“We are very excited about the Puerto Rico tournament this fall,” said Poole. “We play three excellent teams and it is going to be a great challenge for us. This will also be a fun trip for the players as most have never been to Puerto Rico. The country also has a Professional Volleyball League that often recruits from the college programs in the USA. This is a great opportunity for our team to be seen on the island.”
Florida State, a perennial top-15 in the RPI in the last seven years, then hosts the two-day Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament on Sept. 8-9, which includes meetings with Baylor (Sept. 8), Florida A&M (Sept. 9) and Arkansas-Little Rock (Sept. 9).
“Our home tournament will provide good competition,” added Poole. “Former Florida State associate head coach Ryan McGuyre is now the head coach at Baylor and is doing a great job of rebuilding that program. I would expect them to be very competitive. Arkansas-Little Rock and Florida A&M are always competing for conference championships and NCAA bids as well. Because of the football game against Charleston Southern, we moved this tournament to Thursday/Friday to give the fans an opportunity to watch us play.”
The Seminoles take on the first of three Southeastern Conference opponents on Wednesday, Sept. 14, when they bring in Sunshine State rival Florida to Tully Gymnasium for the 63rd installment in the all-time series.
Two days later the Seminoles host Auburn, who comes to Tallahassee for the first time since Sept. 16, 2014. Florida State then treks to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as they make their final non-conference appearance before for ACC action begins against LSU on Sunday, Sept. 18th.
For the third time in as many seasons the Noles open their ACC slate at home when host Miami (Sept. 23) and defending league champion Louisville (Sept. 25). It is the first meeting with the Cardinals since a five-set thriller determined the ACC regular season championship on Nov. 15. Florida State remains at home the following weekend when it hosts Syracuse (Sept. 30) and Boston College (Oct. 2).
After playing nine games at home between September 8 and October 2, Florida State will play six of its next eight contests away from Tully Gymnasium. The exception being when the Seminoles host Virginia Tech (Oct. 14) and Pittsburgh (Oct. 16).
The Seminoles mark their return home in early November when they clash with NC State (Nov. 4) and North Carolina (Nov. 6). Four road matches ensue before FSU closes out the regular season with a series of matches against Clemson (Nov. 23) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 25).
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