No. 18 Seminoles Sweep Cavaliers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Virginia volleyball team couldn’t find a way to stop No. 18 Florida State’s efficient attack on Sunday afternoon in Tully Gymnasium and was swept by its Atlantic Coast Conference foe by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 29-27.
Brianna Barry led Florida State by hitting an astounding .727 with nine kills on 11 attempts. As a team, the Seminoles hit .415 and landed 54 kills, while their defense held the Cavaliers to a .204 attack percentage and just 34 kills for the match.
Mira Djuric provided support for Barry and finished the match with 16 kills and hit .542. Defensively, Fatma Yildirim dug 11 attacks and Jenna Romanelli collected 10 digs.
For the Cavaliers, sophomore Simone Asque paced the attack, knocking down 12 kills. Freshman Rachel Gray dished out 26 assists and landed four service aces, while AJ Cushman led the defense with 13 digs and three aces.
With Florida State up 16-13 in the first set, the Seminoles used a timeout to spark a 9-1 run and closed out the game with a 25-14 win.
Virginia regrouped at the beginning of the second set, but couldn’t hold on as Florida State strung together a 6-1 run that put the frame out of reach for the Cavaliers, with the Seminoles winning 25-21.
The Cavaliers suffered from a slow start in the third set, as Florida State jumped out to an 8-3 lead. Virginia managed to chip into the Seminoles advantage though, and eventually knotted the score at 15. The squads proceeded to trade point throughout the rest of the set. Florida State held the first match point opportunity, but junior Sydney Hill landed a kill to even the score again, at 24, and Asque followed that up with a kill of her own to push Virginia ahead one. The Seminoles then rallied for a point of their own, before Hill and Asque blocked an attack to give Virginia another set point opportunity at 26-25. From there, it was all Florida State though, as the Seminoles went on a 4-1 run close out the frame with a 29-27 victory.
The loss drops the Cavaliers to 6-8 on the season and 1-2 in the ACC. Florida State improves to 12-1 and 3-0 in the league.
Virginia will look to rebound at Duke and Wake Forest next weekend. The Cavaliers will face the Blue Devils on Friday and the Demon Deacons on Saturday. Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m.