TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Thirteen Seminole student-athletes earned floor time on Friday evening as the 12th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team used a group effort to get past Virginia, 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-16), in front of 1,213 fans at Tully Gymnasium.
Another packed arena witnessed the Seminoles (20-2, 11-1) defeat the Cavaliers (7-16, 1-11) and extend two important streaks. Florida State has now won 14 consecutive matches, a mark that is the sixth longest win streak in program history. The Seminoles are just two wins shy of matching last season’s win streak of 16 matches which occurred during their march to the NCAA National Semifinals.
Florida State also extended its program-best win streak at Tully Gym to 22 matches, having not lost a match in its home facility since Nov. 26, 2010. The Seminoles also hit the 20-win plateau on Friday evening, tying the 1983, 1989 and 2009 squads for the fastest to 20 victories in school history at 22 matches played.
“I thought the older players did a great job of staying focused, and that allowed us to play some of our younger players,” head coach Chris Poole said. “I’m pleased with some of our freshmen off the bench who gave us some good time. We got a chance to play everyone who was eligible and they did a good job and didn’t get sloppy. People don’t see how hard those girls battle every day in practice so it was great to see them play tonight.”
A .340 attack percentage helped Florida State build sizeable leads in each set, which included a .385 clip in the second set and a .571 mark in the third frame. Six players recorded a minimum attack percentage of .400, highlighted by the duo of senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman and freshman right-side hitter Mara Green.
Freeman finished with eight kills in 14 attacks for a .500 hitting percentage and led Florida State with five blocks. Green added eight kills in 11 attacks for a .636 hitting percentage and recorded three blocks.
Junior middle blocker Ashley Neff hit right near her average on Friday, producing a .444 hitting percentage with six kills. Senior Fatma Yildirim posted six kills and 11 digs, while redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher tied for the team lead with 11 digs despite missing most of the third set.
Senior Marija Milosavljevic added five kills and a .444 mark, while junior Elise Walch recorded four kills and a .400 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Sarah Wickstrom led the Seminoles with 21 assists and senior Duygu Duzceler added 14 assists. Duzceler played in her 124th consecutive match of her career, having not missed a match or even a set since joining the Seminoles in 2009.
Virginia was held to a .124 hitting percentage in the match, the fifth-lowest average against Florida State this season. Kayla Sears led the Cavaliers with 11 kills while Natalie Bausback and Jessica O’Shoney each had five kills apiece.
Earning time on the floor for Florida State were the twin Dadowski sisters at libero – Laura and Caroline. Laura recorded eight digs in two sets played with a range of nice pick-ups to help set up the offense.
A three-set victory by Miami on Friday night keeps the Hurricanes and Seminoles in an even spot for first place in the ACC with identical 11-1 conference records.
The Seminoles return to action on Sunday afternoon for the annual “Paint it Pink” match at 1 p.m. against Virginia Tech. Fans are encouraged to don their pink attire in support of breast cancer awareness. Pink T-shirts will be on sale at the marketing table in Tully Gym for a $10 donation to the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.
Following Sunday’s match, a “Paint it Pink” kid’s clinic will be conducted by the Florida State coaches and student-athletes for children under 14 years old.