November 23, 2021 - by
Seminoles to Celebrate Seniors in Final Week of Regular Season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Volleyball Team is down to its final two regular-season matches, both taking place at Tully Gym on Wednesday vs. Notre Dame at 3 p.m. and Friday vs. No. 14 Georgia Tech at 6 p.m.

Wednesday’s matchup with the Fighting Irish (12-14, 9-7) is Senior Day, with pre-match tributes being held for seniors Morgan Chacon, Lily Tessier, Caroline Golden and Marissa Stockman. Both matches will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra.

Wednesday is a Spear-It Rewards Match, and any senior in attendance can stop by the marketing table to earn an extra 100 points to their account.

Florida State Athletics will also be giving away four men’s basketball tickets to that evening’s men’s basketball game vs. Boston University at 7p.m. Fans can stop by the marketing table for their chance to win. The winner will be announced between sets two and three.

The Seminoles (19-7, 11-5) are aiming for their 10th 20-win season under Head Coach Chris Poole (since 2008). Their last came in 2016 when they reached the NCAA Sweet 16 with a 26-6 overall record. Poole and FSU have produced an impressive season considering it is the youngest roster among all Power 5 schools, and the youngest team at FSU since 1999.

Despite taking a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Miami on Friday, the Seminoles continue to be in solid NCAA Tournament position. FSU is rated 14th in the latest NCAA RPI, and is one of four teams in the state of Florida ranked in the RPI Top 25 (Miami – 11th, FSU – 14th, Florida – 15th, UCF – 25th).

Chacon is one of four seniors being honored as part of Senior Day vs. Notre Dame. The Crown Point, Ind., native is in the Top 25 in FSU history in per-set categories of digs and points as well as double-doubles and service percentage.

Tessier joins Chacon as two of the four-year veterans at FSU, as Chacon enrolled in Jan. 2018 and Tessier came during the summer 2018. Tessier is on the verge of becoming just the second FSU setter to reach 1,000 assists in a season in the rally scoring era, entering the week with 922 assists.

FSU’s first match vs. Notre Dame this season included remarkable passing. Lauryn Burrows (23 digs), Chacon (23 digs) and Dupes (20 digs) each had 20 or more digs vs. the Fighting Irish.

Florida State’s current digs-per-set average of 16.15, which continues to lead the ACC, is on pace to be its highest since 2017 and its second-highest ever since the rally scoring era began in 2008.

Against 14th-ranked Georgia Tech, FSU was without the services of Tessier due to injury. Freshman Ava Pitchford started at setter and finished with 34 assists, five digs and three blocks.

Following Friday’s match, FSU will gear up for its post-season seeding. The NCAA Volleyball Selection Show will air on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. FSU is expected to re-start its NCAA Tournament streak that ended last season (2009-2019). However, last year’s field was reduced to 48 teams instead of the typical 64-team field that will return this year.

Admission to all home FSU Volleyball matches is free.

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