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FSU Volleyball, Soccer Open 2016 Strong

Andrew Salinero/FSU athletics

Florida State football is still more than a week away from taking the field against Ole Miss, but the two FSU programs to get underway for the new academic year have yet to lose.


Florida State’s soccer program is off to a 3-0 start despite not playing a home game yet. After blanking No. 8 Texas A&M 1-0 on Aug. 19 to open the season behind a goal from Deyna Castellanos and four saves from goalkeeper Cassie Miller, the top-ranked Seminoles won consecutive games in the state of Tennessee.

FSU defeated Vanderbilt on Thursday night by a 3-0 final score. The Commodores didn’t get a single shot on goal while Castellanos, junior Megan Connolly and Haylie Grant all scored first half goals in the win.

The Seminoles picked up a second straight 3-0 victory on Sunday after against Middle Tennessee State. Castellanos scored in a third straight game while Connolly scored in a second straight.

Freshman Kristen McFarland scored her first career goal in the victory while Cassie Miller collected two saves to notch her seventh shutout in eight games dating back to last season. Through three games, Macayla Edwards, Kaycie Tillman and Emma Koivisto each have two assists.


Florida State’s volleyball season got off to a solid start with a straight set victory at UCF on Friday, 25-23, 25-23, 25-13.

Mara Green led the Seminoles with 10 kills on the evening while Katie Horton added eight kills to go along with eight digs. Cecile Woie led the Seminoles with 16 digs in the match victory.

Kia Bright had 11 kills and 11 digs for the Knights. Jordan Pingel led UCF with 15 digs.


The next soccer match for Florida State will be the first in front of its home crowd as it plays host to rival Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. EST.

Florida State’s next three volleyball matches will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Seminoles will take on Texas A&M on Thursday, Alabama on Friday and Minnesota on Saturday.

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