TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In its fourth ACC road contest of the season, the Virginia volleyball team (8-9, 1-6 ACC) fell to Florida State (12-4, 5-2 ACC) in three sets, 9-25, 22-25, 12-25, Friday evening in Tully Gymnasium. The Cavaliers were led by middle blocker Alana Walker, who posted a team-high eight kills on 14 swings and added one block.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Seminoles won the first, 25-9, after siding out on every UVA serve of the set. The Cavaliers had just seven kills that were matched by seven attack errors, while FSU hit .583 with 14 kills in the opening frame.
- Despite trailing 4-10 to start the second, Virginia orchestrated a 10-2 run to take a 14-12 lead in the middle of the set. However, the Seminoles flipped the scoreboard, 18-20, amid a 4-0 run of their own. The Hoos would cut it to within one [21-22], but FSU scored on three of the last four points of the set to take a 2-0 lead entering the break. At the end of set No. 2, the Cavaliers had 17 attacking errors, while Florida State had only two. Walker notched four of her eight kills in game No. 2.
- In the third, the Seminoles posted a pair of 5-0 runs in addition to two 4-0 runs. FSU’s Morgan Chacon tallied five of her match-high 14 kills in the third to lead the Seminoles to a 25-12 set win and their seventh sweep of the season.
- Virginia middle blocker Alana Walker posted a team-high eight kills on 14 swings and added one block.
- Friday’s contest came on the heels of the 30th anniversary of Florida State playing volleyball in the ACC. On Sept. 26, 1991, the Seminoles played their first ACC match against Virginia in what became a 3-1 victory for FSU. Current Virginia assistant coach Kris Grunwald was a graduate assistant for the Seminoles at the time.
- Thirteen different Cavaliers appeared in Friday’s match at Tully Gym.
- The Cavaliers head to Coral Gables, Florida to face Miami (14-2, 5-1 ACC) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Sunday’s contest against the Hurricanes is scheduled to stream on ACCNX.