Tallahassee, FL - The 22nd-ranked Florida State University volleyball team hopes to continue its recent success against upcoming opponents Boston College and Maryland on the road this weekend. FSU takes on B.C. on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass. It follows with a Sunday matchup at Maryland at 1 p.m. in the Comcast Center Pavilion.
“We are excited to jump back on the court this weekend,” head coach Chris Poole said. “Last weekend was a good lesson for the team. This is a much different team than last year because of all the new players on the court. We can’t live in the past, but this team has a lot of potential if we can learn to trust each other.”
FSU finished 1-1 last week in Atlantic Coast Conference play, downing Clemson, 3-1, before falling to Georgia Tech in three sets last Sunday. The Seminoles (13-4, 5-2) stand alone in third place in the conference standings, while the Terrapins (13-6, 4-3) are tied for fourth-place as the halfway point of conference play nears.
The Seminoles have won 10 of 11 matches against Boston College in a series that dates back to 1987. FSU is 4-1 all-time on the road against the Eagles (8-12, 0-7), and has not lost a match to B.C. since falling in five sets in Chestnut Hill on Oct. 13, 2007.
The Eagles are searching for their first ACC victory this season. They own wins over Navy, Harvard and Brown, and are guided by Tsvetelina Dureva’s 231 kills that rank fifth in the conference. Kristen Baader is fourth in the ACC with 4.47 digs per set.
“B.C. has a new coach and he has already helped them to be more competitive. The ACC is much better this year so every team is dangerous,” Poole added.
Maryland has the upper hand on FSU, owning a 22-18 series edge. The Seminoles hold a five-match winning streak over the Terrapins, tying for their third-longest against an ACC opponent behind N.C. State (21) and Wake Forest (9). FSU has won the last three meetings in three-set fashion.
The Terrapins, who are tied with Wake Forest and Georgia Tech in the ACC standings, have quality victories over Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, and took conference leader Duke to five sets on Oct. 1.
“Maryland is doing a great job this season. They just beat Virginia Tech, 3-0, last weekend so we know we have to play well if we want to be successful on the road,” Poole said.
FSU enters its 22nd consecutive week ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, marking the 35th week in program history. The Seminoles hope to avoid back-to-back losses, which hasn’t occurred since FSU lost three straight against Duke, Georgia Tech and Clemson on Sept. 26-Oct. 4, 2008 – a span of 66 matches.
Senior libero Jenna Romanelli continues her march toward 1,000 career digs, remaining 64 shy of the milestone. She is looking to become just the 10th player in school history to achieve such a feat, and is also just 49 digs short of joining former Seminole Joan Morris (1983-86) for the tenth spot on the school’s all-time list.
Romanelli is also on pace to set a new season high for digs, as she shows 232 this season. Last year, Romanelli recorded 381 as a junior, but looks to best that mark with 14 regular-season matches remaining and possibly the postseason.
Junior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic continues to lead the Seminoles with 206 kills, an average of 3.22 kills per set. The Zitiste, Serbia, native has an opportunity to become the fourth FSU player in the last eight seasons to amass over 400 kills.
Both matches can be followed via CBS GameTracker from the Seminoles.com volleyball page.