Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Florida State volleyball team earned a big win at the right time over Wake Forest, defeating the Demon Deacons in four sets on Friday night (10/13).
The match saw a number of different players step up throughout the match to get the job done. Redshirt junior outside hitter Christina Ambrose led the offense at a clip just under .500 with 12 kills and only one error, while three different players – Brianne Burkert, Logan Holanchock and Cecilie Woie notched at least 10 digs each.
This win was the first conference road win the Seminoles have seen this season, helping it improve to a 10-5, 4-3 ACC record.
Set 1 – Florida State 25, Wake Forest 23
Although Wake Forest took an early lead in the first set, Milica Kubura was able to slow down the Demon Deacons’ tough defense with some early kills. Pressure from Christina Ambrose helped the Seminoles pull into the lead midway through the set.
While the Demon Deacons tallied more kills throughout the first part of the set, the Seminoles were able to stay efficient on offense and let Wake Forest make the errors to hold the lead. Ambrose and fellow outside hitter Natasha Calkins stayed perfect in the set, with Ambrose leading the offense at a clip of .714 with five kills.
Set 2 – Florida State 25, Wake Forest 20
The Seminoles started off the second set with an explosive 5-0 run. The early lead was comprised of a handful of kills from Florida State and multiple errors from Wake Forest, as six different Seminoles contributed to the Noles’ first 12 points.
Errors on the Wake Forest side carried the Seminoles through the end of the set, and Florida State led the Demon Deacons by as much as 22-11. After that, Wake Forest went on a 8-1 run to slow FSU’s momentum and tighten up the set, but the Seminoles were able to close it out with a kill from Brianne Burkert and a block from Kubura and Deja Williams.
Set 3 – Wake Forest 25, Florida State 17
Once again, Florida State was able to take the lead through the first few points in the set, but Wake Forest was able to close the lead at 5-5. From there, the Demon Deacons used the momentum to go on a 5-1 run and hold a lead over the Seminoles.
While Ambrose had another perfect set offensively, the team’s nine attack errors and lack of defense in the front row helped Wake Forest stay ahead throughout the set. The Demon Deacons recorded only four attack errors on 36 total attempts, as well as seven total blocks to take the set.
Set 4 – Florida State 25, Wake Forest 14
While FSU took the lead early in the final set, Wake Forest was able to keep the set tight with a few tough blocks and consistent defense in the back row.
The Seminoles cut down on errors and pushed harder at the net as the set progressed, both outhitting the Demon Deacons and performing more efficiently on defense. A 9-1 run helped FSU pull into a huge lead, and a pair of blocks helped the team close out the set to take the match.
Quoting Head Coach Chris Poole
“I’m excited for this win. We had a number of different individuals step up throughout the match. We are still fighting that consistency that we know we need, but the girls put in a lot of effort tonight and kept fighting back even when we did have some bad moments.”
Up Next for the Seminoles
Florida State continues its second conference road trip with a visit to Duke. The Blue Devils lost to the Miami Hurricanes on Friday night, moving its season conference record to 3-4.
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