Sophomore Kelsie Wills had 14 kills and senior Nikki Kinnier added 12 for Hofstra, but ninth-seeded Florida State had a balanced attack of three players with at least seven kills as the Seminoles defeated Hofstra, 3-0, in an NCAA Division I women's volleyball championship match in the Tallahassee subregional at Tully Gymnasium Friday night.
Florida State, a two-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion and a 2011 NCAA semifinalist, won 25-21, 25-10, 25-20. The Seminoles, ranked 12th in the final AVCA regular-season poll and eighth in the NCAA RPI, are participating in their 15th NCAA Tournament.
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"It's very difficult [playing at Florida State]," Hofstra coach Kristina Hernandez said. "I think they've been undefeated there for two years. They have a band and a good crowd. They're ranked for a reason."
The Pride, making its seventh appearance in the NCAAs, ended its season with a 21-14 record, including seven of its last eight matches and three straight in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
"We had high expectations," Hernandez said. "We felt we could be at the top of the conference or in the top three. But [this Hofstra team] took it to a whole different level."
Wills, the CAA Tournament's most outstanding player, led the Pride with 14 kills. Kinnier had the top attack percentage on the team with 12 kills and just two errors in 23 attempts.
Hofstra's Catalina Cherry had a match-high 20 assists and sophomore Kainoa Ocasek added 11 assists.
"Regardless of what happened, I was proud of how we showed up," Hernandez said. "It wasn't the easiest season, but it was the most rewarding."