Nov. 9, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 18th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team fell to Virginia Tech at the Cassell Coliseum on Saturday night, 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 21-25, 25-15). The loss drops the Seminoles to 18-7, 11-3, while moving the Hokies to 20-8, 8-6.
“I thought we played some competitive volleyball in those first two sets,” head coach Chris Poole said. “At times, we struggled with our passing and defense, but other than that we played pretty good volleyball. But, the third and fourth sets we lost our focus and made mistakes and it brought our game down.”
Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch led the Seminole attack with a total of 12 kills just ahead of her sister (right-side hitter) Elise, who tallied 11. It was the fourth-consecutive double-digit kill game for Nicole Walsh this season.
Senior middle blocker Ashley Neff led the team in blocks with six, contributing to a team total of 10.5. Neff also swung eight kills.
Redshirt junior libero Katie Mosher recorded 13 digs.
Virginia Tech led from start to finish in the first set, taking the 1-0 advantage by a score of 25-21.
Reloading for the second, the Seminoles stepped up their game and played in front for most of the set, leading by as many as five before the Hokies closed the gap to 22-20 towards the end. FSU kept its composure and closed out the set 25-20 with three quick points, tying the score 1-1.
In the third set, the Noles trailed by as many as six points at 17-11 before striking within two (22-20), however the Hokies pulled away and finished the set 25-21 putting FSU into a 2-1 hole heading into the fourth.
The Seminoles could not find a solution for the Hokie attack in the fourth, as they put together an 11-2 run and pulled away 25-15, taking the match.
“Virginia Tech played like they needed this match,” Poole said. “They’re on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament and they needed a profile win and this was their chance to do it.”
Following the Virginia road trip, FSU heads to Coral Gables, Fla. to play Miami on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. for its final road match of the regular season. The duel will be the second one of the season between the two rivals, as the Seminoles first defeated the Hurricanes 3-1 on Oct.16 at Tully Gym while airing on ESPNU.
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