WACO, Texas – The No. 15 Florida State volleyball team beat the Baylor Bears in four sets on Friday night (Aug. 25), the first of three matches for the Seminoles at the Hampton Inn & Suites Waco North Baylor Invitational.
Florida State took the first set, but the Bears wouldn’t let the Seminoles’ lead extend to more than two points throughout the first half. FSU was able to pull away towards the end, when a Baylor error gave it a 21-18 lead. Senior Milica Kubura extended the lead with a kill, and the set was finished off with a pair of kills from senior Natasha Calkins and Kubura to take the first 25-20.
Baylor found its momentum in the second set, holding the Seminoles to only 12 points. The Bears held the lead throughout the set, outhitting FSU and giving the Noles the chance to make its own errors. The Seminoles regrouped in the third set, outhitting the Bears .432 to earn a quick 25-21 win. Freshman middle blocker Taryn Knuth stood out in the third set, notching four kills and two assisted blocks.
While the Bears narrowly outhit the Seminoles in the fourth set, the front row held down the offense for Florida State – three kills each from Christina Ambrose, Calkins and Kubura helped FSU stay ahead of Baylor. The Bears put up a fight until the end, but a kill from Knuth gave Florida State its first win of the season.
Quoting head coach Chris Poole
“I’m really proud of this team. We struggled at times, but we knew that may happen early in the season. Our consistency will need to improve as we go on, but they really showed a lot of heart tonight. There was a great crowd here of about 3,600 fans which made for a very intense atmosphere. This was a good start, and we have a lot of room to grow.”
Hampton Inn & Suites Waco North Baylor Invitational – Schedule of Events
Times displayed in EST
Friday, Aug. 25
5 p.m. – Illinois State def. UCSB 3-0
8 p.m. – Florida State def. Baylor 3-1
Saturday, Aug. 26
12:30 a.m. – Florida State vs. Illinois State
5:30 p.m. – UCSB vs. Florida State
8 p.m. – Baylor vs. Illinois State
Sunday, Aug. 27
3 p.m. – Baylor vs. UCSB
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