TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team lost a four-set decision to No. 11 Florida on Wednesday night (9/12) in front of a packed crowd inside Tully Gym.
The Gators got out to a quick start in the first set, staying ahead of the Seminoles from the beginning and holding it until the end. Pressure from UF’s offense helped the Gators outhit FSU in the set. Florida carried the momentum from the first set into the second, gaining and early lead and holding it until the end for a 2-0 lead in the match heading into intermission.
The Seminoles came out of intermission to start off the third set on a 7-0 run, and never let the Gators close the gap by more than four points throughout the set. Limited errors and a number of blocks from FSU gave UF the opportunity to make its own errors, keeping FSU in the lead until they were able to close out the set and send the match to a fourth.
The fourth set was close in the beginning, but the Gators outhit the Seminoles in the set once again. Four total blocks from Florida kept FSU’s attack percentage down, but strong defense in FSU’s backcourt slowed UF’s tempo. While FSU held off the match point, Florida was able to close it out and win the final set to take the match 2-1.
This marks Florida’s second consecutive win over Florida State, and the Gators’ sixth win since 2013.
The Seminoles head to Alabama this weekend to face another SEC team, Auburn, on Sunday at 1 pm ET. The match against the Tigers will mark the end of the non-conference season for FSU, as the team hosts Duke and Wake Forest the following weekend to open ACC play.
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