October 4, 2018 - by
Volleyball Hosts Wolfpack and Tar Heels for Alumni Weekend

Pregame Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (7-7, 3-1 ACC) heads into the third week of conference play this weekend, hosting NC State on Friday night (10/5) and UNC (10/7) on Sunday. Sunday’s match will air on ESPN2, and the Seminoles will honor FSU alumna Gabrielle Reece in a jersey retirement ceremony prior to the match.

Florida State’s 3-1 ACC record includes three sweeps over Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia, and a four-set loss to No. 8 Pitt. All seven of FSU’s wins this season have come in straight-set decisions.

Friday night’s match against the Wolfpack will air on ACC Network Extra. Last season, the match between the two teams lasted more than three hours and saw 43 tie scores and 16 lead changes among the five sets. Each set was decided in no more than three points, with NC State taking the deciding set 22-20.

Sunday’s match against UNC marks the 65th meeting between the two programs. Florida State has played the Tar Heels more than any other team in program history, and head coach Joe Sagula is currently the most tenured coach in the ACC (followed by Duke’s Jolene Nagel and Chris Poole).

The Seminoles will retire FSU Hall of Fame member Gabrielle Reece’s jersey prior to the team’s match against UNC on Sunday. Reece holds a number of records in Florida State’s history books, and went on to have a successful career as a professional beach volleyball player, model, TV personality, New York Times bestselling author, among many other accomplishments.


Florida State vs. NC State
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 | 6:30 pm
ACC Network Extra | Live Stats | Notes

Scouting the Wolfpack

  • NC State returns 14 players this season and brought on six newcomers.
  • AVCA Honorable Mention All-American Kylie Pickrell returns this season and leads the team with 603 assists (10.77) and ranks second with 129 digs. Returning op­posite hitter Melissa Evans leads with 196 kills, followed by middle blocker Teni Sopitan with 192. Pickrell also leads the team with five solo blocks.
  • Pickrell’s 10.77 assists per set ranks second in the ACC and 35th in the nation, while her 603 total assists ranks second in the conference and 56th
  • Grad transfer Keira Moore leads the team with 34 total blocks (three solo).
  • FSU’s 2017 NCAA Tournament opponent Washington State snapped NC State’s 12-match home winning streak earlier this season in four sets.


  • Florida State leads the series between the two teams 46-7, and leads the ACC series between them 43-6.
  • NC State has won the last two matches in the series, but before that FSU had won 31 straight against the Wolfpack and had not lost since 1999.
  • Last season’s match between the two teams lasted three hours and two minutes, making it the longest match the Seminoles saw all season. Every one of the five sets was decided in no more than three points, with the final set going to the Wolfpack 22-20.



Florida State vs. UNC
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 | 1:00 pm
ESPN2 | Live Stats | Notes

Scouting the Tar Heels

  • UNC had a tough non-conference schedule this season, picking up wins over UNCG, Maryland Eastern Shore, Oklahoma and Elon. The team’s only losses came to opponents who were ranked or received votes in the AVCA Top-25.
  • The Tar Heels started off conference play hosting Notre Dame and Louisville, falling in straight sets to the Fighting Irish and in five to the Cardinals. Most recently, UNC rallied from behind to defeat NC State at home before dropping a road match to Virginia Tech. It marked the team’s first confer­ence win this season.
  • Ava Bell has taken command of UNC’s offense the past two weeks, hitting a team-best .392 in ACC play. Destiny Cox leads the team with 164 kills, 3.57 kills/set.
  • Head Coach Joe Sagula is one of only two other ACC coaches remaining in the conference since Coach Poole arrived in 2008 (along with Duke’s Jolene Nagel).


  • Florida State leads the series between the two teams 40-24, with a 30-20 ACC record against the Tar Heels.
  • The Seminoles won the last meeting between the two 3-0 at home, but both teams have passed the wins back and forth – the Seminoles have gone 10-6 against the Tar Heels since Coach Poole’s arrival in 2008.
  • With 64 meetings between the two teams (prior to Sunday), FSU has faced UNC more than any other opponent in program history.




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