Nov. 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Head Coach Chris Poole picked up his 700th career victory as he led the 22nd-ranked FSU indoor volleyball team over Notre Dame 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-21) on Sunday at Tully Gym.
"I didn't even realize I was at 700," Poole said. "It's been a long career - 30 years worth of coaching on the collegiate level and there's been a lot of excitement and opportunities, great players and great teams and this is a group that I love working with. It feels good for them to be able to help me get number 700."
Coach Poole earned his first benchmark win as a Seminole during the 2009 season, when he reached 600 wins in just his second season at the helm. Five years earlier, Poole grabbed his 500th career win while leading Arkansas in 2004.
In addition, Poole ranks in the top 10 in victories among all active Division I coaches in the country.
For the second-consecutive match sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch recorded a double-double, swinging for 13 kills while adding 12 digs as she posted a .522 hitting percentage. It was her first double-double in three sets and sixth overall for the season.
"Our main goal for the season is to always improve," Walch said. "That's awesome for Coach Poole. He's a great coach and I love playing for him."
Redshirt freshman Sarah Burrington also had a great day on the attack, recording 10 kills while hitting .471 percent. Burrington also had three blocks.
"I know Coach Poole has a long history and legacy," Burrington said. "To be a part of such a big win for him is great."
Senior Ashley Neff continued her dominance at the net, standing up four blocks and seven kills.
The Seminoles got out in front early on the Irish in the first set and kept their foot on the gas, taking it 25-13.
In the second set, FSU started off a little sluggish, however thanks to a 7-2 run the Noles went in front 11-9 early. The teams were tied twice more before the Seminoles closed out the set 25-21, taking the 2-0 lead into the break.
The third set was closer than the previous two as the score was tied four times, however Nicole Walch's kill broke the final stalemate at 15 and the Seminoles never looked back. FSU finished its sixth ACC match in straight sets, 25-10.
"This team is a joy to coach every day," Poole said. "You can see improvements being made. We have so many young players out there trying to get better. Experience is something that only comes around when you actually get experience. It's the ability to play the balls that you need. You just get better and you learn from it."
Florida State continues its home stretch as it hosts Wake Forest on Friday at 7 p.m.
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