TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) For the third consecutive match, the eighth ranked Florida State (27-2, 15-2) indoor volleyball team put up a sweep, defeating Clemson (18-13, 6-11) 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-13) on Wednesday in Tully Gym.
“That was the most complete match we’ve played all season,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We’ve been having hiccups in sets and in matches and I felt for the most part we were very consistent during our play. There was a lot of things offensively we were able to run and we’ve been working very hard on our defense and that showed today.”
Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch led the attack with 15 kills, hitting for .538 percent, adding seven digs.
“We wanted to come out and play the best possible match,” Walch said. “We need to get ready to have a great game on Friday against Miami and we were really excited to get the win today.”
The Seminoles put tallied eighth total blocks with redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington putting up two assists and two solo while, junior Kiara Wright had four block assists. Burrington added nine kills, while Wright had seven.
Senior setter Sarah Wickstrom moved into eighth place on the FSU all-time assists lists after she turned in 24 for a career total of 2,829. Wickstrom also had nine digs, while sophomore setter Hailey Luke amassed 19 assists.
Redshirt senior Katie Mosher was under 21 digs. It was the third time this season she put up 20 or more in a three-set match.
“We got a lot of balls up today,” Poole said. “We won a lot of long rallies and as a team we had better chemistry today.”
In the first, the Seminoles jumped out to a 12-6 lead behind five kills, two blocks and five Tiger errors before Clemson called timeout.
After the break, Florida State continued on a 6-0 run to pull ahead by 10 and the Tigers would use their last timeout of the set.
Following the timeout, the Tigers rallied and outscored the Seminoles 4-1 before Poole used his first timeout to settle the team after making a few mistakes.
The Tigers continued their run before Burrington found a spot down the middle for a kill, up 18-12.
Florida State closed out the first set outscoring the Tigers 7-6 for the 25-18 win and 1-0 match lead.
In the second, the Seminoles put together a 3-0 stretch after the 7-7 tie before Clemson responded with two quick points, but right side hitter Milica Kubura earned the side out with a kill to go up 11-9.
Sophomore outside hitter Horton delivered the side out with a kill and forced the Tigers to make an error on the next play. She then dished an ace for the 14-11 lead before Clemson called timeout.
The Tigers pulled within one after an attacking error and a kill, but Walch put away a shot after long rally to go back up by two.
After trading side outs twice, Clemson tied it after an ace, 16-16, but once again Walch found the back corner for the 17-16 edge.
The Tigers would come back and tie the set at 17 and 18 before Kubura put away a cross court shot and Clemson committed an attacking error for the 20-18 lead. Clemson called its final timeout.
Out of the break, Burrington and redshirt junior Mercedes Vaughn jumped for the block. Clemson would answer with a kill, but Burrington swung for back-to-back kills to go up 23-19.
The Tigers would side out, but once again Burrington was too tough to handle as she swung for another kill to tee up set point, 24-20. Clemson defended it, but Vaughn slammed a shot off the block for the kill and 25-21 second set win.
In the third, the Seminoles jumped out to an 11-7 lead before extending it to seven forcing Clemson to use both of their time outs during the stretch up 15-8.
Florida State continued to fire, getting kills from Walch, junior outside hitter Karlie Hauer and junior middle blocker Kiara Wright before adding a block for the 21-10 lead. The Seminoles prolonged their run, finishing with a pair of kills from Wright, Horton and Burrington for the 25-13, third set victory.
“It was important for our confidence and for our chemistry heading into Miami,” Mosher said. “It was an extremely tough match in Miami, they took us to five sets and it’s good to see us building off this past weekend and play a good, clean, full match.”
Friday’s contest against Miami will be streamed through NolesTV. The Seminoles remain in second place in the ACC with one match remaining after No. 7 North Carolina defeated No. 21 Duke in five sets. For more information visit, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Mosher Senior Class
Redshirt senior Katie 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. She currently holds the third highest tally of votes behind Liz McMahon from Illinois and Chaniel Nelson of North Carolina.