NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Notre Dame volleyball team fell to Florida State, 3-1, here tonight to fall to 14-9 overall and 8-5 in the ACC. The Seminoles took the first two sets by scores of 25-23 and 25-16 before the Irish claimed the third set, 25-23. Florida State earned the 3-1 win with a 29-27 victory in the fourth set.
Freshman Sydney Bent paced Notre Dame with 20 kills while classmate Charley Niego added 15 kills and junior Jemma Yeadon added 13 kills. Freshman Zoe Nunez totaled 52 assists over the four sets of play. Senior Ryann DeJarld led the Irish with 18 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the match’s opening set, the Seminoles broke away from a 6-5 lead by earning four of the next five points to take a 10-6 advantage. After a 3-0 spurt eventually gave Florida State a 15-11 lead, the Irish rattled off a 5-1 run to even the score at 16-16. The Seminoles responded with a 4-0 streak to go up 20-16 and force an Irish timeout. After the stoppage, the Irish cut the Seminoles’ lead to one with a 4-1 run, but Florida State managed to hold on for the 25-23 win. Bent paced Notre Dame with eight kills in the frame while DeJarld notched 11 digs.
The two sides split the first 16 points of the second stanza before a 7-1 run put Florida State on top, 15-9. That cushion was enough to propel the Seminoles to a 25-16 win and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Kills by Niego and Rebecca Nunge helped the Irish open the third frame on a 4-0 run. The Seminoles cut the Irish led to 6-4 before the hosts grabbed five of the next six points to take a 11-5 lead. Holding a 14-11 advantage, Notre Dame took control of the set with a 4-0 streak to go up 18-11. The Seminoles roared back to eventually cut the Irish lead to 24-23 before Yeadon’s fifth kill of the frame gave Notre Dame the 25-23 win. The Irish racked up a .342 hitting percentage and 18 kills throughout the set.
The momentum stayed with Notre Dame to open the fourth set as the Irish jumped out to a 6-1 lead. Notre Dame maintained at least a four-point lead from there until the Seminoles used a 6-1 run even the score at 19-19. After the two sides worked to a 24-all tie, the Irish thwarted away two match-point opportunities for the Seminoles to extend the set at 27-points apiece. Florida State claimed back-to-back points to take the stanza, 29-27, and earn the 3-1 victory.
The Irish stay at home to take on the University of Miami on Sunday (Nov. 4) at noon. Notre Dame’s matchup against the Hurricanes will be streamed live via ACC Network Extra. For tickets, click here.