Florida State Women's Volleyball - 2015 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Chris Poole, Head Coach
Jeff Hulsmeyer, Associate Head Coach
Anna Khrystenko, Assistant Coach
Katie Mosher, Volunteer Assistant
Caitlin Quinn, Strength and Conditioning

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2015 Women's Volleyball


2015 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Brianne Burkert, 6-1, S, Richardson, TX

Ameije Ismaili, 5-5, L-DS, Palm Harbor

Melanie Keil, 6-0, MB, Berlin, Germany

Caroline Mooney, 5-8, L-DS, Tallahassee


2015 Roster - By Name

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* 10 Christina Ambrose     OH      5-11  Fr-R      Winter Park (Winter Park/Purdue)
*  6 Brianne Burkert       S       6-1   Fr        Richardson, TX (Pearce)
* 12 Sarah Burrington      MB      6-5   Jr-R **   Ruskin (Riverview)
*  9 Caroline Dadowski     L-DS    5-5   Sr   ***  Pittsburgh, PA (Mount Lebanon)
* 13 Laura Dadowski        L-DS    5-6   Sr   ***  Pittsburgh, PA (Mount Lebanon)
* 35 Mara Green            MB-RSH  6-1   Jr-R **   McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian Ady)
* 20 Karlie Hauer          OH      5-11  Sr   *    Andover, MN (Andover/Minnesota)
*  4 Katie Horton          OH      6-1   Jr   *    Westland, MI (Wayne Memorial/Ohio)
   2 Ameije Ismaili        L-DS    5-5   Fr        Palm Harbor
* 22 Karyn Israel          S       6-0   Jr-R *    Huntington Beach, CA (Edison/Minnesota)
* 21 Melanie Keil          MB      6-0   Jr        Berlin, Germany (Coubertin Gymnasium/Nebraska)
*  7 Milica Kubura         OH      6-4   So   *    Belgrade, Serbia (Third Belgrade)
*  8 Hailey Luke           S       6-0   Jr   **   Altamonte Springs (Lake Brantley)
  33 Caroline Mooney       L-DS    5-8   Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
* 11 Kacey Saunier         L-DS    5-6   Fr-R      Orlando (Winter Park)
* 14 Mercedes Vaughn       MB      5-11  Sr-R *    Folcroft, PA (Academy Park/Southern Idaho)
*  5 Nicole Walch          OH      6-2   Sr   ***  Stuart (Martin County)
*  1 Cecilie Woie          L-DS    5-5   So   *    Alsvag, Norway

2015 Roster - By Number

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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*  1 Cecilie Woie          L-DS    5-5   So   *    Alsvag, Norway
   2 Ameije Ismaili        L-DS    5-5   Fr        Palm Harbor
*  4 Katie Horton          OH      6-1   Jr   *    Westland, MI (Wayne Memorial/Ohio)
*  5 Nicole Walch          OH      6-2   Sr   ***  Stuart (Martin County)
*  6 Brianne Burkert       S       6-1   Fr        Richardson, TX (Pearce)
*  7 Milica Kubura         OH      6-4   So   *    Belgrade, Serbia (Third Belgrade)
*  8 Hailey Luke           S       6-0   Jr   **   Altamonte Springs (Lake Brantley)
*  9 Caroline Dadowski     L-DS    5-5   Sr   ***  Pittsburgh, PA (Mount Lebanon)
* 10 Christina Ambrose     OH      5-11  Fr-R      Winter Park (Winter Park/Purdue)
* 11 Kacey Saunier         L-DS    5-6   Fr-R      Orlando (Winter Park)
* 12 Sarah Burrington      MB      6-5   Jr-R **   Ruskin (Riverview)
* 13 Laura Dadowski        L-DS    5-6   Sr   ***  Pittsburgh, PA (Mount Lebanon)
* 14 Mercedes Vaughn       MB      5-11  Sr-R *    Folcroft, PA (Academy Park/Southern Idaho)
* 20 Karlie Hauer          OH      5-11  Sr   *    Andover, MN (Andover/Minnesota)
* 21 Melanie Keil          MB      6-0   Jr        Berlin, Germany (Coubertin Gymnasium/Nebraska)
* 22 Karyn Israel          S       6-0   Jr-R *    Huntington Beach, CA (Edison/Minnesota)
  33 Caroline Mooney       L-DS    5-8   Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
* 35 Mara Green            MB-RSH  6-1   Jr-R **   McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian Ady)

2015 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
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Sarah Burrington         American Volleyball Coaches Assoc - All-American - Honorable Mention

Nicole Walch             American Volleyball Coaches Assoc - All-American - Honorable Mention

All-Americans -  2

2015 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
08/28
Ref
N
OKLAHOMA
Colorado Tournament, Boulder, Co
W 3-1
08/29
Ref
A
COLORADO
Colorado Tournament
L 2-3
08/29
Ref
N
SAN DIEGO
Colorado Tournament, Boulder, Co
W 3-0
09/05
Ref
A
OHIO STATE
Ohio State Tournament
L 2-3
09/06
Ref
N
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Ohio State Tournament, Columbus, Oh
W 3-0
09/06
Ref
A
OHIO STATE
Ohio State Tournament
L 1-3
09/11
Ref
H
COASTAL CAROLINA
Seminole Invitational
W 3-0
09/12
Ref
A
FLORIDA A&M
Seminole Invitational
W 3-0
09/12
Ref
H
XAVIER
Seminole Invitational
W 3-0
09/18
Ref
H
TEXAS A&M W 3-1
09/20
Ref
A
FLORIDA L 1-3
09/23
Ref
H
MIAMI W 3-2
09/27
Ref
A
NOTRE DAME W 3-0
10/02
Ref
H
CLEMSON W 3-0
10/04
Ref
H
GEORGIA TECH W 3-0
10/09
Ref
A
DUKE W 3-2
10/11
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST W 3-0
10/16
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA W 3-2
10/18
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 3-1
10/23
Ref
H
SYRACUSE W 3-0
10/25
Ref
H
BOSTON COLLEGE W 3-0
10/30
Ref
A
PITTSBURGH L 0-3
11/01
Ref
A
VIRGINIA TECH W 3-0
11/04
Ref
A
MIAMI L 1-3
11/08
Ref
H
VIRGINIA W 3-0
11/13
Ref
H
NOTRE DAME W 3-0
11/15
Ref
H
LOUISVILLE L 2-3
11/20
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST W 3-1
11/22
Ref
H
DUKE W 3-1
11/25
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH W 3-2
11/27
Ref
A
CLEMSON W 3-0
12/03
Ref
N
ARIZONA STATE
NCAA, Gainesville, Fl
W 3-0
12/04
Ref
A
FLORIDA
NCAA
L 1-3
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   25- 8    12- 1     9- 7     4- 0


2015 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  LOUISVILLE           18- 2    25- 7 
 2t FLORIDA STATE        17- 3    25- 8 
 2t NORTH CAROLINA       17- 3    21-10 
 4t MIAMI                14- 6    21-10 
 4t SYRACUSE             14- 6    23- 8 
 6  PITTSBURGH           13- 7    23- 9 
 7  DUKE                 12- 8    17-13 
 8t VIRGINIA TECH        10-10    19-13 
 8t VIRGINIA             10-10    18-13 
10  GEORGIA TECH          9-11    18-14 
11  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  5-15    16-16 
12t BOSTON COLLEGE        4-16    12-20 
12t WAKE FOREST           4-16    12-20 
14  NOTRE DAME            2-18     7-25 
15  CLEMSON               1-19     6-26 


2015 Season Statistics

|--------ATTACK----------| |-----SET-----| |--------SERVE--------| |---RECEPT---| |--DIG---| |------BLOCKING------| Name GP MP MS K K/G E TA Pct A A/G TA SA SA/G SE TA Pct RE TA Pct DIG D/G BS BA Tot B/G BE BHE Pts Pts/G ================================================================================================================================================================== Nicole Walch 120 33 33 459 3.83 165 1144 0.257 18 0.15 130 30 0.25 24 412 0.942 51 777 0.934 305 2.54 6 65 71.0 0.59 3 4 527.5 4.40 Milica Kubura 119 33 1 281 2.36 104 643 0.275 7 0.06 24 0 0.00 0 0 0.000 1 9 0.889 53 0.45 4 65 69.0 0.58 4 1 317.5 2.67 Sarah Burrington 116 32 32 223 1.92 53 477 0.356 6 0.05 32 0 0.00 0 6 1.000 1 24 0.958 13 0.11 19 148 167.0 1.44 10 0 316.0 2.72 Mercedes Vaughn 107 29 28 208 1.94 78 488 0.266 4 0.04 28 0 0.00 0 0 0.000 0 3 1.000 56 0.52 6 101 107.0 1.00 9 0 264.5 2.47 Katie Horton 115 32 31 220 1.91 67 667 0.229 24 0.21 106 14 0.12 20 419 0.952 32 747 0.957 308 2.68 5 45 50.0 0.43 1 0 261.5 2.27 Melanie Keil 116 33 33 132 1.14 40 319 0.288 18 0.16 74 6 0.05 15 179 0.916 0 7 1.000 45 0.39 11 137 148.0 1.28 4 1 217.5 1.88 Karlie Hauer 60 26 5 61 1.02 21 187 0.214 4 0.07 29 2 0.03 4 106 0.962 4 176 0.977 64 1.07 0 34 34.0 0.57 3 0 80.0 1.33 Mara Green 28 14 2 37 1.32 12 73 0.342 0 0.00 6 0 0.00 0 13 1.000 0 1 1.000 8 0.29 2 34 36.0 1.29 3 0 56.0 2.00 Brianne Burkert 121 33 1 3 0.02 3 17 0.000 611 5.05 1532 27 0.22 28 449 0.938 1 5 0.800 203 1.68 0 2 2.0 0.02 1 22 31.0 0.26 Hailey Luke 122 33 32 7 0.06 1 26 0.231 729 5.98 1802 19 0.16 9 488 0.982 0 1 1.000 202 1.66 0 0 0.0 0.00 1 14 26.0 0.21 Christina Ambrose 18 10 0 21 1.17 9 60 0.200 0 0.00 5 0 0.00 1 11 0.909 4 43 0.907 10 0.56 0 2 2.0 0.11 1 0 22.0 1.22 Laura Dadowski 93 32 0 0 0.00 0 1 0.000 6 0.06 18 18 0.19 16 219 0.927 0 10 1.000 43 0.46 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 18.0 0.19 Cecilie Woie 119 32 0 2 0.02 3 8 -0.125 107 0.90 376 13 0.11 12 492 0.976 24 458 0.948 412 3.46 0 1 1.0 0.01 0 0 15.5 0.13 Kacey Saunier 2 2 0 0 0.00 0 0 0.000 0 0.00 1 0 0.00 1 3 0.667 0 0 0.000 4 2.00 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 0.0 0.00 Caroline Dadowski 13 12 0 0 0.00 0 0 0.000 3 0.23 8 0 0.00 2 13 0.846 2 6 0.667 2 0.15 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 0.0 0.00 Karyn Israel 3 2 0 0 0.00 0 0 0.000 9 3.00 11 0 0.00 3 3 0.000 0 0 0.000 1 0.33 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 0.0 0.00 Team 9 0.0 ============================================================================================================================================== FSU 122 33 33 1654 13.56 556 4110 0.267 1546 12.67 4182 129 1.06 135 2813 0.952 129 2267 0.943 1729 14.17 53 634 370.0 3.03 40 42 2153.0 17.65 Opp 122 33 33 1535 12.58 755 4332 0.180 1433 11.75 4450 129 1.06 212 2495 0.915 129 2673 0.952 1660 13.61 50 406 253.0 2.07 44 35 1917.0 15.71

FLORIDA STATE 3, OKLAHOMA 1
08/28/2015, Colorado Tournament, Boulder, Co

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Opens 2015 with Four Set Win.
The No. 9 FSU indoor volleyball team defeated Oklahoma in four sets on Friday.

BOULDER, CO – The ninth-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team began its 2015 season off with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18) victory over Oklahoma on Friday night in Boulder, Colo. It was the first of three matches in the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic, hosted by Colorado University.

“We learned a lot about ourselves tonight,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “Oklahoma is a very good team. They beat Texas last year and they had everyone returning for this season. They are going to win a lot of matches.”

Outside hitter Nicole Walch started her senior campaign by leading the attack with 22 kills (.317 percent) adding nine digs and two blocks, while junior outside hitter Katie Horton swung for 11 kills. She was also in on three blocks.

Junior Melanie Keil made her debut in the Garnet and Gold by putting up five total blocks, adding four kills, while redshirt junior middle blocker Sarah Burrington had nine kills and two blocks. Redshirt senior Mercedes Vaughn also had six kills and two blocks.

“Our left sides and middles both had huge games,” Poole said. “I’m also very proud of Karlie (Hauer), who came in late in the match and gave us a lift.”

Junior Karlie Hauer entered the match in the third and fourth sets, contributing a pair of kills and one block.

Junior setter Hailey Luke tallied 26 assists and five digs along with one ace and rookie Brianne Burkert amassed 17 assists. Sophomore libero Cecilie Woie contributed 14 digs.

In the first set, the Seminoles got out to a shaky start, falling behind 13-9 after committing five errors before Poole called timeout. Out of the break the Noles sparked a 5-1 run to tie the set 14-14 following an ace by Walch.

After trading sideouts, Oklahoma went back up by a pair, however following back-to-back errors by the Sooners the set was tied 18-18.

On the next play, Burrington and Vaughn were productive on the block for the 19-18 advantage, forcing Oklahoma into a timeout. Off the break, Horton committed a service error, but Burrington and Vaughn would swing for kills in between an OU attacking error.

The Seminoles kept firing, capturing set point, 24-19. Oklahoma stopped the run with a kill, and forced an attacking error, however the Seminoles took the 1-0 lead following a Sooner service error.

Once again, Oklahoma jumped out to a lead in the second set and Poole would call timeout down 10-4. FSU would trail by as many as eight before a 4-0 run caused an OU timeout trailing 14-10.

The Seminoles kept firing and forcing Oklahoma to make errors pulling within two as senior defensive specialist Laura Dadowksi subbed in to serve. The teams traded attacking errors, however Horton pulled the Noles within one after a strike, 19-18.

A swing from Burrington would tie the set, but Oklahoma responded with a kill to take back the edge. The Seminoles would take their first lead of the set after kills from Vaughn and Burrington, 21-20.

After two stalemates, Oklahoma dished an ace, pulling ahead 23-22 and FSU would use its final timeout.

Off the timeout, Walch put down a pair of kills, establishing set point, 24-23 and Oklahoma would use its timeout.

Walch could not be stopped as she put away another shot for the 25-23, second set victory and 2-0 match lead.

“I’m very proud of how we fought back in those first two sets,” Poole said. “We were down big in both and our concern was giving them those leads. We need to be more efficient handling the first ball and more disciplined in broken plays.”

In the third set, the Seminoles fell into a five-point hole and could not quite recover and Oklahoma would lead start to finish, closing it out 25-21, cutting the FSU lead in half.

The Seminoles rallied and jumped out to a huge 11-4 lead in the fourth – a run that included six kills from four different players.

Florida State kept firing extending the lead to 10, 19-10 forcing Oklahoma to commit more errors.

The Seminoles closed out the fourth 25-18, for the 3-1 victory.

“We will take the win and learn from it and get ready for tomorrow.”

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 11  3  23  0.348   1  0  2   2   5  0  3   0   0  12.5
 5 Nicole Walch               4 22 10  42  0.286   1  1  1   4  10  0  2   0   0  24.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  27  1  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           4 10  2  20  0.400   1  0  0   1   1  0  2   0   0  11.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            4  6  4  14  0.143   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   7.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  4  0   6  0.667   1  0  1   0   2  0  5   0   0   6.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   5  0  0   2  14  0  0   0   0   0.0
 2 Ameije Ismaili             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   1  0.000  18  0  1   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  2  3   7 -0.143   0  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   2.0
10 Christina Ambrose          1  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               2  2  0   3  0.667   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   2.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 57 22 117  0.299  55  2  5   9  44  0 15   0   0  66.5
   Opp                        4 48 23 127  0.197  47  9 12   2  32  0 14   0   0  64.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
21
25
OKLAHOMA
21
23
25
18

COLORADO 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
08/29/2015, BOULDER, CO, Colorado Tournament

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Win Omni Hotels Classic.
Despite splitting matches on Saturday, the No. 9 Florida State indoor volleyball team won the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic.

BOULDER, CO – The ninth-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team split its matches on Saturday in the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic, first dropping a five-set thriller to No. 24 Colorado (25-20, 17-25, 25-27, 25-21, 15-12) before sweeping San Diego (25-16, 25-21, 25-20).

“We are disappointed with the way we played this morning,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We had a 10-8 lead in the fifth and lost. But to come back and sweep San Diego who beat both Colorado and Oklahoma just shows a lot about our character to step up our game. We have a lot of potential.”

Despite the split, the Seminoles won the tournament and senior outside hitter Nicole Walch was tabbed as the tournament MVP. Sophomore Milica Kubura and redshirt senior middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn were named to the all-tournament team.

“Nicole had a good weekend overall,” Poole said. “She’s been asked to do a lot and she gets set a lot more during matches. Mercedes and Mili improved drastically throughout the weekend. It helped us have a strong right side attack to balance the offense.”

In the sweep over San Diego, Vaughn stepped up and led the attack with 12 kills for a career high .391 percent while contributing seven blocks, which is also a career high.

Kubura had nine kills and three blocks while junior middle blocker Melanie Keil had six kills and five blocks, including one solo.

Redshirt junior middle blocker Sarah Burrington had eight blocks and four kills.

As a team the Seminoles dominated play at the net, amassing 13 total blocks to San Diego’s six.

Sophomore setter Hailey Luke tallied 20 assists while freshman setter Brianne Burkert had 13. Sophomore libero Cecilie Woie was in on 20 digs.

“Our passing got better towards the end,” Poole said. “We still have a lot of work to do but we definitely improved over the weekend. We had different players step up at different times.”

Early in the first, the Seminoles jumped out to a seven-point 14-7 lead and stayed strong, finishing the first 25-16.

In the second, FSU fell into a four-point hole before battling back to tie at 16, forcing San Diego into a timeout.

Following two more ties at 17 and 18, the Seminoles burst open a 5-0 barrage with kills from Kubura, Burrington, Walch and Vaughn for the 23-18 advantage.

San Diego pieced two points together and FSU would call a timeout.

Following the break, Vaughn put down a pass from Luke before the Toreros sided out, but Vaughn answered with another strike for the 25-20 second set win and 2-0 lead.

In the third, FSU started off with a three-point edge before surrendering the lead following the 10-10 stalemate, but would get it back following a kill from Vaughn at 14-13.

The Noles extended the lead to six late in the set to tee up set point before San Diego put down three quick points and Poole called timeout.

After the break, senior outside hitter Karlie Hauer put away a shot giving the Seminoles the 3-0 sweep, 25-20.

Earlier on Saturday, FSU fell to the Buffaloes in a tough 3-2 decision.

Florida State took the early 4-0 lead in the fifth set behind kills from Vaughn, Hauer and Kubura after a bad Colorado set opened the frame.

After two quick points from the Buffaloes, Coach Poole used a timeout up 5-3.

The teams would trade sideouts twice before the Seminoles were called for a ball handling error, up one (7-6) but on the next play the Buffs were whistled for the same violation, giving the Noles the lead at the switch.

Kubura put away a shot for the 9-6 lead before Colorado sided out.

Senior Laura Dadowski subbed in with the 10-7 edge, but the Buffs put away the play.

Colorado responded with three more points for the 11-10 lead and Poole would use his final timeout.

Off the break, Colorado committed its sixth service error of the match for the 11-11 tie, but earned the sideout on the next play.

The Buffaloes would close out the fifth on an 8-2 run to take the set and the match 15-12.

Walch delivered her second consecutive 20-kill match, accounting for 21 kills (.333 percent) and 12 digs, while Kubura had 15 kills, tying her career high.

The Seminoles accounted for 14 total blocks, with Burrington contributing eight and junior Keil had six.

Vaughn tallied eight kills and four blocks, while Hauer had eight kills and two blocks.

Luke scored her first double-double of the season with 27 assists and 12 digs while Burkert had 22 assists and eight digs. Woie had nine digs.

The Seminoles started off sluggish in the first set, falling behind by as many as seven points early and tried to recover late with a 3-0 surge, however they surrendered the 1-0 lead to Colorado, 25-20.

In the second, FSU jumped out to a 6-1 advantage, forcing Colorado into a timeout. Florida State extended its lead to as many as nine points by kills from Walch, Burrington, Hauer and Kubura during the stretch.

FSU kept an eight point cushion, but after an error up 23-16, Poole called timeout to settle his players.

