TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 19 Florida State volleyball team took down Virginia Tech in four sets on Sunday (Sept. 24) afternoon, giving them a perfect weekend at home to open conference play.
Defensively this was one of the best and most consistent matches the team has seen so far this season, with 12 team blocks (the third-most in a match this season), 56 digs (the third-highest in a match) and a season-high seven service aces.
The Seminoles dominated in the first set, hitting .273 with 10 kills and only one error. FSU’s defense helped keep it ahead of the Hokies as the Seminoles recorded 17 digs and six team blocks,
In the second set, the Hokies stepped up on offense, outhitting the Seminoles with a .270 hitting percentage. The Virginia Tech defense also found it groove in the second set, recording three more digs than the Seminoles and earning three team blocks to help it win the set 25-23.
The Seminoles bounced back in the third set, with the team’s defense making a showing, earning 11 digs and holding the Hokies to just -.088 hitting in the set. FSU took the third set with its second-largest margin of victory this season at 25-15.
In the fourth set the Seminoles started off strong, leading by as much as 7-2 in the beginning. The Florida State offense stayed tough through the set and cut down on errors to earn a .421 hitting percentage, while the defense earned 16 digs and two team blocks to take the set 25-20 and win the match 3-1.
Quoting Head Coach Chris Poole
On continuing on in conference play…
“I’m hoping this will help our momentum. There’s probably about eight teams in the conference that are good enough to beat us if we don’t play to the best of our potential. So it’s really going to be about our side of the net and being fully consistent. If we do that, then I think we can be successful.”
Quoting Senior Libero Cecilie Woie
On moving on in conference play after going 2-0 this weekend…
“I think it’s really important for us, because not a lot of teams start conference play 2-0. We’ve been working really hard to get here but it’s still important for us to keep our momentum and to not take any opponent for granted.”
Up Next for the Seminoles
The team will hit the road for the second weekend of conference play, heading to Louisville on Friday, Sept. 29th and Notre Dame on Sunday, Oct. 1.
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