th match coached in conference play. The current record holder is Duke head coach Jolene Nagel, who crossed 200 wins in her 267th ACC match.

Florida State is riding an eight-match win streak against Virginia Tech (9-11, 0-8), which started in the 2014 season. FSU leads the all-time series 35-4. Against Wake Forest (11-8, 2-6), the Seminoles are 36-7 all-time and own a 13-match win streak.

Sophomore right-side hitter Sydney Conley has made enormous progress through 17 matches this season compared to last season’s first 17. This season, she is hitting .219 compared to .084 and averaging 1.91 kills per set compared to 0.81.

Redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier has some outstanding numbers in FSU’s five road matches this season: 10.45 assists per set, 2.95 digs per set, 0.70 kills per set and 0.55 blocks per set.

Over FSU’s last 10 matches played, junior middle blocker Emma Clothier has averaged 2.83 kills per set and is hitting .352.

The Seminoles continue to lead the ACC with 16.21 digs per set. In the rally scoring era (since 2008), FSU has finished with 16 or more digs per set twice (16.25 in 2017 and 16.05 in 2011).

Florida State is 20th in the latest NCAA RPI released this week. FSU moved up to 21st last week after starting at 28th, then moved up one more spot to 20th after splitting matches vs. Virginia (3-0) and No. 4 Pitt (1-3).

The Seminoles are 2-2 on the road in ACC play this season, earning a 3-1 win at Notre Dame on Sept. 24 as well as a 3-1 win at Duke on Oct. 10.

FSU returns home next weekend when it hosts Boston College on Friday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m., and Syracuse on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m.

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