September 22, 2017 - by
Volleyball Tops Virginia in Conference Opener

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – One of the best hitting percentages the team has seen this season led to the No. 19 Florida State volleyball team’s four set victory over the Virginia Cavaliers. The Seminoles took the first, second and fourth sets to take down the Cavs on Friday (Sept. 22) night.

In the first set, the Cavaliers put pressure on the net, but the Seminoles’ .259 hitting percentage in the set was enough to keep it ahead throughout the match. Florida State’s defense kept the Seminoles in the set, recording 11 digs and three team blocks to hold the Cavs to just .167 hitting.

In the second set Florida State stepped up its game on offense, hitting .452 with 17 kills and only three errors. While the Seminoles’ offense was firing on all cylinders, the Cavaliers’ offense wasn’t falling too far behind, as it finished the set with a .371 hitting percentage.

While the Seminoles led through most of the third set, it was the Cavaliers’ consistency that pushed it ahead in the end, as Virginia let Florida State make the mistakes. While FSU held UVA at set point for two points, the Cavs took the set 25-23.

In the fourth set, five different Seminoles earned at least one kill with no errors. Senior Milica Kubura led with six kills on eight attacks (.750), followed by junior Christina Ambrose with five kills on six attacks (.833). The Seminoles saw one of the best hitting percentages in a set so far this season at .609, which helped it stay ahead of the Cavs and get the 25-14 victory to win the match.

 

Quoting Freshman Middle Blocker Taryn Knuth

On her first ACC win…
“It was really big, we wanted to come out on a high note and we have really high expectations for ourselves this season. While it wasn’t the cleanest, we got the win and I think we can learn a lot from this to take into practice and just get better.”

On her confidence in her playing abilities as the season progresses…
“Yeah I do feel more comfortable. I think we’re spreading our offense great and especially getting everyone involved, and I know Deja had some really good kills too.  Just creating more options and being harder to defend is going to be a really big thing in the ACC this year, and I felt like I contributed a lot and I’m just going to continue to grow and try to do my best on the court this year.”

On how important it is to start conference play with a win…
“It’s very important to start conference play with a win. This builds confidence going in and our team is still learning to grow and getting better every day, but certainly this win is a great way to start things off.”

 

 

Notes

  • Florida State improves to a 38-14 all-time record over Auburn.
  • The Seminoles have now won the last nine matches in the series between the two teams.
    • This is FSU’s third four-set win in the last five matches of the series.
  • Annie Tietjens made her FSU debut with four assists, one service ace and one dig.
  • Brianne Burkert tied her career high and set her season high with three service aces. This is the fifth time she accomplished this, the last time was vs. Wake Forest (11.20/15)
  • Milica Kubura set two season high records with 20 kills (previous was 19 vs. Auburn) and a .704 hitting percentage (previous was .632 vs. TCU).

 

 

Up Next for the Seminoles

The No. 20 Florida State volleyball team will host the Virginia Tech Hokies at home in the second match of its conference opening weekend. The match will take place at Tully Gym on Sunday, Sept. 24th at 1:00 pm.

 

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