Out of the break, Burrington put down a kill before Colorado earned the sideout, but Walch ended the second with a strike, knotting the match 1-1, 25-17.

After trading a series of sideouts to start set three, the Seminoles opened a five-point lead up 11-6 before Colorado used its first timeout.

The Seminoles would stretch its lead to seven, but it was cut to four three times before Poole would call a timeout up 22-18.

Off the break, Walch delivered a kill however Colorado pushed a 6-1 run to tie it 24-24, fending off two FSU set points. Walch would get back set point, but Colorado had an answer for another 25-25 tie. On the next play, Kubura put away a strike and an attacking error by the Buffs would put the Noles in front 2-1, 27-25.

FSU started off slow in the fourth and Poole would use a timeout down 8-3. Colorado kept a five-point lead until back-to-back blocks from Walch and Keil cut it to two, forcing the Buffs into a timeout up 12-10.

Off the break, Colorado stretched it up to five through the middle of the set before FSU cut it to three late but after two quick points, Poole used his final timeout, down 23-18.

However, the Noles did not give in, piecing together a 3-1 scamper before Colorado used its timeout. The Buffs drew up and executed a play during the break, forcing a fifth set, 25-21.

“This team is capable of being really good,” Poole said. “We need to play more disciplined and limit our errors. We need better first touches.”

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5  1  1   6  0.000   0  0  0   1   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
 5 Nicole Walch               5 21  5  48  0.333   0  0  0   2  12  0  6   0   0  24.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  0  0   0  0.000  27  1  0   0  12  0  0   0   0   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           5  7  1  14  0.429   2  0  0   0   0  2  6   0   0  12.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            5  8  2  17  0.353   0  0  0   0   4  0  4   0   0  10.0
21 Melanie Keil               5  4  1   7  0.429   1  1  1   0   2  0  6   0   0   8.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   1  0.000   6  0  1   3   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  0  0   1  0.000  22  0  2   0   8  0  0   0   2   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5 15  4  31  0.355   0  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0  15.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               5  8  4  25  0.160   1  0  1   0   8  0  2   1   0   9.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 64 18 150  0.307  59  2  5   6  59  2 24   1   2  80.0
   Opp                        5 73 22 164  0.311  63  6 13   2  53  1 16   0   1  88.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
20
25
27
21
12
COLORADO
25
17
25
25
15

FLORIDA STATE 3, SAN DIEGO 0
08/29/2015, Colorado Tournament, Boulder, Co

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Win Omni Hotels Classic.
Despite splitting matches on Saturday, the No. 9 Florida State indoor volleyball team won the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic.

BOULDER, CO – The ninth-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team split its matches on Saturday in the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic, first dropping a five-set thriller to No. 24 Colorado (25-20, 17-25, 25-27, 25-21, 15-12) before sweeping San Diego (25-16, 25-21, 25-20).

“We are disappointed with the way we played this morning,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We had a 10-8 lead in the fifth and lost. But to come back and sweep San Diego who beat both Colorado and Oklahoma just shows a lot about our character to step up our game. We have a lot of potential.”

Despite the split, the Seminoles won the tournament and senior outside hitter Nicole Walch was tabbed as the tournament MVP. Sophomore Milica Kubura and redshirt senior middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn were named to the all-tournament team.

“Nicole had a good weekend overall,” Poole said. “She’s been asked to do a lot and she gets set a lot more during matches. Mercedes and Mili improved drastically throughout the weekend. It helped us have a strong right side attack to balance the offense.”

In the sweep over San Diego, Vaughn stepped up and led the attack with 12 kills for a career high .391 percent while contributing seven blocks, which is also a career high.

Kubura had nine kills and three blocks while junior middle blocker Melanie Keil had six kills and five blocks, including one solo.

Redshirt junior middle blocker Sarah Burrington had eight blocks and four kills.

As a team the Seminoles dominated play at the net, amassing 13 total blocks to San Diego’s six.

Sophomore setter Hailey Luke tallied 20 assists while freshman setter Brianne Burkert had 13. Sophomore libero Cecilie Woie was in on 20 digs.

“Our passing got better towards the end,” Poole said. “We still have a lot of work to do but we definitely improved over the weekend. We had different players step up at different times.”

Early in the first, the Seminoles jumped out to a seven-point 14-7 lead and stayed strong, finishing the first 25-16.

In the second, FSU fell into a four-point hole before battling back to tie at 16, forcing San Diego into a timeout.

Following two more ties at 17 and 18, the Seminoles burst open a 5-0 barrage with kills from Kubura, Burrington, Walch and Vaughn for the 23-18 advantage.

San Diego pieced two points together and FSU would call a timeout.

Following the break, Vaughn put down a pass from Luke before the Toreros sided out, but Vaughn answered with another strike for the 25-20 second set win and 2-0 lead.

In the third, FSU started off with a three-point edge before surrendering the lead following the 10-10 stalemate, but would get it back following a kill from Vaughn at 14-13.

The Noles extended the lead to six late in the set to tee up set point before San Diego put down three quick points and Poole called timeout.

After the break, senior outside hitter Karlie Hauer put away a shot giving the Seminoles the 3-0 sweep, 25-20.

Earlier on Saturday, FSU fell to the Buffaloes in a tough 3-2 decision.

Florida State took the early 4-0 lead in the fifth set behind kills from Vaughn, Hauer and Kubura after a bad Colorado set opened the frame.

After two quick points from the Buffaloes, Coach Poole used a timeout up 5-3.

The teams would trade sideouts twice before the Seminoles were called for a ball handling error, up one (7-6) but on the next play the Buffs were whistled for the same violation, giving the Noles the lead at the switch.

Kubura put away a shot for the 9-6 lead before Colorado sided out.

Senior Laura Dadowski subbed in with the 10-7 edge, but the Buffs put away the play.

Colorado responded with three more points for the 11-10 lead and Poole would use his final timeout.

Off the break, Colorado committed its sixth service error of the match for the 11-11 tie, but earned the sideout on the next play.

The Buffaloes would close out the fifth on an 8-2 run to take the set and the match 15-12.

Walch delivered her second consecutive 20-kill match, accounting for 21 kills (.333 percent) and 12 digs, while Kubura had 15 kills, tying her career high.

The Seminoles accounted for 14 total blocks, with Burrington contributing eight and junior Keil had six.

Vaughn tallied eight kills and four blocks, while Hauer had eight kills and two blocks.

Luke scored her first double-double of the season with 27 assists and 12 digs while Burkert had 22 assists and eight digs. Woie had nine digs.

The Seminoles started off sluggish in the first set, falling behind by as many as seven points early and tried to recover late with a 3-0 surge, however they surrendered the 1-0 lead to Colorado, 25-20.

In the second, FSU jumped out to a 6-1 advantage, forcing Colorado into a timeout. Florida State extended its lead to as many as nine points by kills from Walch, Burrington, Hauer and Kubura during the stretch.

FSU kept an eight point cushion, but after an error up 23-16, Poole called timeout to settle his players.

Out of the break, Burrington put down a kill before Colorado earned the sideout, but Walch ended the second with a strike, knotting the match 1-1, 25-17.

After trading a series of sideouts to start set three, the Seminoles opened a five-point lead up 11-6 before Colorado used its first timeout.

The Seminoles would stretch its lead to seven, but it was cut to four three times before Poole would call a timeout up 22-18.

Off the break, Walch delivered a kill however Colorado pushed a 6-1 run to tie it 24-24, fending off two FSU set points. Walch would get back set point, but Colorado had an answer for another 25-25 tie. On the next play, Kubura put away a strike and an attacking error by the Buffs would put the Noles in front 2-1, 27-25.

FSU started off slow in the fourth and Poole would use a timeout down 8-3. Colorado kept a five-point lead until back-to-back blocks from Walch and Keil cut it to two, forcing the Buffs into a timeout up 12-10.

Off the break, Colorado stretched it up to five through the middle of the set before FSU cut it to three late but after two quick points, Poole used his final timeout, down 23-18.

However, the Noles did not give in, piecing together a 3-1 scamper before Colorado used its timeout. The Buffs drew up and executed a play during the break, forcing a fifth set, 25-21.

“This team is capable of being really good,” Poole said. “We need to play more disciplined and limit our errors. We need better first touches.”

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  1  1  11  0.000   0  1  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   2.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3  4  0  24  0.167   0  1  1   1  12  0  1   0   1   5.5
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   1  0.000  20  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  4  3  10  0.100   0  0  0   0   1  1  7   0   0   8.5
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3 12  3  23  0.391   0  0  0   0   4  0  7   0   0  15.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  6  4  18  0.111   1  1  1   0   0  1  4   0   0  10.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  1  0   1  1.000   0  0  0   0  20  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  13  1  0   1   2  0  0   0   1   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  9  2  16  0.438   0  0  0   1   0  0  3   0   0  10.5
20 Karlie Hauer               3  2  0  11  0.182   0  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   2.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 39 13 115  0.226  34  4  3   3  47  2 22   0   2  56.0
   Opp                        3 36 25 119  0.092  34  3  5   4  57  3  6   0   2  45.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
SAN DIEGO
16
21
20

OHIO STATE 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
09/05/2015, COLUMBUS, OH, Ohio State Tournament

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 14 FSU Suffers Five-Set Loss to No. 22 OSU.
The No. 14 FSU indoor volleyball team fell victim to another five-set road loss to No. 22 Ohio State.

COLUMBUS, OH - The 14th-ranked, Florida State indoor volleyball team fell to No. 22 Ohio State in another five-settle thriller on the road (20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 15-11), dropping to 2-2 on the season. It was the first match of the 11th Annual Sports Imports Koehl Classic.

"Our first touches were the difference in the match tonight," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "We are getting used too much on the block and we're not making enough quality touches in serve receive and defense."

The Seminoles went in front to start the fifth set in front of a packed house and had a one-point 8-7 edge at the change. However, the Buckeyes put together a 3-0 surge, forcing Coach Poole to call timeout, down 10-8.

Junior outside hitter Katie Horton, earned the sideout with a kill and on the next play, OSU committed an attacking error for the 10-10 tie.

Following the stalemate, FSU committed an error before the Buckeyes blocked an attempt from Horton and followed with a Seminole attacking error before tacking on another kill to tee up set point 14-10.

Horton earned the sideout, but on the next play, the Buckeyes ended the match with a kill for the 15-10, victory.

"Ohio State is a very good team," Poole said. "We need to play more consistent and need all of our players to step up."

Junior outside hitter Katie Horton led the attack with a double-double effort of 11 kills and 11 digs.

Florida State saw production from its middle blockers as redshirt junior Sarah Burrington posted 10 kills, hitting .300 on top of registering eight total blocks. Redshirt senior middle blocker scored 10 kills and four total blocks, including two solo.

Junior middle blocker Melaine Keil also contributed to FSU's 15.5 total blocks with five.

"We need to make attacking our strength," Poole said. "Sarah and Mercedes met those exceptions tonight. I was pleased with them."

Junior setter Hailey Luke tallied 20 assists and freshman setter Brianne Burkert had 16. Sophomore libero Cecile Woie was under 18 digs and senior outside hitter Nicole Walch had 13.

In the first, the Seminoles jumped out to a nine point lead up 14-5 as the Buckeyes committed four errors during the stretch.

Ohio State would pull within three, however the Seminoles held on to take the early 1-0 advantage, 25-21.

In the second, the Buckeyes jumped in front 7-1, but the Seminoles would outscore the Buckeyes 13-8, pulling within one before the teams traded errors.

Ohio State went in front 16-15 before putting together a 5-0 stretch and coach Poole called timeout. The Buckeyes would finished out the set 25-19, tying the match 1-1.

Following the break, Florida State came out of the gate hot, but surrendered the lead mid set, 15-13. After four ties, the Seminoles sparked a 5-0 surge to close out the third 25-20.

Ohio State led the fourth from start to finish in order to force a fifth, 25-19.

 
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NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 11  4  40  0.175   0  0  0   1  11  0  3   0   0  12.5
 5 Nicole Walch               5  6  7  37 -0.027   1  0  0   1  13  0  1   1   0   6.5
 8 Hailey Luke                5  0  0   0  0.000  20  0  0   0   7  0  0   0   3   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           5 10  4  20  0.300   1  0  0   0   0  1  7   0   0  14.5
14 Mercedes Vaughn            5 10  3  26  0.269   0  0  0   0   2  2  2   0   0  13.0
21 Melanie Keil               5  1  3   8 -0.250   0  0  3   0   3  1  4   0   1   4.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  1   1  18  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  0  0   1  0.000  16  3  3   0   7  0  1   1   0   3.5
 7 Milica Kubura              3  7  7  29  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0   8.5
13 Laura Dadowski             5  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               3  0  0   5  0.000   0  0  0   1   8  0  2   0   0   1.0
   Team                                                      2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 45 28 166  0.102  41  3  8   6  73  4 23   2   4  63.5
   Opp                        5 59 39 181  0.110  55  6 10   3  84  7 14   3   2  79.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
25
19
25
19
11
OHIO STATE
21
25
20
25
15

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 0
09/06/2015, Ohio State Tournament, Columbus, Oh

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Splits on Sunday.
The No. 14 FSU indoor volleyball team swept Northern Illinois before falling to No. 22 Ohio State on Sunday.

COLUMBUS, OH – The No. 14 Florida State indoor volleyball team first defeated Northern Illinois in straight sets (25-23, 25-13, 25-19) on Sunday before falling to No. 22 Ohio State 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-13, 25-21) in the night cap of the 11th Annual D.C. Koehls Classic hosted by the Buckeyes in St. John Arena.

“We need to play better and with more consistency,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “There are parts of the game where we were improved but we aren’t playing as smart as we can be and it will be good to get home to get back to work.”

Junior outside hitter Katie Horton and sophomore right side hitter Milica Kubura were named to the all-tournament team.

“Katie was the most consistent player for us this weekend,” Poole said. “Milica had a solid weekend and was able to play as well as she did because our freshman setter, Brianne (Burkert) is figuring out how to set her and they’re connecting. It allows Mili to raise her level of play.”

Against Ohio State, senior outside hitter Nicole Walch registered a double-double with 21 kills and 10 digs. It was her third match with 20 or more kills in 2015.

Kubura put forth a big effort, hitting 14 kills for a career high .684 percent.

Junior setter Hailey Luke amassed 23 assists while freshman Brianne Burkert had 22 in her first career start. Sophomore libero Cecilie Woie was under 13 digs. Also contributing on defense was Horton with 15 digs. She also added eight kills and two blocks.

The Buckeyes started firing off the bat, jumping out to a seven-point lead. FSU cut it to four late but could not recover as OSU took the first 25-19, hitting .556 percent.

In the second, the tides were turned as the Seminoles went in front 6-0 to start the set. Ohio State pulled within three but the hot hand of Walch helped keep Florida State in front, closing out the set 25-18 as the Seminoles hit for .394 during the set.

Walch caught fire, swinging for 10 kills in the set and hitting for .429 percent through two sets.

Once again, Ohio State went up big in the third, stretching its lead to 10. FSU could not reset as OSU led from start to finish, taking the 2-1 match lead, 25-13.

Facing defeat the Seminoles started out with the lead before the Buckeyes took it over, 13-12 and following another kill, Poole called timeout down 2, 14-12. OSU stretched its lead to four, before two quick kills from Walch and Kubura cut it to two, 19-17 as Ohio State would use a timeout.

Off the break, OSU sided out, but Kubura answered with a strike of her own. Senior defensive specialist Laura Dadowski subbed in to serve and dished her second ace of the match, pulling within one, 20-19.

Kubura put away a strike for the 20-20 tie, but once again the Buckeyes had an answer for the sideout. After a tie at 21, the Buckeyes earned the sideout with before the Noles committed an error, falling behind by two 23-21 and Poole used his final timeout.

Off the break, OSU was too much, dishing an ace and putting up a block to take the 25-21 fourth set and 3-1 match win.

In the first match at 12 p.m. against the Huskies, Walch led the attack with 15 kills, hitting for .357 percent while contributing eight digs on top of a career-high of five aces.

Kubura had 11 kills (.333 percent) while Horton tallied nine, adding 10 digs.

Luke tallied 18 assists and Burkert amassed17 and two aces. Woie had nine digs.

The Seminoles opened the first trailing the Huskies, until they erased a five-point deficit to tie at 16. Following another stalemate at 17, FSU put together a 3-0 stretch for the 20-17 advantage.

Northern Illinois, kept it close pulling within one 21-20. The teams traded side outs before a kill from Walch teed up set point, up 24-22. Once again, the Huskies answered earning the side out, however they would commit an attacking error on the next play, giving the Noles the 1-0 match edge, 25-23.

In the second, FSU opened up a four-point lead after the 4-4 tie and kept firing, extending the advantage all the way to 10 points. The Noles would close out the second 25-13 for the 2-0 match lead.

The Huskies started off the third by building a five-point advantage, 15-10 before the Seminoles scored five straight points following back-to-back attacking errors to tie at 15.

However, NIU went back up by two, 18-16 after another pair of FSU mistakes.

On the next play, Kubura put away a shot and Walch registered two kills after an NIU error to grab a two-point edge 20-18, forcing the Huskies to call timeout.

The Seminoles would close out the third on a 4-0 stretch as redshirt junior middle blocker Sarah Burrington and Horton each contributed a kill while redshirt senior middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn fired three for the 25-19, straight set sweep.

“This team has a lot of potential,” Poole said. “We are committed to pushing them and making improvements. We have big expectations each season and I wouldexpect this team to keep improving. It will be great to be home the next two weeks and try and get better.”

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  9  3  23  0.261   1  0  0   1  10  0  0   0   0   9.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3 15  5  28  0.357   0  5  0   0   8  0  1   0   0  20.5
 8 Hailey Luke                3  1  0   1  1.000  18  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  4  0  11  0.364   1  0  0   0   2  2  3   0   0   7.5
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  4  3   9  0.111   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   4.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  3  0   5  0.600   1  1  1   0   1  0  2   0   0   5.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  1  0   1  1.000   5  0  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  17  2  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   2.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3 11  5  18  0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0  12.5
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   0.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 48 16  96  0.333  43  8  2   1  41  2 10   0   0  63.0
   Opp                        3 35 14 101  0.208  33  1  4   8  26  0 10   3   0  41.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
23
13
19

OHIO STATE 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
09/06/2015, COLUMBUS, OH, Ohio State Tournament

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Splits on Sunday.
The No. 14 FSU indoor volleyball team swept Northern Illinois before falling to No. 22 Ohio State on Sunday.

COLUMBUS, OH – The No. 14 Florida State indoor volleyball team first defeated Northern Illinois in straight sets (25-23, 25-13, 25-19) on Sunday before falling to No. 22 Ohio State 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-13, 25-21) in the night cap of the 11th Annual D.C. Koehls Classic hosted by the Buckeyes in St. John Arena.

“We need to play better and with more consistency,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “There are parts of the game where we were improved but we aren’t playing as smart as we can be and it will be good to get home to get back to work.”

Junior outside hitter Katie Horton and sophomore right side hitter Milica Kubura were named to the all-tournament team.

“Katie was the most consistent player for us this weekend,” Poole said. “Milica had a solid weekend and was able to play as well as she did because our freshman setter, Brianne (Burkert) is figuring out how to set her and they’re connecting. It allows Mili to raise her level of play.”

Against Ohio State, senior outside hitter Nicole Walch registered a double-double with 21 kills and 10 digs. It was her third match with 20 or more kills in 2015.

Kubura put forth a big effort, hitting 14 kills for a career high .684 percent.

Junior setter Hailey Luke amassed 23 assists while freshman Brianne Burkert had 22 in her first career start. Sophomore libero Cecilie Woie was under 13 digs. Also contributing on defense was Horton with 15 digs. She also added eight kills and two blocks.

The Buckeyes started firing off the bat, jumping out to a seven-point lead. FSU cut it to four late but could not recover as OSU took the first 25-19, hitting .556 percent.

In the second, the tides were turned as the Seminoles went in front 6-0 to start the set. Ohio State pulled within three but the hot hand of Walch helped keep Florida State in front, closing out the set 25-18 as the Seminoles hit for .394 during the set.

Walch caught fire, swinging for 10 kills in the set and hitting for .429 percent through two sets.

Once again, Ohio State went up big in the third, stretching its lead to 10. FSU could not reset as OSU led from start to finish, taking the 2-1 match lead, 25-13.

Facing defeat the Seminoles started out with the lead before the Buckeyes took it over, 13-12 and following another kill, Poole called timeout down 2, 14-12. OSU stretched its lead to four, before two quick kills from Walch and Kubura cut it to two, 19-17 as Ohio State would use a timeout.

Off the break, OSU sided out, but Kubura answered with a strike of her own. Senior defensive specialist Laura Dadowski subbed in to serve and dished her second ace of the match, pulling within one, 20-19.

