TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After dropping its first ACC match of the season last week, No. 23 Florida State (9-4, 3-1 ACC) looks to get back to its winning ways with a road trip to the state of North Carolina this weekend. The Seminoles will take on NC State (6-10, 1-3 ACC) and North Carolina (5-9, 2-2 ACC) on October 11 and 13 as the Noles and Wolfpack will meet on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., while FSU and UNC will play on Sunday at Noon.
It is the sixth consecutive week that the Seminoles are ranked in the AVCA poll and the first NCAA Volleyball RPI was released this week, with Florida State ranked No. 17 and holding the No. 9 overall strength of schedule in the nation.
“I’d like to think that all of my teams have had the mindset of either you win, or you learn,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “And I think that was definitely a learning opportunity for us last weekend against Pitt. So while there was disappointment, there is also hope, knowing that we can play at a high level and that we just need to be more consistent.
“Going on the road is always a challenge because you have the fatigue of travel. So it will be important that the team stays focused in order for us to be successful. Playing up in North Carolina for the third weekend of the season does make it a little more comfortable, but both teams will bring out great crowds and we know that each team is very well coached.”
The Noles are 48-7 all-time against NC State, with a 21-4 mark on the road versus the Wolfpack. FSU has won 33 of the last 35 matches in the series, dating back to 1999, dropping only a pair of five-set matches on Nov. 4, 2016 and Oct. 29, 2017.
Florida State holds a 43-23 advantage in the all-time series with North Carolina, but is just 10-16 against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. The Seminoles have won each of the last three matches in the series. It will be the second time this season that the Noles have competed in UNC’s Carmichael Arena, as North Carolina hosted FSU, Minnesota and Wisconsin for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on August 30-31.
Senior Payton Caffrey has been contributing all over the court this season, as the outside hitter currently leads the team in kills (161), digs (124) and service aces (11). She is the only player on a ranked team to lead their squad in all three categories.
Friday’s match at NC State will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, while Sunday’s contest at UNC will be broadcast on the Regional Sports Networks. Links for the broadcasts, affiliate TV channels and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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