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.
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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