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FSU soccer, volleyball prepare for smaller fall schedules

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The Florida State soccer team will play an abbreviated schedule of eight ACC games beginning at home against Notre Dame on Sept. 17. FSU will not play any non-conference teams.

“It’s been really challenging not knowing what the schedule is gonna look like how that all plays out what, what competitions we’re going to have and, honestly, there’s still uncertainty,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “We now have the schedule. We feel great about having a schedule. We looked at it when it came out and I thrilled to have four home games, four away games and eight different opponents that it gives our kids a meaningful soccer experience for the fall when there was a lot of question and uncertainty about whether that could actually occur.”

Games will be played on Thursdays and Sundays with approximately 10-day breaks in between weekends of competition. Players will be tested three times a week, same as in football. Krikorian said he expected FSU’s full roster would be available this season.

“I don’t think any of us can fully predict what the seasons going to look like,” Krikorian said. “Probably having those weeks between competitions is going to serve us well. No one knows. … I don’t think that the schedule as we see it today, it’s probably not going to be exactly the way it all plays out for us through the course of the fall. We’re going to have to be a little bit flexible with that. In the end there was a great deal of care and thought put into the schedule. And that this idea of having the weeks between competition probably will serve as well.”

It has not been determined yet if fans will be allowed at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The ACC is expected to release a schedule of televised games or those on live stream in the near future.

FSU loses star forward Deyna Castellanos and goalkeeper Caroline Jeffers but returns the majority of its roster, including Kristen McFarland (nine goals, one assist in 2019), Yuji Zhao (five goals, six assists), Jenna Nighswonger (five goals, five assists) and Jaelin Howell (five goals, four assists).

“I think that Yujie Zhao and Jenna Nighswonger are going to be important pieces for us in their continued development,” Krikorian said. “McFarland. And we have a young player, Jody Brown, that we expect to come in and help us some up front to help to really relieve that loss of Castellanos. We have a young Japanese player (Ran Iwai) who’s come in and is quite good. And another player from Virginia, Lauren Flynn, is quite good. And then all the talent that we have back with Kristina Lynch now being 100 percent is going to help us. So I think that we have a lot of very good pieces. It’s just a matter of piecemealing it all together and making sure they can make sense knowing that they haven’t had any real (game) competition.”

Krikorian had attempted to schedule an exhibition against NWSL teams, including the Orlando Pride, but a number of the pro teams had loaned out players. FSU as well as the NWSL teams weren’t able to schedule a game.

2020 Soccer schedule

Sept. 17 – Notre Dame
Sept. 20
Louisville    
Oct. 1- at Virginia Tech               
Oct. 4 – at Wake Forest
Oct. 15 – at Pitt                 
Oct. 18 – at Virginia    
Oct. 29 Duke
Nov. 1
Clemson

Nov. 10-15 – ACC Tournament at Cary, N.C.

Volleyball

The FSU volleyball team will open on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. against Clemson at Tully Gym. The teams will play again on Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. The ACC’s eight-match regular season will run through Oct. 25.

The 15 ACC teams will be separated into three pods. FSU’s pod includes Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Wake Forest.

2020 Volleyball schedule

Oct. 1 – Clemson, 6 p.m.

Oct. 2 – Clemson, 3 p.m.

Oct. 7 – at Georgia Tech, 6 p.m.

Oct. 8 – at Georgia Tech, 6 p.m.

Oct. 15 – at Miami, 6 p.m.

Oct. 16 – at Miami, TBA

Oct. 23 – Wake Forest, 6 p.m.

Oct. 24 – Wake Forest, noon

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