FORT COLLINS, Co. – The Florida State volleyball team lost a five-set decision on Sunday afternoon (9/2), falling to Cincinnati in the team’s final match of the Colorado State Tournament. After going 1-2 in its second non-conference tournament, the Seminoles now have a 1-4 season record.
Both of FSU’s five-set matches this weekend were decided in four points or less in the final set, while the Seminoles also recorded their first sweep of the season with a three-set win over TCU on Friday (8/31).
Florida State hit an average of .318 across all three matches, and earned more total blocks than all three opponents. Sunday’s match against Cincinnati marked the first time this season Florida State lost when outhitting their opponent.
The Seminoles saw a number of top performers in Sunday morning’s match, as senior Christina Ambrose, junior Payton Caffrey and sophomore Taryn Knuth all hit double-figure kills. Caffrey also recorded her 28th career double-double (second as a Seminole) with 13 digs.
FSU will now return to Tallahassee to host the Home2 Suites by Hilton Tallahassee Seminole Invitational, with the team’s home opener on Friday night (9/7) at 6:30 pm against Virginia Commonwealth.
Set 1 – UC 25, FSU 18
While the Seminoles stayed consistent and saw a .500 hitting percentage in the beginning of the set, errors on Florida State’s side helped Cincinnati hold the lead. FSU counteracted Cincinnati’s tough offense with consistent defense in the back row, setting up the offense to tally more kills than the opponent throughout most of the set. The momentum shifted back to Cincinnati towards the end as the Bearcats’ offense came together, hitting .378 to close out the set.
Senior libero Kelsey Wicinski collected nine of the Seminoles’ 19 digs in the set, helping to keep the Bearcats to 15 kills.
Set 2 – FSU 25, UC 21
Florida State started out the set on a 5-0 run fueled by three kills, and held the lead over the Bearcats throughout the set. While UC caught up to tie the set at 18-18, FSU regained the lead and held it until the end.
The Seminoles saw a .364 hitting percentage in the set, picking up 16 kills and only four errors. FSU’s offense was supported by a consistent defensive effort, as the front row picked up four blocks and the back row tallied 16 digs.
Set 3 – FSU 25, UC 18
Cincinnati took an early lead in the third set, letting Florida State make its own errors and capitalizing on it with five kills through the first 20 points in the set. From there, the Seminoles’ offense came together, hitting .333 in the set with 14 kills, and using 14 digs and three total blocks to hold the Bearcats to just .125 hitting in the set.
Set 4 – UC 25, FSU 22
While Florida State’s offense put pressure on the opponent in the beginning of the set, the team’s defense struggled against the Bearcats’ tough swings. While FSU stayed consistent throughout the set and was able to hit .321 with 13 kills and only four errors, the Bearcats were able to penetrate the offense with 17 kills to outhit the Seminoles.
Set 5 – UC 15, FSU 11
While FSU’s offense shined once again in the beginning of the final set, errors on the Seminoles’ side of the net helped keep the match close throughout the first half. Florida State saw its best hitting percentage in the fourth set, putting down 8 kills with only one error for a .438 percentage, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Cincinnati’s offense from earning 10 kills to take the match.
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