Florida State fell back down to third place in the conference after dropping a five-set decision to Miami on Wednesday, a loss that snapped a six-match winning streak for the Seminoles. With seven matches left in the season, FSU is looking to stay consistent to remain in the top ranks of the ACC.
Virginia Tech most recently lost to Miami on Friday night on the road, hitting only .165 with 30 kills in the three-set decision to put the Hurricanes on a three-match win streak.
After this weekend, FSU will only have two home matches remaining as the Seminoles host Notre Dame on Sunday, Nov. 11 and Pitt on Friday, Nov. 16 for Senior Day.
Scouting the Hokies
- Virginia Tech started off the season 8-0, picking up four sweeps in that span. Since then, the Hokies have lost to three ranked programs, getting swept by No. 18 Baylor (9/15), No. 9 Pitt (9/21) to open conference play and No. 22 Louisville (10/12).
- The Hokies’ biggest conference wins have been a 3-0 victory over Georgia Tech (10/5) in Atlanta and a five-set win over Wake Forest (10/19) at home.
- Virginia Tech has lost to three conference teams that the Seminoles have already defeated this year — NC State (1-3, 9/30), Clemson (0-3, 10/7) and Duke (2-3, 10/21). FSU swept the Wolfpack and the Blue Devils this season.
- Senior right side Jaila Tolbert was selected as one of 30 volleyball student-athletes to the 2018 Senior CLASS Award, making her the first-ever Tech volleyball player to make the list, and first for the Hokies in any sport since 2016. Tolbert is on her way to 1,000 kills, heading into the weekend with 917 kills on 1,999 total attacks. She ranks second on the team in kills, kills per set, and all four blocking categories this season.
- Junior libero Carol Raffety recently became the 17th player in Tech history to reach 1,000 career digs. She heads into the weekend with 287 digs this season.
FSU vs. VT
- Sunday marks the 37th meeting between the two programs.
- Florida State heads into Sunday’s match on a five-match win streak consisting of one sweep, three four-set decisions and one five-set victory. The Seminoles won the first set in all five of those matches.
- FSU is 13-2 against the Hokies under head coach Chris Poole.
- The longest winning streak for Florida State in the series lasted 13 matches, running from 1980-1990. The streak included 11 shutouts for the Seminoles, including ten consecutive sweeps.
- All four of FSU’s losses to the Hokies came in Blacksburg. The Seminoles hold a perfect 16-0 record against VT in Tallahassee and a 3-0 record against them in neutral territory.
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