TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Seminoles.com) Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch captured the ACC Player of the Week honor for the second-straight and third time overall this season after helping the third-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team to a pair of wins on the road to remain unbeaten at 23-0.
“I’m proud that Nicole has again won the Player of the Week award,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We have many stars on this team. Nicole is our most experienced returning player and it is important for her to be a leader for us on the court.”
Walch finished the weekend with 40 kills hitting for .318 percent, averaging 4.44 kills per set.
She contributed her 11th and 12th double-double figured matches of the season, first tallying 15 kills for .370 and 11 digs in the 3-1 win at NC State.
On Sunday, Walch stepped up with a career high performance of 25 kills in the five-set win at Clemson, hitting for .392 while contributing 18 digs. In addition, Walch swatted another personal best of five aces in the match including three during a 6-0 charge in the second set.
Walch was the go-to hand in the decisive fifth, putting down five kills for the 15-12, fifth set, 3-2 win.
“She is in a position where she has to touch the ball in both the front and back row,” Poole said. “We will often play good or bad depending on how well she is playing. Nicole stepped up big this weekend again for us and I know she is working hard to improve every part of her game.”
Noles Remain at No. 3
For the second-consecutive week, Florida State remains at No. 3 in the AVCA Coaches Poll and at No. 2 in the NCAA RPI.
The Seminoles (11-0) are in first place in the ACC ahead of No. 9 North Carolina (9-1) and No. 25 Duke (9-2) with seven matches remaining.
Paint It Pink Auction
Jerseys from the ‘Paint it Pink’ match against NC State on Oct. 12 are now available for auction on Seminoles.com. Bidding will be open for two weeks, closing on Nov. 17.
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 second highest tally of votes behind Liz McMahon from Illinois.
Florida State welcomes Virginia on Friday at 7 p.m. in Tully Gym. For more information on FSU volleyball, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.