Oct. 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The 12th-rated Florida State indoor volleyball team prepares for a quick turnaround with two more home matches this weekend against Virginia and Virginia Tech. The matchup on Sunday at 1 p.m. versus Virginia Tech is the annual "Paint it Pink" match.
Friday's match against Virginia starts at 7 p.m. The weekend includes several promotions, as Sunday's contest encourages all fans to don their pink attire in an effort to show breast cancer awareness. There will be pink shirts on sale at the marketing table for $10 with the donations going directly to the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.
Sunday's match against the Hokies (13-8, 6-5) also includes a "Paint it Pink" kid's clinic after the match for children less than 14 years of age. The Seminoles (19-2, 10-1) will wear their specially-made pink jerseys for the match and those will be auctioned off once again on Seminoles.com the following week to help increase the proceeds to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.
Friday's match allows the first 400 fans in attendance to receive a free "I dig Seminole Volleyball" tank. Florida State athletics and FSU Kids Club mascot Cimarron will make a special appearance in Friday evening's match.
Florida State is coming off a momentum-building 3-0 victory over state rival Florida on Wednesday evening, snapping a 21-match losing streak that had weighed on the program for a while. The Seminoles, however, shift their focus back to conference play with two important ACC matches this weekend.
The Seminoles hope to extend their 21-match home win streak and 13-match overall win streak against the Cavaliers (7-15, 1-10) on Friday. Florida State leads the overall series 32-14 with a 15-4 record against Virginia in Tully Gym. The Cavaliers are the first repeat opponent of the year for Florida State as it defeated them on the road on Sept. 22 by a 3-1 score. The Seminoles were led by three double-figure attackers including Fatma Yildirim (15 kills), Ashley Neff (13 kills) and Olivera Medic (12 kills).
Virginia Tech took the Seminoles to five sets in Blacksburg, Va. on Sept. 21, with Florida State edging the Hokies 15-11 in the final frame. Virginia Tech is the only school in the conference to defeat fellow first-place team Miami.
Neff was outstanding against the Hokies in the first match, recording 16 kills and six blocks. Senior right-side Marija Milosavljevic had one of her best performances in the match, finishing with 14 kills. Medic added 12 kills and 18 digs for Florida State.
Florida State is 26-3 against Virginia Tech all-time, including 10-0 at home. Virginia Tech has taken the Seminoles to five sets in three of the last five matches played. The Hokies won both their matches last weekend over Wake Forest and Duke.
Follow all the action this weekend on Florida State volleyball's official Twitter handle - @FSU_Volleyball. Both matches will be displayed on CBS GameTracker off the Seminoles.com volleyball page.