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Volleyball Opens ACC Play with Notre Dame and No. 2 Louisville

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team begins ACC play this week with matches against Notre Dame and No. 2 Louisville at Tully Gym. Friday’s match with the Fighting Irish will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be streamed on ACCNX. Sunday’s match with the second-ranked Cardinals can be seen nationally on ESPN with first serve at 3 p.m. Admission to all home games is free and doors will open one hour before the match. During Friday’s match, there will be a prize giveaway for Family Weekend.

Spotlight Noles
The Seminoles will be a part of history on Sunday afternoon, as their matchup with No. 2 Louisville will be the second regular season women’s college volleyball game to every appear on ESPN. ESPN broadcasted last week’s matchup with Louisville and Kentucky that drew 302,000 viewers, the most for any regular season volleyball match on the ESPN Networks. This will be the first time that the FSU volleyball program will appear on ESPN.

New Blood
The Noles have added three new key pieces to the 2022 squad. Freshman Audrey Rothman, senior Andjelija Draskovic and graduate student Emily Ryan have all had
immediate impacts for the Noles.

The 2021 USA Today Girls Volleyball Player of the Year has been as good as advertised. Rothman has tallied 79 kills and also leads the team in digs with 86 and has nine aces this season as well.

The setter and middle duo of Draskovic and Ryan has been phenomenal for the Noles this season. Draskovic, a transfer from UMBC, has a team-high 250 assists, and Ryan is second on the team in kills with 98 and leads the team in blocks with 39.

Spreading the Wealth
The Noles have several athletes who are factors at the net. The Noles have five athletes with more than 75 kills through 11 matches this season. FSU is the only team in the conference to accomplish this feat.

The Best Birthday Present
Senior setter Andjelija Draskovic made history on her 22nd birthday in the Garnet and Gold. On Sept. 8 against Nebraska-Omaha, Draskovic reached 1,000 career assists at the Division I level. Draskovic tallied 846 assists last season at UMBC and currently has 250 assists in 11 matches. this season. Draskovic became the 20th Seminole setter to tally 1,000 career assists. Draskovic is 487 assists from cracking the top 15 list for total career assists in program history.

Serving Up Aces
Sophomore Audrey Koenig has been a great surprise for the Noles behind the service line this season. A 2021 ACC All-Freshman Team selection, Koenig leads the team in aces with 17 and is averaging 0.47 aces per set which ranks sixth in the ACC. This comes after Koenig rarely served last year for the Seminoles and did not record a single ace during the 2021 season.

Starting Quick
The Noles have gotten to great starts in the majority of their matches this season. The Noles have been the first team to 15 in 23 out their 39 sets this season. The Noles are 17-6 in sets where they are the first team to reach 15 points.

NOLE NOTES
• Head Coach Chris Poole is in his 15th season as the leader of the Seminoles.
• Poole will be looking for his 32nd win over an AVCA Top 25 team against Louisville.
• The Noles were picked to finish fifth in the ACC by the coaches.
• The Noles got off to its best start through eight games since 2014 with a 7-1 start
• The Seminoles have won 16-straight ACC home openers. The last time the Noles
lost an ACC home opener was in the 2005 season.
• The Noles will be looking for its first 2-0 start in ACC play since 2019.
• The Noles will be looking to keep its undefeated record at home. The Noles are
currently 5-0 at home.
• A win over No. 2 Louisville would be the Noles highest ranked victory in program
history.
• Audrey Koenig currently leads the team with 110 kills.
• Against No. 17 Creighton, Koenig had a career-high 60 total attacks. Her 60
attempts is the fifth-most in program history in the rally scoring era.
• Koenig is the fastest Nole to reach 100 kills since Jasmyn Martin in the 2021
spring season. Koenig reached 100 kills in 10 games.
• The Noles are the best team in the ACC at avoiding a block. Opponents are averaging just 1.59 blocks per set against the Noles.
• The Noles are second in the ACC in opponent hitting percentage, holding teams to a .165 hitting percentage. That mark ranks 50th in the NCAA.
• The Noles have the top game in terms of hitting percentage of all ACC teams this season. The Noles hit .527 against Yale on Sept. 3, 2022.
• Emery Dupes and Audrey Rothman had 31 digs and 26 digs respectively against No. 17 Creighton which are the two highest marks in the ACC this season.
• Audrey Koenig, Khori Louis and Emily Ryan were each named to the Seminole Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Team.
• Emma Clothier was named to the Preseason All-ACC Team.
• Audrey Rothman was named the ACC Freshman of the Week on Aug. 29.
• Rothman comes to campus as one of the top recruits in school history. Rothman was named the USA Today Girls Volleyball Player of the Year and the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year.

Last Time Out
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles (8-3) defeated UAB (4-7) in their first matchup since 1991 in Tully Gym on Saturday afternoon, sweeping the Blazers in three sets (25-14, 25-23, 25-14). The Seminoles hosted their second annual mental health awareness game.

The Noles came out with power in the first set, leading through almost every point. The offense was dominant, earning 13 kills. Seven different Seminoles recorded a kill in the first set, led by Emma Clothier with five. The Blazers were unable to respond to the strength of the Seminoles, ending the set 25-14 with a kill from Emma Clothier.

The second set was close to the final point with the Seminoles and Blazers exchanging the lead throughout the entire set. Four different Noles recorded a kill and four recorded two apiece. Once again, Emma Clothier sealed the set win with the final kill.

The sweep was secured with a 25-14 win in the third set. Ryan led the Noles in the third set with five kills. The Seminoles sealed the win with 14 kills in the final set.

Defensively, Koenig led the team with 10 digs and Ryan and Clothier put up a brick wall at the net with four blocks apiece. The Seminoles recorded 41 kills on 100 attacks (.320) throughout the three sets. Clothier tied her season high with 10 kills during the match. Andjelija Draskovic was one shy of her season high for assists with 32.

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