Florida State Women's Volleyball - 2012 Year In Review

Florida State Women's Volleyball - 2012 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Chris Poole, Head Coach
Caitlin Haworth, Graduate Assistant
Caitlin Quinn, Strength and Conditioning
Holly Watts, Associate Head Coach
Gokhan Yilmaz, Assistant Coach

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2012 Women's Volleyball


2012 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Sarah Burrington, 6-5, MB, Ruskin

Caroline Dadowski, 5-6, L, Pittsburgh, PA

Laura Dadowski, 5-5, L, Pittsburgh, PA

Mara Green, 6-1, MB, McDonough, GA

Olivera Medic, 6-1, OH, Subotica, Serbia

Leah Mikesky, 6-1, OH, Schulenburg, TX

Nicole Walch, 6-2, OH, Stuart


2012 Roster - By Name

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   6 Sarah Burrington      MB      6-5   Fr        Ruskin (Riverview)
*  9 Caroline Dadowski     L       5-6   Fr        Pittsburgh, PA (Mount Lebanon)
* 13 Laura Dadowski        L       5-5   Fr        Pittsburgh, PA (Mount Lebanon)
* 20 Duygu Duzceler        S       5-10  Sr   ***  Istanbul, Turkey (Private Bahcesehir)
* 22 Sareea Freeman        MB      6-4   Sr   ***  Fresno, CA (Sunnyside)
* 35 Mara Green            MB      6-1   Fr        McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian Ady)
* 24 Olivera Medic         OH      6-1   Jr        Subotica, Serbia (Western Wyoming CC)
   8 Leah Mikesky          OH      6-1   Fr        Schulenburg, TX (Schulenburg)
* 12 Marija Milosavljevic  MB      6-4   Sr   **   Bajina Basta, Serbia (Zrenjaninska Gimnazija/Tulane)
*  2 Katie Mosher          L-DS    5-9   So-R *    Fort Myers (Bishop Verot)
* 14 Ashley Neff           MB      6-3   Jr   **   Kennesaw, GA (North Cobb)
* 23 Elise Walch           OH      6-5   Jr   *    Stuart (Martin County/Wisconsin)
*  5 Nicole Walch          OH      6-2   Fr        Stuart (Martin County)
* 10 Sarah Wickstrom       S       5-11  So   *    Stuart (Jensen Beach)
*  7 Fatma Yildirim        OH      5-11  Sr   ***  Istanbul, Turkey (Yuzyil Isil)

2012 Roster - By Number

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  2 Katie Mosher          L-DS    5-9   So-R *    Fort Myers (Bishop Verot)
*  5 Nicole Walch          OH      6-2   Fr        Stuart (Martin County)
   6 Sarah Burrington      MB      6-5   Fr        Ruskin (Riverview)
*  7 Fatma Yildirim        OH      5-11  Sr   ***  Istanbul, Turkey (Yuzyil Isil)
   8 Leah Mikesky          OH      6-1   Fr        Schulenburg, TX (Schulenburg)
*  9 Caroline Dadowski     L       5-6   Fr        Pittsburgh, PA (Mount Lebanon)
* 10 Sarah Wickstrom       S       5-11  So   *    Stuart (Jensen Beach)
* 12 Marija Milosavljevic  MB      6-4   Sr   **   Bajina Basta, Serbia (Zrenjaninska Gimnazija/Tulane)
* 13 Laura Dadowski        L       5-5   Fr        Pittsburgh, PA (Mount Lebanon)
* 14 Ashley Neff           MB      6-3   Jr   **   Kennesaw, GA (North Cobb)
* 20 Duygu Duzceler        S       5-10  Sr   ***  Istanbul, Turkey (Private Bahcesehir)
* 22 Sareea Freeman        MB      6-4   Sr   ***  Fresno, CA (Sunnyside)
* 23 Elise Walch           OH      6-5   Jr   *    Stuart (Martin County/Wisconsin)
* 24 Olivera Medic         OH      6-1   Jr        Subotica, Serbia (Western Wyoming CC)
* 35 Mara Green            MB      6-1   Fr        McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian Ady)

2012 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
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Sareea Freeman           American Volleyball Coaches Assoc - All-American - Honorable Mention

Ashley Neff              American Volleyball Coaches Assoc - 3rd Team All-American

Fatma Yildirim           American Volleyball Coaches Assoc - All-American - Honorable Mention

All-Americans -  3

2012 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
08/24
Ref
A
TENNESSEE W 3-0
08/25
Ref
N
IOWA STATE
Knoxville, Tn
W 3-2
08/25
Ref
N
CINCINNATI
Knoxville, Tn
W 3-0
08/31
Ref
H
FL INTERNATIONAL W 3-0
09/01
Ref
H
GEORGIA W 3-1
09/01
Ref
A
FLORIDA A&M W 3-0
09/07
Ref
A
MIAMI L 1-3
09/14
Ref
N
PEPPERDINE
Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup, Houston, Tx
L 0-3
09/14
Ref
A
HOUSTON
Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup
W 3-0
09/15
Ref
N
OHIO STATE
Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup, Houston, Tx
W 3-1
09/21
Ref
A
VIRGINIA TECH W 3-2
09/22
Ref
A
VIRGINIA W 3-1
09/28
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST W 3-1
09/30
Ref
H
DUKE W 3-1
10/05
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA W 3-0
10/07
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 3-0
10/12
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE W 3-0
10/14
Ref
A
MARYLAND W 3-1
10/19
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH W 3-2
10/21
Ref
A
CLEMSON W 3-0
10/24
Ref
H
FLORIDA W 3-0
10/26
Ref
H
VIRGINIA W 3-0
10/28
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH W 3-0
11/02
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 3-0
11/03
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA L 1-3
11/08
Ref
A
DUKE W 3-0
11/10
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST W 3-1
11/16
Ref
H
MARYLAND W 3-0
11/18
Ref
H
BOSTON COLLEGE W 3-0
11/23
Ref
H
MIAMI W 3-1
11/30
Ref
H
HOFSTRA
NCAA
W 3-0
12/01
Ref
H
PURDUE
NCAA
L 2-3
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   28- 4    13- 1    12- 2     3- 1


2012 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  FLORIDA STATE        18- 2    28- 4 
 2  MIAMI                17- 3    25- 6 
 3  NORTH CAROLINA       16- 4    26- 6 
 4t NORTH CAROLINA STATE 12- 8    22-10 
 4t CLEMSON              12- 8    21-10 
 6  GEORGIA TECH         10-10    19-12 
 7  VIRGINIA TECH         9-11    16-14 
 8  MARYLAND              8-12    17-15 
 9  DUKE                  6-14    15-17 
10  WAKE FOREST           5-15    11-21 
11  BOSTON COLLEGE        4-16    10-22 
12  VIRGINIA              3-17     9-22 


2012 Season Statistics

|--------ATTACK----------| |-----SET-----| |--------SERVE--------| |---RECEPT---| |--DIG---| |------BLOCKING------| Name GP MP MS K K/G E TA Pct A A/G TA SA SA/G SE TA Pct RE TA Pct DIG D/G BS BA Tot B/G BE BHE Pts Pts/G ================================================================================================================================================================== Fatma Yildirim 112 32 31 324 2.89 124 881 0.227 28 0.25 12 0.11 22 0.000 29 0.000 308 2.75 5 39 44.0 0.39 7 0 360.5 3.22 Ashley Neff 114 32 31 248 2.18 51 518 0.380 10 0.09 0 0.00 0 0.000 0 0.000 30 0.26 26 158 184.0 1.61 5 0 353.0 3.10 Sareea Freeman 114 32 1 268 2.35 55 486 0.438 4 0.04 0 0.00 0 0.000 1 0.000 16 0.14 22 89 111.0 0.97 11 0 334.5 2.93 Olivera Medic 110 32 30 266 2.42 95 696 0.246 17 0.15 25 0.23 16 0.000 27 0.000 337 3.06 4 39 43.0 0.39 5 2 314.5 2.86 Marija Milosavljevic 93 30 28 165 1.77 60 472 0.222 6 0.06 11 0.12 21 0.000 1 0.000 46 0.49 3 68 71.0 0.76 6 1 213.0 2.29 Elise Walch 66 22 12 135 2.05 51 333 0.252 3 0.05 0 0.00 0 0.000 0 0.000 17 0.26 3 35 38.0 0.58 3 0 155.5 2.36 Mara Green 64 26 13 90 1.41 40 236 0.212 2 0.03 4 0.06 5 0.000 0 0.000 34 0.53 2 50 52.0 0.81 4 0 121.0 1.89 Nicole Walch 46 19 8 73 1.59 42 209 0.148 2 0.04 2 0.04 13 0.000 3 0.000 37 0.80 1 19 20.0 0.43 2 0 85.5 1.86 Duygu Duzceler 114 32 31 34 0.30 2 64 0.500 682 5.98 33 0.29 14 0.000 0 0.000 178 1.56 0 0 0.0 0.00 3 4 67.0 0.59 Katie Mosher 113 32 0 5 0.04 4 24 0.042 78 0.69 11 0.10 10 0.000 24 0.000 495 4.38 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 16.0 0.14 Sarah Wickstrom 114 32 1 0 0.00 1 7 -0.143 639 5.61 15 0.13 10 0.000 0 0.000 164 1.44 0 0 0.0 0.00 4 2 15.0 0.13 Laura Dadowski 76 31 0 0 0.00 0 0 0.000 3 0.04 8 0.11 4 0.000 1 0 0.000 37 0.49 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 8.0 0.11 Caroline Dadowski 11 8 0 0 0.00 0 0 0.000 2 0.18 1 0.09 1 0.000 1 0.000 6 0.55 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 1.0 0.09 Team 1 1 9 0.0 ============================================================================================================================================== FSU 114 32 32 1608 14.11 526 3927 0.276 1476 12.95 0 122 1.07 116 0 0.000 96 0 0.000 1705 14.96 66 497 314.5 2.76 50 9 2044.5 17.93 Opp 114 32 32 1448 12.70 727 4174 0.173 1357 11.90 96 0.84 203 0.000 122 0.000 1559 13.68 48 383 239.5 2.10 63 34 1783.5 15.64

FLORIDA STATE 3, TENNESSEE 0
08/24/2012, KNOXVILLE, TN

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Get Collective Win Over No. 15 Tennessee.

Florida State volleyball gets important first victory of the season on the road at one of the nation's toughest opening tournaments in the Comcast Lady Vol Classic.

KNOXVILLE, TN - Opening the season with several new faces from last year's historic team, the 12th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team showed no jitters on the road as it toppled No. 15 Tennessee, 3-0 (27-25, 25-15, 25-21), in front of 1,067 fans at Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday evening at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic.

The Seminoles (1-0) got an enormous boost from several of their returning student-athletes, led by junior right-side Elise Walch and junior middle blocker Ashley Neff offensively. Walch recorded seven kills and a .538 hitting percentage, earning more swings as the match progressed. Neff was also sharp with six kills and a .600 hitting percentage as well as a team-leading five blocks.

Playing in arguably the toughest season-opening tournament around the nation, it was important for FSU to be guided by its key returnees knowing that any victory at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic will not come easy.

"Tonight was really important for our mental state to open the season because of having such a big season last year and losing three All-Americans," head coach Chris Poole said. "We needed our returnees to step up big. I'm proud of the way we played tonight and our three returning hitters were great. It was a total effort with everyone contributing. It makes a big difference early in the season because teams tend to make a lot of mistakes."

Mistakes were aplenty for the nationally-ranked Lady Volunteers (0-1), who were bitten by 17 service errors in just three sets of play. Tennessee had a few spirited comeback bids in two of the three sets played, including a few set point opportunities in the opening frame, but were unable to capitalize and eventually lost momentum of the match.

Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman finished with four kills and three blocks, while junior outside hitter Olivera Medic added five kills, all in the third set. The Seminoles were impressive up front with 12 team blocks, and also received good play from back-row players such as Katie Mosher (nine digs) as they held Tennessee to a .154 hitting percentage.

Setters Duygu Duzceler and Sarah Wickstrom combined for 26 assists, as both bring back experience in a critical area for FSU. Marija Milosavljevic recorded four kills and two blocks, while senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim added five kills and three blocks.

Freshman Laura Dadowski also earned time in the match, putting together two quality serves.

An entertaining first set took place between the nationally-ranked squads as the Seminoles showed command early with their blocking. FSU racked up seven blocks in the first set, and also benefitted from six Tennessee service errors. Yildirim, Neff and Walch each recorded two kills in the frame, while Neff picked up where she left off a season ago with four blocks.

Florida State started to build a small lead midway through the first set when a Lady Volunteer attack error gave the Seminoles a 13-9 lead. A block by Neff and Nicole Walch followed by a kill from Nicole Walch forced a timeout from Tennessee as FSU held a 15-10 advantage. Later, the teams continued to trade points as an Elise Walch kill put FSU ahead at 21-17, but Tennessee fought back with a string of points before failing to put the set away.

Sareea Freeman recorded an enormous block to stave off a first-set loss as FSU tied the set at 24-24. The Lady Volunteers then held a 25-24 lead but served into the net. FSU followed with subsequent blocks from Neff and Yildirim, then Neff and Milosavljevic to win the set 27-25. The last rally of the set was saved by Medic, who kept the rally alive with an acrobatic pass over the net.

The Seminoles didn't let the extra volleyball played in the first frame fatigue them in set two. FSU hit .435 in the second set as Elise Walch led the way with four kills, which included putting FSU ahead on margins of 14-9 and 18-11. Tennessee recorded 11 kills and forced nine attack errors as it was held to a .071 mark in the set, which was aided by some strong play from Mosher in the back row.

FSU held comfortable leads late in the set, leading by seven points when setter Duzceler put together a crafty kill in the center of the court to make it 22-15. Consecutive attack errors by Tennessee's Leslie Cikra and a hitting error by DeeDee Harrison gave FSU the second set at 25-15.

Medic stepped up in the third set, putting together five important kills. Seemingly every time Tennessee developed some momentum in the last frame, a service error would impede their progress. Neff added three kills and a block in the last set as FSU recorded another strong hitting percentage at .286. Yildirim was strong defensively in the third, putting together six digs.

