Virginia Begins Second Half of ACC Play, Hosts Miami and No. 25 Florida State
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team will return home this weekend to open the second half of Atlantic Coast Conference play by hosting Miami and No. 25 Florida State. The Cavaliers will face the Hurricanes Friday at 7 p.m., before playing the Seminoles on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Live statistics will be available for both matches at VirginiaSports.com and in celebration of Halloween, there will be a costume contest for kids and face painting at the match on Sunday.
This weekend will feature three of the league’s top-four players, as Virginia’s Simone Asque, Miami’s Lane Carico and Florida State’s Visnja Djurdjevic are all ranked in the top five in the ACC for kills and aces per set. Asque leads the way, sitting second in kills (4.12) and aces (0.36) per set, while Carico ranks third in the league in both categories (kills – 3.55, aces – 0.35). Djurdjevic is fourth in the ACC in kills per set, averaging 3.28, while she sits fifth with 0.34 aces per set.
In the all-time series with the Hurricanes, Virginia holds the slight advantage, 7-5. Playing their first contest vs. Miami in 2004, the Cavaliers dropped the first two matches before rallying to win the next four straight and six of the next eight. The two squads split last year’s contests and Miami won the meeting earlier this season.
Dating back to 1987, the Cavaliers and Seminoles have faced each other 42 times, with Florida State holding the advantage, 29-13. The Seminoles won 11 of the first 12 meetings, before Virginia was able to win 12 of the next 25. Since then, Florida State has won the last five matches, including a three-set match earlier this year.
Following this weekend, Virginia will remain home to host its final matches in Memorial Gymnasium this season. The Cavaliers will face Maryland on Friday, before hosting Boston College for Senior Day on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.