Nov. 21, 2013
By Layne Herdt (@LayneHerdt) Seminoles.com-
As the Seminoles hit the home stretch of the regular season each game becomes more critical than the next, luckily for those big moments the Noles have found their go to hitter on the outside in sophomore Nicole Walch.
"You have to be strong on the outside," head coach Chris Poole said. "Anytime that you have an out of system ball, which is a bad pass, it's going to get thrown up high outside. So you have to have very good experienced outside hitters."
"I think Gokhan [Yilmaz] says that two out of every three balls are out of system," sophomore Nicole Walch said. "Most of the time those balls get thrown to the outside and it's just really important to make plays and keep the ball in play so I've been working really hard at that."
Walch leads the team in kills with 348 including more than 10 kills in six straight matches.
"Her role is huge," senior Elise Walch said. "Whenever we need a kill we really look for her, front row and back row. She's been a really big part of this team's success."
The sophomore was put in position to succeed thanks to the individual work she put in during spring drills.
"Spring is focused on individual improvement," Poole said. "The fact that Nicole has now had two springs of training has improved her tremendously on her individual skills and as given her confidence."
"In the spring my sister Elise and I worked so hard," Walch said. "We went in all the time and put extra work in. I just really wanted it to be a great season for our whole team. I can't do it by myself, but I'm really excited after last year, coming out strong this year."
With Walch becoming a huge threat on the outside with her offense, it's her defense that has been her focus of improvement as the season progresses.
"Ever since high school I've been working really hard to improve my passing and my serve receive, "Walch said. "Getting to college it's a whole different level and I wasn't ready for it. I've been working really hard to be strong at it and make it one of the strongest parts of my game."
Becoming the total package can only be a good thing for Florida State as they attempt to track down a third straight ACC Championship.