TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It is Hurricane Week in Tallahassee, and prior to the FSU-UM football game on Saturday, RV Florida State (13-6, 7-3 ACC) will host Miami (8-10, 4-6 ACC) in volleyball on Wednesday, October 30. The Noles and Canes will renew their rivalry in Tully Gym at 7:00 p.m.
“It is a big week for Florida State athletics, and it is always a tough match against Miami,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “Every year, no matter where each team may be, it is a tough match, and I think it is due to the element of the rivalry. Our girls are going to have to step up and play. We had some very poor execution last weekend and struggled a lot, and the girls know that. So hopefully it is one of those things where you get knocked down hard, but are able to learn to rise back up and play well. Credit to Georgia Tech and Clemson for doing that to us. Tomorrow night will be a very critical match for us this season.”
Florida State is 32-21-1 in the all-time series against Miami, and has won nine out of the last 12 matches, dating back to 2012. The Hurricanes have won each of the last two matches, in 2017 and 2018, both played on the road in Coral Gables.
The Seminoles have won seven home matches in a row in the series, and have not lost to Miami in Tully Gym since November 26, 2010, when the Canes triumphed in five sets – 18-25, 17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 17-19.
Beginning the year with just one match with a hitting percentage of over .300 in its first eight contests (.315 at TCU), Florida State has turned its offense around in recent weeks, finishing five of the last eight matches with a hitting percentage of over .345 – Boston College (.390), Syracuse (.358), Virginia (.349), at Clemson (.347) and at NC State (.346).
Individually over that span, junior Taryn Knuth has led the offensive resurgence with a .452 hitting percentage on 59 kills with just seven errors in 115 attacks. She has posted a hitting percentage over .500 in four of her last six matches, including .611 (12-1-18) at Clemson and .600 (6-0-10) at home against Syracuse.
Wednesday’s match will be broadcast on ACC Network, and links for the stream and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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