Kubura put away a strike for the 20-20 tie, but once again the Buckeyes had an answer for the sideout. After a tie at 21, the Buckeyes earned the sideout with before the Noles committed an error, falling behind by two 23-21 and Poole used his final timeout.

Off the break, OSU was too much, dishing an ace and putting up a block to take the 25-21 fourth set and 3-1 match win.

In the first match at 12 p.m. against the Huskies, Walch led the attack with 15 kills, hitting for .357 percent while contributing eight digs on top of a career-high of five aces.

Kubura had 11 kills (.333 percent) while Horton tallied nine, adding 10 digs.

Luke tallied 18 assists and Burkert amassed17 and two aces. Woie had nine digs.

The Seminoles opened the first trailing the Huskies, until they erased a five-point deficit to tie at 16. Following another stalemate at 17, FSU put together a 3-0 stretch for the 20-17 advantage.

Northern Illinois, kept it close pulling within one 21-20. The teams traded side outs before a kill from Walch teed up set point, up 24-22. Once again, the Huskies answered earning the side out, however they would commit an attacking error on the next play, giving the Noles the 1-0 match edge, 25-23.

In the second, FSU opened up a four-point lead after the 4-4 tie and kept firing, extending the advantage all the way to 10 points. The Noles would close out the second 25-13 for the 2-0 match lead.

The Huskies started off the third by building a five-point advantage, 15-10 before the Seminoles scored five straight points following back-to-back attacking errors to tie at 15.

However, NIU went back up by two, 18-16 after another pair of FSU mistakes.

On the next play, Kubura put away a shot and Walch registered two kills after an NIU error to grab a two-point edge 20-18, forcing the Huskies to call timeout.

The Seminoles would close out the third on a 4-0 stretch as redshirt junior middle blocker Sarah Burrington and Horton each contributed a kill while redshirt senior middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn fired three for the 25-19, straight set sweep.

“This team has a lot of potential,” Poole said. “We are committed to pushing them and making improvements. We have big expectations each season and I wouldexpect this team to keep improving. It will be great to be home the next two weeks and try and get better.”

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4  8  4  23  0.174   2  1  2   2  15  0  2   0   0  10.0
 5 Nicole Walch               4 21  8  53  0.245   0  0  0   2  10  0  2   0   0  22.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   0  0.000  22  0  1   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 14  1  19  0.684   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0  14.0
12 Sarah Burrington           4  5  2  19  0.158   0  0  0   0   0  1  1   0   0   6.5
21 Melanie Keil               4  1  2   3 -0.333   1  0  2   0   3  0  3   0   0   2.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   5  0  0   1  13  0  0   0   0   0.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  1  0   2  0.500  23  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   1   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   2.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            4  4  2  16  0.125   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   1   0   4.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 54 19 135  0.259  53  3  5   6  59  1  8   1   1  62.0
   Opp                        4 61  8 137  0.387  54  6 11   3  52  3 16   2   0  78.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
19
25
13
21
OHIO STATE
25
18
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, COASTAL CAROLINA 0
09/11/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Seminole Invitational

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Dominate Chanticleers.
The No. 19 FSU indoor volleyball team swept Coastal Carolina on Friday in its home opener.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The 19th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team felt right at home on Friday night as it swept Coastal Carolina (25-15, 25-16, 25-10) to open the ALoft Seminole Invitational in Tully Gym, moving to 4-3 on the year.

"Playing in here with this crowd gives us such great energy," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "I don't think our fans realize what an advantage we have playing at home and our team loves to play for them and we really appreciate them coming out."

Junior middle blocker Melaine Keil and sophomore right side hitter Milica Kubura both led the attack, swatting nine kills for a .818 hitting percentage, while Keil led the blocking front with 5 total blocks. Redshirt senior middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn tallied four blocks.

"We just wanted to come out and play consistently," Keil said. "It's really important to do that and that's what we've been working on in practice. I thought we all did well with that tonight and that's what it's all about."

As a team the Seminoles hit .479 percent on the night, which is the fourth best total in school history.

Junior setter Hailey Luke amassed 17 assists while freshman Brianne Burkert produced 14. Sophomore libero Cecilie Woie was under eight digs.

"One of the things we talked about last week was we were very inconsistent," Poole said. "Our level was a roller coaster and that's something we've focused on this week - trying to stay consistent and stay in a grove longer rather than allowing a mistake."

In the first, the Seminoles jumped out to an 8-3 lead while riding a 6-1 run before Coastal called timeout. Out of the break Coastal earned the sideout, however FSU extended its lead to eight, 18-10 before the Chanticleers called another timeout.

Coastal produced a 4-2 swing and Poole decided to take a timeout up 20-14.

Florida State kept its distance, closing out the first set following a 5-1 stretch, 25-15 for the 1-0 lead.

The second set teetered back and forth before the Seminoles went on an eight-point bombardment to pull ahead 15-9, forcing Coastal into a timeout.

FSU extended its lead to 10 before redshirt junior middle blocker Mara Green made her return after a year absence to put it away, 25-16.

Florida State opened up another huge lead in the third, going up by as many as 10 early, 13-3. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Christina Ambrose made her debut in the Garnet and Gold by subbing in and stringing together three kills for the 18-5 lead.

Senior defensive specialist Caroline Dadowski subbed in to serve up 23-9 and the Chanticleers would commit an error, teeing up match point 25-9.

Coastal Carolina would earn the side out, but Keil put down her ninth kill to end the match for the 3-0 sweep, 25-10.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  5  0   9  0.556   0  0  0   1   7  0  1   0   0   5.5
 5 Nicole Walch               3  6  1  11  0.455   2  1  1   0   6  0  2   0   0   8.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  17  1  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  5  0   8  0.625   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   6.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  1  3  12 -0.167   0  0  0   0   1  0  4   0   0   3.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  9  0  11  0.818   2  0  0   0   2  0  5   0   0  11.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   1  0.000   1  2  1   0   8  0  0   0   0   2.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  14  1  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  9  0  11  0.818   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   9.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Christina Ambrose          2  3  0   5  0.600   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   3.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               2  1  1   4  0.000   0  0  0   1   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
35 Mara Green                 1  1  0   1  1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 40  5  73  0.479  36  5  3   2  38  0 14   0   0  52.0
   Opp                        3 30 18  91  0.132  27  2  8   5  25  1  0   2   1  33.0


  1 2 3
COASTAL CAROLINA
15
16
10
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, FLORIDA A&M 0
09/12/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Seminole Invitational

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Dominate Rattlers, Musketeers to Win Aloft Invitational.
The No. 19 FSU indoor volleyball team swept Florida A&M and Xavier on Saturday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The 19th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team put up its third-straight 3-0 sweep after defeating Xavier (25-21, 26-24, 25-15) and Florida A&M (25-15, 25-16, 28-26) on Saturday, closing out the Aloft Seminole Invitational in first place. The Seminoles are now 6-3 on the season.

"We had a few times where we had to come back at the end to win sets this weekend," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "It's really important to be able to do that. It builds character. Any time you're able to go through some adversity is good. I felt that we played hard the last couple of weeks, we just didn't play smart."

Sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton, junior middle blocker Melanie Keil and sophomore outside hitter Milica Kubura were named to the all-tournament team.

Senior outside hitter Nicole Walch led the attack against Xavier with 10 kills, while redshirt junior middle blocker Sarah Burrington amassed eight, contributing six blocks. In addition to Burrington, redshirt senior middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn added four blocks, including one solo, while Keil contributed two solo stops.

Junior setter Hailey Luke tallied 18 assists, while freshman setter Brianne Burkert had 12 assists, nine digs and an ace. Sophomore libero Cecilie Woie contributed 16 digs and Horton registered 14.

In the first, Xavier jumped out to a 6-2 lead but would pull ahead on a 6-1 stretch for the 8-7 edge.

The Seminoles pulled ahead by three, 13-10 however the Musketeers relied on a pair of heavy kills to pull within one. FSU answered with three straight points forcing Xavier into a timeout.

Off the break, Xavier sided out with two quick strikes and Coach Poole decided to use a timeout up 16-14.

The Noles settled down as Walch put down the sideout after a long rally. That play was followed by an error by Xavier, however the Musketeers went on a 3-0 charge to pull within one, 18-17.

Burkert went on serve to fuel a 4-0 run for the 22-18 lead and Xavier would use its final timeout.

Senior Laura Dadowski subbed in to serve and would tee up set point, 24-19, however Xavier fought back with two consecutive points and Poole would use his second timeout.

Off the break, Burkert found Burrington who would put a shot away to the right side for the 25-20 first set win.

FSU started in a four-point hole but quickly pulled in front 8-7 before Xavier went on a 5-0 stretch. FSU called timeout down 12-8.

Out of the break, Xavier committed a service and attacking error before Burrington put away a chance down the middle pulling within one, 12-11. Xavier would use their first timeout.

Xavier earned three more points forcing FSU out of sync to move ahead 15-11 before Horton sidedout with a kill.

FSU came back to tie it at 17 but the next play was a long rally that favored the Musketeers as they would tack on two more points before Poole used his final timeout trailing by three, 20-17.

After the break, Xavier added to its run, 23-17 before Kubura found the back corner for the side out.

Walch went on serve, putting two in play that were tough to handle forcing Xavier to commit an attacking error and Kubura to put an easy shot away.

Xavier would use its timeout up 23-21.

Walch kept up the solid serving as the Seminoles rode a 7-0 surge to capture set point, 24-23, however Xavier sided out, tying it at 24.

On the next play, Xavier committed a service error and Dadowski would come in to serve again. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native would put a clean serve in play that would lead to a Xavier miscommunication, giving the Noles the 2-0 edge 26-24.

In the third, Vaughn came out hot with two blocks and two kills helping the Noles to an 10-5 early lead.

The Noles used the block to extend the lead, forcing Xavier to call timeout with FSU up 11-6.

Florida State continued to roll and redshirt freshman Kacey Saunier subbed into the match and provided a quick lift on defense, registering three digs as the Seminoles closed out the third, 25-15 for their third straight 3-0 sweep.

"I saw some great chemistry here this weekend," Poole said. "I think we met some adversity, we kept fighting and trying to find a way to win and it's really important to do that because you don't want to feel like you've got the match in control and then you give a set away. You want to be fighting and I felt we worked hard all weekend."

The Seminoles started the day playing at Florida A&M with redshirt freshman outside hitter Christina Ambrose leading the attack with 10 kills, while senior outside hitter Karlie Hauer put up six in addition to registering a career high, 11 digs.

In addition redshirt junior middle blocker Mara Green tallied seven kills on eight attempts (.875), while registering seven blocks.

The Seminoles put up 15 total blocks with Keil adding eight and Vaughn tallied five.

Burkert amassed 22 assists and Luke had 17. Woie was under 11 digs.

"The team has gained a lot over the past few weeks," Poole said. "We've been very specific on some things and now if we can just keep building on that we'll be good."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 5 Nicole Walch               1  1  1   4  0.000   0  0  0   0   3  0  1   0   0   1.5
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  13  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  7  2  20  0.250   0  0  0   0   1  0  5   1   0   9.5
20 Karlie Hauer               3  6  3  15  0.200   0  1  1   0  11  0  4   1   0   9.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  3  1  11  0.182   0  0  0   0   1  0  8   0   0   7.0
35 Mara Green                 3  7  0   8  0.875   0  0  0   0   0  0  7   0   0  10.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  1   0  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   1  0.000  22  1  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  7  3  19  0.211   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0   8.5
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Christina Ambrose          3 10  4  28  0.214   0  0  1   2   3  0  2   0   0  11.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 41 14 106  0.255  38  2  3   3  41  0 30   2   0  58.0
   Opp                        3 34 25 110  0.082  32  3  8   2  47  0  8   0   1  41.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
28
FLORIDA A&M
15
16
26

FLORIDA STATE 3, XAVIER 0
09/12/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Seminole Invitational

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Dominate Rattlers, Musketeers to Win Aloft Invitational.
The No. 19 FSU indoor volleyball team swept Florida A&M and Xavier on Saturday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The 19th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team put up its third-straight 3-0 sweep after defeating Xavier (25-21, 26-24, 25-15) and Florida A&M (25-15, 25-16, 28-26) on Saturday, closing out the Aloft Seminole Invitational in first place. The Seminoles are now 6-3 on the season.

"We had a few times where we had to come back at the end to win sets this weekend," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "It's really important to be able to do that. It builds character. Any time you're able to go through some adversity is good. I felt that we played hard the last couple of weeks, we just didn't play smart."

Sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton, junior middle blocker Melanie Keil and sophomore outside hitter Milica Kubura were named to the all-tournament team.

Senior outside hitter Nicole Walch led the attack against Xavier with 10 kills, while redshirt junior middle blocker Sarah Burrington amassed eight, contributing six blocks. In addition to Burrington, redshirt senior middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn added four blocks, including one solo, while Keil contributed two solo stops.

Junior setter Hailey Luke tallied 18 assists, while freshman setter Brianne Burkert had 12 assists, nine digs and an ace. Sophomore libero Cecilie Woie contributed 16 digs and Horton registered 14.

In the first, Xavier jumped out to a 6-2 lead but would pull ahead on a 6-1 stretch for the 8-7 edge.

The Seminoles pulled ahead by three, 13-10 however the Musketeers relied on a pair of heavy kills to pull within one. FSU answered with three straight points forcing Xavier into a timeout.

Off the break, Xavier sided out with two quick strikes and Coach Poole decided to use a timeout up 16-14.

The Noles settled down as Walch put down the sideout after a long rally. That play was followed by an error by Xavier, however the Musketeers went on a 3-0 charge to pull within one, 18-17.

Burkert went on serve to fuel a 4-0 run for the 22-18 lead and Xavier would use its final timeout.

Senior Laura Dadowski subbed in to serve and would tee up set point, 24-19, however Xavier fought back with two consecutive points and Poole would use his second timeout.

Off the break, Burkert found Burrington who would put a shot away to the right side for the 25-20 first set win.

FSU started in a four-point hole but quickly pulled in front 8-7 before Xavier went on a 5-0 stretch. FSU called timeout down 12-8.

Out of the break, Xavier committed a service and attacking error before Burrington put away a chance down the middle pulling within one, 12-11. Xavier would use their first timeout.

Xavier earned three more points forcing FSU out of sync to move ahead 15-11 before Horton sidedout with a kill.

FSU came back to tie it at 17 but the next play was a long rally that favored the Musketeers as they would tack on two more points before Poole used his final timeout trailing by three, 20-17.

After the break, Xavier added to its run, 23-17 before Kubura found the back corner for the side out.

Walch went on serve, putting two in play that were tough to handle forcing Xavier to commit an attacking error and Kubura to put an easy shot away.

Xavier would use its timeout up 23-21.

Walch kept up the solid serving as the Seminoles rode a 7-0 surge to capture set point, 24-23, however Xavier sided out, tying it at 24.

On the next play, Xavier committed a service error and Dadowski would come in to serve again. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native would put a clean serve in play that would lead to a Xavier miscommunication, giving the Noles the 2-0 edge 26-24.

In the third, Vaughn came out hot with two blocks and two kills helping the Noles to an 10-5 early lead.

The Noles used the block to extend the lead, forcing Xavier to call timeout with FSU up 11-6.

Florida State continued to roll and redshirt freshman Kacey Saunier subbed into the match and provided a quick lift on defense, registering three digs as the Seminoles closed out the third, 25-15 for their third straight 3-0 sweep.

"I saw some great chemistry here this weekend," Poole said. "I think we met some adversity, we kept fighting and trying to find a way to win and it's really important to do that because you don't want to feel like you've got the match in control and then you give a set away. You want to be fighting and I felt we worked hard all weekend."

The Seminoles started the day playing at Florida A&M with redshirt freshman outside hitter Christina Ambrose leading the attack with 10 kills, while senior outside hitter Karlie Hauer put up six in addition to registering a career high, 11 digs.

In addition redshirt junior middle blocker Mara Green tallied seven kills on eight attempts (.875), while registering seven blocks.

The Seminoles put up 15 total blocks with Keil adding eight and Vaughn tallied five.

Burkert amassed 22 assists and Luke had 17. Woie was under 11 digs.

"The team has gained a lot over the past few weeks," Poole said. "We've been very specific on some things and now if we can just keep building on that we'll be good."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  4  0  13  0.308   3  0  0   2  14  0  1   0   0   4.5
 5 Nicole Walch               3 10  5  26  0.192   0  1  0   1   1  0  1   0   0  11.5
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  18  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  8  2  16  0.375   0  0  0   0   0  0  6   1   0  11.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  7  2  13  0.385   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   0   0  10.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  6  2  14  0.286   2  0  0   0   2  2  2   0   0   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   1  16  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  12  1  1   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  8  1  18  0.389   1  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   9.5
11 Kacey Saunier              1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 43 12 100  0.310  38  2  1   4  46  3 17   1   0  56.5
   Opp                        3 41 23 117  0.154  41  4  6   2  43  1 12   0   1  52.0


  1 2 3
XAVIER
21
24
15
FLORIDA STATE
25
26
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, TEXAS A&M 1
09/18/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Vaughn, Walch Lead Noles to Four-Set Victory Over Aggies.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The 18th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team moved its current winning streak to four matches and their homecourt streak to 32 matches following a 25-20, 25-12, 21-25, 25-16 victory over visiting Texas A&M at Tully Gymnasium on Friday evening.

The senior tandem of Katie Walch (18 kills) and Mercedes Vaughn (14 kills) led the way for a Florida State (7-3) unit that finished with 61 kills and a .336 attack percentage. Vaughn was the most efficient individual with a .609 hitting percentage.

Walch completed a double-double performance with a team-high 16 digs, while Katie Horton added 12 and Cecilie Woie contributed 10. FSU also capitalized on 22 assisted blocks, led by Melanie Keil’s seven and Walch’s five.

Texas A&M (6-4) received a pair of double-digit kill performances by Emily Hardesty (12) and Kiara McGee (10). Amy Nettles led the Aggies with 16 digs, while Ashlie Reasor and Jazzmin Babers shared the team-high with four assisted blocks each.

Florida State used a series of kills by Horton to break an eight-all tie early in the tightly contested first set as it jumped out to a 17-11 lead. The 9-3 run was highlighted by a Hailey Luke service ace and timely kills by Sarah Burrington and Keil, all while the Noles capitalized on five errors by the Aggies.

FSU stretched the advantage to a game high seven, 20-13, as it coupled a Horton kill with an error by the Aggies’ Emily Hardesty. A brief rally by Texas A&M trimmed the score to 21-18, but kills down the stretch by Milicia Kubura, Burrington and Mercedes Vaughn gave Florida State the 25-20 win.

Walch provided Florida State the early 9-3 lead in the second set as she drove home three kills, forcing Texas A&M to burn its first timeout. The Noles domination continued as they combined four kills with four unforced Aggie errors, assuming a 19-9 advantage.

The Aggies quickly reached double figures following their final timeout of the second set, however it was a pair of kills by Vaughn and consecutive service aces by Brianne Burkert that made for the 25-12 decision.

Six kills by the Seminoles early in the third set, including three off the hand of Walch, provided FSU with a 9-5 advantage. The Noles remained in front until a kill by the Aggies’ Babers, coupled with unforced FSU errors, opened the door for a 15-14 Texas A&M lead.

The Aggies forged past three ties in a six-point stretch deep in the third set by using four kills, including two from Kaysie Shebeneck, to complete the 25-21 victory.

The two teams reached a 10-all deadlock in the fourth set, following a kill by Kubura, before FSU put together a 7-1 run to move in front by six. The run consisted of five kills, two from Bullington, as well as Horton service ace. The Noles allowed just five points over the remainder of the set, capitalizing on four points in serve by Burkert, as they earned their fourth straight win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 11  1  26  0.385   0  2  1   0  12  0  2   0   0  14.0
 5 Nicole Walch               4 18 10  45  0.178   1  0  0   0  16  0  5   0   0  20.5
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  27  1  0   0   6  0  0   0   1   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           4  7  1  11  0.545   1  0  0   0   0  0  4   0   0   9.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            4 14  0  23  0.609   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0  15.5
21 Melanie Keil               4  2  1   8  0.125   0  0  1   0   3  1  7   0   0   6.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   6  1  0   1  10  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   0  0.000  20  3  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   3.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4  9  3  21  0.286   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   9.5
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Christina Ambrose          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 61 16 134  0.336  55  7  3   1  57  1 22   0   1  80.0
   Opp                        4 47 18 127  0.228  44  1  8   7  52  2 10   1   0  55.0


  1 2 3 4
TEXAS A&M
20
12
25
16
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
21
25

FLORIDA 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
09/20/2015, GAINESVILLE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Walch, Noles Unable to Top No. 5 Gators.

