Charlottesville, VA - The 15th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team earned a four-set victory at Virginia on Saturday evening at Memorial Gym, winning 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-12) behind several good all-around performances.
Three Seminoles (10-2, 2-1) in Olivera Medic, Sarah Wickstrom and Duygu Duzceler recorded double-doubles to lead Florida State past another relentless opponent in the Cavaliers. Medic amassed 12 kills, a .435 hitting percentage and 15 digs while Wickstrom recorded 22 assists and 10 digs. Duzceler added 28 assists and 11 digs for the Seminoles, who recorded their second-highest hitting percentage of the year at .414.
Junior Ashley Neff had another good effort on Saturday, recording 13 kills, a career-best .619 hitting percentage and adding seven blocks. The Seminoles put together 13 team blocks compared to Virginia’s five.
Senior Fatma Yildirim led Florida State with 15 kills, while Katie Mosher added 18 digs.
The victory gives the Seminoles a 32-14 lead in the all-time series against Virginia. Florida State improves to 14-10 on the road at Virginia.
For the second consecutive match the Seminoles went down in the first set, falling 25-23. The entire frame was neck and neck, with Sareea Freeman leading the way for the Seminoles with three kills and three blocks. Virginia’s Jessica O’Shoney hurt Florida State with five kills and a service ace. Toward the end of the set, Freeman’s kill gave the Seminoles a 23-22 lead, but Virginia struck back with three consecutive points to win the set, punctuated by a kill from Kayla Sears.
Florida State met its standards in set two, ignited by Yildirim’s five kills. Elise Walch added four kills and one block for the Seminoles, whom reached a double-digit lead in the frame with an attack error by Virginia’s Morgan Blair. Yildirim ended the second set with a kill to tie the match overall at 1-1.
Neff’s four kills and three blocks highlighted Florida State’s win in set three, which was aided by 4-0 and 5-0 runs midway through the frame. Medic added four kills in the set, including her last one that gave the Seminoles a 23-14 lead. Elise Walch then recorded a kill and Mara Green had a successful attack to end the set and give Florida State a 2-1 overall lead.
The Seminoles put together a .467 hitting percentage in a dominant fourth set, guided by Neff’s four kills in the frame. Yildirim added three kills while Medic and Mosher recorded five digs apiece in the set.
Florida State returns home following a month hiatus from Tully Gym, facing Wake Forest this Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. The Seminoles then host Duke on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m.