Sept. 19, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After garnering its third Top 25 victory of the season last week, the Florida State University indoor volleyball team made its way back into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll, earning a No. 23 ranking.
The Seminoles (7-4, 1-0) had just one match last week, but it was a crucial one as they faced then-No. 20 Miami in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener in front of a national audience on ESPNU. FSU responded by playing one of its best matches of the year, dealing the Hurricanes their first loss with a 3-0 victory at Tully Gym.
FSU has now spent three weeks in the Top 25 rankings this year, with its highest being its current spot in the poll. The Seminoles have also been ranked 24th and 25th this season, and have now spent 41 weeks in the AVCA poll through the program’s history.
Seminole student-athlete Elise Walch, a sophomore outside hitter, guided the team’s win last week with a career-high .706 hitting percentage on 12 kills and no errors in 17 attacks. She closed out the match by connecting on 10 of her last 12 swings, including five kills apiece in her second and third sets.
For her efforts, the Stuart, Fla., native was honored as the conference’s co-player of the week, joining Wake Forest’s Carlin Salmon. Walch made her ACC debut against Miami, becoming the 20th Seminole to earn ACC Player or Co-Player of the Week honors. The weekly award means at least one FSU volleyball student-athlete has earned the honor in each of the last five seasons.
For the season, Walch is fourth on the team with 62 kills and third with 2.21 kills per set. She also has 15 blocks.
FSU has now defeated three nationally-ranked teams this season, including Tulsa and Miami at home and Dayton on the road. The Seminoles’ victory last week against current No. 21 Miami gives head coach Chris Poole a winning record against every conference opponent since coming to FSU in 2008 with the exception of Georgia Tech.
The Seminoles return to the courts this weekend for road matches at Virginia (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Virginia Tech (Saturday at 6 p.m.).