TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The 11th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team continued its unprecedented win streak at Tully Gym with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19) victory over conference opponent Maryland on Friday evening at Tully Gym.
The victory puts the Seminoles (25-3, 16-2) at 24 consecutive matches won at their home facility, extending a school record. The previous home win streak record in program history was 18 matches by the 1981 team, which Florida State has already shattered.
Florida State has now won six consecutive matches at home in 3-0 sweeps, and extends its consecutive sets won streak at home to 20. The 2012 Seminoles were already creeping up the program record books with a period of 19 straight sets won overall, which was the seventh longest in school history.
“We weren’t pleased. In the middle of each set we had a little bit of a lull which is something we’re trying to work on right now,” head coach Chris Poole said. “We’re finding ourselves where we are getting leads in games and then allowing teams to get some runs in the middle and toward the end. We’re trying to cut that out because the further you go toward the end of the season the more important those are going to be.”
While Maryland exuded plenty of passion and persistence, the Seminoles executed when they needed to. Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic highlighted Florida State’s individual performances with a match-high 13 kills, .464 hitting percentage and five digs. In all three sets, the Subotica, Serbia native was crafty with her attacks, getting several kills off the top of Maryland’s blockers and using their leverage to her advantage.
For most of the evening, Maryland’s miscues put them out of reach. The Terrapins (16-14, 7-11) had 26 attack errors and finished with just a .115 hitting percentage, while the Seminoles eliminated many mistakes offensively and picked up just eight errors while hitting .304.
Senior Sareea Freeman only helped herself on Friday in her quest to stay as the nation’s leader in hitting percentage. The All-America candidate from Fresno, Calif. recorded six kills in 11 attacks for a .545 hitting percentage, raising her season average to .447. Freeman added two blocks. It was the 16th match this season where she has hit above .400 on double-digit swings.
Junior middle blocker Ashley Neff aided herself among the national ranks as well, recording six blocks to increase her blocks per set number to 1.67. The Kennesaw, Ga. native entered the match seventh nationally in blocks per set and tenth in hitting percentage.
Helping Florida State total eight team blocks was senior right-side hitter Marija Milosavljevic, who added six blocks to fall one short of her season high. The Bajina Basta, Serbia native recorded five kills.
Senior setter Duygu Duzceler had three more service aces to reach 128 for her career. She is just two aces shy of moving into ninth place on Florida State’s career list. The Istanbul, Turkey native delivered 13 assists while sophomore Sarah Wickstrom led the team with 17.
Redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher picked up 11 digs, raising her career total to 1,031. She is 24 digs short of tying for ninth place in school history.
Maryland’s Mary Cushman led the Terrapins with 12 kills, while Amy Dion added 13 digs. Florida State closes the all-time series gap even more, trailing only 23-22 to Maryland.
Florida State remains in first place in the ACC with league rival Miami after the Hurricanes defeated Boston College, 3-0, on Friday evening. The Seminoles face Boston College on Sunday afternoon at Tully Gym at 1 p.m. The match is a Seminole Spear-It Rewards match, where participating fans in attendance can earn double the loyalty points just by being in attendance.
Follow the action on Sunday through Florida State Volleyball’s official Twitter handle - @FSU_Volleyball.