RALEIGH, N.C.. – (Seminoles.com) The third-ranked Florida State (22-0, 10-0) indoor volleyball team accomplished another milestone on Friday night, registering the longest winning streak in school history after defeating NC State (13-9, 2-8) 3-1 (18-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17).
The undefeated Seminoles topped the 21-0 stretch that was set in the month of October back in 1981 when teams played 50 or more matches in a single season.
“I think we have a lot in common with our football team this year,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “Both teams have a lot of heart and know how to win when the game or match is on the line.”
Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch posted her eighth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 11 digs while adding a solo block. Sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton also tallied 15 kills for .370 percent.
The Seminoles registered 11 total blocks on the night with redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington accounting for seven assists and one solo stop. Junior middle blocker Kiara Wright registered a solo block and two assists but was potent on the attack with 11 kills hitting for .625 percent.
“We had some players step up tonight,” Poole said. “Kiara had a wonderful night offensively and we continued to work hard throughout the match.”
Sophomore setter Hailey Luke took on more duties and amassed a career high 43 assists, while redshirt sophomore setter Karyn Israel made her debut, coming through with three assists and four digs.
“Hailey took on the responsibility of running the show and I’m very proud of the way she kept her cool when we were struggling,” Poole said. “She made some great plays.”
In addition to Israel, Florida State looked to its bench with freshman defensive specialist Cecilie Woie seeing more playing time along with junior Laura Dadowski.
“It took a set for us to settle into our line up,” Poole said. “Karyn and Cecilie had their first significant amounts of playing time and both ladies stepped up and contributed to the win.”
Redshirt senior Katie Mosher was under 13 digs and accounted for an ace.
In the first, the Seminoles fell behind 12-4 forcing Poole to burn both timeouts during the stretch. Out of the break, the Seminoles began to chip at the lead, outscoring the Wolfpack 11-5 in order to pull within two as NC State would call a timeout.
Walch jumped for a solo block leaving the Noles down one, but the Wolfpack put together a 6-0 surge to go up 23-16. The Seminoles sided out after NC State made an error and Wright took advantage and dropped a shot to the back corner, however it was too late as the Wolfpack closed out the first 25-18 for the 1-0 lead.
The Seminoles came out swinging in the second and held a four-point cushion before extending the lead to 16-10 as NC State used its final timeout.
Off the break, freshman right side hitter Milica Kubura put down a shot for the 17-10 lead but NC State responded with a 5-2 rally, cutting the FSU lead to 19-15.
The Seminoles answered with a 3-0 scamper of their own with Mosher delivering an ace before Walch put down a kill. That play was followed by a block from Burrington and Kubura before a ball handing error on the Noles gave the ball back to the Wolfpack up 22-16.
After another point from NC State, Poole used his final timeout to settle the team up 22-17.
Horton registered back-to-back kills teeing up set point for FSU. On the final rally of the set, Israel was able to keep the ball up with a pancake before the Noles played it over. NC State was caught off guard by Israel’s save and was unable to reload, giving FSU the set 25-17, knotting the match 1-1.
In the third, the Seminoles fell into a four-point hole at 7-3 before Poole called timeout.
After, Florida State mustered a 6-1 barrage to take the 9-8 lead. The Seminoles looked to break open the set, leading by a pair three times, but after the 16-16 stalemate, NC State took the advantage 17-16.
The Seminoles went to the go-to hand of Walch for the 17-17 tie before she dished an ace for the lead. NC State was charged with an attacking error resulting in a timeout with FSU on top 19-17.
Florida State turned it up and produced three consecutive kills from Horton and two off the hand of Kubura out of the timeout for the 22-17 edge, forcing the Wolfpack to burn their final timeout.
The Wolfpack earned the side out with a kill, but gave it right back to the Noles with a service error, however Horton could not convert and committed an error of her own. She would make it up with a kill for set point up 24-19.
Burrington stayed at home and went up for the solo stop to give the Seminoles the 2-1, 25-19 third set victory.
Coming out with urgency, the Seminoles went off firing in the fourth and put up a 10-5 lead with a lot of production from Wright. NC State would call time and out of the break would string together the next two points forcing the Seminoles to call one of their own up 10-7.
The Seminoles extended their lead to five (17-12) after outscoring the Wolfpack 7-5 in the middle of the set and would result in a timeout by NC State.
Off the break, Florida State played its game and took it to the Wolfpack going up 22-14. NC State answered with back-to-back points and Poole decided to call his final timeout.
NC State committed back-to-back errors, setting up match point for the Noles up 24-16. The Wolfpack would side out, but then was called for a net violation to end the match, 25-17 giving the Seminoles the 3-1 victory.
Florida State continues on the road and will visit Clemson on Sunday at 1 p.m.
On Monday, Mosher was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Fans can vote once per day until Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The winner will be chosen at the Final Four in December.
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