TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team fell to the Pittsburgh Panthers 3-1 on Friday (Oct. 6) night at Tully Gym, its first home conference loss of the season.
FSU moves to a 9-5, 3-3 ACC season record, and its all-time series with Pitt is now tied 5-5.
Set 1 – Pittsburgh 25, Florida State 23
The first set opened with an impressive offensive effort from the Panthers, as Pitt gained an early lead with a handful of kills in the beginning. As the set progressed FSU’s defense began to click, which allowed the Seminoles to take more swings on offense.
While Florida State recorded fewer attack errors, the Panthers were able to get more kills to get a lead over the Seminoles at the right time to close out the first set.
Set 2 – Florida State 25, Pittsburgh 21
In the beginning of the second set, Pitt’s offense began working more efficiently as it cut down on errors to outhit Florida State. Pitt’s offensive effort was supported by its defense, which picked up more digs than the Seminoles’ defense to keep rallies going and give the Panthers more opportunities to push on offense.
However, midway through the set Florida State’s front line began firing on all cylinders, with Milica Kubura and Christina Ambrose leading the offense with four kills each, and freshman Deja Williams tallying two solo blocks and one assisted block. As FSU stayed efficient all around, the Panthers began making more errors to help Florida State take the second set and tie up the match 1-1.
Set 3 – Pittsburgh 25, Florida State 21
The Seminoles started off the third set strong, swinging hard on the net to outhit the Panthers. Kubura led the offensive effort with four kills on 11 attacks with no errors (.364), while Brianne Burkert led in hitting percentage (.600 with three kills)
Although the Seminoles were able to earn more total blocks than Pitt, the Panthers were able to keep pushing on offense to outhit the Seminoles throughout the set.
With both teams taking at least 40 attacks it was up to each team’s defense to keep the ball in play. The Panthers were able to stay tough on defense throughout the set to take a lead over the Seminoles and close out the set to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Set 4 – Pittsburgh 25, Florida State 21
While Florida State’s defense at the net was stronger throughout the fourth set, the Panthers outhit the Seminoles throughout the set to hold the lead. The Seminoles once again were able to cut down on errors, but it wasn’t enough to slow down Pitt’s strong offense.
After staying close throughout the set, Pittsburgh was able to stay ahead and take the set to win the match 3-1.
Up Next for the Seminoles
Florida State will travel to North Carolina next weekend to face Wake Forest and Duke in its third weekend of conference play. The Seminoles’ next home matches will be against Notre Dame (Oct. 20) and Louisville (Oct. 22)
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