Seminoles/Hurricanes Set to Tangle in Coral Gables on Wednesday

  0 volleymob | October 24th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, News, SEC

Courtesy: Florida State Athletics

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (13-7, 9-1 ACC) heads south for a Wednesday rivalry match against the Miami Hurricanes (11-6, 7-3 ACC) to open the 10th weekend of the season.

The Seminoles currently sit in a tie for second place in the ACC, and the team’s six-match win streak is the longest of any team in the conference behind Pitt’s 22 consecutive victories.

Sophomore middle blocker Taryn Knuth continues to lead the conference with 1.57 blocks and 116 total blocks (those stats rank 7th and 12th in the nation, respectively), while her .401 hitting percentage ranks second in the conference and 11th nationally. Knuth has 22 solo blocks already this season, the number she finished with in 2017 that landed her the ACC Freshman of the Year honor.

Junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey has been a force on offense throughout the season, as her 4.75 points per set and 4.18 kills per set both rank second in the conference, and her 309 kills and 351.5 points both rank third in the conference – all of which are ranked in the top 65 in the country.

The Seminoles will return home to host Virginia Tech this Sunday (10/28) before heading to Notre Dame and No. 22 Louisville in the final half of conference play.

Florida State at Miami

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2018 | 6:30 pm

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Scouting the Hurricanes

  • Miami went 4-3 in its non-conference schedule this season. The Canes defeated now-ranked UCF at home, falling to Towson and now-ranked Missouri in the Puerto Rico Classic, and then went 2-0 in Corpus Christi before its final two matches were canceled.
  • UM won its first two conference matches, dropping only one set, but fell to No. 8 Pitt on the road for its first conference loss. A trio of four-set victories saw Miami take down Virginia, UNC and NC State, and since then the team has gone 2-2, falling to Syracuse and Clemson.
  • Miami leads the conference and ranks 36th in the nation in aces per set (1.55), led by ACC leader Haley Templeton’s 0.38 aces per set, which ranks 79th nationally.

FSU vs. Miami

  • The Seminoles and the Hurricanes have met 53 times since 1973.
  • FSU leads the series 32-20, with an 8-8 record in Coral Gables and a 19-13 record against UM in conference play.
  • Head coach Chris Poole is 13-7 against Miami since coming to FSU in 2008. Poole is 8-2 against UM’s Jose Gandara.
  • The Seminoles had recorded three straight sweeps against Miami, with two in 2016 and one in 2017, until Miami retaliated with a sweep last season.
  • Miami hasn’t won more than three matches in a row against the Seminoles in the rally scoring era; FSU’s longest streak in the series is six (2012-15).

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