Dec. 5, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –The 16th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team won its First Round match of the NCAA Tournament as it defeated Georgia Southern in straight sets, (25-19, 25-20, 25-20). The Seminoles moved to 25-7 on the season while playing at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida this evening.
“It’s like a new season,” head coach Chris Poole said. “We’ve really tried to look at it that way. We’ve tried to learn from things we’ve done so far this semester. We’re trying to come into this new season – the NCAA Tournament, playing consistent. There were times we played really well tonight. There were times we gave some runs that we’re going to have to do much better on tomorrow night.”
With the win, Florida State advances into the Second Round for the fourth-straight season and will battle fifth-seeded Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. The Gators defeated Jacksonville in the opening round 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-16) in order to move on.
“We have played Florida three months ago,” Poole said. “It’s a great rivalry to be able to play Florida. Their head coach Mary Wise and I have been playing (against each other) for 20 years straight between my time at Arkansas and here. It’s always a great battle and it’s a lot of fun. I have a lot of respect for her and what she’s done with the program.”
Leading the Seminole attack over the Eagles was sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch, whole recorded her seventh double-double of the year behind 14 kills and 10 digs.
Senior outside hitter Olivera Medic was a pair of kills shy of a double-double as she swung for eight kills while getting under 14 digs.
Senior middle blocker Ashley Neff had seven kills on the night and added a pair of blocks.
The Seminoles limited the Eagles attack under .100 percent (.095), which is the fifth time this year FSU held its opponent under that mark.
In the first set, the Noles created distance early, taking the lead 15-10 heading into the media timeout. FSU held off Georgia Southern by outscoring the Eagles 10-9 down the stretch in order to take the 1-0 advantage.
Despite falling into a 9-3 hole early, the Seminoles sparked a 8-3 run in order to take over the lead 15-14 before outscoring the Eagles 10-5 to close out the second, 25-20.
Georgia Southern continued to dig out the Noles, as the score was tied nine times throughout the set. The Seminoles pulled away from the Eagles late in order to take their sixth-straight 3-0 sweep, 25-20.
FSU faced Florida earlier this season in Gainesville, falling to the Gators, 3-0. Friday’s match will be streamed live for free by GatorVision.
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