CORAL GABLES, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) – Redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher became the All-Time Digs leader after her career high performance of 34 digs that lifted the fifth-ranked Florida State (15-0, 4-0) indoor volleyball team to a five-set, 3-2 (26-28, 25-19, 25-20, 29-27, 15-9) win at Miami (9-6, 2-2).
“Career numbers are so tough for players because of the scoring format changed throughout the years,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “The games are shorter now and I am so proud of Katie for achieving the mark with half of our season still remaining. She is an exceptional leader and an outstanding role model for this program.”
“Breaking the record means I am helping my team succeed,” Mosher said. “It has been a goal of mine to make an impact on this program. I’m honored to have my teammates by my side. It meant the world to have them and my family with me today.”
Florida State jumped out to a 4-1 lead before Miami called timeout in the fifth set. Out of the break, sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton committed a service error after delivering an ace, before the Noles sided out from the hand of junior outside hitter Nicole Walch. Junior middle blocker Kiara Wright helped extend the lead to 6-2 with a big swing down the middle.
Miami responded with a kill from the match leader, Savannah Leaf before the Hurricanes delivered an ace off a floating serve forcing Poole to call timeout up 6-4.
Out of the huddle, Miami was called for a disputable double-contact play, increasing the lead, 7-4.
After a pair of errors, Walch swung for a kill giving FSU the 8-6 lead at the switch. The teams traded kills before Horton put down a shot lifting the Noles to a 10-7 edge.
Feeling the pressure, the Hurricanes committed an attacking error before forcing the Noles to make a mistake. Following another Miami error, freshman Milica Kubura buried a kill off the block before giving FSU the 13-8 advantage. Miami earned the side out, but followed with a service error.
Florida State capped off the fifth set with a block from redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington and Kubura.
“Overall I was pleased with the result,” Poole said. “On a positive note it was great to see us find a way to win in another hostile environment with a great crowd. We will keep working and we’re going to continue to improve.”
Walch led the attack with a double-double, registering 18 kills and 10 digs, while assisting on four blocks. Horton followed with another double-double effort, swinging for 15 kills while setting a new career high for digs with 15.
The Seminoles scored 14 total team blocks, with Walch stopping four on her own while Burrington had four assists and one solo block. Wright had a solo block and four assists while redshirt junior Mercedes Vaughn posted a pair of block assists. She also contributed nine kills and six digs.
Senior setter Sarah Wickstrom amassed 31 assists and sophomore setter Hailey Luke tallied 25. On top of her passing, Luke was credited with a pair of setter kills.
Mosher also set a new high for assists with nine.
In the first set, the Seminoles jumped out to an early lead up 10-5 before Miami sparked a 7-2 run to tie 12-12. FSU answered with a 7-2 charge of its own to pull ahead 19-14 causing Miami to call timeout.
FSU extended its lead to 22-15, however a pair of Miami points would force Poole to call timeout up 22-17. The break did not tame the Hurricanes as they forced an error before swinging for a pair of kills before Walch stopped the charge with a kill to go up 23-20, but once again, Miami responded with a 3-0 charged to tie 23-23.
Walch set up set point with a kill, but the Seminoles were called for a net violation on the next play, tying it 24-24. The teams traded kills before Vaughn put down a strike from the right side for another set point, but the Noles were called for a ball handling violation knotting the set 26-26.
Miami took its first set point after a kill from Leaf before winning the first set 28-26 after an FSU attacking error.
Freshman right side hitter Milica Kubura entered the match in the second set and gave the Seminoles an immediate spark with four kills on six attempts, helping FSU to an 18-10 lead, but a 7-0 run by the Hurricanes cut the lead to one.
Florida State held off the charge and closed on a 7-2 run for the 25-19, second set victory tying the match 1-1.
In the third, Luke led a barrage on serve to go up 16-6 after a 7-0 run. Miami refused to go away down ten and mustered up a 10-3 stretch, cutting the lead to 20-17. The Seminoles weathered the storm and found Wright, Walch and Vaughn for kills after forcing the Hurricanes to commit errors. FSU took the 2-1 lead with a third set, 25-20 victory.
Mosher took over the record mid-way through the fourth as Florida State looked to put it away, however Miami pulled ahead late to grab set point 24-23. The Seminoles fought off three more set points, before being called for a ball handling error giving Miami the 29-27 fifth set victory.
“It was disappointing to see us give up big leads, but I give credit to Miami for not giving up. We need to do a better job in those situations.”
Florida State grabbed its fifth five-set win of the season, 15-9.
The Seminoles remain on the road for one more match with the newest ACC member, Louisville on Friday at 7 p.m. before returning home to host NC State on Sunday in the annual, ‘Paint it Pink’ match at 1 p.m.