November 19, 2017 - by
Volleyball Downs Cavs to Round Out Four-Match Win Streak

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Florida State volleyball team stayed perfect for the second weekend in a row, finishing out the four-match win streak with a 3-1 victory over Virginia on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 19).

The Seminoles (16-10, 10-8 ACC) defeated the Cavaliers (7-22, 3-15 ACC) in four close sets, winning the match after dropping the first set for the first time this season.

While Virginia proved to be a tough offensive opponent, the Seminoles continued to cut down on errors to hold an advantage over the Cavaliers.

FSU’s offensive effort was fronted by veteran leaders Milica Kubura (18-5-35), Christina Ambrose (13-4-38) and Natasha Calkins (13-3-34). Kubura also led the front-row defense with six total blocks, while Cecilie Woie picked up 20 digs in the back row.

The team has now gone 5-3 in its last eight matches, and will close out the regular season next week at Clemson (Nov. 22) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 24).

 

Set 1 – Virginia 25, Florida State 16

The opening set started out close, with five tie scores before the Cavaliers’ hard-hitting front line helped pull the team ahead midway through the set. From there, the Seminoles struggled to gain an edge over the Cavs, and Virginia was able to close it out to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

The Seminoles cut down on offensive errors, but the defense wasn’t ready for Virginia’s nearly perfect front court effort, who hit .529 to stay ahead of FSU throughout the set.

 

Set 2 – Florida State 25, Virginia 18

While the Cavaliers continued a strong offensive presence at the net, Florida State was able to pick it up on defense and hold Virginia off from taking a big lead throughout the set. A hard-hitting Seminole offense helped FSU hold a lead halfway through the set, and consistency helped propel FSU through the remainder of the set to tie up the match 1-1.

 

Set 3 – Florida State 25, Virginia 23

The Seminoles came out of halftime swinging harder, but it wasn’t enough to hold the Cavaliers off in the beginning. The third set proved to be the most even between the two teams, as the set saw eight tie scores and a solid balance of offense and defense between the two.

While Virginia outhit Florida State and earned more total blocks, the Seminoles earned more points offensively and picked up less defensive errors to hold the edge over the Cavaliers. Consistency carried the Seminoles through to the end to earn a 2-1 lead in the match.

 

Set 4 – Florida State 25, Virginia 19

The fourth set started out just as close as the rest, as the set saw five tie scores and multiple lead changes. Florida State quickly earned an edge over Virginia, staying perfect on offense to earn 17 kills (.472) and picking up 17 digs and four blocks on the defensive front in the set.

The Seminoles stayed ahead through the end of the set, holding down the Cavaliers to win the final set and take the match 3-1.

 

Notes

  • Florida State’s season record improves to 16-10, 10-8 ACC
  • Florida State improves to a 34-14 record over Virginia
    • This is the tenth match in a row the Seminoles have taken from the Cavaliers, with FSU’s last loss in the series coming in 2010.
  • Sunday’s victory over UVA was the Seminoles’ fourth win in a row.
  • This was the first match the Seminoles have won this season after dropping the first set.
  • FSU is 6-1 when hitting above .300, and 14-1 when outhitting its opponent.
  • Individual Records
    • Brianne Burkert earned her 29th career double-double against Virginia with 42 assists and 11 digs.
    • Milica Kubura’s 12 blocks over the weekend brings her to 322 career total blocks, which is the ninth-most of any player in FSU’s rally scoring history.
    • Christina Ambrose tied her season high record of 13 kills (last vs. UNC Asheville, 9/1/17).
    • Annie Tietjens recorded one kill for the third time this season (last at Wake Forest 10/13/17).
    • Deja Williams tied her career high record of a .750 hitting percentage (last vs. UC Santa Barbara (8/26/17)
    • Cecilie Woie recorded 20 digs, which was her fifth time this season earning 20+ digs in a match.

 

Up Next for the Seminoles

Florida State stays on the road to close out the regular season, heading to Clemson on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd and Georgia Tech on Friday, Nov. 24th. Both matches will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

 

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