TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) – Seniors Sarah Wickstrom and Katie Mosher earned their 100th career victory on Friday night, helping the fourth-ranked Florida State (18-0, 6-0) indoor volleyball team to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-18) sweep over Florida A&M in Tully Gym.
“They are two outstanding young ladies,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “They started for us on the Final Four team and they are two great captains. They’re great leaders on an off the court. Anytime a class can come in and get 100 wins for their career is great.”
Wickstrom and Mosher become Poole’s fourth-consecutive four-year senior class to net 100 wins. They are the 11th class to achieve the feat in FSU history.
“It’s pretty cool,” Wickstrom said. “A win in a win and for it to be our 100th is really awesome.”
Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch led the attack with 12 kills, hitting for .348 percent while sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton registered 10 kills and six digs.
Junior middle blocker Kiara Wright contributed one solo block and three assists to Florida State’s team total of seven. Wright also added eight kills, while redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington swung for eight, hitting .583 percent on top of two block assists. Walch contributed a solo stop and two assists.
Sophomore setter Hailey Luke tallied 20 assists while Wickstrom amassed 17. Mosher was under five digs.
“Florida A&M has played some very good teams,” Poole said. “They always play a tough preseason schedule and they know what good volleyball is like and they played hard. They have a lot of international players and we knew they were going to battle us.”
The first set saw seven ties before the Seminoles went on a 3-0 charge with Wickstrom on serve to go up 17-14 before Florida A&M called timeout. Off the break, the Rattlers sided out with a kill and pulled within one after an attacking error, but Burrington swung for a kill to go up 18-16.
Florida State pulled ahead with kills from Burrington and Wright before Poole burned his final timeout up 23-20.
The Seminoles set up set point, but Florida A&M went on a 3-0 rally, dodging three set points to tie 24-24. FSU buckled down and set up Horton for the kill before Burrington and Hauer put up a block to give FSU the 1-0 edge, 26-24.
After the 10-10 stalemate in the second, the Seminoles went on a 9-4 run with production from Horton, Walch, Wright and Hauer causing Florida A&M to call a timeout.
The Rattlers earned the side out, but Wright put a shot away to go up 20-15. After the kill, Florida A&M rallied for a 4-1 stretch to pull within a pair 22-20 forcing Poole to call timeout.
Out of the break, FSU set Burrington for a kill down the middle before Walch tucked one away giving the Noles set point up 24-20. FAMU earned the side out, but Walch put a strike away giving the Seminoles the second set victory 25-21 and 2-0 lead.
In the third, Florida State Luke sparked a 5-0 run early to put the Noles up 14-9. The Seminoles poured it on and closed out the third for the sweep, 24-18.
“It was a good atmosphere,” Mosher said. “Give credit to FAMU, they came out strong and it was a good match.”
The Seminoles will resume conference play and take on Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Tully Gym. Following the match, there will be a free youth clinic for kids 13 and under. For more information on FSU volleyball, visit Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.