COLLEGE STATION, Texas – (Seminoles.com) – The sixth-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team defeated No. 21 Texas A&M 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 26-24, 25-21) on Friday in Reed Arena to move to 10-0 on the season. It marks the third victory over an AVCA Top 25 program this season.
“We played with a lot of heart again,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We still made too many mistakes and there were times we struggled, but we made the big plays at the right time.”
Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch led the charge with a double-double, scoring 20 kills and 13 digs. She also accounted for one solo block and two block assists.
Producing her second double-double of the season was sophomore setter Hailey Luke, who tallied 21 assists and 11 digs, while senior setter Sarah Wickstrom had 27 assists.
Sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton was also big on the attack producing 15 kills hitting for .406 percent. She had nine digs on top of three block assists.
As a team, the Seminoles put up 14 total blocks, led by redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington, who had eight block assists. She also recorded eight kills.
Redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher tallied 18 digs, moving her into second place on the FSU All-Time Career Digs list with 1,778.
With each set close the entire way, the Seminoles opened up a small lead after the 12-12 tie in the first with Burrington on serve to pull ahead 14-12 after an ace. After a stretch of errors by the Aggies and a pair of kills from Walch, FSU took a 20-15 lead before Texas A&M put together a pair of points to pull within three.
Down the stretch up 23-22 after an Aggie block, Texas A&M committed a service error giving the Seminoles set point.
Junior defensive specialist Laura Dadowksi entered the game and smashed an ace for the 25-22, first set 1-0 lead.
The second set proved to be similar as there were 13 ties and three lead changes.
At the 13th tie, Texas A&M called timeout after Burrington and Horton came up with a block, knotting it at 23. Out of the break, the Aggies set up a kill before Angela Lowak delivered an ace tying the match 1-1, 25-23.
The third set was even more competitive seeing 16 ties in score and five lead changes, however Florida State started in a 3-8 hole before putting together a 5-0 stretch to tie, 8-8.
The Seminoles took over the lead for the fifth time after Walch fended off set point with a kill before taking the 25-24 advantage with another. Juniors Kiara Wright and Mercedes Vaughn would stop a shot on the block to give the Noles the 2-1, 26-24 lead heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, Florida State did not take over the lead until late, 19-18. The Seminoles outscored the Aggies 7-3 down the stretch for the 25-21 victory.
“Both teams will look to make adjustments before tomorrow,” Poole said. “We need to step up and take on another challenge.”
Saturday’s match will be televised on the SEC Network and streamed on ESPN3. For more information on FSU volleyball, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Mosher Moves Into Second
Redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher moved into second place on the FSU All-Time Digs List after her 18 dig effort on Friday, passing Luiza Ramos who tallied 1,771 during the 1991-94 seasons.
Mosher needs 82 more digs to claim the FSU Career Digs school record. She currently has 1,778.