Robby Hamman | October 2, 2017
Notre Dame (11-4) got back on track on Sunday afternoon, defeating No. 21 Florida State (8-4) in a five-set thriller by a final of 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 19-25, 25-12, 15-12) inside Purcell Pavilion. The win is Notre Dame's third over a ranked opponent this season, previously defeating No. 24 Ohio State and No. 23 Michigan State.
Sophomore Jemma Yeadon had a day to remember, finishing with a career-high 24 kills to lead the Irish. The trio of Sam Fry, Rebecca Nunge and Lauren Woodard each finished with 10 kills to propel Notre Dame to the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish came out ready to play in the first frame, jumping out to an early lead that they never relinquished. Notre Dame led by as many as seven points in the set at 14-7 before going on to win by a score of 25-21. Notre Dame's defense was exceptional, holding Florida State to an attacking percentage of -.027 in the set.
The Seminoles regrouped in the second stanza and controlled most of the set. Florida State held a 22-15 lead and then the Irish staged a comeback. Notre Dame won seven of the next eight points to cut the visitor's advantage to just one at 23-22 but Florida State was able to do just enough to close out the frame with a 25-23 victory to level the match at 1-1.
Florida State carried its momentum from the second set into the third, building an early lead at 5-1. The Seminoles did not trail for the rest of the set, as Notre Dame was unable to put a big run together to pressure the visitors. Florida State took the set by a score of 25-19 to grab a 2-1 lead in the match.
Notre Dame found another level of play in the fourth set and dominated the Seminoles en route to a 25-12 win to level the match at 2-2. The Irish held Florida State to just four kills in the entire fourth set, while Notre Dame put down 15. Lauren Woodard came off the bench to play a big role in the frame, registering six kills on 14 attempts to spark the Irish attack.