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Dec. 15, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (seminoles.com) - After enjoying its most successful season in the program's 44-year history, the 12th-seeded Florida State University indoor volleyball team had its magical run end on Thursday evening as it fell to ninth-seeded UCLA, 3-0, at the NCAA National Semifinal in the Alamodome.
The loss caps a riveting year for FSU that not only solidified its spot atop the Atlantic Coast Conference, but also across the nation. The Seminoles (28-7) end their 2011 campaign at the hands of a Bruins (29-6) team that found ways to hit through FSU's blocks and run an efficient offense that was set up by sound passing. Outside hitter Rachael Kidder exploited FSU with 21 kills, a .462 hitting percentage and 12 digs, as UCLA compiled a .328 team hitting percentage in the match.
"Obviously the match itself wasn't as we had hoped and was a disappointing loss," head coach Chris Poole said. "At the same time, we had a lot of wins this year and had a great season overall."
The Seminoles tried to stay within striking distance in each set, putting forth their best effort in the final set when they held an early 7-5 lead. However, UCLA was prone for big runs and was able to mount points consecutively. FSU was also unable to work its passing game well enough throughout the match to give the Bruins some easy points.