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ACC NOTES: Florida State Volleyball Announces 2020 ACC Schedule


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The fall portion of Florida State Volleyball’s 2020-21 schedule has been announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Playing an eight-match conference schedule in the fall, the Seminoles will host Clemson (Oct 1-2) and Wake Forest (Oct. 23-24) and play at Georgia Tech (Oct. 7-8) and Miami (Oct. 15-16).

“The players are always excited to compete against an opponent. This year is going to be a challenge like no other in my 38-year career,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said.”

The ACC Volleyball schedule includes an eight-game conference schedule for every team in three regions. Over five weeks, beginning Sept. 25-27, each team will play its four region opponents twice. FSU has a bye week during the first week of ACC Volleyball season.

The season opener on Thursday, Oct. 1, vs. Clemson will be at 6 p.m. at Tully Gym, followed by a 3 p.m. start on Oct. 2. The final ACC weekend includes a 6 p.m. start vs. Wake Forest on Friday, Oct. 23, at Tully Gym, followed by a Noon start on Oct. 24.

Guidelines and protocol for the upcoming volleyball season at home will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are doing our best to keep the team healthy and the players understand the need to be disciplined,” Poole added. “Since we are playing on back to back days and our first three weekends having a football game on campus during the match weekends, we’ve had to adjust days that we could play.”

The NCAA will determine the status of playing the rest of the season in the spring. For the Seminoles, 14 returnees highlight a squad that is deep on talent. Florida State boasts a program-record six seniors, brings back three All-ACC players for the first time since 2016 and looks to extend its NCAA Tournament streak to 12 straight years.

Since 2008, FSU carries 186 conference victories for the most in ACC play during that time span.

FSU’s three All-ACC returnees include senior middle blocker Taryn Knuth, sophomore middle blocker Emma Clothier and senior outside hitter Jasmyn Martin. Three newcomers are expected to add great depth to their respective positions, which include outside hitter/defensive specialist Caroline Golden (senior), experienced setter Olivia Dailey (sixth-year player) and freshman right-side hitter Sydney Conley.

The Seminoles also bring back category leaders from last year in digs (Morgan Chacon – 320), service aces (Adrian Ell – 23), blocks (Knuth – 160) and assists (Lily Tessier – 617).

The other regions include Boston College, Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame and Pitt in one region, and Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech in another.

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