TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Volleyball Team faces a few rivalry matches on the road this week when it travels to 12th-ranked Miami. First serve on Thursday is at 6 p.m. on the ACC Network Extra, followed by a 3 p.m. match on Friday on the league’s various regional sports networks, which includes FOX Sports Sun in Florida.
“We need to settle in and we need to continue to improve,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “This week we’ve challenged the players to go back to an off-season mentality and training because we know we have a long spring ahead of us. We can’t just train for match readiness. We have to train for season readiness.”
— FSU Volleyball (@FSU_Volleyball) October 12, 2020
Florida State (0-2, 0-2) and Miami (4-2, 4-2) face off on the volleyball court for the 57th and 58th time this week. The Seminoles swept the season series in 2019, winning each match 3-1. Overall, FSU owns a 34-21-1 edge in the series that began in 1973.
In the last meeting between FSU and Miami on Nov. 27, 2019, the Seminoles amassed 12 team blocks in a 3-1 road win. Emma Clothier led the way with eight blocks, while Jessica Nunge recorded a career-best six blocks followed by Jasmyn Martin’s five.
Clothier made some big waves in her first two matches of the season at Georgia Tech. She ranks first in the nation with a .600 hitting percentage, 13th with 4.67 points per set, 19th with 3.83 kills per set and 26th in blocks per set (1.00).
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For the second straight week, FSU faces the No. 12 team in the country after battling 12th-ranked Georgia Tech last week. FSU’s highest-ranked road win is over No. 7 Nebraska, winning 3-1 on Aug. 29, 2014. It also owns Top-12 road wins over No. 9 Kentucky (3-1 in 1988) and at No. 11 Florida (3-2 in 2016). FSU’s highest-ranked road win over an ACC opponent is at No. 24 Louisville in 2018 (W, 3-1).
Senior outside hitter Jasmyn Martin looks to aid the FSU offensive attack, heating up as time went on against Georgia Tech last week. Martin is currently second on the Seminoles with 15 kills, recording eight vs. the Yellow Jackets in the season opener and seven in the second match.
In his career with the Seminoles since 2008, Poole owns a 15-8 record against Miami. He is seven wins shy of reaching 300 for his FSU career, showing an impressive 293-92 record. Overall, Poole is the nation’s fourth-winningest active Division I coach with 843 victories.
Following FSU’s two rivalry matches, the Seminoles have a three-match home schedule next week to finish the fall season. FSU hosts Wake Forest on Thursday, Oct. 22 (5 p.m.) and Friday, Oct. 23 (4 p.m.), followed by a season-ending match vs. Clemson on Sunday, Oct. 25 (1 p.m.).