Tallahassee, FL - The 13th-ranked Florida State University women’s volleyball team continues Atlantic Coast Conference play with a matchup against Virginia on Friday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at Tully Gym. FSU wraps up its three-match week at home against Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m.
The Seminoles’ (9-2, 1-0) home gymnasium just played host to third-ranked Florida, a match that drew a site record 1,322 fans for a volleyball match. The Cavaliers (6-5, 0-1) now enter the facility having lost the last four matches to FSU dating back to the 2007 season.
“We are excited to be back home for the weekend after three straight weekends on the road,” coach Chris Poole said. “Virginia and Virginia Tech are very good programs that will be dangerous for us to play. Virginia has played a very tough non-conference schedule and has had a couple of back to back strong recruiting classes. I expect the match to be very physical and we will have to work hard to win the battle at the net.
“Virginia Tech has only lost one match this season and that is to a very good Tennessee team. They are currently ranked the second highest ‘17’ for ACC teams in the RKPI. They have a lot returning and very good experience on the court. These are both teams that have not been to the NCAA Tournament in recent years and they are hungry to re-build their programs.”
FSU is 1-0 in conference play after earning a quality road victory at Miami last Saturday, downing the Hurricanes in four sets. Virginia comes to Tallahassee fresh off a three-set victory over George Mason, but lost to Virginia Tech last weekend, 3-2.
Visnja Djurdjevic continues to lead the Seminoles with 136 kills and 3.40 kills per set. Stephanie Neville is second on the team with 108 kills, while Jekaterina Stepanova follows with 89.
Virginia is led by Simon Asque’s 162 kills. Jessica O’Shoney is first on the squad with 52 blocks, and A.J. Cushman shows a team-best 194 digs. The Hokies (10-1, 1-0) have two players with over 100 kills in Cara Baarendse (124) and Felicia Willoughby (101), while Erin Leaser has 426 of the team’s 496 assists.
Friday’s matchup is another Seminoles.com All-Access match, with live streaming and play-by-play commentary from all the action at Tully Gym. It is the third of five All-Access matches this season, with the Oct. 22 contest against Wake Forest and the Nov. 26 regular-season home finale versus Miami filling the schedule.
FSU also has two televised matchups by Fox Sports Florida remaining, including home matches versus Georgia Tech (Oct. 10) and Boston College (Nov. 21).