Clemson, SC - The 12th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team extended its win streak to 12 matches as it defeated Clemson on Sunday, 3-0 (25-9, 25-23, 25-19) at Jervey Gymnasium in Clemson, S.C.
The Seminoles (18-2, 10-1) got a complete effort out of several players on Sunday afternoon, including consistent hitting from their middle blockers once again. Senior Sareea Freeman finished with 12 kills in 18 attacks and did not record an attack error, finishing with a .667 attack percentage.
Junior Ashley Neff had 10 kills in 20 attacks for Florida State, hitting .350 and adding a team-high seven blocks. Freshman right-side Mara Green was also factor again, recording eight kills, a .333 hitting percentage two blocks and six digs.
Florida State was crisp passing and digging the ball all afternoon, with redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher leading the way with 18 digs. Junior Olivera Medic added 12 digs and recorded eight kills for FSU. The Seminoles finished with 55 kills in the match, a season-high in three sets this year.
Sophomore Sarah Wickstrom and senior Duygu Duzceler helped Florida State to a .293 attack percentage, recording 25 and 21 assists, respectively. Junior right-side Elise Walch added six kills for the Seminoles, coming up with some important attacks in a close second set.
Florida State played arguably its most dominant set of the year in the opening frame. The Seminoles hit .394 and defensively were sharp by covering all spots on the floor and waiting for any type of attack Clemson threw their away. Yildirim and Medic led Florida State with three kills apiece in the first set, while Neff recorded four blocks. The Seminoles went on separate 7-0 and 5-0 runs in the set to highlight a well-played opener. It was the first time this season Florida State held an opponent to single digits in any set.
The Seminoles spent time in set two defending several tip and roll shots from the Tigers in a much more competitive affair. Freeman produced six kills in the frame, none bigger than her set-ending kill to help Florida State to a 25-23 win in set two. Florida State’s chances did not come as easy compared to the opening set, with Clemson accumulating four team blocks and Florida State hitting .237. The Seminoles held no more than a three-point advantage in the set, and the Tigers stayed relentless toward the end until Freeman’s kill off a long rally sent Florida State with a 2-0 overall lead.
Florida State then finished off the Tigers in the third set, with Freeman fittingly ending the match on a kill to end a successful road trip.
The Seminoles host No. 11 Florida at home in their next match on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at Tully Gym. The match will be streamed online at ESPN3.com.