ATLANTA, Ga. – (Seminoles.com) – The fifth-ranked Florida State (14-0, 3-0) indoor volleyball team picked up its fourth-consecutive 3-0 sweep on Friday (25-17, 25-22, 25-18), defeating Georgia Tech (7-9, 0-3) in the O’Keefe Gymnasium, extending its record-setting start.
“We handled the pressure and made the big plays tonight,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We know that we’re going to get every team’s best game and I am very proud of our team for taking care of business.”
Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch recorded nine kills, while sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton tallied eight. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington along with junior middle blockers Mercedes Vaughn and Kiara Wright all registered six each.
Florida State was dominant at the net, putting up a total of nine team blocks. Vaughn and Wright each had one solo stop and Burrington was credited with four block assists. Horton contributed four block assists as well and Wright and Vaughn each totaled three.
Both senior setter Sarah Wickstrom and sophomore setter Hailey Luke tallied 15 assists each, while redshirt senior liber Katie Mosher was under eight digs.
In the first, the Seminoles jumped out to an early 11-4 lead following a 6-0 run with Mosher on serve. Georgia Tech kept trying to chip at the lead, however the Seminoles closed out the first 25-17 to take the 1-0 lead.
Florida State fell into a 1-5 hole early in the second following a few mistakes, but would chip away at the lead before tying the set at 13. The Yellow Jackets rallied for the next two points, but FSU fought back with the next three, pulling ahead 16-15 after Vaughn went up for the solo stop.
Georgia Tech tied the match again at 17, but the Noles sparked a 5-0 run to go ahead 22-17. The Jackets refused to quit and responded with a 5 point scamper of their own for another tie at 22-22.
Horton stopped the Jacket charge and put down a kill, before Vaughn and Burrington teamed up for the block. FSU took the 2-0 lead after Luke set up Horton for her fifth kill of the match, putting down the 25-22 second set victory.
In the third, Florida State went up 7-2 early, seeing major production off the block. The Jackets snuck back into the set twice pulling to within two, but Vaughn was there for big kills on the right side putting the Seminoles up 20-16.
FSU closed out the set on a 5-2 charge for the 25-18 set victory.
“We never panicked,” Poole said. “Georgia Tech had a great crowd and we handled the pressure very well.”
The Seminoles head to Coral Gables, Fla. for a rivalry match against Miami on Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPNU. For more on FSU volleyball, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.