April 23, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head volleyball coach Chris Poole released the 2009 schedule on Thursday, April 23, following one of the most successful seasons in the past five years for the program in 2008 where the Seminoles finished 21-9 overall and 13-7 for fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“This is a very competitive fall schedule,” Pool said. “It is still a work in progress, because we simply came in very late last summer to try and accomplish everything we could with our 2009 schedule.”
Florida State will open the season once again at home in Tully Gymnasium as it hosts the Florida State Invitational on August 28-29. The first match for the Noles will be first-time opponent, Central Michigan and North Dakota State and cross-town rival Florida A&M, two teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year, will also compete at the tourney.
The first road event sends FSU across the state to Gainesville, Fla., where it will take on another NCAA Tournament participant, Florida, in a single match on August 31. Last season the Noles slipped in three sets to the nationally-ranked Gators but with the return of heavy hitter Mira Djuric to the Seminole line-up this season, the Garnet and Gold look to pick up their first victory against the in-state rivals since 1994.
The second home tournament for the Seminoles will be the Tri-Tournament featuring Notre Dame and fellow ACC member Miami on September 18-20. FSU dropped both series to the Hurricanes last year and have not matched up with the Fighting Irish since 2000.
Overall, Florida State will compete against nine teams that earned a spot at the 2008 NCAA Tournament, including ACC opponents Clemson, Duke and North Carolina. The Noles split the series with the Tigers and Tar Heels last season and was hanging tough with the Blue Devils but fell in both meetings.
“The ACC will be extremely tough this season with three teams gaining experience in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and Miami just missing the trip,” Poole said. “The Hurricanes also return most of their players for 2009. There are a lot of exciting things happening in this conference and it won’t be surprising to see more teams getting national recognition this season.”
The complete schedule can be found here.