TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) – The fourth-ranked Florida State (16-0, 6-0) indoor volleyball team swept NC State (12-5, 1-4) 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-23) on Sunday in FSU’s annual Paint it Pink match in Tully Gym.
“We tend to play very up and down,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “It’s a very dangerous game to play. It’s great we can turn in on when we need to, but it’s dangerous if we can’t turn it back on.”
Leading the attack was junior middle block Kiara Wright with a career high 14 kills while hitting for .524 percent. Wright also registered four block assists, contributing to the team total of nine.
“Kiara is getting better every week,” Poole said. “We love her energy on the court. She’s very fast and athletic and as she gets better it just gives us another weapon to use.”
“Things were going well between the setter and me,” Wright said. “We trust in each other and we’ve worked to get to that point and things were clicking between us today.”
Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington produced nine kills while hitting .629, adding a solo block and four assists.
Senior setter Sarah Wickstrom tallied 23 assists and three aces, while sophomore setter Hailey Luke amassed 19 assists.
Redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher was under 14 digs and two assists.
In the first, the Seminoles got off to a sluggish start falling into a 7-3 hole, however junior outside hitter Nicole Walch sparked a 4-0 surge that was equipped with a pair of aces to tie 7-7.
After the stalemate, Florida State took over the lead and went up 10-8 before NC State went on a 4-0 run to pull ahead 12-10.
The score stayed tight until the Seminoles broke it open following the 19-19 tie, finishing the set on a 6-2 run to take the first, 25-19 and the 1-0 match lead.
Florida State went up 12-8 in the second set after being down by a pair of points early. Luke stayed on the floor and played the full rotation and produced three kills from the right side. The Seminoles dominated and took the 2-0 lead, 25-16.
“What people may or may not know is Hailey was a hitter in club,” Poole said. “It wasn’t a surprise for us and we decided to give her a try. It was great to see her step up there.”
Luke finished the day with four kills on five attempts, while registering two block assists from the right side.
“It was amazing,” Luke said. “I haven’t done that since club and I’m happy that I could contribute to the team and stay on the court.”
In the third, FSU poured it on and lead by as many as nine. NC State fought back after trailing 22-13 and sparked a 10-2 run, fighting through six match points before junior outside hitter Karlie Hauer put it away for the Noles with a kill from the right side completing the sweep, 25-23.
The 17 match winning streak is the second highest under Poole and ties the third best in school history. Poole’s 2009 squad put together a stretch of 19 at the end of the year to advance into the Elite Eight. The victory also extends the ACC home match winning streak to 31, a run that is ongoing since the 2011 season.
Florida State hosts Florida A&M on Friday at 7 p.m. before welcoming Virginia Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. For more information on FSU volleyball, visit Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.