Nov. 8, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 18th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team defeated Virginia 3-1 (25-22, 27-29, 25-21, 25-21) at Memorial Gymnasium on Friday. With the win, the Seminoles improve to 18-6, 11-2 while halting the Cavaliers four-match winning streak as they fell to 14-11, 7-6.
“That was a tough match on the road, head coach Chris Poole said. “We played from behind in every set, which was disappointing but we showed character to come back and win three of them.”
Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch picked up her fourth double-double of the season, swatting 13 kills and 16 digs.
Redshirt junior libero Katie Mosher was under a season-high 27 digs.
The Seminoles started the first set off slow, falling into a 4-0 hole early before chipping away at the Cavalier lead. Eventually, FSU tied the score four times before taking over the lead at 18-17 after a team block. The tallies were knotted three more times until Elise Walch swung a kill, sending the Noles on a 5-2 run to close out the opening set, 25-22.
Virginia found momentum to start set two by taking advantage of a few errors on the Seminole attack. Once again, FSU bounced back to go in front late at 23-22.
Down the stretch the Seminoles had two set points and fended off a pair before the Cavaliers ended the set by a score of 29-27, tying the match 1-1.
The second set proved to match the longest set for the Seminoles this season, as they took an extended one from Ohio State, 29-27 back on Sept.6
Once again, the Noles could not find a groove early, falling into a 4-1 hole. The Seminoles played the set from behind before sparking an 8-1 run while facing a 12-18 deficit to go in front 20-19. The set was capped off with a 5-2 run to take the 2-1 lead, 25-21.
In the fourth, the Seminoles opened with a 4-1 charge, however the Cavaliers strung together a 10-1 run, looking to take the Noles out of the set. But FSU answered with a 5-1 streak to get right back in it before tying the set at 15 and then again at 19.
From there, the Seminoles found their fire, closing on a 6-2 run finishing out the match and the set, 25-21.
“Every team we play is giving us their best game,” Poole said. “We need to step up if we are going to compete for the ACC Championship.”
Florida State will continue its road trip by battling Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The match at Cassell Coliseum will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.
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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