GAINESVILLE, FL -- The 18th ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team remains in search of its first victory over a ranked opponent this season after suffering a 25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 25-20 setback to No. 5 Florida on Sunday evening at the O’Connell Center.

Simone Antwi, who finished with 14 kills and a .542 attack percentage, led Florida offensively. Joining her double-digit kills were Rhamat Alhassan (12 kills), Carli Snyder (11) and Gabby Mallette (10).

Antwi completed her solid performance with five assisted blocks and joined Nikki O’Rourke, who tallied 24 digs, among defensive standouts for the Gators.

Florida State’s Nicole Walch recorded a match-high 20 kills in her final regular season meeting against the Gators. Walch, who finished with a .311 attack percentage, was joined in double figure kills by Mercedes Vaughn (15). Vaughn, with a .344 attack percentage, was one of three Seminoles, along with Sarah Burrington (.333), to top the .300 mark.

“The effort was good tonight but the execution was very poor,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We have to get better with our first touches on the ball. Florida played great, however we need to take care of opportunities presented to us.”

The Seminoles, who at one point trailed 13-6 in the opening set, put together an 11-4 run midway through the contest to knot the game at 17-all. The scoring run, bookended by kills from Milicia Kubura, included four kills by Walch and five unforced Florida errors.

FSU grabbed its first lead of the set, 19-18, following an attack error by Carli Snyder. The Seminoles converted four kills among the final six points, including the final two of the game by Walch, to complete the 25-22 victory.

In the second set Florida again jumped out to the early lead, 4-0, behind a series of kills by Alex Holston and Antwi. FSU trimmed the deficit to two behind kills from Vaughn, however a series of unforced attack errors allowed the Gators to stretch the lead to 12-6, forcing a Seminole timeout.

Kills by Holston and Antwi countered strikes by the duo of Katie Horton and Vaughn as Florida maintained a seven-point lead, leading to the second FSU timeout at 18-11. A late rally by the Seminoles, with Laura Dadowski in serve, was not enough as Florida earned the 25-18 win.

The two teams battled for supremacy in the third set as they fought to five ties in the first 28 points. Neither team was able to establish greater than a two-point lead until a kill by Burrington gave FSU an 18-15 advantage.

Tied at 19 deep in the third, Florida used a service ace by O’Rourke and a kill from Holston regain the momentum with a 22-20 lead, pushing Florida State to use its final timeout. The Seminoles managed just one point, a kill by Walch, for the remainder of the game as the Gators completed the 25-21 win.

The back-and-forth battle continued into the fourth set as the two teams reached a six-all deadlock following a kill by Alhassan. FSU answered with back-to-back kills by Walch and Kubura as the Noles moved in front by three. Florida retaliated with a 9-6 run of its own, which included kills by Alhassan, Holston and Mackenzie Dagostino to make for a 15-15 contest.

Florida managed to open up a three-point lead on successive kills by Mackenzie Dagostino and Mallette, forcing Poole to spend the first FSU timeout. Despite committing back-to-back attack errors, the Gators remained in front 21-18 with an error by the Noles. Three kills in the final six points, including the game winner by O’Rourke, gave Florida the 25-20 decision.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4  8  3  37  0.135   2  0  0   0   8  0  2   0   0   9.0
 5 Nicole Walch               4 20  6  45  0.311   0  1  1   0  14  0  1   0   0  21.5
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  22  1  0   0  14  0  0   0   0   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           4  7  2  15  0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  4   0   0   9.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            4 15  4  32  0.344   1  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0  15.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  3  2  13  0.077   0  0  1   0   2  0  1   0   0   3.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   6  0  1   6  11  0  1   0   0   0.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   1  0.000  23  0  1   0  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4  6  7  25 -0.040   1  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   7.5
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  2   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
20 Karlie Hauer               1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
35 Mara Green                 1  0  1   1 -1.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   1   0   0.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 59 25 169  0.201  56  3  6   7  64  0 12   1   0  68.0
   Opp                        4 59 15 144  0.306  52  7  6   3  71  0 30   3   1  81.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
18
21
20
FLORIDA
22
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, MIAMI 2
09/23/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Post Five Set Winner Over Canes.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – A series of Nicole Walch kills in the final three points of a five-set thriller pushed 17th ranked Florida State past rival Miami on Wednesday evening by scores of 25-20, 25-21, 19-25, 20-25 and 15-11. The victory moved the Seminoles’ record to 37 straight wins at Tully Gymnasium and extended their streak in ACC openers to 10 in a row, dating back to the 2005 campaign.

Walch was the offensive sparkplug for the Noles (8-4, 1- 0 ACC) as she contributed 15 kills and a .402 attack percentage. She was joined in double figures by Katie Horton (11 kills), who posted a .346 attack percentage to go along with five kills.

Defensively, FSU was led by the combination of Cecilie Woie (10 digs) and Sarah Burrington, who finished with a match-high eight assisted blocks.

Miami’s offensive attack was keyed by four players in double figure kills, including Taylor Scott’s match-high 20. Rounding out the front row for the Canes was Olga Strantzali (17 kills), Kelsie Groot (13) and Alexis Mourning (11) as they finished with a 64-54 edge in total kills.

The Canes (7-4, 0-1) received solid defensive performances from Strantzali (12 digs), Kalysta White (11 digs) and Kelsie Groot who tallied five assisted blocks.

After each team captured back-to-back sets in the match, the fifth game was nip and tuck through the first 18 points, resulting in a nine-all deadlock. A kill by Vaughn, quickly followed by a service ace from Karlie Hauer, provided Florida State with a two-point lead, forcing a Miami timeout.

The Noles distanced themselves on the next two possessions by forcing consecutive attack errors stretching the advantage to 13-9 before a second Canes timeout. It was there that Walch stepped up for Florida State as she sent two kills past the Miami defense to complete the 15-11 win.

The Noles victory is the 27th all-time against the in-state rival Hurricanes and fourth in as many meetings. That marks the first time, by either team, one unit has won four consecutive matches.

Florida State jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the first set on a pair of unforced Miami errors. However, the Canes retaliated with a five unanswered points, behind the service game of Mourning, to assume a three-point advantage. The Noles regrouped, after a timeout by head coach Chris Poole, and regained the lead for good on a kill by Burrington.

Later in the set, with Woie in serve, the Seminoles stretched their lead to three before a strike by Groot, coupled with an assisted block alongside her teammate Lucia Pampana, trimmed the margin to 19-18. Florida State responded by taking advantage of a Miami service error and used timely kills by Luke and Burrington down the stretch to earn the 25-20 win.

Miami capitalized on seven kills, including three off the hand of Scott, as it took a 12-7 lead early in the second set. The Canes kept the five-point advantage intact until a series of kills from the front row tandem of Horton and Burrington brought the game to a 16-16 deadlock.

The game reached a climatic 20-all tie, following a kill by Mourning, but it was three kills in the final five points by Horton that provided FSU the two-set lead by virtue of the 25-21 victory.

Florida State grabbed momentum early in the third set, combining five kills from Melanie Kiel and Burrington, along four unforced errors by Miami, to open up a 12-6 lead.

Three kills by Walch stretched the FSU lead to seven, 16-9, before the Canes retaliated with a 9-2 run to draw the contest even at 18-all. Among the nine Miami points were a Taylor Scott kill, a Strantzali ace and three unforced Seminole errors. Florida State converted just one kill over the final eight points of the set as Miami closed out the 25-19 win.

Miami controlled the fourth set from the early going, establishing a 13-8 lead on the Noles behind the three kill performances of Mourning and Groot. The Canes extended the advantage to seven, 19-12, with Scott in serve as the senior accounted for four straight points.

Three Mercedes Vaughn kills in the latter stages of the set were not enough to stave off the Miami comeback as the Canes knotted the match at 2-2 with a 25-20 decision.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 11  2  26  0.346   0  0  2   0   5  0  0   0   0  11.0
 5 Nicole Walch               5 15  2  32  0.406   0  1  1   3   5  0  2   0   0  17.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  1  0   2  0.500  22  2  1   0   2  0  0   0   0   3.0
12 Sarah Burrington           5  7  2  16  0.313   0  0  0   0   0  0  8   0   0  11.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            5  7  1  14  0.429   1  0  0   0   2  0  5   0   0   9.5
21 Melanie Keil               5  6  2  15  0.267   0  0  0   0   2  0  3   1   0   7.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  1   1  10  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  0  1   1 -1.000  25  1  0   0   7  0  0   0   1   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5  5  8  21 -0.143   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0   6.5
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Christina Ambrose          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             5  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               2  2  0   5  0.400   1  1  0   0   2  0  2   0   0   4.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 54 18 132  0.273  51  5  6   4  39  0 23   1   1  70.5
   Opp                        5 64 28 141  0.255  60  4 12   5  52  0 16   0   1  76.0


  1 2 3 4 5
MIAMI
20
21
25
25
11
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
19
20
15

FLORIDA STATE 3, NOTRE DAME 0
09/27/2015, SOUTH BEND, IN

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Completes Sweep of Notre Dame.

SOUTH BEND, IN – Behind by the efforts Nicole Walch, Sarah Burrington and Katie Horton the 17th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team earned its sixth three-game sweep of the season as the Noles downed ACC foe Notre Dame by scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-12 at Purcell Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.

Walch finished with a match-high nine kills, including a .375 attack percentage, while Burrington added eight and Horton tallied seven. Burrington was also active on defense with seven assisted blocks. The trio gave FSU a 38-29 edge in total kills and helped move the Seminoles to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Sydney Kuhn was the top individual performer for the Irish with nine digs and eight kills. She was joined offensively by Rebecca Nunge and Sam Fry with six kills apiece. Notre Dame, who has now lost four straight dating back to Sept. 18, drops to 5-9 overall and 0-2 in ACC action.

“We are glad to get a win on the road,” said head coach Chris Poole. “There are a lot of crazy results this year and you have to feel fortunate for the win. We are now five weeks into the season and need to be make more improvements. Our expectations are still very high and our staff is going to work hard to make the adjustments we need to succeed.”

The two teams traded points throughout the early stages of the first game as battled to a 12-all tie following a service error by Notre Dame’s Kelly Byrne. Florida State capitalized on the miscue with kills by Walch, Mercedes Vaughn and Melanie Kiel to forge ahead 20-16 and force the second Irish timeout.

Florida State’s lead eventually ballooned to six, following a service ace by Walch, as the Noles closed out the five-point victory behind back-to-back Notre Dame unforced errors.

Notre Dame seemingly cleaned up the errors that plagued it throughout the opening set by jumping out to a 13-5 advantage early in the second game. However, attack errors by Fry and Maddie Plumlee, coupled with four kills from Katie Horton, brought the game to a 14-14 deadlock.

Four points and two ties later, with the contest knotted at 16-all, Florida State used three unforced errors with Horton in serve to open up a three-point advantage. Walch then stepped up and converted three kills in the final six points of the set to give the Noles a 2-0 advantage.

Florida State seized the opportunity to win its fifth straight match in as meetings with the Irish early in the third set. A kill by Burrington, followed by five points with Cecilie Woie in serve, provided the Seminoles with a 9-2 lead.

FSU’s domination continued with three kills by Milica Kubura as the Irish were forced to exhaust their second timeout trailing 14-5. Three kills from Horton combined with four Irish errors resulted in a 23-9 Noles advantage in the latter stages as FSU completed the sweep.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  7  3  16  0.250   0  0  1   0   1  0  3   0   0   8.5
 5 Nicole Walch               3  9  3  16  0.375   1  2  1   1   5  1  1   0   0  12.5
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  15  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  8  2  16  0.375   0  0  0   0   2  0  7   0   0  11.5
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  4  1   7  0.429   0  0  0   0   2  0  5   1   0   6.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  3  1   7  0.286   0  1  0   0   0  0  4   0   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   6  0  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            2  0  0   0  0.000   7  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  6  2   8  0.500   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   6.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               3  1  1   7  0.000   0  0  0   1   2  0  1   0   0   1.5
22 Karyn Israel               2  0  0   0  0.000   7  0  3   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
35 Mara Green                 2  0  2   4 -0.500   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   1   0   0.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 38 15  81  0.284  36  3  5   3  30  1 22   2   0  53.0
   Opp                        3 29 24  93  0.054  28  3  4   3  25  2 10   2   5  39.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
NOTRE DAME
20
21
12

FLORIDA STATE 3, CLEMSON 0
10/02/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Sweep Clemson, Remain Undefeated in ACC.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The 17th-ranked Florida State volleyball team extended its homecourt winning streak to 38 matches following a 25-22, 25-15, 25-15 sweep of Clemson on Friday evening at Tully Gymnasium.

Senior Nicole Walch, honored prior to the match for reaching 1,000 career kills, added to her total as she tallied a match-high 13 kills and a .480 attack percentage. She was joined on the front row by Katie Horton who completed her third double-double of the season with 13 digs and 11 kills.

The Noles, who improved to 10-4 overall and 3-0 in ACC action, also got solid performances from Hailey Luke (21 assists, nine digs, two service aces), Cecilie Woie (nine digs) and Sarah Burrington (six assisted blocks) who teamed with Horton to give FSU a 16-6 edge in assisted blocks.

The Clemson (5-11, 0-3 ACC) lineup was highlighted offensively by Leah Perri (10 kills) and Kailey Harvell (seven). On defense the Tigers were paced by Keelie Arneson's 15 digs. That performance moved her into the top 25 among the NCAA all-time digs leaders.

"We had a great crowd tonight and it was great to get another three-set sweep," said head coach Chris Poole. "We are a work in progress and need to get better offensively with our pass set hit. However, we are still doing a lot of good things and making overall improvements."

FSU opened the decisive third set with a 10-6 lead behind two kills by Walch and a pair of unforced Tiger errors with Brianne Burkert in serve. Clemson retaliated with a 7-1 run, highlighted by two Arneson aces and a Sydney Moseley kill as they assume the 13-11 advantage.

Three kills off the hand of Horton along with two service aces by Luke allowed Florida State to regain the lead, 21-14, forcing the second Clemson timeout of the game. The Noles continued to take advantage of Luke's service game, forcing two errors by the Tigers as they completed the 10-point win.

Florida State controlled the tempo throughout the second set after streaking out to a 14-4 advantage due in large part to seven unforced Clemson errors and four kills off the hand of Walch. The Noles preserved their 10-point advantage with timely kills by Melanie Keil and Mara Green, despite committing a series of unforced errors that allowed the Tigers to make for a 21-11 contest.

Clemson made a late push, pulling within seven, behind three points from the service game of Kate Federico. However, a kill by Christina Ambrose coupled with a series of Tiger attack errors made for the 10-point decision.

The Seminoles got off to a solid start in the opening set, using three Horton kills in the first seven points to establish a 6-1 advantage. However, Clemson used four kills from Perri and two by Kailey Harvell to spark an 11-6 run that eventually knotted the game at 12-all.

The Noles then capitalized on four kills, including two by Walch, as the two teams battled through four ties to reach an 18-18 deadlock. FSU forced Clemson into committing two attack errors, taking a two-point advantage, as the Tigers burned their first timeout. A series of kills down the stretch by Walch and Keil gave the Seminoles the 25-22 victory.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3 11  3  22  0.364   0  1  1   2  13  0  2   0   0  13.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3 13  1  25  0.480   0  0  2   1   7  0  1   1   0  13.5
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  21  2  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   2.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  4  3  10  0.100   0  0  0   0   0  0  6   1   0   7.0
20 Karlie Hauer               3  1  1   6  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   2.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  3  1   8  0.250   0  0  2   0   0  0  2   0   0   4.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   4  1  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  12  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   1   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              2  2  2   6  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   2.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Christina Ambrose          2  1  1   6  0.000   0  0  0   1   2  0  0   0   0   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
35 Mara Green                 2  4  2   9  0.222   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   5.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 39 14  93  0.269  37  4  6   4  46  0 16   2   1  51.0
   Opp                        3 24 25 103 -0.010  22  4  3   4  38  0  6   0   1  31.0


  1 2 3
CLEMSON
22
15
15
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, GEORGIA TECH 0
10/04/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Down Georgia Tech for Eighth Sweep of Season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Led by Nicole Walch, Sarah Burrington and Katie Horton, the 17th-ranked Florida State volleyball team remained unbeaten in ACC play as it completed a 25-22, 25-20 and 25-13 sweep of Georgia Tech on Sunday.

The victory, Florida State's eighth by virtue of a sweep this season, also extended the homecourt winning streak at Tully Gymnasium to 39 matches with the Noles (11-4, 4-0 ACC) playing their next four matches on the road in state of North Carolina.

Walch led the way for the Noles by posting 14 kills and an impressive .542 attack percentage. The duo of Burrington and Horton, who tallied eight kills apiece, along with Hailey Luke (26 assists) guided FSU to 47 team kills and a .313 attack percentage.

Defensively, the Noles were highlighted on the front row by performances from Melanie Keil (eight assisted blocks) and Walch (four). Teammate Cecilie Woie supported the effort with 13 digs from the back row.

"We appreciate the fans that came out to support our program this weekend," said head coach Chris Poole. "It means a lot to the palyers to have great fan support and Tully Gym has become a great place to play a volleyball match.

"We weren't perfect this weekend but we are making great strides," added Poole. "The girls are working hard and there is an attention to detail that will make a difference as the season progresses."

Annika Van Gunst and Lauren Pitz led Georgia Tech with eight and six kills, respectively. Overall the Yellow Jackets' offensive attack struggled throughout the match, finishing with 21 errors en route to a .077 hitting percentage. Defensively, Georgia Tech (11-5, 2-2 ACC) was guided by London Ackermann (13 digs) and Teegan Van Gunst (10).

Four service aces, including two by Woie, coupled with multiple kills by Walch, Burrington and Mara Green allowed Florida State to establish a 20-7 advantage in the third set. The Seminoles forced Georgia Tech into committing five errors during the run, as they moved within five of their third sweep in ACC action.

Walch reached 1,200 career kills among her four strikes in the third set as she sits just outside the school's top 10 career kill list with 1,201. Teammate Christina Ambrose helped Florida State close out the third set victory with four kills in the final 10 points as the team posted a .361 attack percentage with 15 kills and two miscues in the decisive set.

Horton proved to be the difference early in the second set for Florida State as she tallied four points in serve along and added a kill to provide an 8-2 lead. Georgia Tech retaliated by scoring nine of the next 15 points, including two kills from Pitz, to make for a three-point affair.

Three FSU kills among the next six points, including strikes by Karlie Hauer and Burrington, stretched the lead to seven, 20-13. Additional kills by Horton and Melanie Keil kept the Seminoles offense clicking on all cylinders as they moved within one point of the win. After six unanswered points by the Yellow Jackets, which included three FSU unforced errors, Horton capped off the Seminoles win with a kill.

A series of kills by Keil and Milica Kubura, along with two unforced errors by Georgia Tech, allowed Florida State to establish an early four-point advantage in the first set. The lead grew to 15-10, behind kills by Walch and Sarah Burrington, forcing a Yellow Jacket timeout.

Georgia Tech responded with an 8-4 run, capitalizing on a Pitz kill and three unforced Seminole errors, to make for a 19-18 contest. But it was kills down the stretch by Horton and Walch that proved to be the difference in the three-point victory for FSU.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  8  2  27  0.222   1  0  1   1   9  0  1   0   0   8.5
 5 Nicole Walch               3 14  1  24  0.542   0  0  1   1   7  0  4   0   0  16.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   1  0.000  26  2  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   2.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  8  1  17  0.412   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   1   0   9.0
20 Karlie Hauer               3  3  2  13  0.077   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   4.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  3  1   8  0.250   0  0  0   0   1  0  8   0   0   7.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   1  0.000   2  2  0   0  13  0  0   0   0   2.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   1  0.000  13  1  2   0   5  0  0   0   1   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              2  5  4  13  0.077   0  0  0   0   2  1  2   0   0   7.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Christina Ambrose          1  4  0   6  0.667   0  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   4.0
11 Kacey Saunier              1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Karyn Israel               1  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
35 Mara Green                 1  2  0   4  0.500   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   3.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 47 11 115  0.313  45  5  5   2  47  1 21   1   1  63.5
   Opp                        3 29 21 104  0.077  28  2  0   5  49  0  6   1   1  34.0


  1 2 3
GEORGIA TECH
22
20
13
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, DUKE 2
10/09/2015, DURHAM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Remain Unbeaten in ACC with Five-Set Win at Duke.

DURHAM, NC – Nicole Walch registered her fifth double-double of the season and established career highs in kills (31) and digs (27) as she led the 18th-ranked Florida State volleyball team to a 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 15-12 victory at Duke on Friday evening in ACC action.

Walch, who also set her career high in total attempts (61), posted a .375 hitting percentage in the victory. Joining her on offense was the combination of Katie Horton, Melanie Keil and Sarah Burrington, who finished with nine kills apiece.

