TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) The eighth-ranked Florida State (26-2, 14-2) indoor volleyball team put up its second-consecutive sweep on Sunday against Syracuse (8-20, 1-15) in Tully Gym (25-19, 25, 15, 25-17).
“We played pretty clean today,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We’ve struggled a lot this year with unforced errors and it’s something we’re trying to work on. We had some hitters that stepped up and both of our middles led in kills and that’s a good sign that we had great ball control and good passing.”
The Seminoles had major contributions from the middle blockers as junior Kiara Wright led the attack with 12 kills, hitting for .800 percent while redshirt sophomore Sarah Burrington had 10 kills for .529. Burrington also added five digs on defense.
Redshirt junior middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn added nine kills for .438.
Senior setter Sarah Wickstrom tallied 22 assists while sophomore setter Hailey Luke had 10.
Redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher was under 13 digs.
After jumping out to a four-point lead in the first, Syracuse forced the Seminoles to make mistakes before committing a service error leaving the score tied at 13. Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch followed with a kill before an Orange attacking error gave the Seminoles the 15-13 advantage at the media timeout.
Out of the break, the Seminoles built their lead to four before the Orange called timeout at 20-16.
The Orange earned the side out with a tip shot, but Luke answered with a setter dump for the 21-17 lead. Florida State added another kill before Syracuse called another timeout.
Following the break, the FSU defense kept a long rally alive before Vaughn connected with Wickstrom for a kill down the middle for the 23-17 lead.
The Seminoles finished the set with a pair of kills from Burrington for the 25-19, 1-0 match lead.
In the second, Florida State jumped out to an 11-5 lead before Syracuse called timeout. After, Walch delivered her third ace of the match for the 12-7 lead before the Orange sided out with a kill.
FSU extended the lead to eight, 18-10 after Mosher dished an ace and freshman right side hitter Milica Kubura put away a shot through the block before finding a chance cross court and Burrington and Vaughn would contribute kills before the Orange called timeout.
The Seminoles kept their foot on the gas and closed out the second set 25-15 for the 2-0 match lead.
After the 4-4 tie in the fourth, Wright and Luke connected for the lead before continuing on a 5-0 run that was equipped with back-to-back kills from Kubura for the 9-4 advantage.
The Seminoles kept firing, outscoring Syracuse 14-11 before Burrington put down a kill to set up match point, 24-16. The Orange earned the side out after an attacking error from Vaughn, but on the next play she put down a shot at the net that was too hard to handle for the 25-17, third set victory.
Florida State will close out the regular season with a pair of matches at home, starting on Wednesday at 1 p.m. against Clemson before taking on Miami on Friday at 1 p.m.
“Clemson and Miami are two tough teams,” Poole said. “Both took us to five sets at their place and these matches are going to prepare us for the NCAA tournament. We know that both of those teams will come in with nothing to lose and wanting to come in and knock us off.”
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Mosher Senior Class
Redshirt senior Katie Mosher was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Fans can vote once per day until Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The winner will be chosen at the Final Four in December. She currently holds the third highest tally of votes behind Liz McMahon from Illinois and Chaniel Nelson of North Carolina.