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Young's Defense Leads FSU over N.C. State

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

Raleigh, NC - Senior middle blocker Lauren Young produced one of the best single-game performances of her career as she led the 14th-ranked Florida State University women’s volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-12, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19) victory over N.C. State on Friday evening at Reynolds Coliseum.

Young recorded a career-high 12 blocks, including 11 block assists, and picked up eight kills in 13 total attacks to highlight FSU’s defensive rout. The Seminoles (12-3, 4-1) amassed 13 team blocks on the evening, their third-most this season.

“We won the match, but unfortunately still struggled offensively,” coach Chris Poole said. “We have been putting a lot of focus on blocking the last 10 days and that showed with the 32 blocks in two matches. However, our offense went to sleep this weekend and that caused us to struggle. We will come back home, regroup and try to get better this week.

“We have the players and the potential. We will be fine once we get them back on the practice court. The ACC is very good this year and every match is going to be a battle. I was proud of the way Lauren stepped up tonight.”

Young’s single-match blocking feat comes one night after sophomore Sareea Freeman also recorded 12 blocks, which was a career-high for the talented middle blocker.

Setter Duygu Duzceler posted a career-high five kills as well as 23 assists. The Istanbul, Turkey native also added four digs.

Junior Visnja Djurdjevic recorded yet another double-double for the Garnet and Gold, producing 14 kills and 15 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Senior Jenna Romanelli led the Seminoles with 20 digs, as FSU recorded 62 as a unit for its fourth-highest total this season.

FSU’s win over the Wolfpack (11-5, 1-3) marks its 21st consecutive win in the all-time series, which the Seminoles lead 36-5.

The Seminoles recorded a .370 hitting percentage in the first set, as Young stepped up with two kills and four blocks. FSU took a commanding 17-7 lead in the set on an attack error by Margaret Salata, and later won the opening frame on consecutive kills by Freeman.

Duzceler recorded three kills and five assists in a close second set. Becah Fogle’s kill gave N.C. State a 16-13 advantage, but block assists by Jekaterina Stepanova and Young later tied the set at 18-18. A costly service error by Salata put FSU ahead at 24-22, and Stepanova’s kill gave the Seminoles their second set.

Young produced five blocks in the third set, but N.C. State won the frame on 15 kills. In the fourth set, senior Stephanie Neville arrived with four kills and one block, while Duzceler added 10 assists. After being down in the early portion, Young broke a 13-13 tie with a kill as FSU won 12 of the next 18 points. Djurdjevic’s kill ended the match to give the Seminoles a split in their back-to-back matches against North Carolina and N.C. State.

FSU returns to Tully Gym on Friday, Oct. 8, against ACC opponent Clemson. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.


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