November 17, 2017 - by
Volleyball Uses Balanced Effort to Take Out Hokies

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Florida State volleyball team took down Virginia Tech in four sets on Friday night (Nov. 17) for its third conference victory in a row.

The Seminoles (15-10, 9-8 ACC) outhit the Hokies (9-19, 3-14 ACC) in the 3-1 win, while a number of different players combined for 55 digs and 11 total team blocks.

The team saw impressive performances from a number of players step up at the right time, as freshman Tiana Jackson led the front row in both attack percentage (.562) and total blocks (seven). Cecilie Woie led the back row with 15 digs, and Brianne Burkert supported the offense with 33 assists.

FSU continues the weekend with a trip to Charlottesville, where it will take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday (Nov. 19)


Set 1 – Florida State 25, Virginia Tech 17

The Seminoles started out the match on the right foot, taking the first four points and going on a 5-1 run in the opening set. From there, FSU was able to see its most efficient set of the match, hitting .500 with 15 kills on 28 total attacks.

Christina Ambrose led the offense with five kills on eight attacks with no errors (.625). Milica Kubura and Taryn Knuth closed out the set with a pair of blocks to lead the front row defense. Freshman Tiana Jackson made her presence on the court known from the first set, hitting .750 with three kills on four attacks and no errors.


Set 2 – Florida State 25, Virginia Tech 21

While FSU took the first point of the set, both teams tied up the score eight times and changed the lead four times throughout the remainder of the second set. It was the Seminoles’ block from Brianne Burkert and Taryn Knuth that gave FSU the momentum and helped it take a 21-20 lead. FSU went on a 4-1 run to close out the set and take a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.

Four Seminoles were able to stay perfect on offense through the first two sets, as Brianne Burkert, Natasha Calkins, Jackson and Knuth all had at least four total attacks without picking up a single error.


Set 3 – Virginia Tech 25, Florida State 20

The third set was the only set that the Hokies both led from the beginning and outhit the Seminoles, as Virginia Tech was able to step it up on defense to hold off the efficient Florida State offensive effort.

A combination of errors from the Seminoles and a stronger defensive presence at the net from the Hokies helped Virginia Tech hold the lead throughout the set to close Florida State’s lead in the match to 2-1.


Set 4 – Florida State 25, Virginia Tech 21

Although FSU was able to open the fourth set leading, the set saw 10 tie scores and four lead changes. Virginia Tech took more swings at the ball and picked up more kills, but fewer errors and a stronger defensive effort helped propel the Seminoles over the Hokies in the final set of the match.



  • Florida State’s season record moves to 15-10, 9-8 ACC
  • Florida State improves to a 32-4 record over Virginia Tech
    • This is the fifth match in a row that the Seminoles have taken from the Hokies in the series, with FSU’s last loss coming in 2013.
  • FSU is 15-1 when winning the first set, 9-2 in four-set matches and 13-1 when outhitting its opponent this season.
  • Tiana Jackson set four different career high records in Friday night’s match.
    • 10 kills (previous was 8, vs. Boston College on 11/12/17)
    • 16 total attacks (previous was 11, vs. Boston College on 11/12/17)
    • 7 assisted blocks (previous was 5, vs. TCU on 9/3/17)
    • 7 total blocks (previous was 6, vs. TCU on 9/3/17)
  • Annie Tietjens picked up her second service ace of the season, her first was earned against Virginia (9/22/17).


Up Next for the Seminoles

FSU will head to Charlottesville, Va. next to take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday, November 17th at 1:00 pm. The match will stream live on ACC Network Extra.


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