The winning point in the match came on a kill by Freeman, who worked extremely well with setter Wickstrom all evening.

The victory over No. 15 Tennessee ties for the 12th-highest nationally-ranked win in school history. Altogether, FSU has 18 wins against nationally-ranked opponents since the AVCA Poll came out in 1982, and six of them have come since the 2011 season.

Since 1976, FSU is now 31-6 in season-openers and has not lost a season-opening match since 2002.

The Seminoles finish the Comcast Lady Vol Classic on Saturday with two matches. FSU faces No. 10 Iowa State at noon, then plays Cincinnati at 5:30 p.m.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 5 Nicole Walch               1  1  2   9 -0.111   0  0  1   1   1  0  2   0   0   2.0
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  5  4  17  0.059   3  0  1   0   8  2  1   0   0   7.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  4  2  15  0.133   0  0  1   0   1  0  2   0   0   5.0
14 Ashley Neff                3  6  0  10  0.600   0  0  0   0   1  0  5   0   0   8.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  3  0   3  1.000  14  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   3.0
23 Elise Walch                3  7  0  13  0.538   1  0  0   0   1  1  2   1   0   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   0  0.000   4  0  1   1   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  12  0  1   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  4  0   6  0.667   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   5.5
24 Olivera Medic              3  5  2  12  0.250   0  0  2   0   5  1  1   0   0   6.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 35 10  85  0.294  34  0  7   2  33  4 16   1   0  47.0
   Opp                          41 25 104  0.154  41  2 17   0  33  0 14   1   0  50.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
27
25
25
TENNESSEE
25
12
21

FLORIDA STATE 3, IOWA STATE 2
08/25/2012, Knoxville, Tn

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Finishes Unblemished in Knoxville.

No. 12 Seminole volleyball knocks off No. 10 Iowa State in five sets, then defeats Cincinnati to secure Comcast Lady Vol Classic championship.

KNOXVILLE, TN - The 12th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team could not ask for a better start to the season, earning two victories against No. 10 Iowa State and Cincinnati to finish the Comcast Lady Vol Classic with a 3-0 overall record and a tournament title on Saturday evening at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Seminoles (3-0) defeated Iowa State in their first match at noon, 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 25-11, 25-27, 15-11), in what was a rematch of last season's Elite Eight thriller won by FSU in five sets. Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic was the focal point of the match, recording 19 kills, a .516 hitting percentage and 12 digs for her first career double-double at FSU.

FSU won the second match of the day against Cincinnati, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-14). Medic was invaluable in today's matches, putting forth a great performance in the first match, then entering the third set against Cincinnati as the libero after starter Katie Mosher went down late in the second frame with an injury.

"It was an amazing weekend," head coach Chris Poole said. "My staff has done a great job preparing the girls for this weekend. This was easily one of the top tournaments in the nation and I'm proud of how the girls stepped up. We had contributions from a lot of people and this group of girls will only get better."

For the tournament, Medic finished with 24 kills and a .442 hitting percentage in three matches. Marija Milosavljevic and Elise Walch also had 24 kills, while Fatma Yildirim led the group with 26 put-downs in the three-match slate.

Ashley Neff was very effective to open the season, totaling 23 kills, a .538 hitting percentage and 16 blocks this weekend. Setters Duygu Duzceler and Sarah Wickstrom coincidently totaled 61 assists apiece, providing several good sets for FSU's talented hitting core.

Sareea Freeman was also efficient, putting down 15 kills and 10 blocks. Mosher led FSU with 42 digs this weekend.

FSU hit .267 in the match against the Cyclones, showing good offensive balance with Yildirim (15 kills, 13 digs), Milosavljevic (13 kills), Neff (11 kills, 5 blocks) and Elise Walch (11 kills). Yildirim's double-double was the eighth of her career.

The Seminoles' win over No. 10 Iowa State is now their 19th nationally-ranked win in the school's history. Iowa State is the sixth highest-rated opponent FSU has ever defeated, and Poole's 10th ranked opponent he has beaten as FSU's head coach since 2008.

After Iowa State mounted a small comeback to take the fourth set and tie the match, Florida State jumped out to a commanding 6-0 lead in set five courtesy of some good serving from Duzceler. Iowa State then came back by winning six of the next seven rallies, but FSU held strong as Freeman's kill gave the Seminoles a 10-7 lead.

The Cyclones kept it close, as a kill by Tory Knuth cut the FSU lead to 12-10. A Freeman kill and attack error by ISU's Mackenzie Bigee gave the Seminoles match point at 14-10, and Medic fittingly ended the match with her 19th kill.

Much like in Friday's match against Tennessee, the first set against the Cyclones was another close battle but the Seminoles ultimately fell 25-23. With FSU leading 19-18, Iowa State put together a 6-0 run that was mostly aided by Seminole attack errors. However, FSU would not go down easily as it countered with four consecutive points which included kills by Freeman and Yildirim, once again combating a few set points.

The deciding point in the first set came off a good effort by FSU's block, as it initially batted away an attack from the Cyclones. In the same rally, Iowa State's Victoria Hurtt's attack trickled off the side of an FSU player and fell out of bounds for the kill.

Elise Walch and Medic led FSU with five kills apiece in the opening set.

Both teams were sound offensively in the second set won by FSU at 25-23. The Seminoles recorded 19 kills on 44 attacks and mustered a .341 hitting percentage in the frame, highlighted by Yildirim and Milosavljevic's four kills apiece. Medic was 5-for-9 in her kill attempts in the set, heading into the 10-minute break with 10 kills in the match.

FSU started fast in the second frame, leading 10-4 thanks to a flurry of kills by Medic. Iowa State stayed resilient and tightened the score, but FSU tried to break loose late as Medic finished off another attack to make it 19-14 late in the frame. Iowa State would later tie the set at 20-20 on a kill by Jamie Straube, but Yildirim countered with a strong kill of her own.

Following a timeout by the Seminoles leading 23-22, FSU won two of the next three rallies as Yildirim had another kill and Milosavljevic finished the set on a good attack in the middle of the floor.

The Seminoles were dominant in the third set, hitting .429 in the frame behind the attacking of Elise Walch and Neff. Leading 9-5 and off to another good start, FSU put together a 7-0 run to break away to a 16-5 lead. Neff then strung together three straight kills to give the Seminoles a 21-8 advantage. An attack error by Iowa State's Jamie Straube ended the set, as the Cyclones hit a -.031 in the frame.

After a slow start versus Cincinnati, FSU managed to hit .294 against the Bearcats in the first set and come back for a 25-20 win. Neff tallied five blocks while Milosavljevic was effective with four kills. Laura Dadowski came in with the Seminoles leading 23-20 and delivered a great first serve and a service ace to win the set.

In set two against the Bearcats, FSU relied more on its attacking game after not producing a block. FSU hit .345, led by Yildirim's four kills and three kills apiece from Neff and Elise Walch. In the third set, the Seminoles finished off the Bearcats with a 25-14 win.

Nicole Walch led FSU with eight kills in the win over Cincinnati, which was a rematch of last year's NCAA second round contest won by FSU in five sets.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             5 15  9  47  0.128   2  1  1   2  13  0  1   0   0  16.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       5 13  5  34  0.235   0  0  2   0   4  0  4   2   0  15.0
14 Ashley Neff                5 11  1  19  0.526   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   0   0  14.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             5  0  0   1  0.000  31  1  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Elise Walch                5 11  4  29  0.241   0  0  0   0   2  0  6   0   0  14.0
24 Olivera Medic              5 19  3  31  0.516   0  0  0   0  12  0  1   0   0  19.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               5  0  0   0  0.000   4  0  1   1  23  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            5  0  0   0  0.000  32  0  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             5  7  6  19  0.053   0  0  0   0   1  0  8   0   0  11.0
35 Mara Green                 1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 76 28 180  0.267  69  2  5   3  69  1 24   2   0  91.0
   Opp                        5 60 28 174  0.184  58  3  5   2  66  3 16   0   1  74.0


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FLORIDA STATE
23
25
25
25
15
IOWA STATE
25
23
11
27
11

FLORIDA STATE 3, CINCINNATI 0
08/25/2012, Knoxville, Tn

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Finishes Unblemished in Knoxville.

No. 12 Seminole volleyball knocks off No. 10 Iowa State in five sets, then defeats Cincinnati to secure Comcast Lady Vol Classic championship.

KNOXVILLE, TN - The 12th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team could not ask for a better start to the season, earning two victories against No. 10 Iowa State and Cincinnati to finish the Comcast Lady Vol Classic with a 3-0 overall record and a tournament title on Saturday evening at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Seminoles (3-0) defeated Iowa State in their first match at noon, 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 25-11, 25-27, 15-11), in what was a rematch of last season's Elite Eight thriller won by FSU in five sets. Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic was the focal point of the match, recording 19 kills, a .516 hitting percentage and 12 digs for her first career double-double at FSU.

FSU won the second match of the day against Cincinnati, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-14). Medic was invaluable in today's matches, putting forth a great performance in the first match, then entering the third set against Cincinnati as the libero after starter Katie Mosher went down late in the second frame with an injury.

"It was an amazing weekend," head coach Chris Poole said. "My staff has done a great job preparing the girls for this weekend. This was easily one of the top tournaments in the nation and I'm proud of how the girls stepped up. We had contributions from a lot of people and this group of girls will only get better."

For the tournament, Medic finished with 24 kills and a .442 hitting percentage in three matches. Marija Milosavljevic and Elise Walch also had 24 kills, while Fatma Yildirim led the group with 26 put-downs in the three-match slate.

Ashley Neff was very effective to open the season, totaling 23 kills, a .538 hitting percentage and 16 blocks this weekend. Setters Duygu Duzceler and Sarah Wickstrom coincidently totaled 61 assists apiece, providing several good sets for FSU's talented hitting core.

Sareea Freeman was also efficient, putting down 15 kills and 10 blocks. Mosher led FSU with 42 digs this weekend.

FSU hit .267 in the match against the Cyclones, showing good offensive balance with Yildirim (15 kills, 13 digs), Milosavljevic (13 kills), Neff (11 kills, 5 blocks) and Elise Walch (11 kills). Yildirim's double-double was the eighth of her career.

The Seminoles' win over No. 10 Iowa State is now their 19th nationally-ranked win in the school's history. Iowa State is the sixth highest-rated opponent FSU has ever defeated, and Poole's 10th ranked opponent he has beaten as FSU's head coach since 2008.

After Iowa State mounted a small comeback to take the fourth set and tie the match, Florida State jumped out to a commanding 6-0 lead in set five courtesy of some good serving from Duzceler. Iowa State then came back by winning six of the next seven rallies, but FSU held strong as Freeman's kill gave the Seminoles a 10-7 lead.

The Cyclones kept it close, as a kill by Tory Knuth cut the FSU lead to 12-10. A Freeman kill and attack error by ISU's Mackenzie Bigee gave the Seminoles match point at 14-10, and Medic fittingly ended the match with her 19th kill.

Much like in Friday's match against Tennessee, the first set against the Cyclones was another close battle but the Seminoles ultimately fell 25-23. With FSU leading 19-18, Iowa State put together a 6-0 run that was mostly aided by Seminole attack errors. However, FSU would not go down easily as it countered with four consecutive points which included kills by Freeman and Yildirim, once again combating a few set points.

The deciding point in the first set came off a good effort by FSU's block, as it initially batted away an attack from the Cyclones. In the same rally, Iowa State's Victoria Hurtt's attack trickled off the side of an FSU player and fell out of bounds for the kill.

Elise Walch and Medic led FSU with five kills apiece in the opening set.

Both teams were sound offensively in the second set won by FSU at 25-23. The Seminoles recorded 19 kills on 44 attacks and mustered a .341 hitting percentage in the frame, highlighted by Yildirim and Milosavljevic's four kills apiece. Medic was 5-for-9 in her kill attempts in the set, heading into the 10-minute break with 10 kills in the match.

FSU started fast in the second frame, leading 10-4 thanks to a flurry of kills by Medic. Iowa State stayed resilient and tightened the score, but FSU tried to break loose late as Medic finished off another attack to make it 19-14 late in the frame. Iowa State would later tie the set at 20-20 on a kill by Jamie Straube, but Yildirim countered with a strong kill of her own.

Following a timeout by the Seminoles leading 23-22, FSU won two of the next three rallies as Yildirim had another kill and Milosavljevic finished the set on a good attack in the middle of the floor.

The Seminoles were dominant in the third set, hitting .429 in the frame behind the attacking of Elise Walch and Neff. Leading 9-5 and off to another good start, FSU put together a 7-0 run to break away to a 16-5 lead. Neff then strung together three straight kills to give the Seminoles a 21-8 advantage. An attack error by Iowa State's Jamie Straube ended the set, as the Cyclones hit a -.031 in the frame.

After a slow start versus Cincinnati, FSU managed to hit .294 against the Bearcats in the first set and come back for a 25-20 win. Neff tallied five blocks while Milosavljevic was effective with four kills. Laura Dadowski came in with the Seminoles leading 23-20 and delivered a great first serve and a service ace to win the set.

In set two against the Bearcats, FSU relied more on its attacking game after not producing a block. FSU hit .345, led by Yildirim's four kills and three kills apiece from Neff and Elise Walch. In the third set, the Seminoles finished off the Bearcats with a 25-14 win.

Nicole Walch led FSU with eight kills in the win over Cincinnati, which was a rematch of last year's NCAA second round contest won by FSU in five sets.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 5 Nicole Walch               3  8  3  17  0.294   0  0  3   0   4  0  0   0   0   8.0
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  6  4  17  0.118   1  0  1   0   7  0  1   0   0   6.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  7  2  17  0.294   0  1  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   8.5
14 Ashley Neff                3  6  1  10  0.500   0  0  0   0   0  3  3   0   0  10.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  0  0   0  0.000  16  1  1   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Elise Walch                3  6  1  16  0.313   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   6.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               2  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  0   0  10  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  17  0  1   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  4  0   7  0.571   0  0  0   0   0  1  0   0   0   5.0
24 Olivera Medic              1  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
35 Mara Green                 1  1  0   1  1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 38 11  85  0.318  35  5  6   0  33  4  6   0   0  50.0
   Opp                        3 34 22  95  0.126  32  0  8   5  31  2  4   1   1  38.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
CINCINNATI
20
17
14

FLORIDA STATE 3, FL INTERNATIONAL 0
08/31/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Sweeps FIU in Home Opener.

