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Plenty of bye week options for FSU fans

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There is no need to feel the bye-week blues.

That’s because there are plenty of good options the next three days to make Florida State fans happy even if the football team has the weekend off.

FSU volleyball plays host to Virginia on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and No. 4 Pittsburgh on Sunday at noon. Fans can get in to both matches for free. And if you’re not able to make it, Friday’s match will stream on ACC Network Extra and Sunday’s match will air nationally on the ACC Network.

“Sunday is going to be a big match for us,” FSU coach Chris Poole said. “We knew that Pitt was returning a lot of players, so their system is in place and their players are comfortable and confident in it. It will be a quality match against two of the top teams in the ACC the last few years.”

The Seminoles are off to an 8-3 start, including wins in their first two ACC matches against Duke and Wake Forest. 

FSU soccer has won its first three ACC matches, including a road victory over No. 9 Clemson last week. The Seminoles (9-2) also have wins over Florida, Wisconsin and Colorado.

Next up is Saturday’s home match against Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. for the Seminoles’ Paint-It Pink game. Admission is free, although fans can look into the covered reserved seating through the FSU ticket office. And if you can’t make it on Saturday, the match will stream on ACC Network Extra.

The soccer program will also auction off special game-worn pink jerseys in the coming weeks. Players will wear jerseys with a pink ribbon and the number 23 for Toni Pressley, who played at FSU from 2008-11 and was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Pressley is now playing with the Orlando Pride.

“It’s always been important for us but probably even more this year with Toni Presley,” coach Mark Krikorian said. “I think all of us here feel even more connected to it now and we want to do everything we can to support such a great cause. It’s a small gesture on our part to support her and what she’s gone through and let her know that we’re certainly thinking about her at Florida State.”

After soccer, fans can look forward to a good afternoon of football. No. 7 Auburn plays at No. 10 Florida at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, while Miami plays host to Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Among the best night games are No. 25 Michigan State at No. 4 Ohio State (7:30 p.m. on ABC) and California at No. 13 Oregon (8 p.m. on FOX).

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