The multi-faceted Walch, who highlighted the back row for the Noles, was joined in double figure digs by Cecilie Woie (23), Horton (18) and Brianne Burkert (14). The front row of Burrington and Keil led the Noles (12-4, 5-0 ACC) to 20 assisted blocks with five each.

Duke (7-8, 2-3 ACC) was led on offense by Jordan Tucker (24 kills), Emily Sklar (18), Leah Meyer (16) and Alyse Whitaker (10). They combined to give the Blue Devils a 78-69 advantage in total kills.

Sasha Karelov (31 digs) and Cadie Bates (22) anchored the back row for the Blue Devils who posted 108 total digs. Meyer was the spark for the front row, contributing six assisted blocks.

With momentum on its side, following a 0-2 rally, Duke used two kills each by Meyer and Whitaker to assume a 6-3 lead early in the fifth set. A Florida State timeout was not enough to derail the Blue Devils who added two kills by Tucker to double the score to 8-4.

However, an attack error that placed FSU’s Hailey Luke in serve and resulted in two Horton kills, helped the Noles draw within one and forced the first Duke timeout of the set. The Devils regained their previous form and converted kills by Maggie Deichmeister and Sklar to move within three points of the victory, 12-9.

Florida State responded by outscoring Duke 6-3 down the stretch, highlighted by three kills from Walch and a pair of Blue Devil errors, to remain undefeated in ACC play heading into Sunday’s match with Wake Forest.

“I am very proud of the team tonight,” said Head Coach Chris Poole. “Nicole had one of the best matches of her career and we had players to step up with the absence of Mercedes (Vaughn). This is a very tough place to play and they have an incredible defense. Our team stayed very disciplined and found a way to step up for a big road win.”

The tightly contested fourth set witnessed 14 ties within the first 34 points of the game, making for a 17-all score. The largest lead for either team in that stretch was three, as Florida State assumed a lead on a Burrington kill and forced two attack errors with Horton in serve to jump ahead 12-9.

Sklar and teammate Karelov helped give Duke the slim 19-17 lead, forcing FSU to burn its first timeout. Sklar then teamed up with Bates on a series of kills as the Blue Devils moved in front 23-20 to force the final Noles timeout of the frame. Duke allowed just one point, a kill by Walch, in the final stages to complete the 25-21 win.

Duke began its rally in the third set, streaking out to a 9-5 advantage behind the two kills each from Meyer and Whitaker. Florida State burned its first time out and managed to chip away at the lead by virtue of five kills, all from multiple sources, and six Duke unforced errors to draw the match even at 17-all.

Tucker stepped up and proved to be difference down the stretch for the Blue Devils, emerging with five kills in the final 11 points to help Duke complete the five-point win.

The back-and-forth battle that took place in the latter stages of the opening set continued into the second as the two teams reached a seven-all deadlock. A service error by Duke’s Deichmeister sparked a 9-3 run by the Noles that included kills by Burrington, Keil and Kubura.

Florida State’s 16-11 advantage quickly evaporated as the Blue Devils combined a series of unforced errors with a service ace by Deichmeister to pull within within one, 17-16. The Noles staved off the late rally with strikes by Walch, Kubura and Keil, while taking advantage of two Duke attack errors, to take the 2-0 lead.

After falling into an early 4-1 hole, the Seminoles combined three kills from Walch and one off the hand of Keil to assume the early 8-5 advantage. Despite stretching the lead to four, 10-6, on a kill by Horton, Duke fought back to knot the game at 11-all.

Four kills each by Walch and Tucker kept the two units close as they endured five ties to reach an 18-18 contest. FSU eventually broke through with consecutive kills by Walch, Horton and Kubura to assume the three-point lead. Duke attempted to regroup in its final timeout, but two unforced Blue Devil errors and kills from Burrington and Keil led to the three-point win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5  9  3  41  0.146   2  0  0   1  18  0  2   0   0  10.0
 5 Nicole Walch               5 31  7  64  0.375   0  1  0   0  27  0  3   1   0  33.5
 8 Hailey Luke                5  0  0   1  0.000  26  0  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           5  9  1  25  0.320   0  0  0   0   0  0  5   1   0  11.5
21 Melanie Keil               5  9  2  27  0.259   0  0  1   0   1  0  5   0   0  11.5
35 Mara Green                 2  0  3   8 -0.375   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   1   0   0.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   5  0  1   1  23  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  0  0   0  0.000  32  0  1   0  14  0  0   0   1   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5  7  5  35  0.057   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0   8.5
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               4  4  1  10  0.300   0  0  0   0   3  0  1   0   0   4.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 69 22 211  0.223  65  1  3   2  97  0 20   3   1  80.0
   Opp                        5 78 31 224  0.210  76  2  4   1 108  1 18   2   0  90.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
20
21
15
DUKE
22
22
25
25
12

FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 0
10/11/2015, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Perfect In ACC After Sweeping Wake Forest.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - A collection of all-around performances by Milica Kubura (12 kills), Sarah Burrington, Katie Horton and Nicole Walch, who tallied eight kills apiece, kept the 18th-ranked Florida State volleyball team undefeated ACC action with a 25-11, 25-17, 25-18 victory over Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon.

Kubura, who finished with double figure kills for the fourth time this season, highlighted a Florida State offensive unit that posted a .449 attack percentage. That marks the seventh-best hitting percentage in the tenure of head coach Chris Poole and second time this season that the Noles have hit better than .400.

Defensively, the Noles (13-4, 6-0 ACC) were sparked by the play of Cecilie Woie (eight digs), Burrington (seven assisted blocks) and Karlie Hauer (five assisted blocks). That trio was responsible for holding the Demon Deacons (9-9, 1-5 ACC) to a .101 attack percentage.

"Overall this was one our best weekends in terms of getting better with little things," said head coach Chris Poole. "Milica and Katie had a great day and overall we were very efficient. They players continued to work hard and they understand the expectations. We need to have a great week of practice and get ready to play North Carolina on Friday."

A back-and-forth battle throughout the opening stages of the third set ensued as Wake Forest overcame five unforced errors and two kills each by the trio of Burrington, Kubura and Walch to reach an 11-all deadlock with the Noles. Florida State eventually grabbed control of the lead, behind a kill from Walch and a service ace by Brianne Burkert, as it forged ahead 15-12 at a media timeout.

The offense continued to click on all cylinders, behind the service game of Laura Dadowski, as the Noles assumed a 22-14 advantage. Three kills down the stretch by FSU, including the match winner by Christina Ambrose, completed the ninth sweep for the Seminoles this season.

Wake Forest recovered from a difficult opening set to force six ties in the first 16 points, including an eight-all deadlock, in the early stages of the second. It was there that the combination of kills by Kubura and Horton, along with a service ace by Walch, opened the door to a three point Florida State lead.

Separated by three points for most of the next 15 points, a series of strikes by Kubura and Horton provided FSU a 19-15 advantage, forcing the second Wake Forest time out. The Seminoles allowed just two points out of the break and behind a pair kills from Kubura assumed a 2-0 lead with the eight-point victory.

The Seminoles jumped on top early in the first set, streaking out to a 13-5 lead behind five unforced Wake Forest errors and three kills from Kubura as they forced the Demon Deacons to spend two timeouts in the first 18 points.

Both teams committed errors out of the timeout, before a kill by Horton put Hailey Luke in serve for the Noles with a nine-point advantage. Luke responded with a service ace and four Wake Forest errors as Florida State's lead ballooned to 21-7. Despite the Demon Deacons cracking the double-digit mark, on a Seminole service error, it was kills by Burrington and Ambrose that made for the 25-11 decision.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  8  1  13  0.538   0  2  0   0   5  1  2   0   0  12.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3  8  3  18  0.278   1  1  2   3   7  0  0   0   0   9.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  18  1  0   0   6  0  0   0   1   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  8  1  14  0.500   0  0  0   0   0  0  7   0   0  11.5
20 Karlie Hauer               3  1  0   5  0.200   0  0  0   0   0  0  5   0   0   3.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  4  0   4  1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   4.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  1   2 -0.500  21  1  1   0   4  0  1   0   2   1.5
 7 Milica Kubura              3 12  1  18  0.611   0  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   0  13.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Christina Ambrose          2  2  1   4  0.250   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   1   0   2.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  1   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 43  8  78  0.449  42  6  4   3  33  1 18   1   3  59.0
   Opp                        3 28 19  89  0.101  27  3  4   6  25  0  8   3   1  35.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
WAKE FOREST
11
17
18

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA 2
10/16/2015, CHAPEL HILL, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Capture Eighth All-Time Win at North Carolina in Five Sets.

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The trio of Nicole Walch, Sarah Burrington and Milica Kubura combined for 39 of the team’s 62 kills as 18th-ranked Florida State captured its eighth all-time victory at North Carolina on Friday evening by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 25-21 and 15-10 to remain undefeated in ACC action.

Walch capped off her 12th double-digit kill performance of the season with a team-high 14 and is now 17 away from becoming 10th on FSU’s career kills list. Burrington contributed 13, along with a .440 hitting percentage, and Kubura added 12 off the bench as the Seminoles improved to 14-4 overall and 7-0 in league play.

Defensively, Florida State was anchored on the back row by Cecilie Woie and Katie Horton, who were responsible for 21 and 13 digs, respectively. Keil was also an integral part of the blocking attack for the Seminoles with six assisted blocks, and was joined by Melanie Keil (seven assisted blocks) and Burrington (five) as FSU posted 26 team assisted blocks.

North Carolina (8-8, 5-2 ACC) was led on offense by Taylor Fricano (15 kills), Paige Neuenfeldt (14) and Taylor Treacy (10). Sheila Doyle paced an active Tar Heels defensive unit with 24 digs, while Leigh Andrew added 12. Neuenfeldt and Victoria McPherson, who were responsible for seven and six assisted blocks, respectively, provided UNC with a 27-26 advantage in total assisted blocks.

Facing their first ACC loss of the season and a 10-6 deficit in the fourth set, Florida State responded with kills by Walch and Mercedes Vaughn to eventually draw even at 12-all. The Seminoles regained the lead, 18-15, behind a series of kills by Horton, Kubura and Burrington as they forced a UNC timeout.

North Carolina capitalized on three kills by Leath and two unforced Seminole errors to move to within one, 21-20, pressuring the Noles to burn the final timeout by either squad. UNC’s Tatian Durr committed a service error out of the breather and the Heels followed with two unforced errors as FSU completed the four-point victory.

Hailey Luke’s strong service game allowed Florida State to jump out to an early 3-1 lead in the decisive fifth set. The Noles, who never trailed in the game, used a series of kills by Walch, Burrington and Keil to lead 8-5 at the media timeout.

Horton’s two kills put Florida State into double figures, 12-8, as North Carolina burned its second timeout in a five-point stretch. The Seminoles completed their third win in a five-set affair this season with kills down the stretch by Burrington, Keil and Walch.

“I am pleased with the win,” said Florida State head coach Chris Poole. “However, I am very disappointed with the way we collapsed in the second set after leading 22-17 and continued to play flat into the third set. We did step up big time in both the fourth and fifth sets and got a great win on the road.

“We beat a team tonight that beat Stanford earlier in the year at home and this is a tough place to play,” added Poole. “I am proud of the way the players kept fighting.”

Florida State opened with six kills among its first 10 points, including two each by Burrington and Kubura, as it assumed a four-point advantage following a service ace by Laura Dadowski. The Heels retaliated with a 6-2 run, behind a series of kills by Taylor Leath and Andrew to knot the game at 12-all.

Three points and two ties later, Walch drove a kill past the UNC defense to give the Noles a slim 16-15 lead. That put Brianne Burkert in serve, who was responsible for a service ace and two North Carolina unforced errors, as the Seminoles moved in front 20-16. Florida State emerged from the second UNC timeout with kills by Horton, Burrington and Kubura down the stretch to complete the five-point win.

North Carolina rebounded from a difficult first set by fighting through 11 ties in the first 30 points to bring the game to a 15-all deadlock following three consecutive kills by Neuenfeldt. However, Florida State answered with back-to-back kills by Burrington and Luke as it assumed a 19-15 lead with Luke in serve.

Facing the prospect of an 0-2 deficit in the match, trailing by four, North Carolina emerged out of its second timeout with a 9-2 run that included three kills by Fricano and two by Neuenfeldt to earn the 25-22 win.

The Heels carried over momentum into the third set as they streaked out to an 11-7 advantage due in large part to five points in serve by Andrew. Trailing by four, Florida State utilized its first timeout and responded with kills by Keil and Kubura as the game reached a 12-12 deadlock.

North Carolina again put together a significant run, this time outscoring the Noles 9-3, as it established a six-point advantage due in large part to three Fricano kills. A second FSU timeout was not enough to stop the momentum as kills down the stretch by Neuenfeldt and Treacy completed the seven-point win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5  8  3  26  0.192   1  1  1   2  13  0  6   0   0  12.0
 5 Nicole Walch               5 14  8  59  0.102   2  0  1   1   7  0  2   0   0  15.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  1  0   3  0.333  29  2  1   0   8  0  0   0   0   3.0
12 Sarah Burrington           5 13  2  25  0.440   0  0  0   0   2  1  5   1   0  16.5
14 Mercedes Vaughn            5  7  6  23  0.043   1  0  0   0   4  2  3   1   0  10.5
21 Melanie Keil               5  6  2  17  0.235   0  0  0   0   2  1  7   0   0  10.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  1   1 -1.000   3  1  0   0  21  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  1  0   1  1.000  24  1  3   0   4  0  0   0   0   2.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5 12  6  28  0.214   0  0  0   0   3  1  2   0   0  14.0
13 Laura Dadowski             5  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   2.0
20 Karlie Hauer               1  0  1   1 -1.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
35 Mara Green                 1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   0.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 62 29 184  0.179  60  7  6   3  67  5 26   2   0  87.0
   Opp                        5 62 30 171  0.187  60  3  6   7  79  3 27   3   0  81.5


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
25
22
18
25
15
NORTH CAROLINA
20
25
25
21
10

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 1
10/18/2015, RALEIGH, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Remains Unbeaten in Four-Set Win Over Wolfpack.

RALEIGH, NC – Sparked by Nicole Walch’s match-high 23 kills the 18th-ranked Florida State volleyball program completed its sweep of the state of North Carolina with a 25-18, 33-31, 22-25, 25-20 victory over NC State on Sunday afternoon. It also moved Walch into 10th place on the Seminoles' career kills list with 1,277 to her credit, marking the first rally scoring era player to achieve the feat at FSU.

Walch, who cracked the 20-kill barrier for the sixth time this season, was one of four Seminoles to top double figures as she posted a .278 hitting percentage in the match. She was joined by Milica Kubura, who established a new career-high in kills (17), Katie Horton (16 kills) and Mercedes Vaughn (10). Collectively they highlighted an FSU unit that tallied 77 kills and a .356 attack percentage, second-best against an ACC opponent this season.

On defense it was the combination of Sarah Burrington and Melanie Keil, who were responsible for six assisted blocks each, along with Horton (17 digs), Walch (12) and Cecilie Woie (12) that helped move Florida State to 15-4 overall and 8-0 in ACC action.

Perry Ramsey was one of four NC State players to reach double figure kills (17), along with Blayke Hranicka (16), Kaitlyn Kearney (15) and Julia Brown (13). With a 65 team kills, against only 19 errors, the Wolfpack posted the highest hitting percentage (.286) of any opponent head-to-head against Florida State this season.

Rachel Eppley anchored NC State (12-8, 1-7 ACC) on defense with 23 digs, and Ramsey completed the double-double by contributing 13. Kearney was active around the net for the Wolfpack with four assisted blocks.

Three kills by Kubra and two each by Walch and Horton paced the Florida State offensive attack that battled to an 11-all deadlock in the fourth set. It was there, behind Brianne Burkert in serve and Kubura driving home three kills on the front row, that the Seminoles scored five of the next six points to assume a four-point lead.

Keil and Horton drove home two kills for the Seminoles, who charged in front 21-13 behind the service game of Walch. The Wolfpack made a late push with kills by Brown and Hranicka, drawing within four, 23-19, as they forced an FSU timeout. However, the rally fell short as Horton and Burrington converted a series of kills to complete the Noles’ 30th straight victory over the Wolfpack.

“We played up and down today and were not as clean as we wanted to be, but we still made the plays when we need to,” said Seminoles head coach Chris Poole. “It will be good to get back home for the weekend because it has been a long two weeks. We are still improving and just need consistency.”

A series of early kills by Vaughn, Burrington and Kubura brought the match to a five-all tie early in the opening frame. The Seminoles found their offensive rhythm behind Walch’s service game as the senior drove home a kill and added two service aces to make for a 10-5 contest.

Two kills each by Hranicka and Ramsey sparked a 7-4 Wolfpack rally as they pulled within two points of Florida State at the midway point. However, a series of offensive strikes by Walch, Vaughn and Keil kept FSU in front 20-16 late. FSU closed out the match on a 5-2 run as it used kills by Kubura and Walch along with three unforced NC State errors for the seven-point victory.

Trailing by as many as five points, NC State used a 7-4 run to pull within one point, 13-12, of Florida State in the second set. Walch again proved to be the difference with two kills and a service ace as she pushed the Seminoles ahead 18-13.

NC State overcame the five-point deficit with seven kills in a 13-point stretch to knot the game at 22-all. As the two teams battled for supremacy the game witnessed nine ties over an 18-point stretch before reaching a climatic 31-31 deadlock. It was there that the tandem of Walch and Horton drove home back-to-back kills to give Florida State the 2-0 advantage heading into the intermission.

The back-and-forth battled between the two units continued into the third set as they fought through nine ties to reach a 10-all deadlock. With Cormier in serve, NC State capitalized on an unforced Seminole error and scored five unanswered points, due in large part to a series of kills by Ramsey.

The Wolfpack eventually stretched that lead to six, 21-15, on a kill by Julia Brown, before a series of kills by Kubura and Horton trimmed the margin to three. NC State regrouped after its first timeout and remained in front despite FSU kills by Kubura and Vaughn. The Wolfpack held onto complete the three-point victory with a pair of Kearney kills down the stretch.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 16  2  34  0.412   0  1  1   1  17  0  2   0   0  18.0
 5 Nicole Walch               4 23  8  54  0.278   0  3  1   3  12  0  4   0   0  28.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  27  0  1   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           4  6  3  12  0.250   0  0  0   0   0  0  6   1   0   9.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            4 10  2  21  0.381   0  0  0   0   4  0  4   0   0  12.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  5  2  10  0.300   1  0  0   0   1  0  6   0   0   8.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   6  0  0   0  12  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  1   1 -1.000  35  1  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 17  1  31  0.516   1  0  0   0   3  0  2   2   0  18.0
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 77 19 163  0.356  71  5  4   4  66  0 24   3   0  94.0
   Opp                        4 65 19 161  0.286  59  4  4   5  57  2 14   2   0  78.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
33
22
25
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
18
31
25
20

FLORIDA STATE 3, SYRACUSE 0
10/23/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Sweep Aside Syracuse to Remain Perfect in ACC.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Led by senior outside hitter Nicole Walch, who posted the 43rd double-double of her Florida State career (14 kills, 17 digs), the Seminoles 17th-ranked volleyball team earned a 25-16, 25-19, 25-20 sweep of Syracuse on Friday night at Tully Gymnasium.

The sweep, Florida State’s 10th of the season, marks the 40th win consecutive at home dating back to 2011 season opener against Kentucky. It also stretches Seminoles’ current ACC winning streak to 13, fifth-longest under the direction of head coach Chris Poole, which began on Nov. 21, 2014.

Walch, who posted a .400 hitting percentage against the Orange, guided the Florida State (16-4, 9-0 ACC) offense to 49 kills and 57 digs. In the process of topping the double-digit kill mark for the 14th time this season, she passed Joan Morris and Norisha Campbell and moved into eighth place on the program’s all-time kills list.

Also instrumental in Florida State’s success on offense was the tandem of Mercedes Vaughn and Katie Horton, who tallied nine kills apiece. Defensively, the supporting cast included Cecilie Woie (17 digs), Melanie Keil (three assisted blocks) and Milica Kubura (eight kills, three assisted blocks).

Syracuse (15-5, 6-3 ACC) struggled to find offensive rhythm throughout the match, despite nine kills from Nicolette Serratore and seven by Leah Levert. The Orange defense was sparked by the play of Gosia Wlaszczuk, who finished with team highs in digs (10) and assisted blocks (three).

“Our focus this weekend is to play sharp,” said Poole following the win. “I feel good about winning in three against a quality team. We did a very good job defensively which was the key to the match tonight.”

Trailing 2-0 entering the third set, Syracuse opened with kills by Salkute and Levert and grabbed only its second lead of the match, 3-1. Walch responded with a kill for the Noles and after an unforced error the set was in a three-all deadlock. That was the first of 11 ties in the game as neither team was able to establish more than a three-point cushion before a dramatic 17-all tie, following a kill by Kubura.

