TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) The third-ranked Florida State (23-0. 11-0) indoor volleyball team returns home after a four-match road stretch to host Virginia (15-9, 8-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. in Tully Gym.
“It’s nice to be back for a match,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We knew both NC State and Clemson would be good and just having to travel – any time you have back-to-back away weekends it’s tough to get through. It feels good to get through that stretch.”
The Seminoles set a new school record for the longest winning streak in history at 23-0, topping the 21-straight the 1981 squad put up during the month of October when teams played 50 or more contests in a single season.
Last Friday, the Seminoles were forced to shift the lineup but still defeated NC State 3-1 on Halloween before outlasting Clemson for their seventh fifth-set victory of 2014.
Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch took home her second-consecutive ACC Player of the Week honor after putting up a total of 40 kills hitting .316 percent for the weekend. The Stuart, Fla. native helped the Seminoles overcome the Tigers on Sunday with a career high performance of 25 kills and five aces.
The Cavaliers come to Tallahassee boasting a 15-9, 8-3 record, sitting fifth in the ACC behind the Seminoles, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 25 Duke and Miami.
“Virginia has done a great job,” Poole said. “They’re going to be a dangerous team, they’ve only lost to North Carolina and Duke in conference so we know they’re going to be very good and they’re going to come in hungry. They’re still in a position right now where they need to get a win over one of the top three in order to get into the NCAA Tournament so they’re going to be pushing for it.”
Florida State has the series lead, 33-14 over Virginia after a 3-1 victory in Charlottesville, Va. In 2013.
CoSida Academic All-District Team
Three members of the Florida State indoor volleyball team were named to the CoSida Academic All-District Team, which was announced on Thursday. In order to be nominated, an athlete must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 while performing on the court.
Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch, senior setter Sarah Wickstrom and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington were all voted to the second-team.
Paint It Pink Auction
Jerseys from the ‘Paint it Pink’ match against NC State on Oct. 12 are now available for auction on Seminoles.com. Bidding will be open for two weeks, closing on Nov. 17.
Mosher Senior Class
Redshirt senior Katie Mosher was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Fans can vote once per day until Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The winner will be chosen at the Final Four in December. She currently holds the second highest tally of votes behind Liz McMahon from Illinois.
Florida State welcomes Virginia on Friday at 7 p.m. in Tully Gym. For more information on FSU volleyball, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.