Early season-high .429 attack percentage highlights No. 8 Seminoles resounding 3-0 win over Panthers in front of 1,018 at Tully Gym.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - An exceptional offensive performance by the No. 8 Florida State indoor volleyball team resulted in a 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-16) sweep over FIU in front of 1,018 fans in the team's home opener on Friday night.

Despite the presence of an intriguing Florida State-Florida soccer match just feet away at the Seminole Soccer Complex, the FSU volleyball faithful continued to show up in droves on Friday night as it watched the Seminoles (4-0) deliver an overall hitting percentage of .429. Altogether, FSU recorded 43 kills in 77 attacks with just 10 attack errors, statistics that allowed the team to record its 15th consecutive win at Tully Gym.

After going undefeated with a 14-0 record at their home facility in 2011 and earning a win on Friday, the Seminoles have not fallen in Tallahassee since losing to Miami in five sets on Nov. 26, 2010.

The cheering on Friday evening helped create some inspired play out of senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim, who had a team-best nine kills and a .412 hitting percentage. The Istanbul, Turkey, native fell one kill and one dig shy of her second double-double of the year.

"Both Fatma and Oli (Medic) are very experienced players," head coach Chris Poole said. "Fatma certainly has been a great player for this program. She was a starter and the only person not to come off the court in 2009. Oli we knew had experience and we felt like that was a question mark losing two left-side All-Americans entering this season. We've been pleased with how both have stepped up so far and have helped get us into a groove here."

Senior Marija Milosavljevic continued her good start to the season, finishing with seven kills and a .636 hitting percentage. The Bajina Basta, Serbia native added a pair of service aces and three blocks in a superb all-around performance.

Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic also had a sound match, adding eight kills in 14 attacks with four digs, two blocks and a .500 hitting percentage. Sareea Freeman rounded out FSU's top attackers with seven kills in nine attacks and four blocks.

In what is becoming the team's biggest staple, the Seminoles were strong on the defensive end once again with 10 team blocks in three sets. A combination of their up-front presence and crisp passing forced FIU into a -.075 hitting percentage in the match.

FIU's hitting percentage was the lowest allowed by the Seminoles since head coach Chris Poole took over in 2008.

"I feel like as a whole we're getting much better with our assignments and understanding where they need to be in certain situations," Poole said. "Our block is strong again and it's helping us keep balls alive and putting them into the hands of our setters."

Setters Duygu Duzceler and Sarah Wickstrom aided the FSU offense with 18 and 16 assists, respectively. Libero Katie Mosher finished with seven digs.

FSU started well in the opening set, as Milosavljevic recorded four quick kills and Yildirim added three kills, one service ace and a block. A 5-0 run in the middle of the set helped FSU pull away, and Yildirim's kill off a nice set from Wickstrom completed the first frame.

Set two was an initial struggle as a few attack errors by FSU helped FIU to a 5-2 lead. But another 5-0 run highlighted by a kill from Elise Walch got the Seminoles back into the set quickly, and six late unanswered points in the set gave FSU a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.

Medic added three kills and an assist in the final set as FSU racked up 13 kills compared to FIU's six. Freeman put together two kills and two blocks in the frame to help keep FSU undefeated in the early portion of the season.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  9  2  17  0.412   1  1  2   1   9  2  0   0   0  12.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  7  0  11  0.636   0  2  2   0   1  0  3   0   0  10.5
14 Ashley Neff                3  2  2   6  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  1  3   1   0   4.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   1  1.000  18  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Elise Walch                3  6  3  15  0.200   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   6.5
24 Olivera Medic              3  8  1  14  0.500   1  0  1   1   4  0  2   0   0   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   1.0
 5 Nicole Walch               2  2  1   3  0.333   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   2.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  16  0  1   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  7  1   9  0.667   0  0  0   0   0  1  3   1   0   9.5
35 Mara Green                 2  1  0   1  1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 43 10  77  0.429  39  5  6   2  34  4 12   2   0  58.0
   Opp                        3 18 24  80 -0.075  18  2  2   5  22  2  2   0   1  23.0


  1 2 3
FL INTERNATIONAL
11
12
16
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, GEORGIA 1
09/01/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Win Florida State Invitational.

Junior Middle Blocker highlights day with near double-double versus Georgia.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For the first time since 2000, the eighth-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team begins the season 6-0 after winning the Florida State Invitational with victories over Georgia and Florida A&M on Saturday.

FSU overcame a slow start to defeat Georgia in four sets (26-28, 25-11, 25-21, 25-16) on Saturday morning at Tully Gym. It then defeated Florida A&M on the road at the Al Lawson Center 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-18).

Junior middle blocker Ashley Neff and senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim put forth career performances against UGA in helping the Seminoles (6-0) forget about their opening-set loss to the Bulldogs (5-1). Neff recorded a career-high tying 14 blocks, equaling her performance last season in a 3-2 win over N.C. State on the road.

For the third time in her career, Yildirim recorded 15 kills in what tied her career high. The Istanbul, Turkey, native already has two 15-kill matches this season after producing the same amount in FSU's 3-2 win over Iowa State last weekend. Yildirim added seven digs to her all-around performance.

Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic was solid yet again for FSU, delivering 11 kills, a .296 hitting percentage, seven digs and five blocks. Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman's superb showing was highlighted by nine kills, a .643 hitting percentage and three blocks. Duygu Duzceler had a double-double with 22 assists and 10 digs.

Overall, FSU got better offensively as the match progressed. After recording just 11 kills on 47 attacks and five errors in the opening frame, FSU recorded hitting percentages of .370, .378 and .400 in sets 2-4 to shut out any thoughts of a Georgia upset. Overall, the Seminoles hit .294 in the match and were guided by a season-high 17 blocks.

In five of their six matches this year, including FAMU, FSU has reached double-digit block totals despite four of their wins being three-set matches.

Also aiding the Seminoles against Georgia was junior right-side hitter Elise Walch, who had nine kills and five blocks. Freshman Mara Green saw more floor time and finished with two kills and three blocks in a short time span.

"We did come out sluggish to start, and you never know what a team is thinking when they come into a match," head coach Chris Poole said. "We feel like we're capable of beating any team in the country. We probably came out a little too relaxed in that first game, then they started coming on a little bit. I'm proud of the way they came out in the second game."

In the first set, FSU had two set points at 24-22 and 25-24, but couldn't close the door on a gritty Georgia team. Tied at 26-26, a kill by Tirah Le'au and a strong attack by Briana Bahr ended the set emphatically for the Bulldogs.

While the first set featured 13 ties and six lead changes, FSU came out swinging in the second game. A block by Elise Walch and Neff put the Seminoles ahead at 12-1, as six kills from Yildirim in the frame propelled the Seminoles to a sizeable win.

"We've still got three new players out there who weren't out there last season, so they have to learn what it's like to be in adverse situations," Poole said. "When you do get hit and when you do get knocked down, it says a lot about your character in what you do the next set. So when we won 25-11 in the second set; that was a statement that they were going to rise up."

Set three was extremely tight, and the Bulldogs had an opportunity to pull away as a block by Le'au gave them a 15-13 lead. FSU fought back with three consecutive points, but later an attack error by FSU gave Georgia the lead again at 19-18. Three rallies later, a key service ace by Laura Dadowski put the Seminoles ahead at 21-19, and another good serve from the freshman gave Neff an easy kill off an errant pass from the Bulldogs. A kill by Yildirim ended a competitive third set.

FSU led the entire way in the fourth set, despite Georgia keeping it close midway through. An important 5-0 run that included a service ace by Medic ultimately decided the match as Georgia was unable to pull within a reasonable margin again.

Against Florida A&M, Nicole Walch led the Seminoles with nine kills and eight digs. Neff added five kills and six blocks.

Yildirim, Medic and Freeman were named to the all-tournament team for FSU.

"All three played well in each match," Poole added. "We had others with big performances in some of the matches, but we really want to work on everyone being more consistent from match to match. I am really proud of the newcomers right now as they are exceeding expectations and contributing a lot to the program. The returning core are also providing excellent leadership and have the experience we need to fall back on under pressure."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4 15  6  37  0.243   2  1  4   1   7  0  0   0   0  16.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  1  2  13 -0.077   1  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   2.0
14 Ashley Neff                4  9  2  15  0.467   0  0  0   0   1  1 13   0   0  16.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  0  0   2  0.000  22  1  0   0  10  0  0   0   1   1.0
23 Elise Walch                4  9  4  23  0.217   0  0  0   0   2  0  5   0   0  11.5
24 Olivera Medic              4 11  3  27  0.296   0  2  1   3   7  0  5   0   0  15.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  1  0   2  0.500   3  0  1   0  17  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  0   0  0.000  22  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4  9  0  14  0.643   0  0  0   0   2  1  2   2   0  11.0
35 Mara Green                 1  2  0   3  0.667   0  0  1   0   0  0  3   0   0   3.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 57 17 136  0.294  50  5  7   4  54  2 30   2   1  79.0
   Opp                        4 46 27 133  0.143  46  4  7   5  57  2  8   2   1  56.0


  1 2 3 4
GEORGIA
28
11
21
16
FLORIDA STATE
26
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, FLORIDA A&M 0
09/01/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Win Florida State Invitational.

Junior Middle Blocker highlights day with near double-double versus Georgia.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For the first time since 2000, the eighth-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team begins the season 6-0 after winning the Florida State Invitational with victories over Georgia and Florida A&M on Saturday.

FSU overcame a slow start to defeat Georgia in four sets (26-28, 25-11, 25-21, 25-16) on Saturday morning at Tully Gym. It then defeated Florida A&M on the road at the Al Lawson Center 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-18).

Junior middle blocker Ashley Neff and senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim put forth career performances against UGA in helping the Seminoles (6-0) forget about their opening-set loss to the Bulldogs (5-1). Neff recorded a career-high tying 14 blocks, equaling her performance last season in a 3-2 win over N.C. State on the road.

For the third time in her career, Yildirim recorded 15 kills in what tied her career high. The Istanbul, Turkey, native already has two 15-kill matches this season after producing the same amount in FSU's 3-2 win over Iowa State last weekend. Yildirim added seven digs to her all-around performance.

Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic was solid yet again for FSU, delivering 11 kills, a .296 hitting percentage, seven digs and five blocks. Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman's superb showing was highlighted by nine kills, a .643 hitting percentage and three blocks. Duygu Duzceler had a double-double with 22 assists and 10 digs.

Overall, FSU got better offensively as the match progressed. After recording just 11 kills on 47 attacks and five errors in the opening frame, FSU recorded hitting percentages of .370, .378 and .400 in sets 2-4 to shut out any thoughts of a Georgia upset. Overall, the Seminoles hit .294 in the match and were guided by a season-high 17 blocks.

In five of their six matches this year, including FAMU, FSU has reached double-digit block totals despite four of their wins being three-set matches.

Also aiding the Seminoles against Georgia was junior right-side hitter Elise Walch, who had nine kills and five blocks. Freshman Mara Green saw more floor time and finished with two kills and three blocks in a short time span.

"We did come out sluggish to start, and you never know what a team is thinking when they come into a match," head coach Chris Poole said. "We feel like we're capable of beating any team in the country. We probably came out a little too relaxed in that first game, then they started coming on a little bit. I'm proud of the way they came out in the second game."

In the first set, FSU had two set points at 24-22 and 25-24, but couldn't close the door on a gritty Georgia team. Tied at 26-26, a kill by Tirah Le'au and a strong attack by Briana Bahr ended the set emphatically for the Bulldogs.

While the first set featured 13 ties and six lead changes, FSU came out swinging in the second game. A block by Elise Walch and Neff put the Seminoles ahead at 12-1, as six kills from Yildirim in the frame propelled the Seminoles to a sizeable win.

"We've still got three new players out there who weren't out there last season, so they have to learn what it's like to be in adverse situations," Poole said. "When you do get hit and when you do get knocked down, it says a lot about your character in what you do the next set. So when we won 25-11 in the second set; that was a statement that they were going to rise up."

Set three was extremely tight, and the Bulldogs had an opportunity to pull away as a block by Le'au gave them a 15-13 lead. FSU fought back with three consecutive points, but later an attack error by FSU gave Georgia the lead again at 19-18. Three rallies later, a key service ace by Laura Dadowski put the Seminoles ahead at 21-19, and another good serve from the freshman gave Neff an easy kill off an errant pass from the Bulldogs. A kill by Yildirim ended a competitive third set.

FSU led the entire way in the fourth set, despite Georgia keeping it close midway through. An important 5-0 run that included a service ace by Medic ultimately decided the match as Georgia was unable to pull within a reasonable margin again.

Against Florida A&M, Nicole Walch led the Seminoles with nine kills and eight digs. Neff added five kills and six blocks.

Yildirim, Medic and Freeman were named to the all-tournament team for FSU.

"All three played well in each match," Poole added. "We had others with big performances in some of the matches, but we really want to work on everyone being more consistent from match to match. I am really proud of the newcomers right now as they are exceeding expectations and contributing a lot to the program. The returning core are also providing excellent leadership and have the experience we need to fall back on under pressure."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 5 Nicole Walch               3  9  4  27  0.185   0  0  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   9.0
14 Ashley Neff                3  5  0   6  0.833   0  0  0   0   2  0  6   0   0   8.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  2  0   4  0.500  20  1  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   3.0
23 Elise Walch                2  4  0  10  0.400   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   5.5
24 Olivera Medic              2  5  2  13  0.231   1  1  1   0   7  0  2   0   0   7.0
35 Mara Green                 3  5  0  17  0.294   0  1  0   0   3  0  4   2   0   8.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  0   1   8  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Fatma Yildirim             1  4  1  13  0.231   1  0  0   0   3  0  1   1   0   4.5
 9 Caroline Dadowski          3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  17  0  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       2  5  0   8  0.625   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   5.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   1   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  5  0   6  0.833   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   0   0   8.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 44  7 104  0.356  41  4  3   2  59  1 20   3   0  59.0
   Opp                        3 36 22 127  0.110  35  2  4   4  46  1  4   2   0  41.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
FLORIDA A&M
13
18
18

MIAMI 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
09/07/2012, CORAL GABLES, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Suffers First Loss in 2012.