The Noles took the lead with Keil in serve as she forced the Orange into committing back-to-back unforced errors for the two-point advantage. Within striking distance, 21-19, Syracuse trimmed the lead to one on a kill by Levert out of its first timeout. However, a series of points by Sarah Burrington and Vaughn put Florida State at set point with Woie in serve. It was there that Keil drove home the spike as to move Florida State to 4-0 all-time against Syracuse.

Two kills each by the trio of Horton, Vaughn and Walch provided Florida State with an 8-5 advantage in the early stages as Syracuse was forced to spend its first timeout early in the second set. The Orange retaliated with kills by Serratore and Wlaszczuk as closing within one, 10-9, before surrendering five of the next seven points.

Laura Dadowski stretched the Noles lead to five, 16-11, with a service ace, following the second Syracuse timeout. Two kills by Walch helped FSU to weather a late Orange rally as she kept the Noles in command, 21-19. The Seminoles closed out the victory behind three kills from Kubura and an ace by Dadowski as they completed the six-point win.

The Noles broke a three-all tie early in the first set and put together a 7-3 run, highlighted by three points from Keil, as they assumed a 10-6 advantage. Syracuse converted a kill by Serratore, briefly halting the run, but four offensive strikes in the next 13 points provided Florida State with a 17-11 lead.

The combination of Orange unforced errors along with kills by Walch and Horton provided Florida State with a 20-14 edge as the Noles spent their first timeout. The Seminole closed out the nine-point opening set win behind three kills down the stretch by Vaughn.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  9  4  29  0.172   1  0  1   2   8  1  1   0   0  10.5
 5 Nicole Walch               3 14  4  25  0.400   2  0  0   0  17  0  0   0   0  14.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  22  0  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  4  1  14  0.214   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   5.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  9  2  22  0.318   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   9.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  5  0  10  0.500   0  1  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   7.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  1   0  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   1  0.000  15  1  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  8  2  18  0.333   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0   9.5
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   1  2  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   2.0
   Team                             1                                           
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 49 14 119  0.294  43  4  2   2  57  1 10   0   0  59.0
   Opp                        3 34 15 113  0.168  31  2  5   4  48  3  8   3   0  43.0


  1 2 3
SYRACUSE
16
19
20
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, BOSTON COLLEGE 0
10/25/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Posts 10th Sweep of Season Against Boston College.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Senior outside hitter Karlie Hauer recorded a career-high nine kills as she led the Florida State volleyball team to a 25-18, 25-22, 25-14 victory over visiting Boston College on Sunday at Tully Gymnasium.

The win, Florida State’s 41st at home in ACC play, extended the current winning streak to 10 matches dating back to Nov. 23 victory over Miami. The Seminoles also continued their domination in October as they improved to 56-8 under head coach Chris Poole in the month since the 2008 campaign.

Hauer, who committed just one miscue en route to a .500 attack percentage, was joined on offense by Nicole Walch (eight kills), Sarah Burrington (seven), Mercedes Vaughn (seven) and Milica Kubura (seven). Combined they highlighted a unit that finished with a .415 hitting percentage and 44 kills.

Florida State (16-4, 10-0 ACC) ended with a 25-6 edge in assisted blocks, led by eight from Burrington. The back row was led by Katie Horton’s nine digs as she stepped in for Cecilie Woie.

Boston College (9-12, 1-8 ACC) ended the match led by the duo of Julia Topor and Katty Workman, who tallied with nine kills apiece. On defense the Eagles had eight players with at least one dig, led by Madisen Lydon’s eight.

“It was a great weekend for us,” said Poole. “I am pleased with the control we had through the matches. I am also happy with how hard we are working and and the improvements we have made at this point of the season.”

Burrington’s three kills to open up the third set provided Florida State with a 6-2 advantage, before Boston College retaliated with five of the next six points, including four points in serve by Workman to make a seven-all tie. The two teams endured two ties, before BC’s Brittany Pavich brought the contest to an 11-all deadlock.

Florida State received two kills from Hauer and one from the combined of Burrington and Vaughn as they assumed a 16-12 lead. With Hauer in serve the Noles stretched the lead to seven, 19-12, as they closed in on the sweep. Two points by the Eagles was not enough to complete the rally as kills by Melanie Keil and Kubura closed out the win.

Vaughn was the primary source of offense for FSU early in the second set as she, along with Hauer and Christina Ambrose, brought the game to an eight-all deadlock. Sol Calvete gave Boston College a lift in serve and teamed with Workman to make for a 14-11 advantage.

Florida State emerged from its first timeout with four kills, including two from Walch, among the next 10 points to slice the deficit to 18-17. A pair of unforced Eagle errors, coupled with a Hauer kill, brought the game to a 20-all tie. The Noles surrendered just two points down the stretch and used two kills by Walch to earn the victory.

Six kills inside the first 17 points, including two each by Walch and Kubura, allowed Florida State to assume an early 12-5 advantage in the opening set. The Seminoles stretched their lead to nine, 15-6, with Laura Dadowski in serve, as the offense found its rhythm midway through the game.

Boston College responded to the challenge with a 12-5 run, highlighted by three strikes from Julia Tapor and two off the hand of Kam McLain, closing the gap to 20-17. However, Florida State regained its previous form and allowed just one point for the remainder of the set all while taking advantage of four unforced Eagle errors to close out the seven-point win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 5 Nicole Walch               3  8  3  16  0.313   1  1  1   1   5  0  5   0   0  11.5
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  22  0  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  7  0  11  0.636   0  0  0   0   0  0  8   0   0  11.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  7  2  13  0.385   0  0  0   0   3  0  4   0   0   9.0
20 Karlie Hauer               3  9  1  16  0.500   1  0  0   0   6  0  2   1   0  10.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  5  2   7  0.429   1  0  0   0   1  1  4   0   0   8.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Katie Horton               3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   1   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   1  0.000  13  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  7  2  14  0.357   1  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   8.0
10 Christina Ambrose          2  1  0   4  0.250   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 44 10  82  0.415  41  2  2   2  32  1 25   1   0  59.5
   Opp                        3 37 25  99  0.121  35  2  2   2  25  0  6   0   2  42.0


  1 2 3
BOSTON COLLEGE
18
22
14
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

PITTSBURGH 3, FLORIDA STATE 0
10/30/2015, PITTSBURGH, PA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Suffers First Setback in ACC Action.

PITTSBURGH, PA – Led by the double-digit kill performances of Mariah Bell, Amanda Orchard and Kadi Kullerkann, Pitt handed the 15th-ranked Florida State volleyball team its first loss in ACC play by scores of 25-14, 25-23 and 28-26. The setback ends a 10-match winning streak for the Noles, dating back to a five-set win over Miami, as well as a 20-match winning streak in October that stretched to the 2013 campaign.

Bell posted a match-high 16 kills, along with a .344 attack percentage, as she led the way for a Pittsburgh unit that finished with 52 team kills. The combination of Orchard and Kullerkann added 10 kills each as the Panthers (18-5, 8-3 ACC) have now won six of their last seven matches.

Orchard was also active on defense for Pitt with a team-high six assisted blocks, joined on the front row by Jenna Potts (five assisted blocks). Angela Seman highlighted the back row with 17 digs.

Florida State’s offensive attack was led by the combination of Nicole Walch (nine kills), Milica Kubura (eight) and Mercedes Vaughn (seven). Kubura finished with a team-best .375 attack percentage, limiting herself to two miscues over the course of the match.

The tandem of Melanie Keil (seven) and Sarah Burrington (six) gave Florida State (17-5, 10-1 ACC) a 28-22 edge in assisted blocks. Cecilie Woie returned to action and finished with 10 digs, her seventh double-digit dig outing in the last 10 league matches.

“It was just an all-around bad match for our team tonight,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We were outplayed in every phase of the game. We didn’t take advantage of opportunities when we had them and Pitt was the better team tonight. We’ll have to regroup quickly if we want to win the ACC and host an NCAA tournament match in Tully. Virginia Tech is a tough team and we have a chance to see how our team responds to a disappointing loss.”

The Panthers broke a four-all tie in the opening set with a 13-5 run as it drove home six kills, including two off the hand of Bell, and took advantage of five unforced Seminole errors as Florida State burned its first timeout.

A Vaughn kill out of the breather got the Seminoles into double figures, but it was seven kills among the final eight Pittsburgh points that decided the match. Orchard, responsible for three of those strikes, gave a Florida State opponent the first set of a match since Ohio State took the opener on Sept. 6.

Pittsburgh capitalized on two kills by Potts as it established a 5-2 lead in the second set. The Seminoles rallied behind three points from Walch, including two in serve, to draw even at seven-all. That marked the first of five ties as the game reached a 12-12 deadlock on a kill by Burrington.

Leading by one, with Kamalani Akeo in serve, Pitt forced Florida State into committing four errors as it scored five of the next six points to move in front 17-13. The Noles retaliated with a 6-2 rally, drawing even at 19 behind two points in serve by Laura Dadowski. However, timely kills down the stretch by Potts, Kullerkann and Orchard provided Pittsburgh with a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.

A pair of kills by Kullerkahn gave the Panthers a 5-3 lead early in the third set. However, the Noles flipped that score as they took their only lead, 8-7, following a service ace by Laura Dadowski.

The two teams traded runs as the game reached a 13-all tie following a kill by Bell. Pitt seemingly grabbed the momentum with an 18-15 lead, behind three kills from Kullerkahn, before points by Walch, Kubura and Laura Dadowski made for a 23-23 deadlock. Three ties later, Pittsburgh closed out the win with a Potts kill and an unforced error by the Seminoles.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  2  3  18 -0.056   0  0  1   0   3  0  2   0   0   3.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3  9  9  31  0.000   2  0  1   0   5  1  2   0   0  11.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   1  0.000  15  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   1   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  6  1  16  0.313   0  0  0   0   0  0  6   2   0   9.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  7  4  21  0.143   0  0  0   0   4  0  3   1   0   8.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  2  0   7  0.286   0  0  0   0   0  0  7   1   0   5.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1  10  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   1  0.000  14  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  8  2  16  0.375   0  0  0   0   2  0  6   0   0  11.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
20 Karlie Hauer               1  0  1   5 -0.200   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 34 20 116  0.121  31  1  2   1  34  1 28   4   1  50.0
   Opp                        3 52 20 121  0.264  50  1  3   1  56  2 22   1   0  66.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
14
23
26
PITTSBURGH
25
25
28

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA TECH 0
11/01/2015, BLACKSBURG, VA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Return to Form with Sweep of Hokies.

BLACKSBURG, VA – Sarah Burrington topped the double figure mark in kills for the third time this season as she led 15th-ranked Florida State to a 25-17, 25-21, 25-15 victory over Virginia Tech in Cassell Coliseum in Sunday afternoon ACC volleyball action.

Burrington, who finished with 10 kills and a .588 attack percentage, was joined offensively by Nicole Walch (nine kills) and Mercedes Vaughn (seven) as the Seminoles posted a .383 team attack percentage. The victory, which moves Florida State to 18-5 overall and 11-1 in the ACC, keeps the Noles in first place in the league.

Burrington also made an impact on defense with three assisted blocks as she teamed with Melanie Keil (six assisted blocks), Milica Kubura (four) and Mercedes Vaughn (four) to provide the Noles with an 18-12 edge in blocks. Florida State also had a solid back row outings from the tandem of Cecilie Woie (13 digs) and Hailey Luke (nine).

As for Virginia Tech (14-10, 5-7 ACC), the offensive production came primarily from Kennedy Bryan (nine kills) and Lindsey Owens (seven). Owens was also integral on defense with a team-high nine digs, while Cara Cunningham and Ashley Battle contributed three assisted blocks apiece.

“I am so proud of the team and the way we rebounded after a disappointing loss on Friday,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We played today with a lot of focus. Really proud of Sarah and Melanie out of the middle. We have been working hard to get those girls more involved and both played well.”

“We have a very short turnaround with leaving Tuesday for Miami. Keeping our focus this week is the key.”

The combination of Luke in serve, along with kills from Burrington and Vaughn, allowed Florida State to establish a 4-1 lead in the opening set. Virginia Tech rallied with strikes by Bryan and Owens to bring game to a six-all tie, before Walch stepped up with a kill and service ace to spark a 10-3 Florida State run, as the Seminoles assumed a seven-point lead.

Two kills by Vaughn and one from Walch helped offset the Virginia Tech rally attempt as the Seminoles kept their distance with a 20-15 lead late in the first. Florida State surrendered just two points over the remainder of the set as Keil converted two kills and Brianne Burkert added two points in serve for the eight-point win.

The combination of kills by Walch and Keil along with blocks at the net by Vaughn, Burrington and Keil brought the second set to a five-all deadlock. Florida State eventually regained its rhythm from the opening set and used an 8-1 run, highlighted by two kills from Kubura and four service points by Walch, to assume a 13-6 advantage.

Virginia Tech responded to its first timeout with an 8-1 of its own, knotting the set at 14-14 behind three kills from Bryant. The teams traded points as they battled through two ties to reach a 21-21 deadlock, where Florida State spent its final timeout. The Seminoles assumed the 2-0 advantage in the match behind kills from Burrington and Vaughn as they completed the four-point victory.

Looking to complete their 11th sweep of the season the Seminoles streaked out to a 7-2 lead behind four unforced Virginia Tech errors and a pair of kills by Burrington. Florida State reached double figures, 10-6, on a pair of strikes by Kubura, but the Hokies retaliated with a 5-2 run to slice the deficit to one.

Kills from the front row of Burrington and Walch provided FSU with a 15-11 advantage as Virginia Tech spent its second timeout midway through the game. Florida State surrendered just four points over the remainder of the set and used a solid service game by Burkert, which resulted in five Seminole points, to complete the 25-15 win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  0  1   6 -0.167   4  0  0   2   4  0  1   0   0   0.5
 5 Nicole Walch               3  9  5  24  0.167   1  2  2   1   3  0  0   0   0  11.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  16  0  1   0   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3 10  0  17  0.588   0  0  0   0   0  1  3   0   0  12.5
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  7  1  13  0.462   0  0  0   0   2  0  4   0   0   9.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  6  0   7  0.857   0  0  0   0   0  0  6   0   0   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   6  0  1   0  13  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  11  1  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  6  2  12  0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  4   0   0   8.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  2   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
20 Karlie Hauer               1  2  0   2  1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   2.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 40  9  81  0.383  38  4  7   4  34  1 18   0   0  54.0
   Opp                        3 33 21  96  0.125  30  4  7   4  29  0 12   1   0  43.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
VIRGINIA TECH
17
21
15

MIAMI 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
11/04/2015, CORAL GABLES, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Canes Down Noles in Four Sets.

CORAL GABLES, FL – Taylor Scott and Kelsie Groot each contributed a double-double as Miami downed 17th-ranked Florida State by scores of 20-25, 25-23, 28-26 and 25-14 in Wednesday evening ACC action at the Knight Complex.

Scott finished with a match-high 20 kills and 10 digs, along with a .349 attack percentage, and led the way for a Canes unit that finished with 62 kills. She was joined by Groot, who tallied 15 kills and 10 digs, as well as Olga Strantzali (16 kills, eight digs).

Along with Scott and Groot, Miami also had 10-dig efforts from Kalysta White and Haley Templeton. Meanwhile, teammate Alexis Mourning added three solo blocks and three assisted blocks to highlight the Canes’ front row.

Florida State (18-6, 11-2 ACC) was led on offense by Milica Kubura (13 kills) and Nicole Walch (10). The tandem paced a Seminole offense that searched to find its rhythm after posting a .215 attack percentage.

Cecilie Woie was the most active back row defender with 13 digs, while Katie Horton and Brianne Burkert added 10 digs each. Sarah Burrington contributed four assisted blocks and two solo blocks to highlight the front row defensive efforts. The loss drops Florida State to 18-6 overall and 11-2 in ACC play.

“Another disappointing match tonight,” said head coach Chris Poole. The team had their chances in sets two and three to make it a sweep, but we made too many unforced errors in key situations.”

“We have players not stepping up to their potential under pressure and we are not making the plays that we expect to make. Miami never backed down and kept fighting and we didn’t find a way to win. We knew this was going to be the toughest six days in the season, because we had the short turnaround, with three consecutive away trips. If we want to win the ACC championship we need to fight for it.”

Miami streaked out to a 4-1 advantage in the opening set on the strength of Strantzali in serve, but it was a six unforced errors by the Canes, coupled with kills by Horton and Kubura, that allowed Florida State to eventually assume a 10-8 advantage. Miami answered with back-to-back points, splitting the game at 10 points apiece, the first of seven ties that eventually resulted in a 19-all deadlock.

A series of kills by the combination of Burrington, Walch and Mercedes Vaughn allowed Florida State to assume a 23-20 lead as it closed in on its 21st opening set victory of the season. The Seminoles took advantage of two Miami unforced errors down the stretch to complete the five-point victory.

Four kills among the first 11 points, including a pair by Kubura, allowed Florida State to assume a 7-4 lead in the second set. A brief Miami run, which trimmed the deficit to one, 7-6, was answered with a 6-2 outburst by the Seminoles that included two kills by Burrington and strikes from the combination of Vaughn and Horton.

The Noles sustained their five-point advantage with four kills from the front row trio of Vaughn, Walch and Kubura. Trailing 18-13, Miami received a kill by Scott along with consecutive service aces by Haley Templeton, sparking a 5-0 run that brought the game to an 18-all deadlock. After a series of ties, the last at the 21, the Canes converted kills by Strantzali and two unforced FSU errors to earn the two-point win.

The two teams battled through five ties to open the third set before being knotted at 11-all following an attack error by Miami’s Alexis Mourning. That allowed Woie to go to work in serve where she forced three Hurricane errors and used a Walch kill to move the Noles in front 15-11.

However, the Canes did not succumb to the pressure as they used capitalized on four consecutive kills by Scott to reach an 18-18 tie. Florida State eventually regained the lead, 24-22, by overcoming two ties and driving home three kills. It was there that a kill by Groot, quickly followed by a Seminole error extended the contest with a 24-all deadlock. After trading the next four points evenly, Miami assumed the 2-1 lead in the match on a series of kills by Scott.

Miami carried over the momentum into the fourth set as it streaked out to an 8-3 lead behind three kills from Mourning. Florida State rallied behind the service game of Horton, pulling to within a two, but it was short lived as the Canes answered with strikes by Templeton, Scott and Strantzali en route to a 15-7 advantage.

Florida State reached double figures with back-to-back service aces from Walch, but a series of strikes by Strantzali allowed Miami to maintain the lead 18-11. The Seminoles converted just one kill over the final 10 points, a strike from Kubura, as the Canes used five unforced errors and two kills by Mourning to complete the 11-point victory.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4  6  1  22  0.227   0  0  1   3  10  1  0   0   0   7.0
 5 Nicole Walch               4 10  9  38  0.026   0  3  0   2   8  0  1   0   0  13.5
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   2  0.000  24  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   2   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           4  6  3  18  0.167   0  0  0   0   0  2  4   0   0  10.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            4  8  4  18  0.222   0  0  0   0   3  0  5   0   0  10.5
21 Melanie Keil               4  5  0   9  0.556   2  0  0   0   4  3  3   0   0   9.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   4  0  0   2  13  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   0  0.000  15  0  0   0  10  0  0   0   4   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 13  2  28  0.393   0  0  0   0   1  1  1   0   0  14.5
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 48 19 135  0.215  45  3  2   8  54  7 14   0   6  65.0
   Opp                        4 62 23 155  0.252  57  8  9   3  58  4 10   0   4  79.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
23
26
14
MIAMI
20
25
28
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA 0
11/08/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Remain Perfect at Tully with Virginia Sweep.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Junior Melanie Keil anchored Florida State's front row with eight kills and two assisted blocks as she led the 17th-ranked Seminoles to a 31-29, 25-15, 25-19 victory over ACC rival Virginia on Sunday afternoon at Tully Gymnasium.

Keil, who finished with a .429 attack percentage, was joined on offense by Nicole Walch (11 kills) and Milica Kubura (eight kills). That unit sparked a Florida State offensive attack that finished with 41 kills, 11 errors and a .316 attack percentage, which marks the sixth time in ACC action that the Noles have topped the .300 plateau this season.

Defensively, the Seminoles (19-6, 12-2 ACC) were led by Katie Horton (12 digs) and Cecilie Woie (seven). Meanwhile the combination of Walch, Keil and Sarah Burrington, who posted two assisted blocks apiece, provided an 8-2 advantage in assisted blocks for Florida State.

"Melanie had one of her best matches," said head coach Chris Poole. "It takes a little bit of time for new hitters to get used to our offense, so it is great to see her come into her own. I am disappointed in set one, but we played much better in both sets two and three. We really need fan support as we make the push for the ACC Championship and the chance to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament."

