Sep 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The 15th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team begins its home-opening weekend on Friday by hosting the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational at Tully Gym.
The Seminoles (2-1) open with No. 23 Ohio State on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Florida State then hosts two matches on Saturday, facing No. 16 Western Kentucky at noon followed by a nightcap against Florida Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. The night contest versus FGCU will be the first student loyalty point match of the season.
Florida State’s match against Ohio State will air on ESPN3, with FSU coaching legend Cecile Reynaud and Tom Block on the call. It will be the first of eight regular-season matches that will either be streamed or air on television this season.
“It’s going to be another difficult tournament,” head coach Chris Poole said. “We know that Ohio State and Western Kentucky are both ranked and we know they both have very good teams and very good traditions. We’re going to have to play well – we knew that coming into the season that every tournament was going to challenge us. We have a team certainly capable of being very great.”
The 15th-ranked Seminoles will be gunning for their 24th and 25th nationally-ranked victories in program history when they battle nationally-ranked Western Kentucky and Ohio State this weekend. Western Kentucky and Florida State hold an honorable distinction - They are two of just three schools (Southern Cal included) who have won at least 28 matches in each of the last two seasons.
“We hope the energy in Tully will be great. We hope the fans come out and see us, especially because we’re not home for another month after so this is the time to come and support us,” Poole added. “We’re playing great teams so they’re going to see great competition.”
Florida State enters this weekend’s tournament having won 24 consecutive regular-season matches at Tully Gym. It once held a 27-match overall win streak at home until falling to Purdue in last year’s NCAA Second Round match in Tallahassee.
Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch and senior outside hitter Olivera Medic were named to the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational All-Tournament Team last weekend. Walch delivered 21 kills in a thrilling five-set win over Long Beach State on Saturday, while Medic averaged 2.64 kills per set and added two digs per set for the tournament.
The Seminoles and Buckeyes (3-1) last squared off at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup last season in Houston. Behind a strong 20-kill performance from former player Fatma Yildirim, Florida State defeated Ohio State 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 25-13). The all-time series is tied at 1-1, while Florida State has no history with Western Kentucky or FGCU.
Florida State moved up three spots in the Week 1 AVCA Poll to No. 15. The Seminoles have now been ranked in the Top 25 poll for a school-record 28 consecutive weeks.
Redshirt junior libero Katie Mosher totaled 41 digs last weekend, bringing her career number to 1,140. The Fort Myers, Fla. native is currently seventh on the school list and is 11 shy of passing Nole great Nancy Gaspadarek for sixth on the school list.
The Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational will have five of its seven matches played at Tully Gym – the other two will be hosted by Florida A&M at the Al Lawson Center. Beginning the invitational on Friday at 11 a.m. will be Ohio State vs. Western Kentucky, followed by Western Kentucky and Florida A&M at 4:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at Tully Gym.
On Saturday, the other non-FSU match featuring Ohio State and FGCU begins at noon at the Al Lawson Center. Sunday’s match at 1 p.m. between FGCU and Florida A&M will also take place on the Rattler campus.
All matches taking place at Tully Gym can be followed on CBS GameTracker for live statistics.
Follow Florida State indoor volleyball on Seminoles.com as well as on the team’s official Twitter (@FSU_Volleyball) and Facebook pages (Facebook.com/FSUVolleyball).