No. 6 Seminole volleyball falls on the road to Miami, 3-1, on Friday evening.

CORAL GABLES, FL - The sixth-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team had trouble mustering any sort of offensive flow as it fell to conference rival Miami, 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 22-25, 18-25) on Friday evening at the James L. Knight Sports Complex at the University of Miami.

The loss for the Seminoles (6-1, 0-1) is their first of the season and puts them at 0-1 in conference play for the first time since 2008 when they also fell to the Hurricanes (7-1, 1-0).

Playing before a record crowd at the University of Miami gymnasium on ESPNU, the Hurricanes fed off the energy inside their facility. After a well-played first set by Florida State, the Seminoles could not sustain momentum as Miami created better offensive opportunities throughout the match. The Hurricanes also won several of the longer rallies and benefitted from some uncharacteristic errors by Florida State.

"We played very flat through most of the match," head coach Chris Poole said. "Particularly our overall outside game was not as strong. We were out of sync and Miami played great. They did what they needed to do to be successful, and unfortunately we didn't raise our level up to combat that. It's a long season and you're going to have some bad days. You just have to learn from it."

Florida State hit a season-low .155 on the evening, and was out-blocked by Miami by an 11-9 count. Redshirt sophomore Katie Mosher was extremely active in the back row and put together a season-high 27 digs, helping start several offensive chances that Florida State was unable to convert.

Junior right-side hitter Elise Walch led Florida State with 12 kills and added two blocks, while senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman finished with nine kills, a .500 hitting percentage and six blocks.

Miami had four student-athletes recorded double-digit kills, led by Alex Johnson's 16 put-downs. Alexis Mourning added 14 kills, and Emani Sims and Taylor Hollins had 13 and 10, respectively.

The Seminoles had a good start offensively in set one, hitting .306 which included 14 kills in 36 attacks. Fatma Yildirim put together four kills on 12 swings, while Elise Walch came through with three put-downs in four attacks to spark Florida State. Mosher did a lot of covering in the first frame, totaling seven digs while Olivera Medic added five following many lengthy rallies. The set ended with back to back kills from Freeman, first on an overkill then on a tip shot in front of the net.

After going back and forth early in set two, Miami stole momentum by going on a few runs and winning some of the long rallies. Florida State put together just nine kills in set two while the Hurricanes recorded a .300 attack percentage. Through two sets, Mosher had 14 digs while Freeman recorded six kills and five blocks.

Florida State played smoother in set three, but was plagued by some key attack errors and mistiming on the offensive end. Miami controlled the pace of play and recorded a .364 attack percentage in the frame, while FSU improved from set two but failed to go on a momentum-changing run.

The Seminoles once again kept it tight in set four, but Miami broke away following a 9-9 tie by winning 11 of the next 15 rallies. The match ended on a kill by Mourning to give FSU its first loss of the year. The victory for Miami was its first over a Top 10 team.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4  8  9  37 -0.027   3  0  1   3  13  0  0   0   0   8.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       4  8  3  28  0.179   0  0  1   0   3  0  2   1   0   9.0
14 Ashley Neff                4  3  0  12  0.250   0  0  0   0   2  1  2   0   0   5.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  2  0   3  0.667  16  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   2.0
23 Elise Walch                4 12  5  29  0.241   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   1   0  13.0
24 Olivera Medic              4  7  6  30  0.033   0  1  1   0  11  0  0   2   0   8.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  0  0   2  0.000   4  0  0   1  27  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  0   0  0.000  21  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4  9  2  14  0.500   0  0  0   0   2  4  2   0   0  14.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 49 25 155  0.155  44  1  3   4  69  5  8   4   0  59.0
   Opp                        4 59 22 162  0.228  56  4  8   1  66  4 14   0   0  74.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
17
22
18
MIAMI
18
25
25
25

PEPPERDINE 3, FLORIDA STATE 0
09/14/2012, Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup, Houston, Tx

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Split First Day in Houston.

No. 11 Florida State volleyball defeats Houston, falls to No. 18 Pepperdine at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup.

HOUSTON, TX - The 11th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team shook off its opening-match loss to No. 18 Pepperdine by defeating Houston, 3-0, (25-14, 25-15, 25-19), on the first day of the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup at the Athletics/Alumni Center on the University of Houston Campus.

The Seminoles (7-2) were powered by good attacking in their second match of the day against the Cougars (1-7), with junior Olivera Medic leading the way with a season-high .588 hitting percentage on 11 kills. Overall, Florida State was much more efficient offensively, showing a .290 hitting percentage.

Senior Fatma Yildirim, who performed extremely well against Pepperdine, had 11 kills against Houston. Sareea Freeman posted six kills and four blocks, and Ashley Neff added four blocks. Redshirt sophomore Katie Mosher had 18 digs, while Duygu Duzceler led with 20 assists.

The victory improves the Seminoles to 47-13 against non-conference opponents since 2008.

Florida State played well in the first set against Houston, taking command early with strong attacking from Medic. The Subotica, Serbia, native garnered five kills in her first six swings and finished with six in the set. Freeman and Yildirim added three kills apiece in the opening set.

Elise Walch broke through in the second frame to pace the Seminoles, hitting some high-velocity shots that continued to roll past Houston's defense. The Stuart, Fla., native had five kills and one block in the frame, while sophomore setter Sarah Wickstrom put forth eight assists and worked well with Freeman to aid FSU's attack in frame two. Medic contributed with four more kills in the second set, as FSU won convincingly in the third set.

Florida State's first-match loss to Pepperdine dropped it to an 0-6 all-time mark against the Waves (7-3), whom recorded an opponent season-high .310 hitting percentage in the match. Pepperdine is the first opponent this year to hit above .300 against Florida State.

Playing well in the loss was Yildirim, who produced her second double-double of the year with 14 kills and 10 digs. The Istanbul, Turkey, native connected on nearly half of her 29 swings, compiling a .448 hitting clip as she was comfortable all afternoon putting balls down.

Neff contributed with four kills in eight attacks and added six blocks versus Pepperdine.

Pepperdine's Jazmine Orozco led the team with 12 kills and 10 digs, while Victoria Adelhelm posted five blocks. Both teams had nine-block efforts in the match.

Despite falling in the first set, Florida State made a valiant effort for a comeback bid in the frame by playing better late. Down 22-15 on a kill by Kelly Larsen, the Seminoles won five of the next six rallies as Mara Green, Yildirim and Neff recorded kills in the span while Neff and Green combined for a block. The Seminoles recorded a .205 hitting percentage and were led by Yildirim's five kills in 11 swings, but fell in the set following a kill by Pepperdine's Adelhelm.

Florida State battled hard in set two and rallied from a 22-16 deficit to being down 24-23 on consecutive service aces by Wickstrom. However, a long rally by both teams went against the Seminoles as an attack sailed long to give Pepperdine the second set at 25-23. FSU was neck and neck in the beginning portion, but five consecutive points by the Waves created crucial point in the frame.

Yildirim continued to swing well through two sets, hitting .500 with 11 kills on 20 swings. Pepperdine out-hit Florida State in set two, .316 to .267, while both teams showed seven team blocks apiece going into the intermission.

Florida State was kept at bay by the Waves in the third set, as Pepperdine turned a 5-5 tie into a commanding 14-5 lead. The Seminoles allowed Pepperdine to hit at a .323 clip as it fell in its first three-set match of the year.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3 14  1  29  0.448   0  0  1   1  10  0  1   0   0  14.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       2  2  2  11  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   2.5
14 Ashley Neff                3  4  1   8  0.375   0  0  0   0   0  0  6   0   0   7.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   2  0.500  19  0  0   0   5  0  0   2   0   1.0
23 Elise Walch                2  2  0  12  0.167   1  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   2.5
24 Olivera Medic              3  5  5  17  0.000   0  1  0   2   5  0  1   0   0   6.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  1   1 -1.000   2  0  1   0  13  0  0   0   0   0.0
 5 Nicole Walch               2  3  4  11 -0.091   0  0  1   1   1  0  2   0   0   4.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  12  3  0   0   3  0  0   1   0   3.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  3  4  16 -0.063   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   4.5
35 Mara Green                 3  3  0   6  0.500   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   4.5
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 37 18 113  0.168  34  5  3   5  37  0 18   3   0  51.0
   Opp                        3 49 14 113  0.310  44  5  3   5  48  2 14   1   0  63.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
21
23
15
PEPPERDINE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, HOUSTON 0
09/14/2012, HOUSTON, TX, Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Split First Day in Houston.

No. 11 Florida State volleyball defeats Houston, falls to No. 18 Pepperdine at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup.

HOUSTON, TX - The 11th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team shook off its opening-match loss to No. 18 Pepperdine by defeating Houston, 3-0, (25-14, 25-15, 25-19), on the first day of the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup at the Athletics/Alumni Center on the University of Houston Campus.

The Seminoles (7-2) were powered by good attacking in their second match of the day against the Cougars (1-7), with junior Olivera Medic leading the way with a season-high .588 hitting percentage on 11 kills. Overall, Florida State was much more efficient offensively, showing a .290 hitting percentage.

Senior Fatma Yildirim, who performed extremely well against Pepperdine, had 11 kills against Houston. Sareea Freeman posted six kills and four blocks, and Ashley Neff added four blocks. Redshirt sophomore Katie Mosher had 18 digs, while Duygu Duzceler led with 20 assists.

The victory improves the Seminoles to 47-13 against non-conference opponents since 2008.

Florida State played well in the first set against Houston, taking command early with strong attacking from Medic. The Subotica, Serbia, native garnered five kills in her first six swings and finished with six in the set. Freeman and Yildirim added three kills apiece in the opening set.

Elise Walch broke through in the second frame to pace the Seminoles, hitting some high-velocity shots that continued to roll past Houston's defense. The Stuart, Fla., native had five kills and one block in the frame, while sophomore setter Sarah Wickstrom put forth eight assists and worked well with Freeman to aid FSU's attack in frame two. Medic contributed with four more kills in the second set, as FSU won convincingly in the third set.

Florida State's first-match loss to Pepperdine dropped it to an 0-6 all-time mark against the Waves (7-3), whom recorded an opponent season-high .310 hitting percentage in the match. Pepperdine is the first opponent this year to hit above .300 against Florida State.

Playing well in the loss was Yildirim, who produced her second double-double of the year with 14 kills and 10 digs. The Istanbul, Turkey, native connected on nearly half of her 29 swings, compiling a .448 hitting clip as she was comfortable all afternoon putting balls down.

Neff contributed with four kills in eight attacks and added six blocks versus Pepperdine.

Pepperdine's Jazmine Orozco led the team with 12 kills and 10 digs, while Victoria Adelhelm posted five blocks. Both teams had nine-block efforts in the match.

Despite falling in the first set, Florida State made a valiant effort for a comeback bid in the frame by playing better late. Down 22-15 on a kill by Kelly Larsen, the Seminoles won five of the next six rallies as Mara Green, Yildirim and Neff recorded kills in the span while Neff and Green combined for a block. The Seminoles recorded a .205 hitting percentage and were led by Yildirim's five kills in 11 swings, but fell in the set following a kill by Pepperdine's Adelhelm.

Florida State battled hard in set two and rallied from a 22-16 deficit to being down 24-23 on consecutive service aces by Wickstrom. However, a long rally by both teams went against the Seminoles as an attack sailed long to give Pepperdine the second set at 25-23. FSU was neck and neck in the beginning portion, but five consecutive points by the Waves created crucial point in the frame.

Yildirim continued to swing well through two sets, hitting .500 with 11 kills on 20 swings. Pepperdine out-hit Florida State in set two, .316 to .267, while both teams showed seven team blocks apiece going into the intermission.

Florida State was kept at bay by the Waves in the third set, as Pepperdine turned a 5-5 tie into a commanding 14-5 lead. The Seminoles allowed Pepperdine to hit at a .323 clip as it fell in its first three-set match of the year.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3 11  4  27  0.259   0  1  2   0   8  0  2   0   0  13.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       2  4  2  13  0.154   0  2  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   6.0
14 Ashley Neff                3  2  1   5  0.200   1  0  0   0   1  1  3   0   0   4.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   2  0.500  20  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Elise Walch                2  5  1   8  0.500   0  0  0   0   2  1  1   0   0   6.5
24 Olivera Medic              3 11  1  17  0.588   1  0  0   0   8  0  2   0   0  12.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   1  0.000   5  1  0   1  18  0  0   0   0   1.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3  1  2  13 -0.077   0  0  2   0   2  0  1   0   0   1.5
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  17  1  0   0   6  0  0   1   0   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  6  0  12  0.500   0  0  0   0   1  0  4   0   0   8.0
35 Mara Green                 3  3  2   9  0.111   0  1  1   0   1  0  1   0   0   4.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 44 13 107  0.290  44  6  5   1  51  2 14   1   0  59.0
   Opp                        3 28 22 109  0.055  26  1  2   6  42  3  8   4   0  36.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
HOUSTON
14
15
19

FLORIDA STATE 3, OHIO STATE 1
09/15/2012, Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup, Houston, Tx

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Hot-Hitting Florida State Defeats No. 21 Ohio State.

No. 11 Seminoles end Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup with four-set victory over nationally-ranked Buckeyes; finish second at competitive tournament.

HOUSTON, TX - No. 11 Florida State indoor volleyball produced one of its better performances of the young season as it defeated No. 21 Ohio State, 3-1, (25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 25-13) on Saturday afternoon at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup in the Athletics/Alumni Center.

