Sept. 21, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team (4-7, 0-0 ACC) begins Atlantic Coast Conference play on the road this weekend at No. 19 Florida State (Sept. 22) on Friday and Miami on Sunday (Sept. 24).

Both matches will be streamed live on the ACC Network Extra on WatchESPN. Links for the stream and live stats will be available on

Virginia plays at No. 19 Florida State on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium in Tallahassee, Fla. The Cavaliers then travel to Miami for a 1 p.m. Sunday match at Knight Complex in Coral Gables, Fla.

Virginia begins ACC play with a 4-7 record in the non-conference slate. The Cavaliers currently rank third in the league in digs, averaging 14.38 digs per set. UVA has started every player that has appeared in a match this season. 13 different players have appeared so far this season.

Freshman Megan Wilson (Brookeville, Md.) ranks fourth in the ACC with 9.94 assists per set. Sophomore Jelena Novakovic (Belgrade, Serbia) leads the team with 108 kills, averaging 2.92 per set. Novakovic has recorded double-figure kills in two of the last three matches.

No. 19 Florida State (6-2) is coming off a loss to No. 3 Florida on Tuesday. The Seminoles are second in the ACC in digs (16.90) and fourth in hitting percentage (.233) and blocks (2.48). Milica Kubura leads the team with 3.70 kills per set. Taryn Knuth is averaging 1.25 blocks per set and Cecilie Wole leads the back line with 4.66 digs per set.

Virginia and Florida State are meeting for the 52nd time. The Seminoles hold a 37-14 advantage in the series. UVA’s last win against FSU was in 2010 and the last win in Tallahassee was 3-2 on Nov. 10, 2006.

Miami (6-0) enters the weekend undefeated. The Hurricanes will play Virginia Tech on Friday night before taking on the Cavaliers. Olga Strantzali leads the team and the conference with 5.26 kills per set, ranking third in the NCAA. Setter Haley Templeton is dishing out 10.86 assists per set, while Sylvia Hernandez paces the back line with 4.70 digs per set.

This will be the 13th meeting for UVA and Miami. The Hurricanes hold a 12-10 edge in the series. Virginia’s most recent win was 3-1 at home on in 2013, and the last win in Miami came on Nov. 11, 2006.

Virginia will host its ACC home opener next week with in-state rival Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gymnasium.