The Virginia lineup was highlighted on offense by Haley Kole (13 kills), Natalie Bausback (nine) and Jasmine Burton (nine). That trio led the Cavaliers to 46 kills, while the combination of Lexi Riccolo (13 digs) and Kole (nine) was responsible for Virginia's defensive presence. The loss drops the Cavaliers to 15-9 overall and 7-7 in league action.

The early stages of the opening set were indicative of the battle that would ensue as the two units battled through eight ties to reach a 12-all deadlock. Virginia eventually forged in front, 20-16, following a strike by Kyla Sears, but three consecutive unforced Cavalier errors allowed Florida State to move within one as Virginia burned its first timeout.

Two points later, with the Seminoles trailing by one, Hailey Luke drove a kill past the Cavalier defense tie the contest at 21. A kill by Keil, coupled with a pair of Virginia errors, provided FSU with a 24-23 lead and forced the second Cavalier timeout. Virginia staved off set point with a kill from Bausback as the teams traded the next 10 points to make for a 29-29 contest. The Noles used a service ace from Brianne Burkert and an unforced error by Burton to complete the two-point win.

Three points from Walch, including a pair of kills, along with a service ace by Katie Horton brought the second set to an 8-8 tie in the early stages. Florida State tallied the next three points and grabbed momentum with consecutive kills by Kubura and a service ace from Laura Dadowski, forcing the first Virginia timeout.

The run continued as the Seminoles took advantage of kills by Sarah Burrington, Kubura and Walch, moving in front 16-10 at the set midpoint. Florida State added to its lead following the Cavaliers' second timeout, as Cecilie Woie took advantage of two unforced errors to push the lead to 19-12. Timely strikes down the stretch by Keil, Kubura, Walch and Vaughn gave the Noles a two-game lead at the intermission.

Virginia capitalized on three unforced Florida State errors and used a kill by Kole to assume a 4-1 lead in the third set. The two teams traded points before a series of kills by Walch and Kubura, followed by a Cavaliers attack error, cut the Virginia lead to 15-14.

Two points later, with Luke in serve, the Seminoles took advantage of consecutive unforced Cavalier errors and a kill by Katie Horton to move in front 18-16. Solid Florida State defense, along with kills by Vaughn and Walch, gave the Seminoles a 23-18 advantage in the latter stages of the set. FSU surrendered the final point on an unforced error before while using a Horton kill and a miscue by Virginia's Lexi Riccolo to complete the six-point victory.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  5  1  17  0.235   1  1  0   0  12  0  1   0   0   6.5
 5 Nicole Walch               3 11  5  29  0.207   0  1  0   2   4  1  2   0   0  14.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  1  0   1  1.000  17  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  4  1   7  0.429   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   5.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  4  2  11  0.182   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   1   0   4.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  8  1  13  0.538   1  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  17  2  1   0   4  0  0   0   1   2.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  8  1  17  0.412   0  0  0   0   1  1  0   0   0   9.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   1.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 41 11  95  0.316  38  5  1   3  40  2  8   1   1  52.0
   Opp                        3 46 19 112  0.241  42  3 11   5  38  1  2   2   1  51.0


  1 2 3
VIRGINIA
29
15
19
FLORIDA STATE
31
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, NOTRE DAME 0
11/13/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Complete Season Sweep of Notre Dame.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Nicole Walch drove home a match-high 13 kills and Katie Horton added nine kills and 12 digs as 20th-ranked Florida State downed Notre Dame by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-19 in Friday evening ACC volleyball action.

Walch, who reached double-digit kills for the 17th time this season, was also active with seven digs. Her front row counterpart, Horton, was the most efficient player for Florida State (20-6, 13-2 ACC) as she had nine kills in 14 attempts en route to a .571 attack percentage. Horton was joined on defense by Melanie Keil (five assisted blocks), Mercedes Vaughn (three) and Milicia Kubura (three).

Notre Dame (6-21, 1-14 ACC) was led statistically by the combination of Sam Fry (seven kills) and Sydney Kuhn (six). Kuhn also paced the back row with 10 digs, while Fry and Meg Morningstar had four assisted blocks each to highlight the front row.

“We started slow but we played much cleaner volleyball in sets two and three,” said head coach Chris Poole. “It was important to get our left sides back playing well again. We got some other players, such as Mara Green, in the game and that was great. Nicole and Katie both stepped up great tonight, which was great to see. We will turn our focus to Louisville now and look forward to having the Seminole faithful at Tully Gym as we make a bid for the ACC championship and the NCAA Tournament bid.”

Florida State capitalized on eight kills inside the first 26 points, including five off the hand of Walch, as the opening set reached a 13-all deadlock. The Noles eventually grabbed the lead, following a Walch kill and service points by Cecilie Woie, as they forced the first timeout leading 16-13.

Three additional points, all with Woie in serve, stretched the advantage to six as Notre Dame was forced to spend its second timeout. The Irish took advantage of a kill by Katie Higgins and two Florida State unforced errors, narrowing the deficit to 22-18, but it was strikes down the stretch by Walch and Keil that made for the seven-point decision.

Three unforced Notre Dame miscues, coupled with timely kills by Walch and Sarah Burrington, provided Florida State with a 6-1 lead early in the second set. The Seminoles scored seven of the next 12 points on four Irish unforced errors and three kills by Horton, stretching their lead to 13-6.

Florida State established a 10-point lead, 20-10, on a series of kills by Horton, Burrington and Walsh. That trio highlighted a Seminole unit that posted a .393 hitting percentage in the set. Notre Dame managed to pull within eight, following back-to-back points by Fry, but it was a two errors and a Mara Green kill that completed the Noles’ 25-14 win.

The opening to the third set mirrored the first as the teams battled through six ties to reach a nine-all deadlock. Florida State broke the tie with 9-2 run behind five points in serve from Laura Dadowski and kills from the combination of Horton, Green, Kubura and Vaughn.

A kill by Rebecca Nunge along with three points in serve by Natalie Johnson narrowed the gap to 19-15 for the Irish. However, kills down the stretch by Vaughn, Keil and Kubura closed out the six-point win for the Seminoles.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  9  1  14  0.571   1  0  0   0  12  0  1   0   0   9.5
 5 Nicole Walch               3 13  5  31  0.258   0  0  0   1   7  0  0   0   1  13.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  1  0   1  1.000  22  1  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   2.0
12 Sarah Burrington           2  3  2   6  0.167   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   3.5
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  5  3  13  0.154   0  0  0   0   3  0  3   0   0   6.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  5  1  12  0.333   1  0  0   0   2  0  5   0   0   7.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  1   1 -1.000   1  1  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   1  0.000  15  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  5  4  12  0.083   0  0  0   0   4  0  3   1   0   6.5
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Christina Ambrose          2  0  2   5 -0.400   0  0  0   1   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               2  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   0   3  0  1   0   0   0.5
35 Mara Green                 2  4  0   5  0.800   0  0  0   0   0  1  2   0   0   6.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 45 19 102  0.255  41  2  1   3  53  1 16   1   1  56.0
   Opp                        3 25 20 104  0.048  23  3  5   2  30  0 16   2   1  36.0


  1 2 3
NOTRE DAME
18
14
19
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

LOUISVILLE 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
11/15/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Louisville Earns Fifth Set Win in Top 25 Clash.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Nicole Walch drove home match-high 22 kills and Katie Horton added 17 digs for the Seminoles, but it was three kills each by Tess Clark and Janelle Jenkins late in the fifth set that pushed 22nd-ranked Louisville to a 21-25, 26-24, 18-25, 28-26, 15-9 victory over Florida State at Tully Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.

Walch eclipsed the 20-kill plateau for the 18th time in her career and added 10 digs to notch her 44th career double-double. Sophomore Milica Kubura was also active on the front row for the Seminoles (20-7, 13-3 ACC) with 12 kills and a pair of assisted blocks. Horton reached double figure in kills (11) for the seventh time this season and completed her fifth double-double with 17 digs. It also marks the fourth straight contest for Horton that she closed with double-digit digs.

Louisville (21-5, 15-1 ACC) was led on offense by the trio of Erin Fairs (16 kills), Clark (14) and Jenkins (13) as it closed out the victory with 65 strikes. Teammate Molly Sauer anchored the defense with 19 digs, while Fairs and Jenkins contributed 11 and 10, respectively, to complete double-double performances. Maggie DeJong highlighted Louisville’s front row with six assisted blocks, while Jenkins and Clark combined for nine.

Timely kills by Jenkins and Fairs, along with consecutive points in serve by Gabbie Wiley, allowed Louisville to take an 8-4 lead as the two teams switched sides midway through the fifth set. Kubura answered for Florida State with two kills, keeping the difference at four, but a series of attack errors provided Louisville with the 13-7 cushion. The Seminoles received kills from Burrington and Walch, but an attack error along with a kill by Jenkins closed out the Louisville victory.

One of the major bright spots for the Noles, who suffered their first home setback in 42 league contests since losing to Miami on Nov. 26, 2011, was the 28-20 advantage in assisted blocks. That was due to a career-high nine assisted blocks by Melanie Keil along with five each by Sarah Burrington, Mercedes Vaughn and Nicole Walch.

“We had our opportunities to win in both the second and fourth set only to give up the set point,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We did some good things in the first three sets, but let the match slip away from us. You have to give Louisville credit for not making mistakes at the end of those sets and fighting back to get the wins.”

“We never got our offense running smoothly from the middle or right side and that was the difference today in the match. We need to regroup now and get prepared for the NCAA Tournament in order to give ourselves the best opportunity to make a run.”

Three Seminole kills, including two off the hand of Walch, along with the combination of three unforced Louisville errors brought the opening set to a six-all deadlock. The Cardinals seemingly grabbed the momentum with a 7-2 run behind two kills from Clark, but Florida State retaliated by combining capitalizing on five unforced Cardinal errors and kills by Walch and Melanie Keil to knot the contest at 14-all.

With its offense clicking on all cylinders, and the support of the Florida State faithful, the Noles used service points by Cecilie Woie and a kill from Walch to complete the comeback, 18-14. Louisville countered with kills by DeJong and Clark, pulling within two at the second Seminole timeout. Florida State surrendered just three points down the stretch and converted kills by Vaughn, Kubura and Horton to hand the Cardinals their third first set loss in ACC play this season.

Florida State carried the momentum from the opening set into the second as it grabbed a 5-2 advantage behind kills from the front row of Horton, Walch and Vaughn. Louisville, behind the service game of Jenkins, responded with a 4-1 run to deadlock the game at six.

The back-and-forth battle for the lead continued as the teams evenly split the next 30 points, despite Florida State establishing a four-point lead during one stretch, as the set reached a 21-21 deadlock. Louisville’s front row of Fairs and Jenkins recorded two kills each as the Cardinals tied the match heading into the intermission.

Louisville picked up the third set where it let off prior to halftime, streaking out to a 5-1 lead, but four kills from Horton and four points with Hailey Luke in serve sparked a 12-5 Florida State rally resulted in a 13-10 Noles lead.

A Cardinals timeout resulted in a brief rally, tying the set at 14, but a kill by Walch coupled with five Louisville errors with Woie in serve provided FSU with a 20-14 lead. The Seminoles placed themselves alongside Pittsburgh, as the only two teams to hand Louisville two set losses this season, as they completed the seven-point victory with two kills from Walch and strikes by Horton and Burrington.

Three Walch kills and four unforced errors inside the first 14 points brought the fourth set to a seven-all deadlock. Louisville, behind two kills each by Fairs and Clark, moved in front 14-10, however a rally highlighted by strikes from Walch and Kubura trimmed the Cardinal lead to two, 16-14.

Florida State’s front row of Horton, Kubura, Burrington and Walch collaborated for six kills as the Noles assumed a 20-19 lead. With neither able to gain more than a one point lead, the game endured six ties and reached a 26-all deadlock. Louisville eventually closed out the set with a series of kills by Fairs to set up the decisive fifth set.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 11  5  32  0.188   0  0  1   4  17  0  2   0   0  12.0
 5 Nicole Walch               5 22  7  61  0.246   0  2  1   2  10  0  5   0   1  26.5
 8 Hailey Luke                5  0  0   0  0.000  26  0  1   0  16  0  0   1   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           5  7  4  21  0.143   0  0  0   0   0  2  5   1   0  11.5
14 Mercedes Vaughn            5  4  4  19  0.000   1  0  0   0   3  0  5   1   0   6.5
21 Melanie Keil               5  1  1   6  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  1  9   0   0   6.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   5  0  0   0  17  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  0  0   0  0.000  19  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   1   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5 12  6  29  0.207   1  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0  13.0
13 Laura Dadowski             5  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  3   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
   Team                             1   1                                       
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 57 28 169  0.172  52  3  6   6  68  3 28   3   2  77.0
   Opp                        5 65 38 181  0.149  63  6  9   3  77  1 20   2   1  82.0


  1 2 3 4 5
LOUISVILLE
21
26
18
28
15
FLORIDA STATE
25
24
25
26
9

FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 1
11/20/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Down Wake Forest In Four Sets on Senior Night.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The front row trio of Sarah Burrington, Mercedes Vaughn and Nicole Walch combined for 34 kills as 20th-ranked Florida State posted a 25-12, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16 victory over Wake Forest on Senior Night at Tully Gymnasium.

Burrington and Walch shared team-high honors with 12 kills, while Vaughn chipped in 10, to provide the punch for a Florida State offense that posted a .379 hitting percentage, fourth highest against an ACC opponent at home this season. They were part of a balanced offensive attack that also received nine kills each from Milica Kubura and Karlie Hauer and six off the hand of Mara Green.

The Seminoles (21-7, 14-3 ACC) were led on defense by Hailey Luke, who posted her fourth double-double with team highs in digs (12) and assists (27). Burrington's four assisted blocks highlighted a front row unit that finished with a 12-8 advantage in assisted blocks.

"As always we are happy with the win, but more important we were pleased with the three sets that we won," said head coach Chris Poole. "We were able to accomplish some good things tonight with getting our offense back into rhythm. Sarah (Burrington), Nicole (Walch) and Mercedes (Vaughn) collectively played really well and more importantly we had good balance with all the hitters with the play of Karlie (Hauer) and Mara (Green) off the bench."

Wake Forest (12-17, 4-13 ACC) was paced by the duo of Matalee Reed and Kylie Long, who shared game-high honors with 13 kills, respectively. Reed posted a .345 attack percentage, limiting herself to three miscues in 29 total attacks. Meanwhile, the defense was paced by Caroline Wolf's 19 digs and three assisted blocks each from Reed and Hannah Lee.

Florida State, fueled by three Walch kills and a trio of service aces from Horton, established an 8-1 lead in the opening set. Wake Forest pieced together a rally behind three points from Reed and a kill by Rachel Burau, slicing the deficit to two, before strikes by Kubura and Walch placed the Noles in front 14-9.

The Demon Deacons reached double figures on an unforced Florida State error, 16-10, but senior Laura Dadowski sniped Wake Forest for three service aces as the Noles assumed the 22-11 lead. FSU completed the 13-point victory on behind unforced errors by Wake Forest and a kill from Vaughn.

Burrington's four kills inside the first 22 points of the second set were instrumental in bringing the contest to an 11-all deadlock. The Seminoles eventually took control of the match, behind strikes from Mara Green and Walch, forcing Wake Forest to call its first timeout trailing by two.

Florida State doubled its lead to four after scoring seven of the next 12 points, due in large part to two kills each from Burrington and Hauer. Leading 20-18, after back-to-back points by Wake Forest, the Seminoles closed earned the 25-19 win behind a kill from Walch and a service ace by Brianne Burkert.

Wake Forest regained its focus during the intermission, streaking out to a 4-0 lead behind kills from Reed and Long. Florida State answered with a 5-1 run, highlighted by kills from Hauer, knotting the set at five. Three ties later, with the game knotted at nine-all, the Demon Deacons used three points by Wolf to establish a 16-13 advantage.

Timely kills by the duo of Reed and Long, along with two unforced Florida State errors, allowed the Demon Deacons to take a 21-16 lead, forcing the Noles to spend their second timeout. A brief Seminole rally, which included strikes from Burrington and Hauer was not enough to derail the three-point Wake Forest as it earned the third set victory.

Florida State regained its earlier form in the fourth set when it combined kills by Walch and Vaughn with service points by Cecilie Woie, establishing a 6-1 advantage. Despite multiple kills by Vaughn and Green, the Noles were unable to extend their lead beyond four as Wake Forest burned a timeout trailing 15-11.

Consecutive service aces by Burkert quickly forced another Demon Deacons breather as Florida State forged in front 20-15 after a series of strikes by Kubura. Two unforced Wake Forest errors coupled with kills by Vaughn and Walch gave the Noles their eight win in league play at Tully Gymnasium this season.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               2  1  2  10 -0.100   0  3  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   4.0
 5 Nicole Walch               4 12  2  24  0.417   0  1  2   3   8  0  2   0   0  14.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   2  0.000  27  0  1   0  12  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           4 12  2  20  0.500   0  0  0   0   1  2  4   0   0  16.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3 10  2  16  0.500   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   1   0  10.0
21 Melanie Keil               2  1  2   3 -0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   1.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   6  2  1   0  11  0  0   0   0   2.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  1  0   1  1.000  21  3  1   0   6  0  0   0   2   4.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4  9  2  14  0.500   2  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0  10.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          2  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   0  3  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   3.0
20 Karlie Hauer               4  9  2  26  0.269   0  0  1   0   5  0  1   0   0   9.5
35 Mara Green                 3  6  0   8  0.750   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   7.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 61 14 124  0.379  57 12  7   4  52  2 12   1   2  81.0
   Opp                        4 42 18 118  0.203  39  4  4  12  43  4  8   0   0  54.0


  1 2 3 4
WAKE FOREST
12
19
25
16
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
22
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, DUKE 1
11/22/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Walch, Kubura Highlight Seminole Win Over Duke.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Nicole Walch contributed a match-high 18 kills and Milica Kubura added 16 as 20th-ranked Florida State earned a 19-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-17 victory over Duke to complete the 2015 home slate at Tully Gymnasium in Sunday afternoon ACC action.

Walch, in her final regular season appearance at home, drove home 18 kills along with nine digs and four assisted blocks to move Florida State to 22-7 overall and 15-3 in league play. Meanwhile, Kubura was one shy of her career-high in kills as she posted a .324 attack percentage. Senior Mercedes Vaughn also topped double figure kills, 11, as the Noles closed the match with a 61-49 edge in kills.

Florida State also had a solid defensive performance by Mara Green, who established a new career-high with nine assisted blocks. Green, who topped her previous career best by two, was joined up front by Kubura (five assisted blocks) and Walch (four). Meanwhile, the back row of Cecilie Woie (16 digs) and Karlie Hauer (10) limited Duke to a .184 attack percentage.

“After the first set we really kicked in and played well those final three sets,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We had good balance offensively. Mara (Green), with nine blocks, and Karlie (Hauer) came off the bench and gave us a huge lift. Milica Kubura played sound throughout the match and Nicole (Walch) really came alive the last two sets and became unstoppable.”

Duke (15-13, 10-8 ACC) was led individually on offense by 10 kills each from Alyse Whitaker, Leah Meyers and Emily Sklar. Setter Maggie Deichmeister also enjoyed a solid outing with 41 assists, while the combination of Sasha Karelov (20 digs) and Meyer (six assisted blocks) highlighted the Blue Devils’ defensive efforts.

Kubura drove home four kills inside the first 13 set points to provide Florida State with an early 8-5 lead. Duke answered with three points in serve by Jordan Tucker, knotting the contest at eight-all, forcing the first of three ties.

An unforced Florida State error, along with kills from the trio of Whitaker, Sklar and Breanna Atkinson, forged the Blue Devils in front 14-10. Duke’s lead reached six, 21-15, following five points in serve by Nicole Elattrache. Despite a late push by the Noles with kills from Hauer, Burrington and Vaughn the Blue Devils earned the six-point win.

Kubura rose to the occasion again in the opening stages of the second set, driving home three kills, including the tiebreaker, as the Seminoles assumed a 12-11 lead. Florida State, behind two kills from Kubura and two unforced Duke miscues, stretched the advantage to four before a Blue Devil rally brought the game to a 17-17 deadlock.

Two kills from Walch, along with three points in serve by Woie, provided Florida State with a 21-17 lead. The Seminoles allowed just one point down the stretch as they tied the match at 1-1 following kills by Walch and Kubura.

Duke jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, following the intermission, but it was two kills each from the duo of Kubura and Walch that sparked a Seminole rally as they moved within one, 9-8. Florida State surrendered four of the next five points, but Brianne Burkert’s service game, which resulted in two unforced errors and an ace, pushed the Noles ahead 15-13.

