TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Beginning the home portion of the ACC schedule this weekend, No. 23 Florida State (8-3, 2-0 ACC) welcomes Virginia (9-6, 1-1 ACC) and No. 4 Pitt (13-1, 2-0 ACC) to Tully Gym for matches on October 4 and 6, respectively. The Seminoles will take on the Cavaliers on Friday at 6:30 p.m., with Sunday’s match against the Panthers beginning at 12:00 p.m.
It will be the 11th time in program history that the Seminoles are hosting a Top 5 team in the country, and the first time since 2010. It will be the first time since 2003 that it will be a team other than Florida (No. 4 Georgia Tech).
Junior Taryn Knuth leads the NCAA with 1.75 blocks per set, along with 63 total blocks, which includes seven on August 31 in a straight-set victory against No. 3 Minnesota. In just her third season in the Garnet and Gold, Knuth is climbing up the all-time block record book and has tallied 413 total blocks, which ranks eighth all-time in FSU history.
“We need to take advantage of our conference opportunities at home,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “Virginia has a young coach, who is rebuilding the program with some very good players. They are a solid team that is trying to make their mark again in the ACC.
“Sunday is going to be a big match for us. We knew that Pitt was returning a lot of players, so their system is in place and their players are comfortable and confident in it. It will be a quality match against two of the top teams in the ACC the last few years.”
Florida State is 40-14 all-time against Virginia, and has won each of the last of the last 11 matches in the series against the Cavaliers. Head coach Chris Poole has never lost to UVA at home in his career as the Seminoles are 7-0 against Virginia in Tully Gym.
The Noles hold a 5-8 record against Pitt, including a 3-5 mark since the Panthers joined the ACC for the 2013 season. FSU has lost each of the last four matches in the series, and last beat Pitt on Oct. 16, 2016 in a 3-1 win at home.
Sophomore Marissa Stockman has made her attacks count this season as the middle blocker has not committed an attacking error all season. The Clear Lake, Wis., native has recorded 13 kills on 26 attacks so far in 2019, with zero errors.
Friday’s match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, while Sunday will be the first time this season that the Seminoles will have a match on the ACC Network. Links for the broadcasts and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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