Volleyball Pushes No. 8 FSU to Five Sets

Volleyball Pushes No. 8 FSU to Five Sets

Allison Cappellino had 17 kills and Sarah Katz added a season-high 16, but American University fell in five sets to eighth-ranked Florida State in a non-conference volleyball match Sunday at Bender Arena.

The Seminoles won the match, 19-25, 25-12, 25-22, 10-25 and 15-9 to move to 5-0 on the season. The Eagles fell to 3-2, with both losses having come to teams either in or receiving votes in the most recent coaches poll.
 
Cappellino also had 10 digs and a pair of service aces, while libero Megan Rosburg led AU with 15 digs. Setter Monika Smidova finished with 41 assists.
 
Nicole Walch had 18 kills and Katie Horton added 17 for the Seminoles, who got 21 digs from Katie Mosher. Kiara Wright had five blocks, with Horton and Mercedes Vaughn having four each for FSU, which finished the match with 10.5 as a team.
 
"The Marquette match (a 3-0 loss on Friday) was the first match of the season where we knew were playing a team of national-caliber," said AU head coach Barry Goldberg. "We were almost overly excited.
 
"Today, we just wanted to get in and compete… let's just get in here, compete and play and stop worrying about too much.
 
"I think we did that. Florida State is a talented team, and in some parts of the match we took them out of their game. They were a little more aggressive than we were and it made the difference in the match."
 
Katz had eight kills in the first set alone, getting those on nine attack attempts without an error.
 
A kill by Katz gave the Eagles a three-point string and a 10-7 lead they wouldn't give up. The Seminoles pulled within 18-17 on a kill by Vaughn, but AU stretched the lead back out, including three kills from Katz in the final five points to end the set.
 
Florida State took control early in the second set when a six-point run on Mosher's serve resulted in a 10-4 Seminole lead. The edge was never less than five points through the rest of the set and another run on Mosher's serve pushed FSU to the win.
 
Horton finished with nine kills in the second set, as the Seminoles posted a .609 hitting percentage.
 
There were 18 ties and nine lead changes after the teams returned from intermission. The final tie was at 21-21 when kills by Walch and Vaughn gave FSU the lead. Walch had another kill to set up set point, which ended on a triple block by Wright, Horton and Vaughn.
 
Cappellino had five kills and Kelly McCaddin had four blocks for the Eagles in a strong fourth set. AU led 10-7 before a 9-1 run created a comfortable lead that grew the rest of the way.
 
It was 5-5 in the final set when the Seminoles went on a 5-1 run, getting back-to-back kills from Sarah Burrington. They held the lead through the rest of the set.
 
American is home again on Wednesday to face Coppin State at 7 p.m.