UNI Volleyball defeats No. 7 Florida State in NCAA first round

MINNEAPOLIS – With Minnesota natives Olivia Tjernagel Y kira fallert Anchoring a spirited effort at the Maturi Pavilion, UNI’s Panther Volleyball team notched a 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-21) sweep on Friday against the Florida State “RV” Seminoles, seventh seeded, during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Volleyball Championship. Tjernagel posted a competition-best 13 kills on a .632 hit, and Fallert added 10 kills and a tie with two aces.

UNI (27-7 overall) is now 13-11 in NCAA opening games and earned its first tournament win since defeating another Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in 2017 when the Panthers swept the Louisville Cardinals in Minneapolis. UNI have also won 26 of the previous 28 outings this season and are unbeaten on Fridays since their two losses against nationally ranked foes on September 2 at the Bluejay Invitational.

Although the Seminoles (19-11 overall) posted a six-to-three advantage in blocks, the Panthers finished ahead in attacking efficiency (.265 to .122), digs (59 to 41) and aces (five to three). Tjernagel and Fallert joined in double figures for Emily Holterhaus who added 12 casualties. tayler alden he recorded 41 assists and 11 digs for a double-double. Twin sisters Sydney and Baylee Petersen added double-digit digs with 16 and 10, respectively. sydney petersen it outperformed all artists in the category. inga rotto tied for the contest lead in blocks on three rejections with the 400the career block.

In the first set, UNI and Florida State were separated by no more than two points throughout the stanza. The Panthers led most of the action thanks in part to Tjernagel’s perfect offensive start going five of five. However, a late raise by Seminole put the score at 24-22 Florida State. From there, UNI responded with a 4-0 run that included spikes from Rotto and Holterhaus en route to a 26-24 come-from-behind triumph.

Back-and-forth stretches dominated the early stages of the second frame with the Panthers and Seminoles eventually settling into a 15-15 tie. UNI uncorked another 4-0 lead highlighted by three shots from Holterhaus. The Panthers kept their distance, and Rotto’s 400the The collegiate block came alongside Alden in a combined material that secured the 25-19 victory and the 2-0 lead on tilt.

Florida State jumped out to a 4-1 lead early in the third, but UNI rallied and forced deadlocks of 5-5, 7-7. Later in the period, the Panthers took the lead by turning a 10-8 deficit into a 13-10 lead. The Seminoles never led again and were denied during their remaining four opportunities to move up a level. On UNI’s second match point opportunity, Tjernagel found the baseline on a sliding play and secured the 25-21 victory for the 3-0 sweep.

UNI’s postseason race resumes Saturday at 7 pm at Maturi Pavilion with a second-round matchup against the winner of Friday night’s matchup between the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions and the second-seeded, eighth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. Live Saturday coverage will be available via News/Talk 1540 KXEL and ESPN+.

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