The victory for the Seminoles (8-2) marks their third Top 25 win of the season, and the 11th for head coach Chris Poole since coming to Florida State in 2008. The Seminoles finished second at the competitive tournament that also included nationally-ranked Pepperdine and Houston. In its victory today, Florida State raced out to a convincing 16-1 lead in the fourth set to ensure the victory.

"We obviously played today the way we have wanted to throughout the season," Poole said. "We had a disappointing last seven days and hadn't been playing like ourselves, but we came back alive today and it was good to see."

Senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim proved to be one of the top players at the weekend invitational. She capped off her tremendous three-match performance with a career-high 20 kills, which is the most by an FSU player this season. Yildirim recorded a .462 hitting percentage and was effective all afternoon, using a combination of shots to throw Ohio State off-balanced.

"Fatma played outstanding," Poole said. "She played the way we envisioned her playing, and hopefully this starts to get her into a rhythm. I'm proud of how everyone came back this weekend."

Junior Olivera Medic posted 13 kills in 25 attacks for a .440 hitting percentage, which included a dominant third set where she produced eight kills. Redshirt sophomore Katie Mosher had 18 digs and kept alive rallies all afternoon with a series of good plays off difficult attacks. Marija Milosavljevic was also strong at the right side, hitting eight kills and a .500 percentage.

Both Mosher and Yildirim were named to the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup All-Tournament Team.

Sareea Freeman added eight kills and a .375 hitting percentage, while Duygu Duzceler had a season high 32 assists. The Seminoles hit .375 overall in the match, their second-highest this season. The Buckeyes (8-3) were held to a .191 hitting clip.

Yildirim's five kills in the opening set highlighted Florida State's offensive flow that resulted in a .412 hitting percentage. After getting behind 6-2 early, the Seminoles responded by winning seven of the next eight rallies and never gave up their lead. Ohio State hit at a .158 clip. An important three-point swing allowed Florida State to take a 20-14 lead on a kill by Freeman as well as a service ace by Medic. The set ended on a hard kill from Yildirim down the line.

Ohio State's blocking ability showed well in the second set as it recorded seven against the Seminoles, including the set point at 24-22 that tied the match at 1-1 overall. Mosher allowed the Seminoles to play several long rallies by racking up nine digs in the second frame, and Yildirim looked strong again with five kills in the set.

After trailing 18-14 in the second set, Florida State fought back and tied the frame at 19-19 on a service ace by Mosher. Both teams traded the next six rallies until a couple hitting miscues by the Seminoles put them behind at 24-22, giving way for a block by Mari Hole and Andrea Kacsits that tied the match.

The Seminoles played one of their most impressive sets of the season in the third frame, hitting .517 on 18 kills in 29 attacks. Medic had eight kills in the set while Yildirim added four as Florida State attained a double-digit lead at 19-9 on a block by Elise Walch and Ashley Neff and never looked back in the set.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4 20  2  39  0.462   0  0  1   2   9  0  2   0   0  21.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       4  8  1  14  0.500   0  1  0   0   2  1  0   1   0  10.0
14 Ashley Neff                4  6  1  15  0.333   0  0  0   0   2  0  3   0   0   7.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  1  0   3  0.333  32  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Elise Walch                4  8  5  22  0.136   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   9.0
24 Olivera Medic              4 13  2  25  0.440   3  2  0   1  14  0  1   1   0  15.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  1  1   2  0.000   2  1  0   1  18  0  0   0   0   2.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  0   0  0.000  23  1  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   1.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4  8  2  16  0.375   0  0  0   0   0  1  2   0   0  10.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 65 14 136  0.375  60  5  2   4  59  2 10   2   0  77.0
   Opp                        4 47 21 136  0.191  47  4  2   5  53  0 20   6   1  61.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
22
25
25
OHIO STATE
18
25
13
13

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA TECH 2
09/21/2012, BLACKSBURG, VA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Prevail Over Virginia Tech.

No. 15 Florida State volleyball wins five-set match on the road behind career offensive performances from Ashley Neff and Marija Milosavljevic.

BLACKSBURG, VA - The 15th ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team received a tough test on the road at Virginia Tech but prevailed over its conference counterpart, 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 15-11), on Friday evening at Cassell Coliseum.

Faced with a bit of adversity trailing 2-1 overall, the Seminoles (9-2, 1-1) showed their mettle and responded accordingly to earn their first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season. In set four, Florida State rushed out to a 7-0 lead to help win the frame convincingly, then battled with the sturdy Hokies (8-4, 1-1) in the final set before coming out on top.

"You always feel better once the games are over and you've been put in these situations," head coach Chris Poole said. "These kinds of situations are good for our team in helping them overcome adversity and learn how to win on the road. It was a great atmosphere tonight, a real loud crowd and it was a real challenge. We played better in games four and five and started to turn it around, and kept going with our hot hitters to help get through tonight."

Junior middle blocker Ashley Neff, known for her tremendous defensive presence, produced a career-high 16 kills to bolster the Seminoles. The Kennesaw, Ga., native also recorded career highs with 30 attacks and a .433 hitting percentage, being a focal point in the match. Neff added six blocks.

Senior middle blocker and right-side Marija Milosavljevic also set career highs with 14 kills and seven digs. The Bajina Basta, Serbia, native had three important kills in the fifth set, with one making it 12-10 Florida State and her final one giving the Seminoles a 13-11 advantage.

Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic also had an outstanding match, picking up her team-leading third double-double of the season with 12 kills and 18 digs in the match. She recorded a .310 hitting percentage on the night.

Senior setter Duygu Duzceler recorded a season-high 33 assists against Virginia Tech, while sophomore Sarah Wickstrom added 20. Libero Katie Mosher led Florida State with 24 digs, while senior Sareea Freeman had eight kills and eight blocks.

Florida State appeared ready to take hold of the fifth and final set early, leading 5-1 on a kill by Neff. However, Virginia Tech fought back with five straight points to take a 6-5 lead, capped by a block from Jennifer Wiker. Medic would then record an important kill a few rallies later to give the Seminoles an 8-7 lead, and a big block by Freeman and Mara Green extended the lead to 9-7.

Green would later record a kill to put Florida State ahead at 11-9. Leading 13-11, Florida State won the match following consecutive attack errors from the Hokies. The Seminoles improve to 26-3 all-time against Virginia Tech and 9-3 in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech showed its effectiveness in the opening set, winning 25-19. The Hokies and Seminoles were knotted at 9-9 early until Virginia Tech put together five consecutive points, which included kills by Samantha Gostling and Wiker and a service ace by Jordan Fish. Florida State responded by winning four consecutive rallies, but Virginia Tech's block proved to be too much in the first frame. Trailing 22-19, Florida State fell victim to three consecutive blocks by the Hokies to fall in the first set.

The Hokies would not go away in the second set, trailing just 15-14 following two straight attack errors by the Seminoles midway through. Following a timeout by Florida State, the Seminoles rattled off five straight points which included two blocks involving Freeman. Ahead 22-19, the Seminoles finished the set with kills by Medic and Neff to head into intermission with a 1-1 overall tie in the match.

Florida State fell behind in the third set and could not catch up to the Hokies, who maintained a 10-6 advantage but could not totally hold off the Seminoles as Milosavljevic's kill put them behind at 18-17. Both teams began to trade rallies with Virginia Tech leading 22-21 until the Hokies' Jordan Fish recorded a kill and Victoria Hamsher followed with another successful attack for critical back-to-back points. Although a kill by Florida State's Fatma Yildirim cut the deficit to 24-22, an attack error by the Seminoles gave Virginia Tech the third set and the 2-1 overall lead.

Friday's match was the fourth time both schools have dueled to a five-set match, which included both times playing each other in 2010. Florida State is now 2-2 against Virginia Tech in five-setters.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             5  9 12  43 -0.070   0  0  0   0  13  0  1   0   0   9.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       5 14  3  30  0.367   0  1  1   0   7  0  4   0   1  17.0
14 Ashley Neff                5 16  3  30  0.433   1  0  0   0   1  1  5   0   0  19.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             5  1  0   2  0.500  33  1  1   0   8  0  0   0   1   2.0
23 Elise Walch                2  0  2   6 -0.333   1  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
24 Olivera Medic              5 12  3  29  0.310   1  0  0   0  18  0  2   0   0  13.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               5  2  0   2  1.000   3  0  0   1  24  0  0   0   0   2.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            5  0  0   1  0.000  20  0  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             5  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             5  8  3  21  0.238   2  0  0   1   0  2  6   1   0  13.0
35 Mara Green                 4  3  4  13 -0.077   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   0   0   6.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 65 30 177  0.198  61  2  4   3  80  4 22   1   2  82.0
   Opp                        5 54 30 177  0.136  51  3  9   2  72  3 16   0   0  68.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
19
25
22
25
15
VIRGINIA TECH
25
19
25
15
11

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA 1
09/22/2012, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 15 Florida State Defeats Virginia.

Seminole volleyball moves to 2-1 in conference play with four-set win at Cavaliers.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The 15th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team earned a four-set victory at Virginia on Saturday evening at Memorial Gym, winning 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-12) behind several good all-around performances.

Three Seminoles (10-2, 2-1) in Olivera Medic, Sarah Wickstrom and Duygu Duzceler recorded double-doubles to lead Florida State past another relentless opponent in the Cavaliers. Medic amassed 12 kills, a .435 hitting percentage and 15 digs while Wickstrom recorded 22 assists and 10 digs. Duzceler added 28 assists and 11 digs for the Seminoles, who recorded their second-highest hitting percentage of the year at .414.

Junior Ashley Neff had another good effort on Saturday, recording 13 kills, a career-best .619 hitting percentage and adding seven blocks. The Seminoles put together 13 team blocks compared to Virginia's five.

Senior Fatma Yildirim led Florida State with 15 kills, while Katie Mosher added 18 digs.

The victory gives the Seminoles a 32-14 lead in the all-time series against Virginia. Florida State improves to 14-10 on the road at Virginia.

For the second consecutive match the Seminoles went down in the first set, falling 25-23. The entire frame was neck and neck, with Sareea Freeman leading the way for the Seminoles with three kills and three blocks. Virginia's Jessica O'Shoney hurt Florida State with five kills and a service ace. Toward the end of the set, Freeman's kill gave the Seminoles a 23-22 lead, but Virginia struck back with three consecutive points to win the set, punctuated by a kill from Kayla Sears.

Florida State met its standards in set two, ignited by Yildirim's five kills. Elise Walch added four kills and one block for the Seminoles, whom reached a double-digit lead in the frame with an attack error by Virginia's Morgan Blair. Yildirim ended the second set with a kill to tie the match overall at 1-1.

Neff's four kills and three blocks highlighted Florida State's win in set three, which was aided by 4-0 and 5-0 runs midway through the frame. Medic added four kills in the set, including her last one that gave the Seminoles a 23-14 lead. Elise Walch then recorded a kill and Mara Green had a successful attack to end the set and give Florida State a 2-1 overall lead.

The Seminoles put together a .467 hitting percentage in a dominant fourth set, guided by Neff's four kills in the frame. Yildirim added three kills while Medic and Mosher recorded five digs apiece in the set.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4 15  0  30  0.500   1  0  1   1   7  1  0   0   0  16.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       2  2  3  11 -0.091   0  0  2   0   2  1  0   0   0   3.0
14 Ashley Neff                4 13  0  21  0.619   1  0  0   0   0  1  6   1   0  17.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  0  0   0  0.000  28  1  0   0  11  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Elise Walch                4  9  1  16  0.500   0  0  0   0   0  0  4   0   0  11.0
24 Olivera Medic              4 12  2  23  0.435   1  0  1   1  15  0  2   0   0  13.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  0  0   0  0.000   5  0  0   0  18  0  0   0   0   0.0
 5 Nicole Walch               2  2  2   7  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   2.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  0   0  0.000  22  1  2   0  10  0  0   1   0   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   1.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4  6  0  12  0.500   0  0  0   0   1  1  3   1   0   8.5
35 Mara Green                 2  3  1   8  0.250   0  0  0   0   2  0  3   0   0   4.5
   Team                                                      2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 62  9 128  0.414  58  3  6   4  68  4 18   3   0  78.0
   Opp                        4 47 26 153  0.137  43  4  4   3  54  0 10   6   2  56.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
23
25
25
25
VIRGINIA
25
14
17
12

FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 1
09/28/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Stand Tall in Win over Wake Forest.

Middle blockers Sareea Freeman and Ashley Neff as well as right-side hitter Marija Milosavljevic show offensive prowess in four-set win over Demon Deacons.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The No. 14 Florida State indoor volleyball team withstood a tough test from Wake Forest on Friday evening and picked up an important conference victory, winning 3-1 (25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 25-19) in front of 1,115 fans at Tully Gym.

It was the play of three of the tallest figures on the team that sparked the Seminoles (11-2, 3-1) to their 17th straight home victory on Friday night. Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman delivered 10 kills and posted a .643 hitting percentage, continuing to show off her expanding offensive game that makes her one of the nation's most versatile middle blockers.

"Anytime you get a win you are always going to be happy," head coach Chris Poole said. "I wish we had played a little more consistent during the match. Game three we tried to mix it up a little bit and let the freshmen go in and they did fine. What happens is sometimes it throws your chemistry off a little bit, and even though they played well it through us out of sync a little bit. We got everybody back in and got back in sync that fourth game and was able to put it away."

Fellow middle blocker Ashley Neff was stellar once again, recording 10 kills in 13 attacks for a .769 hitting percentage. Neff added four blocks as she entered Friday's contest as the only player in the nation in the Top 10 in hitting percentage and blocks per set. Neff's good offensive performance elevates her hitting percentage to .476 this season.

While Neff and Freeman were relied on when Florida State had occasional struggles in the match, it was senior right-side hitter Marija Milosavljevic who had nine kills and a .571 hitting percentage. The Bajina Basta, Serbia native saved her best hitting for the fourth set, posting three kills, two blocks and even an assist. Trailing 6-5 in the fourth frame, Milosavljevic combined on back-to-back blocks to give FSU the lead, and delivered a few more kills that broke ties and gave FSU a pair of leads.

