CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (seminoles.com) – The 12th-rated Florida State indoor volleyball team clamped down on Boston College’s potent offense and emerged with a key 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-19) victory on Friday evening at Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Seminoles (15-2, 7-1) stretched their win streak to nine matches, including seven straight in conference play. Florida State has also won nine straight against the Eagles (12-12, 4-4) and leads the all-time series 14-1.
The upstart BC squad came into the match having been very competitive through the first half of the season and fresh off a pair of road victories over Wake Forest and Duke. Carrying the conference’s top outside hitter in freshman Katty Workman, BC used its No. 1 attacker continuously and Florida State was able to force the California native into 13 errors and a .078 hitting percentage.
Workman finished the match with 17 kills on 51 swings, the most attempts by an opposing player in a three-set match since head coach Chris Poole began coaching at Florida State in 2008. The Eagles were held to a .094 hitting percentage, making them the first ACC opponent to hit below .100 against Florida State this year and the third overall.
“The defense did a really nice job picking up several of their attacks,” Poole said. “They were throwing a lot of things at us. Katie (Mosher) had a good day defensively, Oli played very well. They tried to go at Duygu (Duzceler) a lot and she did a good job of digging and starting our transition. Overall, I’m pleased with the effort and how hard they worked tonight.”
Powering the Seminole attack was senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim, who posted 13 kills and a .312 hitting percentage. The Istanbul, Turkey native added nine digs and one block, falling just shy of her third double-double this season.
Contributing defensively was junior outside hitter Olivera Medic, who picked up 17 digs in just three sets of action as she played a large role in containing the Eagles’ hitting. The Subotica, Serbia native added seven kills and committed just two errors in 19 attacks.
Senior setter Duygu Duzceler had another good performance, recording her 16th career double-double with 18 assists and 13 digs. Duzceler combined with fellow setter Sarah Wickstrom (15 assists) to help Florida State to a .265 team hitting percentage.
Redshirt freshman libero Katie Mosher rounded out the three double-digit dig totals by getting under 12 attacks, as Florida State’s 57 total digs were its second-most in a three-set match this year.
“For the most part we played pretty well,” Poole added. “We’ll always take a 3-gamer on the road. We got good production out of our middles and our passing and defense was good too.”
Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman, the reigning conference co-player of the week, added to Florida State’s offense with nine kills and a .429 hitting percentage. Over her last six matches, Freeman has recorded 61 kills in 94 attacks and has registered a .553 attack percentage.
Junior middle blocker Ashley Neff led Florida State with five blocks and added six kills. The Seminoles out-blocked BC by a 6-5 margin.
The Noles took control of the match in the opening set, hitting .295 while siding out 75 percent of the time. Neff got the Seminoles off to a good start with four blocks in the frame, and Florida State went on a 4-0 run late to extend its lead to 21-15 on a Workman error. Yildirim recorded the last three points for the Seminoles on kills to end the set.
Set two saw Florida State sprint to a 10-3 lead on a BC attack error, and later the lead swelled to double digits at 21-11 on a kill by Yildirim. BC was held to a .026 clip in the frame as an attack error by Kameron Mclain put Florida State on top 2-0.
The third set proved to be a challenge but the Seminoles slowly began to pull away. The Seminoles were forced to take a timeout when BC won three consecutive rallies and cut its deficit to 22-18, but responded by winning the next two points on a kill by Freeman and an ace by Duzceler. Neff recorded a kill to end the match.
Florida State finishes its road trip with a match at Maryland on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. in College Park, Md. The Seminoles remain tied for first place in the ACC after Miami (15-3, 7-1) defeated the Terrapins on Friday night in three sets.