TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fans will get their first chance to see the 2018 squad this weekend, as the Seminoles will host two scrimmages in Tully Gym in the last weekend before the non-conference season begins.
FSU will host the South Alabama Jaguars in an exhibition game on Friday (August 17) at 6 pm, and the annual Garnet vs. Gold scrimmage Saturday (August 18) at 3 pm. Admission to all volleyball matches in Tully Gym are free to the public.
The team will release a limited edition mini poster, available to the first 250 fans in Tully Gym. The team will also sign the posters after Saturday’s scrimmage.
The Seminoles return seven letterwinners this season, and welcome eight newcomers to the team. Top returners include senior setter Brianne Burkert, redshirt-senior outside hitter Christina Ambrose and sophomore middle blocker Taryn Knuth, all of which had a major impact for the Seminoles last season.
Burkert supported the Florida State offense last season with 928 assists, the seventh-most ever earned by a Seminole in the rally scoring era. Ambrose tallied 220 kills in her redshirt junior campaign, earning 2.27 kills per set and adding on 51 total blocks. Knuth led the Seminoles’ defense at the net, as her 1.49 blocks per set led the conference and ranked 11th nationally, helping her earn the ACC Freshman of the Year honor.
The Seminoles are hoping to see standout performances from three transfers this season, as redshirt senior middle blocker Ashley Murray, senior defensive specialist Kelsey Wicinski and junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey bring both experience and talent to Florida State.
Murray comes to FSU from Long Beach State, where she was a First Team All-Big West selection in 2016 and the Big West Freshman of the Year in 2014. Wicinski was a standout libero at Maryland for three years, ranking third in the Big Ten with 4.22 digs in her sophomore campaign. Caffrey was a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and the AVCA Midwest Region Freshman of the Year in 2016 with West Virginia.
FSU was tabbed to finish third in the conference this year, after going 15-5 in ACC play last season. The Seminoles concluded the season with an 18-11 record after making their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
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