Strikes by the front row trio of Walch, Kubura and Burrington kept Florida State in front, 22-19, before the Blue Devils countered with a 4-2 run to make for a 24-23 contest. However, Florida State earned the two-point victory on Walch’s ninth kill in the set.

Multiple kills by the front row of Burrington, Vaughn and Green forced seven ties as the units reached an 11-all deadlock in the fourth. Burkert’s service game again proved to be the difference as she forced Duke to committ two errors and added a service ace to make for a 15-11 Seminole lead.

Two kills by Kubura kept Florida State in front as they added to their lead, 19-14, with back-to-back strikes from Burrington and Kubura. The Seminoles allowed just three points over the remainder of the set and tacked on kills from Kubura, Burrington and Vaughn to earn at least nine home wins for the sixth time in eight years under Poole.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  0  1   1 -1.000   0  1  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
 5 Nicole Walch               4 18  6  53  0.226   0  0  1   2   9  0  4   0   0  20.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   1  0.000  27  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           4  8  1  20  0.350   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   9.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            4 11  6  21  0.238   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0  11.5
21 Melanie Keil               1  0  1   1 -1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   1  16  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   0  0.000  30  2  2   0   8  0  0   0   0   2.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 16  5  34  0.324   0  0  0   0   5  0  5   0   0  18.5
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               4  6  2  17  0.235   1  0  0   1  10  0  1   0   0   6.5
35 Mara Green                 3  2  1   4  0.250   0  0  0   0   2  0  9   0   0   6.5
   Team                             1   1                                       
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 61 24 153  0.242  59  3  4   4  60  0 22   0   0  75.0
   Opp                        4 49 23 141  0.184  45  4  4   3  56  3 18   0   2  65.0


  1 2 3 4
DUKE
25
18
23
17
FLORIDA STATE
19
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, GEORGIA TECH 2
11/25/2015, ATLANTA, GA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Extended to Five Sets with Yellow Jackets.

ATLANTA, GA - Sarah Burrington, Katie Horton and Brianne Burkert each completed a double-double as 20th-ranked Florida State edged Georgia Tech 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 25-20 and 15-7 in ACC volleyball action on Wednesday afternoon.

Burrington, who finished with 13 kills and 10 assisted blocks, posted her best attack percentage (.650) of the season. Horton led the team in both kills (16) and digs (20) en route to her sixth double-double of the season. Senior Nicole Walch also topped double figure kills (15) as she became the fourth player in program history, and first in the rally scoring era, to eclipse 400 kills in three straight seasons.

Mercedes Vaughn established a new career-high in assisted blocks (10) as she teamed with Burrington to give the Seminoles a 28-15 edge in blocks. Cecilie Woie tied Horton for the team high in digs, 20, and Brianne Burkert added 14 digs to go along with 23 assists, completing her fourth double-double of the season. The win moves Florida State to 23-7 overall and 16-3 in the ACC.

"This is a difficult place to play because the noise level is always very high," said head coach Chris Poole. "We played a little up and down during the match, but midway through the fourth set we started playing great volleyball and that momentum carried into the fifth set. Sarah (Burrington) had one of her best matches. She was dominate at the net and the combination of Nicole (Walch) and Katie (Horton) came on strong as the match progressed."

Despite double-double outings from the trio of Teegan Van Gunst (18 kills/11 digs), Annika Van Gunst (12 kills/22 digs) and Ashley Askin (11 kills/12 digs), Georgia Tech slipped to 18-13 overall and 9-10 in ACC play. Sydney Wilson, who finished with 14 kills and a .333 attack percentage, was also active on defense with four assisted blocks, sharing team high in assisted blocks with Rebecca Martin.

Trailing by a 2-1 margin in the match and five points in the early stages of the fourth set, Florida State used kills by Milica Kubura and Horton to spark an 8-3 run that knotted the contest at 11-all. Hailey Luke gave the Noles a slim one point lead with a service ace and forced the first Georgia Tech timeout.

Four points later, following a series of Walch kills, Florida State grabbed a two point advantage it would not relinquish. The Noles extended their lead to five, 20-15, with back-to-back points by Walch. After a brief Georgia Tech run, which trimmed the margin to three, FSU sent the match to a decisive fifth set behind consecutive kills from Burrington.

With the momentum shifting from the fourth, the Seminoles used four kills by Walch and three unforced errors to establish an 8-3 advantage in the decisive set. After splitting the next six points, Horton drove a kill past the Georgia Tech defense to give the Noles a 12-6 lead. Luke used her service game to put Florida State at match point, 14-6, before Horton closed out the match with a kill two points later.

Seven unforced Georgia Tech errors coupled with kills by Burrington and Walch allowed Florida State to establish a 9-4 lead in the opening set. The Seminoles maintained their lead with a series of strikes from Burrington, Vaughn and Kubura as they led 16-12 at the first Georgia Tech timeout.

Three addition Yellow Jacket errors, along with two kills off the hand of Walch, stretched the Florida State advantage to seven, before a 5-1 run highlighted by strikes from Teegan Van Gunst and Wilson trimmed the margin to 22-19. The Seminoles allowed just one point over the remainder of the set and used back-to-back kills by Burrington to complete the five-point win.

Georgia Tech fell into a 7-4 hole early in the second set following a kill by Horton and an unforced error with Laura Dadowski in serve. However, the Yellow Jackets responded with three straight points from Gabriela Stavnetchei to deadlock the game for the first of seven ties.

Knotted at 17-all, Teegan Van Gunst and Stavnetchei provided the spark for a Yellow Jackets squad that eventually moved in front by three. The Seminoles rallied behind Horton and Burrington, tying the game at 22, before strikes from Martin and Teegan Van Gunst tied the match at 1-1 heading into the intermission.

For the third consecutive set Florida State established the early lead, 8-4, only to witness the Yellow Jackets score 10 of the next 16 points, including three kills by Wilson, as the third set reached a 14-14 tie.

The Seminoles forged back in front, 21-19, behind a series of kills from Horton and Kubura. Georgia Tech stormed back behind kills from Ashley Askin as the game reached a 22-all deadlock. Florida State committed two unforced errors with Askin in serve and surrendered a kill by Wilson to fall by two in the third.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 16  5  41  0.268   0  0  2   1  20  1  3   0   0  18.5
 5 Nicole Walch               5 15  5  42  0.238   0  0  1   1   7  0  0   0   1  15.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  0  1   2 -0.500  26  1  0   0   5  0  0   0   1   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           5 13  0  20  0.650   0  0  0   0   1  2 10   1   0  20.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            5  4  1  14  0.214   0  0  0   0   3  1 10   0   0  10.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  3  0   8  0.375   3  0  0   0   1  0  2   1   0   4.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   4  1  0   1  20  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  0  0   0  0.000  23  1  0   0  14  0  0   0   1   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5  8  6  26  0.077   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   1   8.0
13 Laura Dadowski             5  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   0.5
35 Mara Green                 3  1  2   6 -0.167   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   2.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 60 20 159  0.252  56  3  4   3  77  4 28   2   4  81.0
   Opp                        5 63 39 194  0.124  61  3  5   3  70  0 15   4   1  73.5


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
25
22
23
25
15
GEORGIA TECH
20
25
25
20
7

FLORIDA STATE 3, CLEMSON 0
11/27/2015, CLEMSON, SC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles End Regular Season with Sweep of Clemson.

CLEMSON, SC - Cecilie Woie finished with 16 digs and Nicole Walch posted her 10th double-double of the season (12 kills, 12 digs) as 20th-ranked Florida State earned its 15th three-set victory of the season over Clemson by scores of 25-22, 27-25 and 25-15 on Friday afternoon.

Walch was joined among the offensive leaders by Mercedes Vaughn (eight kills) and Milica Kubura (seven kills) as Florida State ended with a 46-39 advantage in total kills. Eight Seminoles finished with at least two kills as Florida State posted a .292 attack percentage.

Meanwhile, Woie capped off her fifth straight double-digit dig performance by leading the way for a back row that included solid efforts from Walch and Katie Horton (11 digs). The Seminoles also received a solid defensive performance from the front row combination of Sarah Burrington (five assisted blocks) and Mara Green (four) as they wrap up the regular season with a 24-7 overall mark that resulted in a 17-3 ACC record.

Clemson (6-26, 1-18 ACC) was led individually by the performances of Leah Perri (12 kills) and Sydney Moseley (11 kills) on offense. The Tigers defense was led by 20 digs from Keelie Ameson as they finished with 50 team digs.

"We worked hard today because Clemson was determined to play hard in their last match of the season," said head coach Chris Poole. "We continued to have different players step up for us, which could be really amazing if we get everyone clicking at the same time. The NCAA Tournament starts a brand new season for us and we need to take the things that we have learned and be more consistent and disciplined in our play.

"Mara (Green) and Karlie (Hauer) again came off the bench and gave us a huge lift," added Poole. "It's important to have depth that is ready to contribute."

Highlighted by Woie's service game, which accounted for seven points, the Seminoles established a 9-3 lead as Clemson burned its first timeout early in the opening set. The Tigers responded by scoring 10 of the next 15 points, capitalizing on four kills and three points in serve by Moseley, to trim the lead to one.

Clemson continued to push for the lead, but it was timely kills by the collection of Melanie Keil, Kubura and Horton that kept Florida State in front, 20-16, forcing a second Tiger timeout. Clemson tallied six of the next nine points, drawing within one on a kill by Megan McGinley, before a kill by Burrington and an unforced error provided the Seminoles with the three-point victory.

Clemson managed to overcome the 10 unforced errors in the opening frame with a series of Kate Frederico service aces as it jumped in front 7-5 in the second set. The lead eventually reached four, 15-10, following a series of points by McGinley.

The Seminoles emerged from their second timeout in a five-point span by peppering kills from Mara Green, Karlie Hauer, Walch, Vaughn and Horton as they closed the gap to 20-18, forcing a Clemson timeout. The Tigers, following kills by Perri, were on the verge of taking the second set before Walch came through with two kills in the next three points to move Florida State into the lead. After a Perri kill knotted the game at 25, two unforced Clemson errors provided the Noles with the win.

Florida State was unable to separate itself from Clemson's gritty effort as the two teams battled through eight ties to reach a 10-all deadlock in the third set. Woie again proved to be the difference for the Seminoles as she teamed with Vaughn to score three points and provide a 13-10 advantage.

Clinging to a two point lead, 15-13, after a Walch kill, Florida State used strikes by Kubura and three Clemson errors to move in front 20-15 as it forced a Tiger timeout. The Seminoles continued their solid defense and behind the service game of Hailey Luke along with kills by Green and Walch earned the 10-point triumph.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  2  1  19  0.053   0  0  0   0  11  1  0   1   0   3.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3 12  6  27  0.222   0  0  0   3  12  2  0   0   0  14.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   2  0.000  25  1  0   0   3  0  0   0   2   1.0
12 Sarah Burrington           1  2  1   5  0.200   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   2.5
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  8  1  12  0.583   0  0  0   0   0  0  5   0   0  10.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  5  1  13  0.308   0  0  0   0   3  0  2   1   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  1   1 -1.000   2  1  1   1  16  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  18  0  2   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  7  1  15  0.400   0  0  0   0   4  0  1   1   0   7.5
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               2  4  0   8  0.500   0  0  0   0   3  0  1   0   0   4.5
35 Mara Green                 2  6  1  11  0.455   0  0  0   0   1  1  4   0   0   9.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 46 13 113  0.292  45  2  4   4  56  4 14   3   2  59.0
   Opp                        3 39 21 123  0.146  36  4  7   2  50  0  6   0   1  46.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
27
25
CLEMSON
22
25
15

FLORIDA STATE 3, ARIZONA STATE 0
12/03/2015, NCAA, Gainesville, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Walch, Burrington Highlight Noles Win Over Sun Devils.

GAINESVILLE, FL - Nicole Walch posted her fifth career double-double in the NCAA Tournament (16 kills, 14 digs) and Sarah Burrington added eight assisted blocks as 19th-ranked Florida State earned a sweep of Arizona State (25-13, 25-17, 25-21) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Walch, who had at least 16 kills for the fourth time in an NCAA Tournament match, completed her solid effort by posting a .400 attack percentage after committing just two errors in 35 total attacks. Meanwhile, Burrington anchored a front line that posted 22 assisted blocks, tying for second most by a Seminole squad in the rally scoring era, as she tied Sareea Freeman's single-match rally scoring assisted blocks record by an individual.

Florida State (25-7) also enjoyed all around performances by Mercedes Vaughn (six kills, six assisted blocks), Hailey Luke (17 assists, nine digs), Brianne Burkert (15 assists) and Cecilie Woie (eight digs).

Arizona State closed out the campaign and 19-13 led by the efforts of Lexi MacLean (eight kills) and BreElle Bailey (seven) on offense. The Sun Devils struggled to find rhythm, committing 23 errors, as they hit just .044 on the contest-the second lowest percentage by a Seminole opponent since 2002 (.024; Alabama A&M, Dec. 5, 2009).

"I am very pleased with how we played most of the match," said head coach Chris Poole. "Our blocking has been a point of emphasis the last couple of weeks and I thought we did well tonight. Glad to see our defense step up and pleased with our balanced offense. We need to play very consistent tomorrow if we want to be successful."

Florida State came out firing in the opening frame as it established an 11-5 advantage, capitalizing on seven unforced Arizona State errors and kills from Burrington, Melanie Keil and Walch, forcing an early Sun Devil timeout. The Seminoles added to their lead, behind the service game of Luke, scoring seven of the next eight points to move in front 18-6.

Three kills by Mercedes Vaughn helped maintain the double-digit lead as the Noles moved in front 23-13. Walch and Kubura drove home the final two points of the opening frame as Florida State completed the 12-point victory.

The Seminoles repeated their solid start in the second set, jumping out to a 7-0 lead behind six points in serve and one kill from Katie Horton. Kills by Bailey and Cassidy Pickrell put points on the board for Arizona State, but it was three kills off the hand of Walch that provided Florida State with 12-5 lead.

Walch added a service ace and kill, stretching the lead to nine, and following a series of strikes by Keil, Burrington and Vaughn the Seminole lead reached 19-10, forcing the final Arizona State timeout.

Arizona State made a slight rally, using three kills by Lexi MacLean and two Seminole errors to draw within eight points on two occasions, but it was a kill by Burrington that provided Florida State with a two set advantage heading into the intermission.

After battling to a four-all tie early in the third set, keyed by three kills from Walch, Arizona State rattled off a 4-1 run to assume the three-point advantage. The Sun Devils maintained that advantage until back-to-back kills by Luke and Walch brought the match to a 14-14 deadlock.

The combination of Vaughn, Keil and Horton penetrated the Arizona State defense as the two teams reached a 19-all tie following a service ace by Kylie Pickrell. With Luke in serve, and a kill from Burrington, Florida State forged ahead 22-19. A kill by Mercedes Binns was not enough to spark the Sun Devils rally as they surrendered three points on unforced errors to help the Noles improve to 14-6 all-time under Poole in the NCAA Tournament.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  5  2  15  0.200   2  0  0   0  12  0  0   0   0   5.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3 16  2  35  0.400   2  1  1   2  14  0  2   0   0  18.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  1  0   2  0.500  17  2  0   0   9  0  0   0   2   3.0
12 Sarah Burrington           3  4  3  10  0.100   0  0  0   0   0  0  8   0   0   8.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            3  6  1  12  0.417   0  0  0   0   0  0  6   1   0   9.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  3  2  11  0.091   0  1  0   0   2  0  3   0   0   5.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  1   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  15  0  1   0   6  0  0   0   2   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  5  1   9  0.444   0  0  0   0   2  0  3   0   0   6.5
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
20 Karlie Hauer               1  0  1   1 -1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 40 12  95  0.295  38  4  4   2  55  0 22   1   4  55.0
   Opp                        3 28 23 114  0.044  24  2  3   4  37  0 10   1   3  35.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
ARIZONA STATE
13
17
21

FLORIDA 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
12/04/2015, GAINESVILLE, FL, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Walch, Seminoles End Season With Setback to Florida.
GAINESVILLE, FL - Nicole Walch finished with 19 kills and 14 digs as she notched her eighth double-digit kill performance in the NCAA Tournament, but it was a rally deep in the third set that shifted the momentum as 16th-ranked Florida came away with a 23-25, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-19 victory over 19th-ranked Florida State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

By virtue of her match-high in kills, Walch capped off her career with 1,466 kills, fifth all-time, and 47 double-doubles. She was joined on offense by Sarah Burrington (nine kills) and Katie Horton (seven).

On defense Florida State (25-8) received solid outings from Burrington (four assisted blocks/two solo blocks), Melanie Keil (five assisted blocks) and Mercedes Vaughn (four assisted blocks). The back row tandem of Cecilie Woie (17 digs) and Horton (11 digs) guided Florida State to 62 total digs.

Florida (24-6) advanced to the Sweet 16 behind the offensive trio of Carli Snyder (16 kills), Ziva Recek (16) and Rhamat Alhassan (12). Collectively they guided the Gators to a .223 attack percentage. Florida's defense was highlighted by Nikki O'Rourke (18 digs), Ziva Recek (17 digs), while the Rhamat Alhassan posted three solo blocks and four assisted blocks.

"We had a great season, but so disappointed in not finishing the third set," said head coach Chris Poole. "This is two years in a row that we gave up a huge run at the end of a set. We came a long way this year with our unforced errors, but that was still our weakness in too many matches. We have a lot of talent returning and we are proud of these seniors and the work they put in to help build this program."

Just as in the opening round, Florida State used its defense to establish momentum early, collecting eight assisted blocks, including two each by the trio of Burrington, Horton and Keil as they captured the opening set. A service ace by Woie, followed by two unforced Florida errors, allowed the Seminoles to establish a 4-1 lead in the early going. That marked the first of six three-point leads for FSU, inside 23 points, the largest lead of the frame by either team.

Florida retaliated, behind Snyder in serve, bringing the game to a 13-all deadlock. The two teams traded the next 10 points, forcing five ties, as they reached an 18-18 deadlock. Burrington and Vaughn drove home kills for the Seminoles as they forced Florida to burn its final timeout. Three strikes by Walch kept Florida State in command of the match, 23-21, and despite a late flurry by the Gators two kills from Kubura cinched the two-point win.

Three unforced errors by the Gators and a kill by Walch provided Florida State a 4-3 lead early in the second set. However, Florida quickly answered and used two kills each by Recek and Snyder in a 7-3 run to assume the three-point advantage.

Florida extended its lead to five, 13-8, following a kill by Mackenzie Dagostino, before slams by Horton and Burrington, coupled with two Gator unforced errors, made for a 17-15 contest. Florida, looking to avoid a 0-2 deficit, used three unforced Seminole errors and kills by Recek and Simone Antwi to forge ahead 24-17. Two late kills by Walch were not enough to derail the Gators who posted the six-point victory.

Five Florida State kills inside the first 16 points resulted in an eight-all deadlock as Walch added a pair of kills to provide a 10-8 lead. The hard hitting senior was joined on the front row by Horton, Burrington and Kubura as the Seminoles extended their advantage to 17-12.

Two kills on the front row by Kubura, along with an attack error by Snyder, allowed Florida State to assume the 23-20 lead. However, two service aces by Lindsey Rogers turned the momentum in Florida's favor as they added kills by Rhamat Alhassan to complete the 25-23 come-from-behind victory.

The Gators used their momentum shift in the third, along with five points in serve by Lindsey Rogers, to establish a 6-1 lead. Walch ended the brief run by Florida with two kills and a service ace as the Noles narrowed the deficit to four.

Florida maintained its lead, stretching it at one point to seven, before a series of kills by Mara Green and Walch eventually knotted the set at 14. After trading the next four points, Florida regained the lead, 18-16, following kills by Alhassan. The proceeded to convert seven of the next 10 points, including two kills by Snyder, as they closed out the Seminoles season.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4  7  1  27  0.222   0  0  2   2  11  0  2   0   0   8.0
 5 Nicole Walch               4 19  6  53  0.245   1  1  1   7  14  1  2   0   0  22.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  26  0  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Sarah Burrington           4  9  2  17  0.412   0  0  0   0   0  2  4   0   0  13.0
14 Mercedes Vaughn            4  2  7  13 -0.385   0  0  0   0   1  0  5   0   0   4.5
21 Melanie Keil               4  0  2   9 -0.222   0  0  1   0   2  0  7   0   0   3.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   2  1  0   1  17  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  1  0   1  1.000  18  0  1   0   7  0  0   0   2   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4  6  4  26  0.077   0  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   6.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   2.0
20 Karlie Hauer               1  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   0.5
35 Mara Green                 2  4  0   4  1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   4.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 48 22 151  0.172  47  4  6  10  62  3 22   0   2  66.0
   Opp                        4 58 23 157  0.223  55 10 10   4  68  6 12   1   1  80.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
19
23
19
FLORIDA
23
25
25
25