TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The sixth-ranked Florida State volleyball team moved to a record-setting 13-0 (2-0) start after defeating Notre Dame (3-10, 0-2) in straight sets (34-32, 25-22, 25-19). The Seminoles topped the streak that began the 1997 season (12-0) after the victory on Sunday in Tully Gym.
It is the fourth season in which FSU has put together a streak of 10 or more wins during Chris Poole's tenure. Poole’s top stretch was set in 2009 with an 18-match winning streak that started on Oct. 4 and carried into the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. Poole’s squads in 2011 and 2012 each put together 16 consecutive wins as well.
“We’re trying to teach our team to play at the same level,” Poole said. “We stared off sluggish, but we did some great things. That’s to Notre Dame’s credit they played hard and fought back.”
Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch put up another double-double leading the attack, registering 13 kills and 10 digs. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington had eight kills, hitting for .412 percent while leading the blocking front with five assists and one solo stop.
“We always have someone that is relentless for every point,” Burrington said. “Even if it changes there is always someone ready to step up. It’s the element to our team that helps us win.”
Florida State put up nine team blocks, with sophomore outside hitter Katie Horton helping on four assists and one solo block.
Senior setter Sarah Wickstrom and sophomore setter Hailey Luke each had 19 assists, while redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher was solid on defense with 20 digs.