Nov. 21, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- With four matches remaining in conference play, the 19th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team is poised to make a push for the ACC title this weekend when it hosts Wake Forest on Friday at 7 p.m. before welcoming No. 13 Duke on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Seminoles (20-7, 13-3) sit in second place in the ACC, two games behind Duke, (24-3, 15-1). FSU still has a chance to claim its third-consecutive ACC crown, but Blue Devils would have to stumble and lose two of its next four matches, while the Seminoles must win its final four.
"Being in second place we know we need to make up some ground," head coach Chris Poole said. "We're going to have to win-out and we have to do our job on our side of the net."
Florida State defeated Miami and Notre Dame last week and is looking ride the momentum into Friday's match against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons come to Tallahassee for their second meeting with the Seminole this season, boasting a record of 15-13, 4-12. FSU first defeated Wake Forest 3-1 in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Oct. 26.
"We've it made it very clear," Poole said. "We need to do our job with all four matches, it isn't just Duke alone. It's understanding that each match is important and for us this year, we've won matches that are very big, but we've also had some disappointing losses. They know we're capable of having a bad match and we need to step up and do well consistently."
Duke outlasted FSU in the first meeting on Oct. 25 in Durham, N.C., 3-2.
On Sunday, the Seminoles will have a chance to avenge that loss and capture their fifth win this season over an AVCA ranked team. In addition, the Noles will also look to keep their ACC home winning streak (24) intact.
Friday's match against Wake Forest will be streamed via ESPN3.com.
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