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Volleyball, soccer play critical matches Friday

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Back in Tully Gym this weekend, Florida State (10-5, 4-2 ACC) will host a pair of ACC opponents as Boston College (14-5, 5-1 ACC) and Syracuse (5-8, 2-4 ACC) come to Tallahassee for matches on October 18 and 20.

Friday night’s match against Boston College will be FSU’s annual Paint It Pink match, where the team wears pink jerseys and several fundraisers and events will happen throughout the match for breast cancer awareness and raise money for the Tallahassee Memorial Breast Health Center.

“It is a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, as nearly everyone knows, or is related to, someone who has battled through it,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “Boston College has been really competitive this season and it will definitely be a challenge for us on Friday night. And we needed five sets to beat Syracuse on the road last year, so it will be another weekend that we need to be focused and execute consistently to be successful.”

Florida State is 22-1 all-time against Boston College, including winning each of the last 16 matches in the series, dating back to 2008. The Noles have dropped a total of two sets in the last 10 matches against the Eagles. 

The Seminoles are undefeated against Syracuse, earning a win in all eight of the previous matches, dating back to 1992. FSU has only lost five total sets against the Orange, including the first two in the match last season, before the Noles came from behind to win in five sets (23-25, 24-26, 25-16, 25-18, 15-12).

Friday’s match against Boston College will air on ACC Network Extra, while Sunday’s contest with Syracuse will be shown on the ACC Network. Links for the broadcast and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.

FSU soccer plays host to Miami

The No. 6 Florida State soccer team (11-3-0, 5-1-0) has just one game this week, as the Noles take on in-state rival Miami (4-6-2, 1-4-1) at home Friday at 5 pm. The Seminoles enter this game coming off of their first ACC loss of the season.

The Seminoles are led offensively by Deyna Castellanos and freshman Jenna Nighswonger. Castellanos leads the team in both goals (8) and assists (8). Nighswonger is second on the team in both categories with five goals and three assists.

Florida State was off to an impressive start in ACC play, winning their first five games in conference. This was good for the third-best start in school history. FSU had only started 4-0 or better in ACC play three times prior to this season. The Garnet and Gold were also on their fourth-longest winning streak in program history. During the span of FSU’s nine-game win streak, they outscored their opponents 28-10 and recorded four shutouts.

This week’s game between the Seminoles and Hurricanes is the 20th match-up between the two programs. Florida State leads the all-time series 15-4 and won 15 of the last 17 meetings. In those 15 wins, Florida State did not allow Miami to score seven times and the Noles have only let up more than one goal three times in the series.

Last season when the two rivals met up the Hurricanes got the best of FSU winning 1-0 in overtime. The Noles outplayed Miami the entire game, but it only took one shot for Miami to win the game, scoring a golden goal in the 97th minute.

Friday’s game is on the regional sports network. Admission to all regular season FSU soccer games is free of charge and seats are available on a first-come first serve basis.

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