September 28, 2014 - by
FSU Sets Best Start

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  (Seminoles.com) – The sixth-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team moved to a record-setting 13-0 (2-0) start after defeating Notre Dame (3-10, 0-2) in straight sets (34-32, 25-22,25-19). The Seminoles topped the streak that began the 1997 season (12-0) after the victory on Sunday in Tully Gym.

It is the fourth season FSU has put together a streak of 10 or more wins under Poole. Poole’s top stretch was set in 2009 with an 18-match winning streak that started on Oct. 4 and carried into the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. Poole’s squads in 2011 and 2012 each put together 16 straight wins as well.

“We’re trying to teach our team to play at the same level,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “We stared off sluggish, but we did some great things. That’s to Notre Dame’s credit they played hard and fought back.”

Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch put up another double-double leading the attack, registering 13 kills and 10 digs. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington had eight kills, hitting for .412 percent while leading the blocking front with five assists and one solo stop.

“We always have someone that is relentless for every point,” Burrington said. “Even if it changes there is always someone ready to step up. It’s the element to our team that helps us win.”

Florida State put up nine total team blocks, with sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton helping on four assists and one solo block.

Senior setter Sarah Wickstrom and sophomore setter Hailey Luke each had 19 assists, while redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher was solid on defense with 20 digs.

In the first, Florida State created some distance early taking a 12-7 before extending the lead to 19-11.  Notre Dame responded with a 9-2 run pulling within one at 21-20 before committing back-to-back errors. After an FSU service error, Notre Dame was called for another ball handling violation, teeing up set point for the Seminoles, 24-21.

The Irish would fight off three set points putting together a 3-0 charge to tie 24-24 before claiming set point of their own.

Florida State relied on the hand of Walch down the stretch, who tallied five kills after the stalemate at 24 as the Noles fended off seven Irish set points. Walch put down her eighth kill of the set to lift FSU to the 1-0 edge, 34-32.

Following ties at 4-4, 6-6, 14-14, 15-15 and 17-17, Notre Dame went on a 3-0 scamper to take the 20-17 edge late in the second. Florida State fought back to tie 21-21 before closing on a 4-1 stretch, 25-22 for the 2-0 lead.

“We kept trying to get back in the game mentally,” Mosher said. “We could have been better, but we’ll take the sweep and move on and work hard in practice this week.”

After 11 ties in the third, the Irish took the 14-11 lead before Poole called timeout. Out of the break FSU earned the side out before sparking a 5-0 run with Mosher on serve pulling ahead 16-14. Notre Dame came back to tie 16-16, but freshman right side hitter Milica Kubura entered the game and put down a major kill for the side out. She contributed five kills in the final set.

Wickstrom fueled five straight points on serve, including an ace to extend the lead 21-16. Florida State was able to close out the set with kills from Burrington, junior outside hitter Karlie Hauer and Kubura for the 3-0 sweep, 25-19.

“We’ve recognized that if we want to go deep into the NCAA Tournament we’ve got to be more consistent and more efficient,” Poole said. “We need to play at the highest level that we can so at the end of the year we’re above that level. We won in three sets, but we didn’t play as well as we wanted to and we allowed Notre Dame to take us out of our rhythm.”

In addition to the 13-0 start, the Seminoles extended their ACC home match winning to streak to 30.

Florida State travels to Atlanta, Ga. for a match on Oct. 3 against Georgia Tech before heading to Coral Gables, Fla. for a contest with Miami on Oct. 5. on ESPNU.

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