Previewing 2018 Volleyball: Florida State

Looking to snap a four-game losing streak, Boston College volleyball returns to the friendly comforts of the Power Gym for a Friday night contest against Florida State. The Eagles (12-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) are still undefeated at home and will attempt to extend their perfect start against a Seminoles (9-7, 5-1) team that has dropped just four sets in six conference games.  

Who is BC playing?

Florida State

When is BC playing?

Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Where is BC playing?

Power Gym at Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

How to Watch:

The game will be livestreamed on ACC Network Extra

By the Numbers:

BC:

1) Despite their four-game losing streak, the Eagles still have a stellar defense. BC is allowing just 0.80 aces per set, the second-best mark in the conference.

2) Makenzie Morrison has been key for the Eagles this season. The libero is averaging 4.23 digs per set, which is good for fourth-best in the ACC.

3) BC dropped its last match to Pittsburgh, one of two remaining undefeated teams in the country despite hitting .277, which was well over its season average of .221.

Florida State:  

1) Florida State has historically dominated the Eagles. The Seminoles have won 21 of the past 22 meetings between the two teams.

2) Peyton Caffrey leads the Florida State attack with 238 kills and 14 service aces, while Taryn Knuth has bolstered the defense with a team-high 90 blocks.

3) The Seminoles’ ferocious attack is hitting .284 on the season, a figure which trails only Pittsburgh’s .311 in the ACC.

Last Meeting:

The Eagles and Florida State last met in 2017 in the Seminoles’ home gym. Despite Jane DeJarld’s 27 assists and 11 digs, Florida State largely dominated, sweeping BC 3-0 and handing the Eagles their fourth straight loss.

Outlook:

BC’s fantastic home start will be put to the test against the Seminoles, who are traditionally a volleyball powerhouse. The matchup will likely come down to the performance of the Eagles’ defense. BC’s front line will need to turn in one of its best matches of the season to repel Caffrey and company. If they play well, the Eagles should have a fighting shot at extending their unbeaten home record and recording just their second-ever win against Florida State.

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