Milosavljevic added four blocks in the contest. Last season, the Serbian saved Florida State from a five-set loss at home by the Demon Deacons (6-9, 0-3) with a career-high 12 blocks off the bench.

Wake Forest hung around in Friday's match partially by being able to find hitting lanes against a Florida State squad that was ninth in the nation in blocks per set. The Seminoles recorded just five blocks in four sets of action, which was a season low. It was also FSU's lowest in a match beyond three sets since recording four blocks in a loss at Miami on Nov. 26, 2011.

Sophomore setter Sarah Wickstrom continued her steady play, compiling 25 assists and adding four digs. Senior Fatma Yildirim added 12 digs while redshirt sophomore Katie Mosher also had 12 digs.

Earning some valuable time was freshman outside hitter Nicole Walch, who energized the Seminoles with six kills and a .455 hitting percentage in two sets. Overall, Florida State recorded a .307 hitting percentage, the seventh time they have hit above the .300 threshold as well as the third straight match.

In Florida State's 17-match winning streak at Tully Gym, Friday's match was just the sixth time the Seminoles were taken beyond a three-set match.

Wake Forest received a good performance from outside hitter Anna Carley, who had 10 kills and a .286 hitting percentage. Setter Danae Rosendall delivered 40 assists for the Demon Deacons.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4  6  6  21  0.000   0  2  1   1  12  0  0   0   0   8.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       4  9  1  14  0.571   1  2  1   0   1  0  4   0   0  13.0
14 Ashley Neff                4 10  0  13  0.769   0  0  0   0   2  0  4   0   0  12.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  0  1   3 -0.333  28  0  1   0   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
23 Elise Walch                3  7  3  16  0.250   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   7.0
24 Olivera Medic              4 12  6  30  0.200   1  2  0   1  13  0  1   0   0  14.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  0  1   1 -1.000   3  1  0   1  12  0  0   0   0   1.0
 5 Nicole Walch               2  6  1  11  0.455   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   6.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  0   0  0.000  25  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4 10  1  14  0.643   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0  10.5
35 Mara Green                 1  1  2   4 -0.250   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 61 22 127  0.307  58  7  3   4  55  0 10   0   0  73.0
   Opp                        4 45 20 129  0.194  45  4  5   7  44  0 10   3   1  54.0


  1 2 3 4
WAKE FOREST
17
16
25
19
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
22
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, DUKE 1
09/30/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Freeman's Career Day Powers No. 14 Florida State Past Duke.

Senior middle blocker ties career high with 14 kills in dominant performance against the Blue Devils.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman recorded one of the best matches of her career as she guided the 14th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team past rival Duke on Sunday afternoon, 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 25-16) in front of 1,102 fans at Tully Gym.

Fueled by her excellent play as of late, the Fresno, Calif. native impressed a capacity crowd once again with a dominant display of hitting that Duke could not stop all afternoon. Freeman tied her career high with 14 kills and registered a career best .722 hitting percentage as she connected on nearly all of her swings from the middle.

Freeman's .722 hitting percentage is the second highest of the season by a Seminole with at least 10 kills. In Florida State's 3-1 win over Wake Forest on Friday, fellow middle blocker Ashley Neff registered a team-best .769 hitting percentage on 10 kills in 13 attacks.

"We knew coming into the season that one of the strengths of our team should be the middle blocking position," head coach Chris Poole said. "I thought today both our middle blockers stepped up really well and we've been working on them a lot in practice. (Assistant coach) Gokhan Yilmaz is doing a good job of getting our middles up and using the attack more often and we were able to do that.

"We've got to really have that middle attack for us. A key point is if we can keep our passing and defense at a high level, we've got to get the passes there for our middles to be effective. If we aren't getting our passes there, we can't have a middle attack. The key for us is to get more chemistry and continuity within the balance of the team."

Freeman added six blocks in Sunday's match and finished with a match-high 17.5 points overall. It is the third time in her career she has registered 14 kills in a contest, totaling the same amount against Wake Forest and Miami in road matches last season.

Giving the senior middle blocker several good chances for quality attacks was sophomore setter Sarah Wickstrom, who recorded 24 assists and formed a strong tandem with her hitter throughout the match. Wickstrom, who hails from Stuart, Fla., added 10 digs for her second double-double of the season.

Neff once again displayed her offensive capabilities, generating 10 kills in 22 swings and recording a .364 hitting percentage. The Kennesaw, Ga., native added seven blocks and pushed her total blocks for the season to 80 in just 14 matches played. In Florida State's two matches this weekend, Neff recorded 20 kills in 35 attacks for a .514 hitting clip.

Freeman also stamped herself as the primary focus for this weekend, leading the Seminoles (12-2, 4-1) with 24 kills, three kills per set and a .688 hitting percentage in wins over Wake Forest and Duke.

Contributing in a big way against the Blue Devils (9-7, 0-4) was junior right-side hitter Elise Walch. The Stuart, Fla., native had 10 kills and a .300 hitting percentage while adding two blocks. Junior right-side Marija Milosavljevic stepped up once again with seven blocks and eight kills.

Overall, Florida State recorded a .302 hitting percentage as a team. It was the seventh time in 14 matches this year that the Seminoles went above the .300 mark on offense. The Seminoles also racked up 13 total blocks, tied for the third highest this season.

Duke was held to a .174 hitting clip in Sunday's match, the 12th opponent this season that has registered below a .200 hitting percentage against the Seminoles. Christiana Gray produced a team-best 13 kills while outside hitter Jeme Obeime converted on 11 kills.

The Seminoles now own an 18-match winning streak at Tully Gym, having not lost in their home facility since Nov. 26, 2010. Florida State has won four consecutive home matches against the Blue Devils.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4  7  4  22  0.136   1  0  0   0   7  0  1   0   0   7.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       4  8  4  19  0.211   1  2  4   0   1  0  7   0   0  13.5
14 Ashley Neff                4 10  2  22  0.364   1  0  0   0   1  1  6   0   0  14.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  2  0   2  1.000  22  0  0   0   4  0  0   1   0   2.0
23 Elise Walch                4 10  4  20  0.300   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0  11.0
24 Olivera Medic              4  5  3  22  0.091   0  1  0   1  13  0  1   1   1   6.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  1   1  13  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  0   1  0.000  24  1  0   0  10  0  0   0   1   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4 14  1  18  0.722   0  0  0   0   0  1  5   1   0  17.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 56 18 126  0.302  51  4  6   2  50  2 22   3   2  73.0
   Opp                        4 52 28 138  0.174  46  2  7   4  46  0 12   0   2  60.0


  1 2 3 4
DUKE
20
25
20
16
FLORIDA STATE
25
22
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA 0
10/05/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Sweeps Rival North Carolina.

Home victory for No. 13 volleyball breaks school record for consecutive wins at Tully Gym.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The No. 13-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team swept rival North Carolina on Friday evening, winning 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-23) in front of a capacity crowd of 1,162 at Tully Gym.

Just like the scores indicate, the Seminoles (13-2, 5-1) won in three extremely competitive sets as the Tar Heels (13-3, 4-2) showed why they are viewed as a strong challenger in the conference. The victory was historic for the Seminole volleyball program, marking its school record 19th consecutive victory at Tully Gym.

The win on Friday night moves the 2011-12 Seminoles past the 1981 squad that originally held the record with 18 straight victories. Florida State has not lost at home since falling to Miami in five sets on Nov. 26, 2010.

"I thought the crowd was fantastic once again," head coach Chris Poole said following his 665th career win. "I had people texting my phone talking about how the gym was rocking, and sometimes I don't even realize it because I'm so focused. But it was another great crowd. We have become a difficult place to play because of our fan support. It has made it great for our girls, especially when tonight we were letting a couple leads slip away and our crowd kept encouraging us."

Stepping up yet again for Florida State were its two middle blockers in senior Sareea Freeman and junior Ashley Neff. The strong duo combined for 39 swings, as Freeman put down a team-high 11 kills while recording a .526 hitting percentage. Neff added 10 kills and a .400 hitting percentage. Both players entered the match in the Top 10 nationally in attack percentage.

"We have been focusing a lot on our middles who are both ranked in the Top 10," Poole added. "It is very much like in 2009 when we had our All-American middles in Brianna Barry and Jordana Price. We've been running a lot to them and they've been a real force. I'm proud of the way they are playing. UNC has several good athletes and I'm proud of the way our team stepped up."

Equally as impressive in collaborating with the middles were Florida State's talented setters in senior Duygu Duzceler and sophomore Sarah Wickstrom. Duzceler contributed with 21 assists and had 12 digs for her third double-double of the season, while Wickstrom recorded 16 assists. Both were vital in helping the Seminoles to a .292 hitting percentage against a North Carolina squad known for its tremendous block.

Senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim delivered from the left side, recording 10 kills and a .318 hitting percentage. The Istanbul, Turkey native was an important option for the Seminoles to help provide a third attack aside from their two All-America caliber middles. Yildirim added nine digs in the match, falling just short of her third double-double of the year.

Redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher was stellar in the back row, recording a team-best 14 digs. Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic showed sound ball control and added 13 digs while putting forth eight kills.

Overall, the Seminoles recorded nine blocks compared to North Carolina's six. Neff elevated her blocks per set average to 1.56 after posting six blocks. Marija Milosavljevic contributed with three blocks while recording seven kills from the right side.

The victory was important for Florida State in several ways, including from an RPI standpoint. Facing the 19th-rated team in the RPI, the Seminoles are on their way to elevating their average of 30 should they defeat NC State at home on Sunday afternoon. NC State fell to Miami on Friday by a 3-1 score, putting the Seminoles in an early-season three-way tie with both NC State and Miami for first place in the conference.

Each set was dramatic on varying levels. In the first frame, the score was tied on seven occasions but Florida State used a kill by Milosavljevic to take a 23-21 lead. Consecutive attack errors by the Seminoles forced a timeout, and Florida State responded with back-to-back kills by Medic and Freeman to end the set.

Set two was a thriller, with 10 lead changes unfolding over the frame. UNC tied the score at 22-22 on a kill by Kayla Berringer, but later Milosavljevic came through with another big kill to give FSU set point at 24-23. UNC's Berringer put down another kill, and it was the second-to-last rally that really swung momentum. A combination of hard attacks were dug up by the Seminoles, who were benefited by an attack error by UNC that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Neff ended the second frame with a kill to give FSU a 2-0 lead. Florida State then took control for most of the third set, but consecutive points by the Tar Heels left them trailing only 24-23. Another long rally resulted in an attack error by UNC to gi

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3 10  3  22  0.318   1  0  0   2   9  0  2   1   0  11.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  7  3  22  0.182   1  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0   8.5
14 Ashley Neff                3 10  2  20  0.400   0  0  0   0   1  0  6   0   0  13.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   2  0.500  21  1  0   0  12  0  0   0   1   2.0
24 Olivera Medic              3  8  3  24  0.208   0  0  0   1  13  0  1   0   0   8.5
35 Mara Green                 3  3  3  10  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   4.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   0  0.000   6  0  0   1  14  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   1  0.000  16  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3 11  1  19  0.526   0  0  0   0   0  1  2   0   0  13.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 50 15 120  0.292  45  1  0   4  52  1 16   1   1  60.0
   Opp                        3 48 21 134  0.201  48  4  3   1  50  0 12   1   1  58.0


  1 2 3
NORTH CAROLINA
23
24
23
FLORIDA STATE
25
26
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0
10/07/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Earn Big Win over NC State.

No. 13 Florida State volleyball defeats Wolfpack in three sets in battle of first-place teams.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The 13th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team finished a crucial weekend perfect as it defeated conference foe NC State, 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-16), in a battle of first-place ACC teams on Sunday afternoon in front of 762 fans at Tully Gym.

The Seminoles (14-2, 6-1) and Wolfpack (15-3, 5-2) entered Sunday's match tied atop the ACC standings with Miami sporting 5-1 conference records. Bolstered by a sound offensive attack that recording a .336 hitting percentage on the day, Florida State helped itself create separation from NC State and finish its weekend unscathed.

On Friday, Florida State faced an upper-echelon conference opponent in North Carolina and defeated the Tar Heels in three close sets. The result was nearly the same on Sunday, as the Seminoles squeaked past NC State in sets one and two before revving up their attack in the third set.

"The positives are we had two sweeps against two of the best-playing teams in the conference," head coach Chris Poole said. "It was a little disappointing that in five of the six sets this weekend we had control but allowed the opponents to get back into it. We need to focus on closing strong, and I think we did that in our last set today against NC State. I think some of that is mental where we make some mistakes past the 20-point mark in certain sets. But at the same time, I was pleased with the efforts of a lot of our players today."

The victory by the Seminoles on Sunday extends their win streak at Tully Gym to 20 matches, stretching their lead on the former program record of 18 previously held by the 1981 team. Florida State has also defeated NC State 25 consecutive times, a streak that has remained intact since Sept. 29, 2000. Florida State's win streak over the Wolfpack is its longest active stretch against any ACC team.

Florida State's offense was jumpstarted by good passing all afternoon. Its continued ball control led to big days by the same trio of players who performed well against North Carolina - junior Ashley Neff, senior Sareea Freeman and senior Fatma Yildirim.

Once again, Freeman led the Seminoles on the quick attack and recorded 11 kills in 17 swings with a .471 hitting percentage. The Fresno, Calif. native is now hitting .445 for the season, while Neff finished with nine kills and a .444 attack percentage. Neff is showing a .457 clip for the season.

Yildirim helped carry the Seminoles in various stretches, recording 11 kills and a .346 hitting percentage. The Istanbul, Turkey native added six digs and a block to her respectable all-around performance. Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic also helped the left-side attack today with eight kills and a .278 clip. Medic continues to play a big role in the passing game, adding eight digs.

It was another strong performance for Florida State's two setters in Duygu Duzceler and Sarah Wickstrom. Both helped run a rhythmic attack, as Duzceler posted 22 assists while Wickstrom added 18.

