PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Florida State volleyball team lost in straight sets to conference-leader Pitt on Sunday (Nov. 5) afternoon.
While the Seminoles (12-10, 6-8 ACC) were outhit by the Panthers (18-6, 11-2 ACC), FSU was able to stay tough on defense to keep each set tight.
Senior outside hitter Natasha Calkins led the offense with seven kills on 29 total attacks, while freshman middle blocker Taryn Knuth’s nine blocks helped to slow down the Panthers’ tough offensive effort.
Seven different players combined for 15 total blocks, which is the second most the team has seen this season, and eight different players combined for 31 total digs. While the defense was able to stay consistent and keep rallies going, it wasn’t enough to hold off the conference-leading Pitt offense.
The Seminoles return to Tully next weekend to close out its home slate, hosting Syracuse on Friday, Nov. 10 and Boston College for Senior Day on Sunday, Nov. 12. Sunday’s match against the Eagles will stream live on ACC Network Extra.
Set 1 – Pitt 25, Florida State 22
Florida State stayed close with the Panthers throughout the opening set,
While the Seminoles were able to go on a run to get within a point of the Panthers at 19-20, errors on the Florida State side helped the Panthers gain the lead, and tough offense from Pitt helped it close out the set.
Set 2 – Pitt 25, Florida State 20
The Panthers began swinging harder in the second set, but the Seminoles were able to stay consistent and let Pitt make the errors to keep the set tight. While Pitt stayed ahead throughout the set, Florida State was able to tie it up four times, with the last tie score coming at 20-20.
From there Pitt was able to control the score, finishing out the set with four kills and a block to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Set 3 – Pitt 25, Florida State 18
The Seminoles stayed consistent on both offense and defense in the beginning of the third set, but Pitt was still able to gain the lead early on. The Seminoles fired off 33 total attacks once again in the set, but struggled to put the ball down as many times as the Panthers.
FSU was unable to catch up, and consistent offense from the Panthers helped it close out the set to take the match.
Up Next for the Seminoles
Florida State returns home for its final weekend in Tully for the 2017 regular season. The Seminoles will host Syracuse on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 pm and Boston College for Senior Day on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1:00 pm. Sunday’s match against Boston College will stream live on ACC Network Extra.
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