TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Indoor Volleyball Head Coach Chris Poole has announced the full schedule for the 2021 season, which includes 13 matches at Tully Gym and nine matches against NCAA Tournament opponents from the 2020 season.
Overall, FSU will play a normalized 28-match regular season schedule, including 18 in ACC play.
“We are excited to be playing again this fall,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “Our schedule will be extremely challenging. With six freshmen and no transfers, it will be the youngest players I’ve had entering a season. We will be tested from the first weekend, and the ACC has a lot of fifth-year seniors taking advantage of the bonus COVID year. There will be a lot of great players in this conference competing.”
The Seminoles begin the 2021 season on the road for a three-match tournament hosted by LSU at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La. First serve in the upcoming year occurs on Friday, Aug. 27, in a match vs. Northern Arizona at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT. FSU follows with matches vs. Michigan (Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. ET) and LSU (Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. ET) to finish its first weekend of play.
FSU will once again host the Four Points Tallahassee Seminole Volleyball Invitational, which begins on Thursday, Sept. 2, with a home opener vs. Tulane at 6:30 p.m. The busy Labor Day weekend means that FSU will host a doubleheader on Friday, Sept. 3, to finish the tournament, playing Samford at 11 a.m. and VCU at 6:30 p.m.
The Seminoles’ other home match in non-conference play is their continue rivalry vs. Florida, hosting the Gators on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. Due to COVID-19 protocols in place and the difficulty of scheduling non-conference opponents last season, FSU and UF did not play for the first time since 2003. The meeting will be the 75th match in series history.
FSU’s other three matches in non-conference play are at the UCF Invitational in Orlando. The Seminoles face Georgia on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m., FSU then rounds out the tournament at UCF on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and vs. FGCU at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.
Three of FSU’s 10 non-conference opponents earned NCAA Tournament bids in last year’s modified format that included a reduced 48-team field. Those teams were Samford, UCF and Florida. The Seminoles and Knights played last year in a five-set thriller won by FSU on Feb. 26, 2021.
In ACC play, FSU hosts matches against NC State (Oct. 1), North Carolina (Oct. 3), Virginia (Oct. 15), Pitt (Oct. 17), Boston College (Oct. 29), Syracuse (Oct. 31), Miami (Nov. 19), Notre Dame (Nov. 24) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 26).
On the road, the Seminoles face conference foes Notre Dame (Sept. 24), Louisville (Sept. 26), Miami (Oct. 6), Duke (Oct. 10), Virginia Tech (Oct. 22), Wake Forest (Oct. 24), Clemson (Nov. 5), Georgia Tech (Nov. 7) and Syracuse (Nov. 14).
FSU’s two-time ACC opponents this season include Miami, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Georgia Tech.
Several key members from last year’s team that finished 13-5 overall return in the 2021 season. Rising junior middle blocker Emma Clothier earned All-America and All-ACC First Team honors as a sophomore, hitting .483 which ranked second nationally. Rising redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon also returns, being an All-ACC Second Team member in 2020 and earning AVCA All-East Region Honorable Mention honors.
Overall, seven letterwinners return from last year’s team that emerged as one of the hottest in the ACC in the spring with a 13-2 mark in the second half of the year. They also include redshirt senior libero Caroline Golden, senior middle blocker Marissa Stockman, redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier, junior libero Lauryn Burrows and sophomore right-side hitter Sydney Conley.
A freshmen class that was ranked in the Prepvolleyball Top 15 has a chance to make a big splash. Three early enrollees in Jan. 2021 had a chance to practice with the team in the spring in outside hitter Audrey Koenig, setter Ava Pitchford and middle blocker Khori Louis.
Three more freshmen who arrived this summer will also bolster this year’s roster. They include liberos Emery Dupes and Addi Hultquist as well as middle blocker Skye Ekes.
TV network designations for the upcoming season will be announced by the ACC in August.
Florida State begins pre-season practice on Monday, Aug. 9.