NC State finished with a .222 hitting percentage and was led by Nikki Glass' 13 kills. Dariyan Hopper had eight kills in 19 swings and Brie Merriwether finished with nine kills and a .300 hitting percentage. The Wolfpack's hitting percentage was the second-highest allowed by the Seminoles this season to a conference opponent.

Florida State did its best to take control in the first set, building small leads that were hard to sustain against a hard-charging NC State team. A kill by Neff put Florida State ahead 18-15, and later a service error by Glass gave the Seminoles a 21-18 advantage. NC State stayed relentless but fell in the first frame trailing 24-23 when Marija Milosavljevic recorded a kill to win the set.

The second frame was much of the same, as Florida State gave itself a little cushion at 17-14 on a service ace from libero Katie Mosher. A service error by NC State's Alexa Micek gave the Seminoles the set point at 24-20, but NC State responded by winning the next three rallies which included a pair of kills by Merriwether. Yildirim, who had five kills in frame two, finished the set with an important kill to put Florida State up 2-0 overall. Florida State would then cruise for most of the third set after holding sizeable leads.

The Seminoles are now 6-0 at Tully Gym this season. Their last two victories over North Carolina (19th in RPI) and NC State (28th in RPI) are expected to elevate their RPI from its original position of 30th.

With conference season about one-third of the way through, Florida State and Miami are tied for first place in the conference after the Hurricanes defeated North Carolina 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles opened the conference season losing on the road to Miami, but have rebounded to win six straight in the ACC.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3 11  2  26  0.346   1  0  1   0   6  0  1   0   0  11.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  3  0  13  0.231   0  0  3   0   4  0  1   0   0   3.5
14 Ashley Neff                3  9  1  18  0.444   0  0  0   0   0  1  3   0   0  11.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   3  0.333  22  1  1   0   1  0  0   0   0   2.0
23 Elise Walch                2  3  3  10  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   3.0
24 Olivera Medic              3  8  3  18  0.278   1  1  1   1   8  0  1   0   0   9.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  0   0  15  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   1  0.000  18  1  0   0   7  0  0   0   1   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3 11  3  17  0.471   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0  11.5
35 Mara Green                 1  3  0   4  0.750   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   3.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 49 12 110  0.336  43  4  6   1  43  1  8   0   1  58.0
   Opp                        3 40 16 108  0.222  37  1  5   4  40  0  8   1   0  45.0


  1 2 3
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
23
23
16
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, BOSTON COLLEGE 0
10/12/2012, CHESTNUT HILL, MA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Top Boston College on Road.

No. 12 Florida State Volleyball stretches win streak to nine matches with strong defensive effort.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - 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.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3 13  3  32  0.313   0  0  0   0   9  0  1   0   0  13.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  3  1  14  0.143   0  0  2   0   0  0  4   0   0   5.0
14 Ashley Neff                3  6  2  18  0.222   1  0  0   0   0  0  5   0   0   8.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  3  0   4  0.750  18  1  0   0  13  0  0   0   0   4.0
24 Olivera Medic              3  7  2  19  0.263   1  1  1   0  17  0  0   0   0   8.0
35 Mara Green                 3  1  2  11 -0.091   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   1.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   1  12  0  0   0   0   0.0
 5 Nicole Walch               1  1  0   1  1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  15  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  9  3  14  0.429   0  0  0   0   0  1  0   0   0  10.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 43 13 113  0.265  37  2  3   1  57  1 10   0   0  51.0
   Opp                        3 37 25 128  0.094  37  1  5   2  49  0 10   2   0  43.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
BOSTON COLLEGE
20
15
19

FLORIDA STATE 3, MARYLAND 1
10/14/2012, COLLEGE PARK, MD

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Defeats Maryland in Four.

12th-ranked Seminoles finished weekend unscathed with road victory against the Terrapins.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The 12th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team stretched its win streak to 10 matches by defeating conference opponent Maryland 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17) on Sunday afternoon at the Comcast Pavilion in College Park, Md.

Four Seminoles (16-2, 8-1) notched double-digit kills as Florida State recorded a .364 hitting percentage against the Terrapins (10-10, 2-7). Florida State held the blocking edge in Sunday's contest by a 10-4 margin, as junior Ashley Neff recorded eight of her own.

Neff led Florida State with 13 kills in 25 attacks, equating to a .400 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim was strong against this weekend as she recorded a 12-kill, 12-dig performance to notch her third double-double of the year. Yildirim was efficient with a .400 hitting clip in Sunday's match.

Freshman right-side hitter Mara Green had a career performance for Florida State. The McDonough, Georgia native amassed 10 kills in 15 attacks for an impressive .600 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman was an offensive force once again, totaling 10 kills and a .562 hitting mark.

"One big highlight for us was Mara playing so well and being such a difference maker for us," head coach Chris Poole said. "She really stepped up and contributed a lot of kills and that threw Maryland off-balanced because they weren't used to defending her. With the exception of the third set, I thought we played well, were under control and offensively did a nice job.

"I'm very pleased with this weekend. Sometimes on the road you never know what can happen, and coming away with 3-0 and 3-1 scores is satisfying."

Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic added nine kills and 11 digs for Florida State, while redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher had a team-high 18 digs.

With the win, Florida State has now won eight of its last nine matches against Maryland. The Terrapins were led by Ashleigh Crutcher's 18 kills and 11 digs, while Adreene Elliott had 13 kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Setter Mackenzie Dagostino tallied 43 assists and 10 digs for Maryland.

Florida State remains in a tie for first place in the ACC standings after Miami defeated Boston College in five sets on Sunday afternoon.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4 12  0  30  0.400   1  1  0   2  12  0  2   0   0  14.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       4  5  2  14  0.214   0  0  0   1   0  0  2   0   0   6.0
14 Ashley Neff                4 13  3  25  0.400   0  0  0   0   2  3  5   0   0  18.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  2  0   2  1.000  28  1  1   0   4  0  0   0   0   3.0
24 Olivera Medic              4  9  6  30  0.100   0  2  1   0  11  0  0   0   0  11.0
35 Mara Green                 4 10  1  15  0.600   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   1   0  11.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  0  0   0  0.000   2  2  0   1  18  0  0   0   0   2.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  0   0  0.000  23  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4 10  1  16  0.563   0  0  0   0   2  1  1   1   0  11.5
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 61 13 132  0.364  54  6  2   5  57  4 12   2   0  77.0
   Opp                        4 60 22 151  0.252  51  5  6   6  49  1  6   3   2  69.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
22
25
MARYLAND
22
17
25
17

FLORIDA STATE 3, GEORGIA TECH 2
10/19/2012, ATLANTA, GA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 12 Florida State Completes Comeback At Georgia Tech.

Seminoles face gut-check moment on the road and fight back from two sets down to defeat Yellow Jackets in televised matchup.

ATLANTA, GA - Faced in an unfamiliar position in front of a boisterous crowd on the road, the 12th-rated Florida State indoor volleyball team completed a great comeback by defeating Georgia Tech, 3-2 (33-35, 23-25, 25-13, 25-17, 15-10), on Friday evening at a sold-out O'Keefe Gymnasium.

Both the Yellow Jackets (15-6, 6-4) and their faithful fans did their best to rattle the defending conference champions, as Georgia Tech came out with an aggressive style of play that it has become known for. Following an incredible first set that saw eight set points missed by the Seminoles (17-2, 9-1), as well as a second set where they surrendered a late lead, Florida State made the necessary adjustments following the intermission to take Georgia Tech out of its game.

"These kind of games build a lot of character on the team, particularly on the road in front of a big crowd in a hostile situation," head coach Chris Poole said. "They are games that are hard on the coaches, but they are character-building games for our players."

In the third through fifth sets, Florida State was noticeably better in its passing and digging and clogged the hitting lanes for the Yellow Jackets, making it difficult for Georgia Tech to hit around the Seminole block. Helping cap the comeback in a big way was Kennesaw, Ga., native Ashley Neff, who had her first double-double of the season and the third of her career with 16 kills and 11 blocks. Neff also posted a .667 hitting percentage, highlighting an outstanding evening for the junior All-American candidate.

Providing an enormous spark for the Seminoles was freshman outside hitter Nicole Walch, who entered the match in the third set and immediately delivered one kill after another. Walch finished with seven kills and three blocks and highlighted Florida State's renewed play in the third to fifth sets.

Senior Sareea Freeman had some substantial points for the Seminoles, finishing with 10 kills and five blocks. Freshman Mara Green, who hails from McDonough, Ga., delivered a fine performance in front of several family and friends with six kills, four blocks and four digs.

"I felt like both freshmen did a really good job. Mara came in and did a good job and Nicole came in and immediately did a good job on the left side," Poole added. "I think the key was for us to be able to bring in our bench and be able to contribute. That's what they are working hard in practice for - to have an opportunity to go into that kind of game and make a big impact. Our digging picked up, our offense picked up and part of that was Nicole going in and being big on the left side. Our middle attack also got better and we really limited our mistakes in those last three games."

Florida State finished the match with 16.5 team blocks compared to Georgia Tech's 13. The total was the second highest this season for the Seminoles, who recorded 17 in a win over Georgia earlier this season. Georgia Tech was held to a .170 hitting percentage, and recorded attack percentages of .067, .094 and .000 in sets 3-5, respectively. While the Yellow Jackets picked up seven service aces, they also recorded 16 service errors compared to just two by the Seminoles. Florida State also had seven service aces.

In the fifth set, Neff gave Florida State a boost with three kills while Freeman put down two attacks. A key 3-0 run in the 15-point set included a kill by Freeman, a block by Freeman and Green and a service ace by libero Katie Mosher, who had 18 digs. An attack error by Georgia Tech's Bailey Hunter was followed by a kill from Neff to make it 14-10 Florida State. The match ended on a block by Neff and Fatma Yildirim.

Other notable performances were made by junior Olivera Medic, who contributed with 15 digs. Setter Duygu Duzceler, who played in her team-leading 121st career match, had 27 assists while Sarah Wickstrom added 21 assists.

The most entertaining set of the year took place in the opening frame despite the Seminoles falling 35-33. With Florida State trailing 22-19 late in the set, freshman Laura Dadowski helped bring the Seminoles back with some good serves, including a couple aces to help Florida State get on top at 23-22. Georgia Tech would fight back and eventually held the first set point at 24-23, but Freeman staved it off with a quick kill.

Following the 24-24 tie, both teams would exchange points back and forth in a tremendously entertaining series of rallies. Tied at 33-33, Georgia Tech finally got its break with a pair of service aces by Anne Czarnecki and Bailey Hunter that gave the Yellow Jackets a big momentum boost. Georgia Tech out-blocked Florida State in the set, 5-3, and held a .288-.154 edge in hitting percentage. For Florida State, it was its longest set played in terms of point total since the current 25-point scoring format began in 2008.

Another close set went in the Yellow Jackets' favor in frame No. 2. The Seminoles led virtually the entire way, but after taking a 23-21 lead on a kill by Neff, Georgia Tech ran off four consecutive points to win the frame. A kill by Monique Mead started the rally, followed by an FSU attack error. Courtney Felinski then produced a kill off an overpass from the Seminoles, and the set ended on a nicely-placed ace by Mead. She delivered eight kills and a .636 hitting percentage in the second set, while Florida State was held to a .091 attack percentage.

The Seminoles took care of their lead in the third set, winning the final six points in the frame to cap a thorough performance. Florida State hit .591 in the set and held Georgia Tech to a .067 clip, and freshman Nicole Walch ignited the team with four kills in four attacks. Both Nicole and Elise Walch were involved in five of the last six points to give the Seminoles the third set and trim their overall deficit to 2-1.

Florida State got back into the match with strong digging in the fourth set, which carried over following the intermission. Neff had four kills and four blocks in the set as the Seminoles held Georgia Tech to a .094 hitting percentage.

The comeback by Florida State was its first two-set comeback since defeating Duke in five sets on Oct. 24, 2010, in Tallahassee.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             5  8  7  27  0.037   0  0  0   0   8  0  3   0   0   9.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       2  1  3   6 -0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   2.0
14 Ashley Neff                5 16  0  24  0.667   1  0  0   0   1  3  8   0   0  23.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             5  2  0   2  1.000  27  1  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   3.0
24 Olivera Medic              5  5  7  20 -0.100   1  1  0   3  15  0  1   0   0   6.5
35 Mara Green                 5  6  2  14  0.286   1  1  1   0   4  0  4   0   0   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               5  0  0   0  0.000   2  1  0   3  18  0  0   0   0   1.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3  7  1  10  0.600   0  0  1   1   1  0  3   0   0   8.5
10 Sarah Wickstrom            5  0  0   0  0.000  21  1  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   2.0
22 Sareea Freeman             5 10  4  23  0.261   0  0  0   0   0  0  5   0   0  12.5
23 Elise Walch                4  3  2  14  0.071   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   3.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 58 26 140  0.229  53  7  2   7  55  3 27   0   0  81.5
   Opp                        5 64 35 165  0.176  59  7 16   7  50  1 24   1   2  84.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
33
23
25
25
15
GEORGIA TECH
35
25
13
17
10

FLORIDA STATE 3, CLEMSON 0
10/21/2012, CLEMSON, SC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Sweep Clemson.

No. 12 Florida State volleyball ends successful road trip with 3-0 win over Tigers to extend win streak to 12 matches.

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.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  9  3  31  0.194   2  0  0   1   9  0  2   0   0  10.0
14 Ashley Neff                3 10  3  20  0.350   0  0  0   0   0  1  6   1   0  14.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  2  0   3  0.667  21  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   2.0
23 Elise Walch                3  6  4  18  0.111   0  0  0   0   3  0  1   0   0   6.5
24 Olivera Medic              3  8  3  20  0.250   0  0  0   0  12  0  1   0   0   8.5
35 Mara Green                 3  8  2  18  0.333   0  0  0   0   6  0  2   1   0   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   3  0.000   2  1  0   0  18  0  0   0   0   1.0
 5 Nicole Walch               2  0  1   1 -1.000   0  0  1   0   2  0  1   0   0   0.5
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   1  0.000  25  0  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3 12  0  18  0.667   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0  12.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 55 16 133  0.293  50  1  1   1  63  1 14   2   0  64.0
   Opp                        3 33 15 125  0.144  33  1  2   1  54  2 12   3   1  42.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
CLEMSON
9
23
19

FLORIDA STATE 3, FLORIDA 0
10/24/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Later Gators.

