AMES, Iowa- (Seminoles.com) – The 13th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team (2-0) picked up its second win in the AVCA Showcase as it swept Iowa State (0-2) on Sunday, 3-0 at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
“Iowa State has been really strong the last five years,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “I am very proud of our girls for going in there and getting a sweep.”
Once again, junior outside hitter Nicole Walch spearheaded the Seminole attack with 18 kills, hitting for .469 percent. The Stuart, Fla. ends the weekend averaging 5.14 kills per set after she tallied 18 kills in Friday’s 3-1 win over No. 7 Nebraska.
“We came out strong,” Walch said. “We wanted to build off the big win on Friday and I thought we did that today. My teammates kept giving me opportunities and as a team we took care of business.”
“Nicole is our most experience returning hitter,” Poole said. “She knows that she needs to be a leader and she is taking that responsibility to heart.”
The Seminoles were big on the net with 14 total team blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington tallied eight block assists, while Walch earned three in addition to one solo. Junior Kiara Wright registered a solo block on top of her four block assists.
“We really focused on the fundamentals today,” Burrington said. “We had great hands and blocked smart and it paid off for us.”
Sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton helped with four block assists and nine kills while redshirt junior Mercedes Vaughn was there for three block assists and four kills.
In the first, Burrington played tough at the net, denying the Cyclones twice before teaming up with Horton for the block assist on the third try, giving the Seminoles a 10-6 advantage.
“I was aggressive during that stretch,” Burrington said. “We felt very prepared for them and we were able to play well at the net.”
After Iowa State called timeout, FSU went up 11-6 before falling victim to an 8-0 Cyclone run. Facing a 11-14 hole, the Seminoles clawed back to tie 16-16. The score was tied three more times before FSU closed out the set on a 6-2 run to take the 1-0 lead, 25-21.
The Seminoles took the momentum into the second and played with a comfortable lead throughout the set. On top of her three block assists at the net, Walch was on powerful on the attack, slamming down seven kills.
Redshirt senior Katie Mosher dished a pair of aces to end the second and take the 2-0 lead as the Seminoles outscored the Cyclones 25-16.
In the third, the Seminoles kept firing on the attack while only giving up 11 points in the set and holding the Cyclones to a negative hitting percentage. Iowa State had no answer for Walch as she poured on seven more kills helping the Seminoles to the 25-11, straight-set victory.
Florida State and third-ranked Stanford went 2-0 over the AVCA Showcase. The Cardinal swept Iowa State on Friday before defeating No. 7 Nebraska 3-0 on Sunday.
Both the Huskers and Cyclones went 0-2.
“This was an exceptional weekend,” Poole said. “We played well and now we have a chance to play Florida on our home floor. It’s going to be great for us to have that opportunity to show our fans the 2014 edition by going against a very high level opponent.”
The Seminoles return to Tully Gym on Sept. 4 to play No. 10 Florida at 6 p.m. The match will be on ESPN3. For more information on FSU volleyball visit, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.