Oct. 25, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 17 Florida State volleyball tied the school record for consecutive conference wins with its 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15) victory over North Carolina at home on Sunday.
With seven consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference wins, the Seminoles (19-2, 10-1 ACC) matched the best-ever league winning streak in program history set by the 1992 and ’98 teams.
Sunday’s match against the Tar Heels (11-10, 7-3) had its share of ups and downs but FSU head coach Chris Poole was pleased with an end result that kept his Seminoles at first place in the ACC.
“The first three games were a little bit bland,” Poole said. “They weren’t quite as sharp as I wanted them to be. (We) still pulled out the first game and made a comeback in the second game but we knew we were going to need to pick up our level of play. I thought that midway through the third game, Taylor Wilson came in and had a stretch of serving that picked us up and our focus kicked into high gear.
“Then we did great the rest of the match and that is what we want to see.”
While Wilson set the tone with her serving in the third set, sophomore Rachael Morgan left her mark in the same category as she set a new career-high with four aces.
She also set a new-career best with 10 digs.
“My hitting was a little off so I just tried hard to make an impact in another way,” Morgan said. “I was really focused on not letting my troubles with hitting be a problem.”
After winning the first set the Seminoles found themselves down 20-24 late in set No. 2. FSU battled back to within one point but the Tar Heels closed it out and earned the 25-23.
In the third set, both teams were deadlocked in a 17-17 tie before a UNC error gave the ‘Noles an 18-17 advantage. Following a ‘Heels timeout, FSU went on a 6-2 run to earn the win and push the game to 2-1.
The Seminoles then finished off the match with a dominating fourth set much to the happiness of the nearly 1,000 in attendance.
Next up for FSU is a road trip to Virginia when the team will play against the Cavaliers and Hokies. FSU plays Virginia on Friday and then Virginia Tech on Saturday.
The Virginia match is at 7 p.m. and the one against Virginia Tech is at 6 p.m.