December 17, 2014 - by
Walch Earns All-America Honors

 Award Winners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  (Seminoles.com) Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch has been named to the AVCA All-America Second Team. The announcement came on Wednesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

“I am so proud of Nicole,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “Nicole was a big leader for us on the court this year.  When she was playing well, the team played well.  Much of this is due to the fact that as a full rotation player, she touches the ball a lot with all the different skills.  It is important to have someone in that role that can stand up to the pressure of competing at the highest level.” 

Walch becomes the third Seminole in history to capture second team accolades, joining Brianna Barry (2009) and Jekaterina Stepanova (2011). This is her second All-America nod after earning an honorable mention in 2013.

The Stuart, Fla. native led the Seminoles in kills with 487, averaging 3.99 per set while hitting .267 percent. She also led in aces with 25 and in total points with 557.5, averaging 4.57 per set. Walch added 305 digs and 59 total blocks.  

In 2014, she accounted for 15 double-doubles, while setting a new match high of 25 kills in the 3-2 win at Clemson. Walch amassed 20 or more kills in six matches this season, while securing three ACC Player of the Week awards before earning All-ACC First Team accolades.

Walch also captured All-Region honors from the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season behind her double-double performance of 23 kills, 10 digs in the 3-1 loss against BYU.

“Nicole has made incredible improvement since arriving at Florida State and worked hard to earn this honor,” Poole said. “We are excited about having another spring for her to continue improving her game with the goal of her making the first team All-American next year and leading us to another Top 10 ranking.”

Walch will be honored at the 2014 AVCA All-American banquet on Friday in Oklahoma City.

“I am very touched to receive such an honor,” Walch said. “This is something I have always dreamed of achieving and it will be something I’ll never forget. I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and teammates. They’re the ones who should take the credit because I would not have accomplished nearly as much without them.”

Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington, sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton and redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher were listed as honorable mention recipients. 

By earning four recognitions, the Seminoles tied the school record set in 2009.

Burrington led the team in blocking, averaging 1.44 per set, while turning in a hitting percentage of .406, which is the fourth-best single season performance in FSU history. The Ruskin, Fla. native earned All-ACC First Team honors.

As the other all-around player in the rotation, Horton tallied 314 kills in her first season in the Garnet and Gold, adding 279 digs and 79 total blocks after capturing All-ACC Second Team honors.

Mosher finished the season with 518 digs, which is the second-highest in school history after taking over as the FSU all-time digs leader, closing her career with 2,123 total digs. The Fort Myers, Fla. native added 126 assists and 21 aces.  Mosher also captured All-ACC First Team honors. 

“There are so many great teams nationally and lots of great players throughout the country,” Poole said.  “We feel very fortunate to have four represented. It says a lot about our program and we are lucky to have so many great players choosing to wear an FSU uniform.  I’m proud of all four of these young ladies and how they have represented our volleyball program on and off the court.”

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