TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State standouts Katie Mosher and Nicole Walch recently delivered a National Championship for the Florida Wave, an indoor professional volleyball team affiliated with the Premier Volleyball League (PVL), sanctioned by USA Volleyball.
Mosher and Walch, two of 24 players competing for a roster spot with the Florida Wave, led their team to a 7-1 record in the four-day event that took place in Orlando. The Wave was posted sweeps in three of the five matches in Pool 1 play, before winning a series of Gold Round playoff contests against Great Lakes (25-22, 26-24, 26-24) and Team Iowa (25-20, 29-27, 25-23).
Another former Seminole who played in the event was Sarah Wickstrom, whose Chesapeake Rising Tide squad finished third. Chesapeake was 6-2, including a split in the playoffs, completing three sweeps in Pool 2 play. The Rising Tide reached the Gold Round playoffs they lost the opening set to Team Iowa (25-16, 17-25, 36-34, 25-21) before rebounding to win a four-set thriller against Great Lakes (25-20, 25-16, 20-25, 25-12).
Also representing FSU was Sareea Freeman, who helped North Texas place fifth in the event. Freeman’s unit was 5-3 at the tournament, notching two sweeps as they reached the Silver Round of the playoffs where they came away with wins against Arizona (25-22, 18-25, 25-20, 30-28) and Team IE (0-25, 0-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13).
“I’m very proud of all four young ladies that participated in the tournament,” said Florida State head coach Chris Poole. “This new professional league in the United States Open Nationals gives college graduates a chance to pursue a career in their field of study and still have the opportunity to play in this league and the National Tournament. We have been very lucky that we have had former players from Florida State competing in this tournament every year.”
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