October 18, 2016 - by
Miami, Virginia Up Next for No. 12 Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After two victories over Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech last weekend, Florida State (14-3, 7-1 ACC) begins a four-match road stretch at both Miami Virginia as the Seminoles embark on their second Atlantic Coast Conference road trip of the season.
Florida State, which climbed to 12th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) rankings, opens the road swing against the rival Hurricanes (8-12, 2-6 ACC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Seminoles, who earned a three-game victory over Miami on Sept. 23, are looking to complete the season sweep against their league rivals for the fifth time under head coach Chris Poole.
The 41st all-time meeting between the two Sunshine State programs can be seen as part of the Regional Sports Network (Comcast SD 28/HD 402; DirecTV 653; Dish HD 422) or via the ACC Network Extra with commentary from Bob Rathbun and Lyndsay Rowley.
“We finish the conference slate with eight of the last 12 matches on the road,” said Poole. “It is extremely important that we take care of business this weekend.”
The Seminoles enter the week with their highest ranking since they opened the 2015 campaign ranked ninth in the AVCA poll. Florida State is in a three-way tie for second place in the ACC standings along with Notre Dame (16-4, 7-1 ACC) and Duke (12-5, 7-1 ACC), one match off the pace set by North Carolina (16-2, 8-0 ACC).
Among the individual offensive leaders for Florida State include Milica Kubura (190 kills), who is coming off back-to-back double-digit kill outings against Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech last weekend, and Brianne Burkert leads the way with 411 assists.
Defensively, the Seminoles are led by Melanie Keil (103 total blocks) and Cecilie Woie (216 digs). Keil, the only player in the ACC with 100-plus total blocks after recording her single-season career-best 14th solo block last season, enters the week ranked first in the ACC and third in the NCAA in blocks per set (1.63) this season.
“Our success has often been determined by our side of the net this year,” added Poole. “We are working on our consistency and looking to playing cleaner volleyball as we minimize our mistakes.”
Florida State wraps up the week at Virginia (4-16, 1-7 ACC) on Friday at 7 p.m. when it heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the first time since the 2013 campaign. The Seminoles have won the last seven meetings, posting four sweeps along the way, including a 3-0 victory on Nov. 8, 2015 in Tallahassee.
The Cavaliers are led by the combination of Hailey Kole (235 kills / 3.22 kills per set), Jennifer Wineholt (536 assists), Lexi Riccolo (282 digs) and Chino Anukwuem (66 total blocks).
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