LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 21 Florida State volleyball team fell to Louisville in three sets in its third match of the conference season. The Cardinals are only the second unranked team to beat the Seminoles so far this season, and the third team to beat them in three sets.
In the first set, the Seminoles stayed tough on defense to counteract Louisville’s strong front line. FSU led with two team blocks, while its 19 digs slowed down the quick tempo of the Cardinals’ offense. The set stayed close and was tied nine times before the Cardinals went on a run and began cutting down on errors to take the set 25-20.
The Noles started off strong in the second set and stuck with it through the first few long rallies, but the Cardinals pulled ahead early, earning as much as a 10-6 lead. The Seminoles started fighting back, tying up the set three more times until Louisville eventually ran with a lead to take the set 25-20.
The third set showed how closely matched the two teams were, as the set saw 18 ties and six lead changes. Both teams battled at the end as the set was tied eight times after the 21-21 tie.
It was the Cardinals’ tough offense that helped them edge out the Seminoles in the end, as it outhit FSU with a .218 hitting percentage and 18 kills. The third set was the only time the Cardinals saw more digs and total blocks than the Seminoles, which was just enough help to give them the set 31-29 to take the match.
Up Next for the Seminoles
The team will continue its first conference road trip of the season as it heads to Notre Dame on Sunday, Oct. 1. The team will return home next week to host Miami on Wednesday (Oct. 4) and Pittsburgh on Friday (Oct. 6).
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