CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team fell to Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night (Nov. 1). Despite a continued improvement in offensive efficiency and a tough defensive effort, the Seminoles were outhit by the hard-hitting Hurricanes.
Florida State (12-9, 6-7 ACC) saw an even battle with Miami (15-4, 9-4 ACC) on the defensive front, but the Hurricane’s unrelenting offense kept the team ahead throughout a majority of the match.
Milica Kubura led the Seminoles in kills (11) while freshman Taryn Knuth led the team in both attack percentage (.500) and total blocks (3). While FSU’s defense, led by Cecilie Woie (14 digs) was able to keep up with Miami, it was the Hurricane’s 53 kills that helped it take the match.
Set 1 – Miami 25, Florida State 19
The Seminoles struggled in the beginning of the first set, as it was faced with a much stronger offensive effort from the Canes than FSU saw earlier this season. FSU kept taking reps at the net, but that was counteracted by a tough front line on Miami’s side of the net.
Milica Kubura and Taryn Knuth led the offense in the set, staying perfect for a combined .667 hitting percentage. As the Seminoles began to improve its offensive efficiency, FSU began to pick up more kills and force Miami to make the errors. In the end, Miami was able to stay ahead throughout the set and close it out to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Set 2 – Miami 25, Florida State 21
Florida State picked up its offensive efficiency from the beginning of the second set, holding off another Miami run out of the gates. While the Seminoles were able to pick it up on offense, the Canes did the same, staying perfect through the first half of the set to hold the lead.
Midway through the set the Seminoles’ offense and defense began to click as the team cut down on errors and gave the Hurricanes more chances to make its own errors. Although this closed Miami’s lead, it wasn’t enough to stop the Canes’ tough offense which helped Miami take the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Set 3 – Miami 25, Florida State 23
The third set started off closer than the previous, as the set saw 10 tied scores and two lead changes. The Seminoles stayed close with the Hurricanes in the beginning, but the home team was able to pull ahead to stay just a few points over FSU.
While FSU held off a Miami run to close out the set, it was errors on the Seminoles’ side that helped the Hurricanes get within a few points of taking the match. While a timely block from Brianne Burkert and Taryn Knuth and a kill from Knuth slowed down the Hurricanes, it was a final kill from the Canes’ kill leader, Strantzali, that took the final point and evidently the match.
Up Next for the Seminoles
Florida State will head to Pitt on Sunday, November 5th to take on the conference-leading Panthers.
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