Dec. 4, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 16th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team earned its most All-ACC Team selections in school history after Ashley Neff, Nicole Walch, Elise Walch and Katie Mosher were all recognized by the ACC on Wednesday.
“It’s been a complete team effort all year,” head coach Chris Poole said. “Those girls that made the list have certainly worked hard and are very deserving. It says a lot to have four players picked.”
Duke led the conference with five selections, while FSU and Miami followed with four each.
As one of the best middle blockers in the country (13th), Neff captured her third straight First Team accolades by leading the conference in blocking (1.43 per set), while tallying the third best hitting percentage in the league (.355). The Kennesaw, Ga. native is looking to become the only player in ACC history to lead in blocking for three-consecutive seasons.
Throughout her career, Neff has took over fourth place on the all-time FSU blocking list with a total of 600.
“I think a lot of people focused on Ashley this year and all of her success,” Poole said. “That opened up other opportunities for players to be able to play well.”
Mosher along with Elise and Nicole Walch all earned their first-career selections as they were named to the Second Team.
A two-year team captain, Mosher earns her spot behind 467 digs, averaging 4.41 per set. The Fort Myers, Fla. defense has been crucial all year, however she was under a
season-high 28-digs in the 3-1 win in Coral Gables, Fla. at Miami.
“Katie has had a great career so far,” Poole said. “Being able to get in there on second team in the libero spot is a great honor for her.”
Nicole Walch fronted the Seminole attack throughout the season, tallying 394 kills while averaging 3.52 kills per set. The Stuart, Fla. native posted five 20-kill games, while hitting above .500 percent in four matches while holding double-digit figures.
She earned the ACC Player of the Week twice, first on Nov. 4 after her instrumental play in the wins over (then No. 12) North Carolina and NC State where she put down 31 kills while hitting .481 percent on the weekend. Later in the month, she grabbed the award again on Nov. 25 after she helped the Noles defeat Wake Forest and (then No. 13) Duke, where she had 26 kills, while hitting for .422 on the weekend.
Elise Walch ranks inside the top 10 in the ACC in hitting percentage (9th- .310). She helped the Noles over Miami in Tallahassee as she fronted the right side attack by hitting 17 of its 32 kills from that area of the net.
Based on a minimum of 10 kills, Elise Walch has been one of the more efficient Seminoles this year with five games over the .500 mark in hitting percentage.
“The Walch sisters a lot of times this year have been very instrumental in our success,” Poole said. “It’s great for them to get that recognition.”
Florida State takes on Georgia Southern on Friday at 5 p.m. in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville, Fla.
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