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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Nicole Walch posted her fifth career double-double in the NCAA Tournament (16 kills, 14 digs) and Sarah Burrington added eight assisted blocks as 19th-ranked Florida State earned a sweep of Arizona State (25-13, 25-17, 25-21) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Walch, who had at least 16 kills for the fourth time in an NCAA Tournament match, completed her solid effort by posting a .400 attack percentage after committing just two errors in 35 total attacks. Meanwhile, Burrington anchored a front line that posted 22 assisted blocks, tying for second most by a Seminole squad in the rally scoring era, as she tied Sareea Freeman’s single-match rally scoring assisted blocks record by an individual.
Florida State (25-7) also enjoyed all around performances by Mercedes Vaughn (six kills, six assisted blocks), Hailey Luke (17 assists, nine digs), Brianne Burkert (15 assists) and Cecilie Woie (eight digs).
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Thursday, falling to Iowa State in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
The Hurricanes (21-10, 14-6 ACC) and Cyclones were in a battle in the opening set. Miami and Iowa State tied three times, but the Cyclones never trailed in the set and closed out a 25-21 win to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Kelsie Groot was Miami’s top hitter, leading with four kills and a .333 hitting percentage, but Miami struggled to slow ISU’s Jess Schaben. The freshman led the way with six kills, while hitting .429.
Miami took its first lead of the night when it scored the opening point in the second set. The Canes and Cyclones would continue to battle much like the first set, tying nine times and changing leads twice before Iowa State called timeout with Miami leading 13-10. There would be four more ties and three more lead changes, but Iowa State would squeak out a 26-24 win to head into the intermission up two sets to none.