Nov. 22, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 19th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team took care of business on Friday night by sweeping Wake Forest, 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-20). The win moves the Seminoles to 21-7, 14-3 on the year, while dropping the Demon Deacons to 15-14, 4-13.
“I think our hitters played well tonight,” head coach Chris Poole said. “When that’s happening, that gives us a lot of different weapons. We’re best whenever we can bring it from all over the net and we were able to do that tonight.”
For the fourth-straight match, sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch led the Seminole attack with 11 kills on 21 attempts, hitting for a .476 percentage.
“This game was awesome for us,” Nicole Walch said. “We just came out strong and we consistently did it throughout the game and that’s what we’ve been working on in practice.”
Senior right side hitter Elise Walch contributed 10 kills while hitting .600 percent.
“This is the most consistent we’ve played all year,” Elise Walch said. “We’ve been working on it in practice and I think that’s really paid off.”
As a team, the Seminoles hit .434 percent on the night while holding the Demon Deacons to a hitting percentage of .136.
Senior outside hitter Olivera Medic had another solid outing, accounting for 10 digs and seven kills.
Redshirt junior Katie Mosher was under 12 digs.
The Seminoles closed out the first set with eight-straight points, cruising to a 25-13 win. For the third-straight match, FSU grabbed the 1-0 lead by holding their opponent to less than 20 points in the first set.
In the second, the Noles got off to slower start, however they found their footing after breaking the tie at eight behind five-consecutive points. From there, the Seminoles kept the edge and closed out the set 25-16.
Wake Forest fought back in the third set, keeping the score close before tying it at 14. After trading side-outs, the Seminoles busted open a lead, closing the set out on an 8-3 run to take it 25-20.
“We’ve got to take care of business in each and every match we play,” Poole said. “If we want the chance to win the ACC we’ve got to take care of that and we did that tonight. This week we put an emphasis on taking care of Wake first, controlling our side of the net, reducing our errors and that would help us get ready for Duke.”
The 13th-ranked Blue Devils come to town on Sunday for a match at 1 p.m. Duke moved to 25-4, 16-1 after it defeated Miami 3-0 on Friday night.
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