Oct. 10, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – After a month-long hiatus from playing at Tully Gym, the 21st-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team returns to Tallahassee to host Maryland and Pitt on ‘Paint it Pink’ weekend beginning Friday, Oct. 11.
The Seminoles (10-5, 3-1) host Maryland on Friday at 7 p.m. FSU follows with a televised matchup against Pitt on Sunday at 2 p.m. that will air on Sun Sports and other regional networks. The ‘Paint it Pink’ day match dedicated to breast cancer awareness features Tom Werme and FSU Volleyball coaching legend Cecile Reynaud on the call.
“We need to be home,” head coach Chris Poole said. “We need to be able to do some training and get some bodies rested. There are so many reasons why being at home is such an advantage, plus we’re excited to bring the crowd back in and get the girls sparked again.”
In addition to Sun Sports, Sunday’s match will air on several other networks across the country, including FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports South, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and NESN. Other networks airing the match include FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Detroit, MSG, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports San Diego, ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain and FOX Sports Prime Ticket.
Sunday’s match will also be streamed on ESPN3.com. Fans who attend Sunday’s TV matchup can get a “Pink Strong’ T-shirt with a $10 donation to the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. The first 300 fans will receive a free “We Build Champions” T-shirt.
“There are so many people who are touched in our lives,” Poole added. “For us to use our match and our players to try and bring some awareness to that, and getting people to understand the importance of supporting a cause like that, it’s very important. We’re glad to be a part of it and we’re real excited about ‘Paint it Pink.’”
This weekend will mark the 17th match that FSU has had televised or streamed on ESPN3.com since the 2011 season.
Sophomore right-side hitter Mara Green enjoyed a breakout performance last season in FSU’s first meeting at Maryland. The McDonough, Ga., native put together 10 kills and just one error in 15 swings to lead FSU to a 3-1 victory over the Terrapins.
Heading into the Maryland match on Friday, FSU has strung together an impressive home winning streak against ACC competition. The ‘Noles have won 18 straight matches at home versus conference foes and haven’t lost since falling to Miami on Nov. 26, 2010.
Florida State’s road trip last weekend featured a split at Georgia Tech and Clemson. The ‘Noles’ 3-1 loss to the Yellow Jackets snapped an incredible streak of 18 consecutive wins in October. Its last October loss prior to the Georgia Tech defeat was on Oct. 31, 2010, at Virginia in five sets.
Sunday’s match against Pitt means that FSU twin sisters Caroline and Laura Dadowski will be facing their hometown school. The Pittsburgh natives have a father, Jeff, who played tennis for the Panthers, while their mother also attended Pitt.
A Seminole has recorded a double-double 13 times this season. Junior setter Sarah Wickstrom leads the ‘Noles with five double-doubles, followed by senior Olivera Medic (4), Nicole Walch (3) and Leah Mikesky (1).
Over the last five matches, FSU redshirt freshman middle blocker Sarah Burrington has played extremely well at the net. The Ruskin, Fla., native has averaged 1.43 blocks per set and totaled 30 blocks. Offensively, she has generated 38 kills and averaged a .325 hitting percentage over that stretch.
The Terrapins (10-6, 2-2) have a potent attack led by senior outside hitter Mary Cushner and junior middle blocker Adreene Elliott. Cushner leads the team with 3.59 kills per set while Elliott is averaging nearly three kills per set. Maryland is holding its opponents to just a .146 hitting clip for the season.
The Panthers (11-6, 3-1) started ACC play well before slipping up in its last match against Virginia, falling 3-2. Pitt has put together a good defensive front all season, with three players averaging over one block per set and another one blocking at a 0.95 rate.
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