SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 21 Florida State volleyball team fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-2 on Sunday (Oct. 1) to finish up its second weekend of conference play 0-2.
The Seminoles saw its lowest offensive efficiency in the first set, hitting in the negatives with eight kills and nine errors. The team’s defense kept the set tight, holding the Fighting Irish to just .043 hitting with five team blocks and 21 digs. Florida State struggled to get the edge on offense which eventually helped Notre Dame take the first set 25-21.
The second set saw better offense on both sides, but both teams’ tough defense kept the set tight. Through two sets, the Seminoles had seen 53 digs, eight team blocks and had held Notre Dame to just .090 hitting. FSU took an early lead in the set and held it throughout to win 25-23 and tie up the match 1-1.
The tempo of Florida State’s offense improved in the third set, as the Seminoles saw its highest hitting percentage of .286 with 18 kills on 49 attacks with only four errors. The improved efficiency was just enough to help FSU stay ahead throughout the set, taking it 25-19.
In the fourth set, the Fighting Irish came out swinging, hitting .367 while the Seminoles were held to a negative hitting percentage. The Notre Dame offense proved to be to too much for Florida State, as it stayed ahead to win the set 25-12 and tie up the match 2-2.
The Fighting Irish used its momentum to push harder on offense in the fifth set, earning 14 kills and only one error to hit .406. The Seminoles started off strong, but Notre Dame was able to pull ahead and go on a run through the end of the set. While the Seminoles’ defense had been strong through the first four sets, they were only able to record 14 digs, which was not enough to keep them in the set. Notre Dame took the fifth set 15-12 to win the match 3-2.
Up Next for the Seminoles
Florida State will return home this week to host Miami on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and Pittsburgh on Friday, October 6 (both at 6:30 pm) at Tully Gym.
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