November 22, 2016 - by
Regular Season Concludes Against Clemson, Georgia Tech
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 16th-ranked Florida State volleyball team concludes the 2016 regular season this week at Tully Gym when the Seminoles host Atlantic Coast Conference foes Clemson and Georgia Tech.
A mid-week clash with the Seminoles (22-5, 15-3 ACC) and Clemson begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Florida State has won its last nine meetings against the Tigers (6-24, 1-17 ACC) dating back to a sweep of Clemson on Oct. 16, 2011, increasing its advantage in the all-time series to 33-20.
Clemson is one of seven programs that the Seminoles have posted at least 30 head-to-head wins against (33-20) in Florida State history. The Tigers lineup is led by Leah Perri (391 kills, 3.49 kills/set), Keely Hayes (771 assists, 6.95 assists/set), Emily Curtis (280 digs, 3.37 digs/set) and Megan McGinley (99 total blocks, 0.88 blocks/set).
Two days after playing Clemson, Florida State returns to the court to face the Yellow Jackets (23-7, 14-4 ACC) on Senior Day, also at 1 p.m.
“This is a huge week for our team as we finish up the regular season,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We need to continue working on our consistency and sharpening our offense. We feel like we are in a good position to make the NCAA Tournament, but we can’t take anything for granted.”
Georgia Tech, who enters the week fourth in the ACC standings, has won three of its last four matches in league play including back-to-back victories against Louisville and Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets, who at one point during ACC play enjoyed a 10-match winning streak, are led by the combination of Teegan Van Gunst (469 kills, 4.23 kills/set), Rebecca Martin (940 assists, 8.55 assists/set), London Ackermann (520, 4.64 digs/set) and Sydney Wilson (98 total blocks, 1.02 blocks/set).
“Georgia Tech is also playing for an NCAA Tournament bid and that makes the match very dangerous for us,” added Poole. “We are hoping that fans left in Tallahassee, or here for the Florida football game, will come out and give us a huge lift.”
Friday will also allow Seminole fans to pay homage to the senior quartet of Mara Green, Katie Horton, Melanie Keil and Hailey Luke that has posted a 131-28 all-time record (.824 winning percentage), 65-5 home record and made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16’s. Florida State’s seniors have enter their final two ACC contests with an 83-13 all-time record (.865 winning percentage).
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