Nov. 13, 2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The 22nd-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team defeated Miami 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 25-13) on Wednesday night. The win moves the Seminoles to 19-7, 12-3 on the year, while the Hurricanes drop to 16-9, 8-7.
The win was the first in Coral Gables for FSU since 2010 and it also marked the first 2-0 showing for the season against the rival since 2009.
“It was a great match tonight for the team,” head coach Chris Poole said. “Everyone contributed and it was a total team effort.”
A pair of Seminoles had double-double nights as junior setter Sarah Wickstrom notched her ninth of the season on 28 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch had her fifth as she led the attack with 16 kills and 12 digs.
Florida State tallied 11.5 team blocks with senior middle blocker Ashley Neff contributing six. The ACC blocking leader also recorded four kills.
Senior outside hitter Olivera Medic contributed greatly on both the attack and defense, amassing seven kills, four blocks and 16 digs. She also had an assist.
Redshirt junior libero Katie Mosher was under 28 digs on the night, on top of adding four assists.
Florida State was all over Miami in the first set as they cruised to a 25-15 win in order to take the 1-0 advantage.
In the second set, the Seminoles were victim to a 9-2 run by the Hurricanes, falling into an 18-10 hole. After the teams traded a few points, a kill by Carmona fueled a 9-2 run as FSU stole the set, 23-25 making the score 2-0.
“The key was when we were down 10-18,” Poole said. “We talked about this week how we unraveled against Virginia Tech and panicked. We did much better today. We are still learning and getting better.”
Miami jumped in front early in the third set at 4-3 and held the edge for the duration, taking it 25-21 in order to cut the Seminole lead in half, 2-1.
Florida State responded in the fourth, blazing out to an 8-2 lead early before dominating the set, 25-13 for the 3-1 win.
Miami struggled on the attack by posting a hitting percentage of .095 and 28 errors on the night. It marked the fourth time this year (Siena, Boston College, Maryland) the Seminoles’ opponent hit under .100 percent for the match.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee to close out the regular season on a five-match home stand, starting on Sunday at 12 p.m. when the Seminoles take on Notre Dame.
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