TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four days removed from their last match, the 13th-ranked Florida State volleyball team returns to action at LSU on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. EST. The match up marks the second straight SEC opponent for the Seminoles (6-2), who squared off against seventh-ranked Florida on Wednesday at Tully Gym. Florida State is 2-1 this season against SEC opponents, posting five set wins over Alabama and Texas A&M at the Puerto Rico Clasico. FSU owns a 12-8 advantage in the all-time series, winning the last two meetings on Sept. 20, 2002 (3-2) and Sept. 13, 2014 (3-1).The Noles have squared off with SEC opponents in consecutive matches on 24 occasions in program history, since the 1972 campaign.
That includes a pair of four-match stretches that took place in 1978 (twice), 1979 and 1980 as well as a pair of three-match stretches which occurred in 1985 and 1988.
“The last non-conference match is extremely important,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We have faced a lot of adversity this season so far and we are still trying to find our rhythm on the court. It is important for us to focus on getting better right not and not let distractions keep us off balance.”
Leading the way for the Seminoles offensive unit, which owns a .252 hitting percentage, are Milica Kubura (93 kills) and Katie Horton (91). On defense the combination of Melanie Keil (49 total blocks), Mara Green (30 total blocks) and Cecilie Woie (98 digs).
LSU (5-5) enters Sunday coming off a recent setback to Baylor, who downed the Tigers in straight sets (25-22, 25-19, 26-24). With a team .219 hitting percentage, LSU’s statistical leaders include Gina Tillis (125 kills), Cheyenne Wood (128 digs) and Tiara Gibson (38 total blocks).
“We still have a lot of room to grow as a team and LSU will give us a great challenge to help us prepare for Atlantic Coast Conference play,” added Poole.
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