Tallahassee, FL - Thanks to a 26-7 run between the second and third sets, the 19th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team defeated No. 13 Duke in straight sets, (25-22, 25-22, 25-17) on Sunday at Tully Gym.
“We’ve really been focusing on limiting our mistakes,” head coach Chris Poole said. “We kicked it up to another degree in the second set and we weren’t making as many mistakes and we forced them to play more on their side.”
With the win, the Noles move to 22-7, 15-3 as they cut Duke’s conference lead in half as it drops to 25-5, 16-2 with two matches remaining in the regular season.
“We can’t control our own destiny,” Poole said. “We can’t win the ACC unless Duke loses another match, but today we knew we were playing the top team in the conference and we certainly wanted to show that we were capable of playing with the best in the ACC.”
For the fifth-straight game, sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch led the Seminole attack as she had 15 kills, eight digs and four blocks. She also swung a hitting percentage of .419.
Senior right side hitter Nicole Walch was clutch in the upset as she tallied 10 kills and hit .625 percent. She was also behind three blocks.
Both middle blockers contributed five blocks each as redshirt freshman Sarah Burrington also added seven kills. Senior Ashley Neff accounted for four kills.
Once again, Olivera Medic was solid as she was under 16 digs while adding six kills.
Junior setter Sarah Wickstrom had 21 assists, while freshman Hailey Luke accounted for 16.
Redshirt junior libero Katie Mosher was under 11 digs while contributing a pair of assists.
As a team, the Seminoles totaled 10 blocks and hit for .340. In addition FSU held Duke to a .185 hitting percentage.
The first set saw some intense play, with 10 lead changes and 13 ties in the score. With the set knotted at 22, Duke committed back-to-back attack errors before Laura Dadoski set up Elise Walch for the kill to take the set, 25-22.
In the second, the Seminoles stumbled in the middle eventually falling in to a 19-13 hole. Down the stretch, FSU closed out the set on a 12-3 run, stealing the 2-0 lead from the Blue Devils after taking the set 25-22.
FSU carried its run over to the third set, extending it to a 26-7 streak before the Blue Devils rallied to close the Seminole lead to four. However, the Noles buckled down and closed out the match 25-17.
“We wanted to come out and defend our ACC home winning streak,” Neff said. “It was really important for us to come out with a lot of energy and ready to play and we did.”
The Seminoles have now extended their ACC home winning streak to 26 matches after defeating their fifth top 25 opponent of 2013.
Florida State finishes the regular season this week as it takes on Clemson on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. before hosting Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. on Friday Nov.29.
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