TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (11-6, 5-4) was once again stunned by Notre Dame (15-5, 5-4), as the Seminoles fell in four sets at Tully Gym on Friday night (Oct. 20).
The Fighting Irish outhit the Seminoles in the match, which counteracted FSU’s tough defense. Although Florida State picked up a set, earned more total blocks and took more swings at the net, Notre Dame proved to be too much for Florida State.
Set 1 – Notre Dame 25, Florida State 18
While Florida State saw one of its best defensive efforts throughout the first half of the set, it was Notre Dame’s tough offense that caught the Seminoles off-guard. The Fighting Irish’s defense held Florida State to under .100 hitting despite taking 63 reps on the net.
FSU’s veteran stats leaders Milica Kubura and Natasha Calkins led the offense with four kills each, while Kubura also picked up three assisted blocks.
Set 2 – Florida State 25, Notre Dame 17
The Seminoles showed its power in the second set, earning 20 kills on 40 attacks for a .450 hitting percentage. FSU’s defense only picked up one team block, but its 24 digs helped hold the Fighting Irish to a clip just over .100. The Seminoles stayed strong through the end to hold the lead and take the second set to tie up the score.
The team’s offensive effort was led by Kubura once again with six kills and no errors on 10 attacks. Taryn Knuth picked up the sole block of the match, while Cecilie Woie led the defense with nine digs.
Set 3 – Notre Dame 25, Florida State 18
Although the Seminoles once again stayed close with the Fighting Irish through the first part of the set, keeping the set within only a few points and taking the lead three times through its first 10 points.
In the end it was a series of errors for the Seminoles and a tough offensive effort for the Fighting Irish that helped Notre Dame run away with the third set to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Set 4 – Notre Dame 26, Florida State 24
The Fighting Irish began the final set in the lead until the Seminoles caught up at 8-8 with an offensive effort spread between Kubura, Knuth and Natasha Calkins.
In the final points of the set, FSU improved its offensive efficiency and stayed tough on defense to warrant some long rallies, holding off set point for the Fighting Irish at 24-23. Despite the increased effort, Notre Dame finished it off with a kill to take the match 3-1.
Up Next for the Seminoles
FSU will host the Louisville Cardinals this Sunday (Oct. 22) at 1:00 pm.
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