TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A thorough offensive performance allowed the Florida State University volleyball team to earn a 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 26-24) victory over North Carolina State on senior day at Tully Gym.
Prior to the match, four seniors in Jenna Romanelli, Stephanie Neville, Lauren Young and Taylor Wilson were honored for their tremendous contribution to the Seminole volleyball program. All four players played a big role in defeating the Wolfpack (13-16, 3-14) for the 22nd straight match, which dates back to Sept. 29, 2000.
“All four seniors played real well. I am really happy for them,” head coach Chris Poole said. “For the most part it was a good day. We are still trying to focus on our consistency and really trying to blend our strengths together on the court. We’re still not where we want to be, it’s a work in progress, but I do think the seniors have shown great leadership on this team.”
The Seminoles (18-9, 10-7) recorded a .292 hitting percentage, their second-highest against a conference opponent this season. Neville led the way with 12 kills and a .375 hitting percentage, and has averaged a .304 hitting percentage over her last nine matches.
Romanelli and Wilson were very active on the back line, as Romanelli racked up 16 digs in three sets played while Wilson added four digs and an assist.
Young finished with a team-high four blocks, and added five kills in nine attacks. Young is now averaging 1.19 blocks per set this season.
Junior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic added seven kills, six digs, one block and a .545 hitting percentage. Djurdjevic’s 324 kills marks the highest single-season total by a Seminole since Mira Djuric had 438 in 2007.
Jekaterina Stepanova finished with nine kills and five digs, while Duygu Duzceler added 18 assists, two service aces and four digs. Patricia Figueiredo added 15 assists and three digs.
FSU was efficient offensively in the first set, but also benefitted from a bevy of attack errors by the Wolfpack. The Seminoles had 12 kills, led by Neville’s four and Djurdjevic’s three kills. Duzceler had four assists in the frame, as FSU led by as many as 15 points in the set, including scores of 17-2 and 23-8, and ended the frame on a service error by the Wolfpack’s Anna Moore.
FSU’s 25-11 first-set victory ties for the third-lowest point total in a set by an FSU opponent this season. The Seminoles defeated New Mexico State in the fourth set of the season-opener, 25-10, and also beat FIU 25-10 in the second set of its 3-0 victory on Aug. 28. FSU also defeated USF by a 25-11 score in set No. 2 of its 3-0 win in the third match of the year.
The Seminoles’ offense was working again in the second set, tallying 13 kills and three aces. Figueiredo had six assists, while Djurdjevic had four kills and a block.
Young’s three kills and two blocks ignited FSU in what was a competitive third set. N.C. State tallied 15 kills, while FSU had 16 and hit .238. Both teams exchanged points throughout most of the set, but the Seminoles strung together three consecutive points to break a 20-20 tie. Later, a ball-handling error by Brie Merriwether gave FSU match point at 25-24, and Neville followed through with a kill to give the Seminoles their second consecutive victory.
FSU’s victory marks the sixth consecutive year the Seminoles have recorded double-digit conference wins.
The Seminoles are now in a four-way tie for third place in the ACC standings, sharing the spot with Georgia Tech, Miami and Maryland. FSU battles the Terrapins next Friday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the third match of its five-match homestand. FSU finishes the weekend with a televised contest against Boston College on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. Sunday’s match can be seen on Fox Sports Florida.