TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) The eighth-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team (25-2, 13-2) swept Boston College (11-19, 6-9) on Friday night at Tully Gym (25-22, 28-26, 25-20) on senior night.
“We’ll take it,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We were shaken up a little bit last weekend and the girls were motivated to work hard this past week. There are still things we need to do to improve.”
For the second-straight match, sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton led the attack with 13 kills, hitting for .312, adding four block assists and nine digs.
“Katie Horton continues to have great matches for us,” Poole said. “It’s great to have her step up.”
Freshman right side hitter Milica Kubura and junior outside hitter Karlie Hauer both subbed in during the match and provided a big lift on offense, as Kubura put up four kills while Hauer produced five, error free.
“Those ladies put up very strong numbers tonight and without errors,” Poole said. “There are a lot of things we did well tonight, we just need to keep pushing forward.”
The Seminoles put up a total of 12.5 blocks with junior middle blocker Kiara Wright leading the charge with seven assists while redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington added five. Hauer was also in on four blocks.
Senior setter Sarah Wickstrom produced 22 assists, while sophomore setter Hailey Luke had 12.
Redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher put up her best three-set performance of 2014 with 22 digs. Freshman defensive specialist Cecilie Woie subbed in and tallied a season-high of four digs.
After producing from the block early, the Seminoles fell behind by a pair after Boston College outscored the Seminoles 8-5 for the 11-9 lead in the first set.
Florida State bounced back to tie six times before taking the 17-16 advantage following a block from Burrington and Horton. The Eagles would call timeout.
Off the brake, Burrington put away a tip shot after several jousts at the net before teaming up with redshirt junior middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn for another block. Vaughn followed with a kill to give the Seminoles the 20-16 lead.
Boston College chipped away at the four-point deficit and defend two set points before Coach Poole called timeout up 24-22. Out of the break, the Seminoles executed a sweep that was put away by Wright for the 25-22, 1-0 match lead.
In the second, the Seminoles jumped out to a three-point edge early before the Eagles put up a 6-2 stretch forcing Poole to use a timeout down 5-7.
After, FSU buckled down and went on a 5-1 stretch for the 12-10 lead, getting help from the middle of the floor with Burrington and Wright.
Burrington and Horton added kills for the 14-11 advantage and Boston College would call its first timeout of the set.
The Seminoles gave up three-straight errors before Horton sided out with a kill from the left side, but gave it right back with a service error for the 15-15 tie.
Following two more ties, the Eagles went up 18-17 after a kill, forcing Poole to use his final timeout.
Off the break, the Eagles produced back-to-back blocks before Hauer slammed a shot off the block for the side out. Another error from the Eagles cut their lead to one, 20-19, calling timeout.
Boston College added a kill before Horton fired from the left side, but the Eagles responded with another kill for the 22-20 lead.
Horton put down another shot before Burrington found an easy chance down the middle for the 22-22 tie, but the Eagles would side out with another kill before Horton converted a shot for another stalemate.
The Seminoles would shake off set point with Burrington going to that same shot down the middle, however she gave it back with a service error.
Fighting back, Vaughn put down a kill from the right for the 25-25 tie and Hauer came up with a kill off the block for set point.
“Karlie has been having some great practices,” Poole said. “We have seven strong hitters and we can only get six on the court. They’re all doing well, but she’s been so good in practice that we knew we could use here and I thought she came in and did a great job.”
A miscommunication from the Noles led to a tie at 26, but on the next play, Luke found junior outside hitter Nicole Walch for the strike from the left side before Horton put away the set, 28-26 for the 2-0 lead.
In the third, the Seminoles went on a 4-0 charge following the 6-6 tie for the 10-6 lead.
Florida State would extend its lead to six before the Eagles cut it in half with three-straight points and the Seminoles would call timeout up 17-14.
After cutting the FSU lead to one, Hauer put away a chance off the block before the Eagles sent a shot wide, putting the Seminoles up 20-17.
Boston College responded with two quick points and Poole called timeout up 20-19.
Once again, Hauer capitalized on another shot before giving it back with a service error. Kubura put away two-straight kills for the 23-20 lead, forcing Boston College to use their final timeout, but Burrington and Kubura would end the match with back-to-back kills for the 25-20 third set sweep.
Florida State will host Syracuse on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. For more information on FSU volleyball visit Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Mosher Senior Class
Redshirt senior Katie Mosher was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Fans can vote once per day until Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The winner will be chosen at the Final Four in December. She currently holds the third highest tally of votes behind Liz McMahon from Illinois and Chaniel Nelson of North Carolina.