12th-ranked Florida State volleyball upends in-state rival and 11th-ranked Gators to snap 21-match losing streak against Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - In front of a raucous Tully Gym crowd, the 12th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team earned an emotional 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-21) victory in front of over 1,600 fans to snap a 21-match losing streak over 11th-ranked Florida on Wednesday night.

Indeed, some of the current Seminoles (19-2) were barely walking the last time Florida State defeated Florida - Oct. 31, 1994. It had been a streak full of repeated heartbreak until Wednesday evening when the current crop of Seminoles put together a milestone win for the program.

In the process, Florida State extended its school-record win streak at Tully Gym to 21 matches. The Seminoles recorded their 13th consecutive victory on Wednesday and snapped Florida's stretch of 14 consecutive matches won.

"It means so much to this program," head coach Chris Poole said. "It's been the one thing we haven't been able to accomplish yet and we played them so well over the last few years. I knew it was getting closer. They're a great program, a great coaching staff, they've got tradition. But we're building tradition and we're trying to build the right program and I feel like the girls worked really hard tonight."

The victory proved that the Seminoles have put themselves on the same level as the Gators, going farther than their rival in two of the last three NCAA postseasons while signing one of the top recruiting classes in the country last year. All that needed to be done was actually defeating Florida, and it was done tonight with strong defense that held one of the nation's top hitting units to a .228 attack percentage.

Florida State accumulated 56 digs in the three-set match, led by redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher's 16 digs. The Fort Myers, Fla., native defended several hard attacks successfully and kept the ball moving on Florida State's side of the court.

Senior Fatma Yildirim got herself a rewarding victory, finishing with her fourth double-double of the year. The Istanbul, Turkey native tallied 10 kills and 13 digs for the Seminoles and finished with a .286 hitting percentage against a vaunted Florida defense.

"I can't even explain how happy I am right now," Yildirim said after the match. "I can't thank the crowd enough who showed up and I couldn't even hear myself think. It was great to win this game. I think we did great as a team and didn't let them take over after the second set. We just shut it down and played so well."

Senior Sareea Freeman proved her worth against the Gators as well with her middle attack. The Fresno, Calif. native put down nine kills and added three blocks. In the third set when the Seminoles were starting to let Florida creep back into the match, Freeman came through and helped elevated the Seminoles to a fantastic finish.

"It means everything," Freeman said of the win. "The last point I rushed the court and was so happy to the point that tears were coming from my eyes. I'm so happy. We're still undefeated at home and taking care of Tully and taking care of our business at home. I'm so proud of my team. This needed to happen and I'm so glad it happened my last year here."

Overall, Florida State hit .222 in the match. It was out-blocked by Florida 9-6, but had only two service errors compared to Florida's nine. The two-setter combination of Duygu Duzceler and Sarah Wickstrom finished with 33 assists, setting the ball with consistency. Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic also found some lanes to hit through as she recorded seven kills, while junior middle blocker Ashley Neff added seven kills and two blocks.

The victory over Florida gives Florida State its first Top 10 RPI win of the season as the Gators came in ranked 10th. The Seminoles are now 8-2 against the current Top 50 RPI teams. Florida State also picked up its 12th AVCA Top 25 win under Poole, including its fourth this season. The school record for most AVCA Top 25 wins in a season is five held by last season's NCAA National Semifinal team.

The first set was close and saw eight lead changes as both teams exchanged several points and forced many long rallies. Neff led the charge in the first frame with three kills and one block. A service error by Florida's Taylor Unroe tied the set at 20-20 and both teams exchanged the next six points capped by a kill from Freeman. Back-to-back attack errors by Gabby Mallette sealed the first set for the Seminoles.

Florida State started off well in set two, taking a 10-5 lead on an attack error from Chloe Mann, who had 10 kills on the evening. A service ace by Duzceler brought the Florida State lead to 20-13, and while Florida tried to inch back, a momentum-stealing kill by Yildirim made it 23-19 for the Seminoles. Yildirim followed with another kill and Mara Green's kill gave Florida State the second set.

The Seminoles held on in the third frame. A Medic kill made it 15-7 for the Seminoles, but Florida came back by winning nine of the next 13 points to cutits deficit to 19-16. An enormous block by Freeman and Green gave the Seminoles a 22-19 lead, and Neff's match-ending kill sent the crowd into a frenzyas the agonizing winning streak against the Gators ended.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3 10  4  21  0.286   1  0  0   0  13  0  0   0   0  10.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  4  2  20  0.100   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   5.0
14 Ashley Neff                3  7  4  20  0.150   1  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   8.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   2  0.500  15  3  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   4.0
24 Olivera Medic              3  7  0  20  0.350   1  0  0   0   6  0  1   0   0   7.5
35 Mara Green                 3  4  3  16  0.063   0  0  0   0   2  1  1   0   0   5.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  1   0  16  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  18  0  1   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  9  2  17  0.412   0  0  0   0   1  1  2   1   0  11.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 42 15 116  0.233  37  3  2   0  56  2  8   1   0  51.0
   Opp                        3 47 18 127  0.228  42  0  9   3  52  5  8   2   2  56.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA
23
22
21
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA 0
10/26/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Collective Effort Extends Seminole Win Streak.

No. 12 Florida State volleyball wins 14th consecutive match in 3-0 victory over Virginia.

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.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  6  0  13  0.462   0  0  0   0  11  0  0   0   0   6.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       2  5  1   9  0.444   0  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   5.0
14 Ashley Neff                3  6  2   9  0.444   0  0  0   0   0  1  1   0   0   7.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   1  1.000  14  2  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   3.0
23 Elise Walch                2  4  0  10  0.400   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   4.5
24 Olivera Medic              2  2  2   8  0.000   2  0  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   2.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  0   0  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
 5 Nicole Walch               3  4  5  17 -0.059   0  1  1   0   2  0  1   1   0   5.5
 9 Caroline Dadowski          2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  21  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  8  1  14  0.500   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   1   0  11.0
35 Mara Green                 2  8  1  11  0.636   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0   9.5
   Team                                                      2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 44 12  92  0.348  41  3  2   3  44  2 10   2   0  54.0
   Opp                        3 29 17  97  0.124  26  3  7   3  31  0 10   2   1  37.0


  1 2 3
VIRGINIA
19
11
16
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA TECH 0
10/28/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Top Virginia Tech on "Paint it Pink" Sunday.

No. 12 Florida State Volleyball brings overall win streak to 15 matches with 3-0 sweep over the Hokies.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - With the team donning their "Paint it Pink" jerseys to promote breast cancer awareness, the 12th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team defeated Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19), in front of 803 fans at Tully Gymnasium.

The Seminoles (21-2, 12-1) stayed tied for first place in the conference with a tremendous defensive effort. Florida State's attack got things going in the third set, but throughout the match it relied on a strong blocking presence up front as it recorded 10 team blocks in just three sets of action.

"I think it was real important for us to try and stay consistent today in order to beat a team like Virginia Tech," head coach Chris Poole said. "We had some runs in the middle of some sets but then we'd let them back in but find a way to close it off at the end. It was a little bit of a roller coaster, but thank goodness we were good enough in the first and were able to finish it out in the end."

Florida State now holds a 15-match win streak, having not lost since Sept. 14 against then-No. 18 Pepperdine in Houston. The Seminoles stretched their win streak at Tully Gym to 23 matches. The victory on Sunday over a relentless Virginia Tech team was also the Seminoles' fourth consecutive three-set sweep and their fifth consecutive at home.

Junior middle blocker Ashley Neff improved as the match went on, posting a team-high 10 kills in 17 attacks while finishing with a .471 hitting percentage. The Kennesaw, Ga. native picked up seven blocks, including a couple important ones in the first set that helped the Seminoles break away from the Hokies (13-10, 6-7).

Neff continues to lead the team and stay near the top of the country in blocks per set, showing 1.61 for the season. With Florida State clinging to a 22-21 lead in the first set, Neff teamed with junior Olivera Medic to earn a big block and make it 23-21. She followed with an impressive solo block that set up set point for the Seminoles.

In the third set, Neff helped Florida State to a .536 hitting percentage in the frame with six kills, dominating the last set and helping Florida State close out the match.

Medic enjoyed a superb all-around day for the Seminoles, compiling eight kills, a .316 hitting percentage, one service ace, seven digs and three blocks. The Subotica, Serbia native was stellar once again passing the ball, and Florida State relied on her swing in the second set as she hammered five kills and added a block to give the Seminoles a 25-20 win in the frame.

Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman put down seven kills in 10 attacks and had a .600 hitting percentage. The Fresno, Calif. native had two blocks. Freeman leads Florida State with a .455 hitting percentage.

Because of a strong-hitting third set, Florida State was able to finish with a .266 attack percentage while holding the Hokies to a .179 clip. Sophomore setter Sarah Wickstrom led Florida State with 20 assists while senior Duygu Duzceler added 14 assists and three well-placed service aces. Freshman right-side Mara Green contributed with five kills, a .286 hitting percentage, two digs and two blocks.

"I think the key right now is for us to understand we're not going to be perfect with every play," Poole said. "There's going to be a time when a team is doing something that is going to hurt us early in a set or in a match. The key for us to be successful is to learn from the mistakes that we're making and learn from what the other team is doing so we can make those adjustments and play better."

Virginia Tech's Victoria Hamsher had a successful attacking performance, recording 10 kills in 14 attacks and only two hitting errors. The Hokies were hurt by seven service errors.

Redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher got under several Virginia Tech attacks on Sunday, posting 16 digs in only three sets.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  7  6  21  0.048   0  0  0   1   4  0  2   0   0   8.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       2  3  1   7  0.286   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   3.5
14 Ashley Neff                3 10  2  17  0.471   0  0  0   0   1  1  6   2   0  14.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  0  1   1 -1.000  14  3  1   0   2  0  0   0   0   3.0
24 Olivera Medic              3  8  2  19  0.316   0  1  0   1   7  1  2   0   0  11.0
35 Mara Green                 3  5  1  14  0.286   1  0  1   0   2  0  2   0   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  1   1 -1.000   1  0  0   0  16  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   1  0.000  20  1  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  7  1  10  0.600   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   1   0   8.0
23 Elise Walch                1  1  1   3  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   1.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 41 16  94  0.266  36  5  2   2  37  2 16   3   0  56.0
   Opp                        3 36 19  95  0.179  34  3  7   5  31  2 10   2   2  46.0


  1 2 3
VIRGINIA TECH
21
20
19
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0
11/02/2012, RALEIGH, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Gets Past NC State in Three Sets.

No. 11 Seminoles use a barrage of small comebacks to take sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

RALEIGH, NC - The 11th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team used a trio of comebacks in all three sets to overcome minor deficits and get past NC State, 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-21), on Friday evening at the Reynolds Coliseum.

The win gives the Seminoles (22-2, 13-1) sole possession of first place after rival Miami fell on Friday night to North Carolina in three sets. Despite its fifth consecutive three-match sweep, the victory did not come easy for Florida State. The Seminoles were forced to come back from deficits of six points in the first set, a small three-point deficit in set two and a seven-point deficit midway through the third set.

Regardless, the sweep bears plenty of significance for Florida State. The Seminoles have now won 18 straight sets, their longest ever streak in the rally scoring era (2001-present) and their seventh longest overall in program history. The school record is 35 consecutive sets won by the 1981 team.

"The thing that stood out to me was the character of our team in making these comebacks tonight," head coach Chris Poole said. "We didn't play perfect all the time and we gave away some points but we always kept our head in the match. Our team never panicked and altogether I think it was a good team effort tonight."

Florida State also continues its 16-match win streak, which is tied for the fourth longest in school history with the 2011 squad that reached the NCAA National Semifinals. The school record is 21 consecutive wins also held by the 1981 team.

Behind several contributions, the Seminoles stretched their win streak over a much improved Wolfpack (19-6, 9-5) team to 26 consecutive matches. Senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim and junior middle blocker Ashley Neff produced identical stat lines with nine kills apiece in 21 attacks and four blocks.

The Seminoles recorded a .303 hitting percentage, the 11th time this season they have recorded .300 or better. Senior Sareea Freeman had seven kills, a .636 hitting clip and five blocks. Junior Elise Walch provided a noticeable spark with five kills, a .375 hitting percentage and two blocks in two sets of action.

Junior Olivera Medic was strong again defensively for Florida State, picking up 10 digs and seven kills. Redshirt sophomore Katie Mosher led the team with 13 digs, while setters Duygu Duzceler and Sarah Wickstrom combined for 36 assists and led another fine offensive performance.

The Seminoles are now 9-2 against the current Top 50 RPI with Friday's win. NC State entered the match ranked 40th in the latest ratings.

Florida State stole a first-set victory over the Wolfpack after staving off two set points and going on a late 4-0 run. Trailing 24-22, Poole called a much-needed timeout to allow the Seminoles to regroup. Coming out of the break, back-to-back kills by Neff and Yildirim tied the set. The Seminoles then used a couple NC State attack errors that sailed over the end line to come back and win the opening frame. The Wolfpack seemingly dug every ball early in the set and held 6-1 and 12-6 leads, but Florida State battled back and used six blocks to its advantage in the set.

The Seminoles took control of the second set about midway through with a 9-1 run that turned a 13-13 tie into a 22-14 advantage. Wickstrom started the run with a service ace and a timely combination of blocks and well-placed kills allowed Florida State to seize momentum in the frame after NC State took an 11-8 lead. Florida State hit .481 in the set on 17 kills and reached 10 team blocks midway through. Mosher ended the second set with a floated kill to the back left corner. Elise Walch sparked Florida State with five kills in the frame, while Medic added four in five attacks.

Florida State once again dug deep in the third set, trailing 14-7 midway through the set before coming back. The Seminoles put together a 9-2 run to tie the set at 16-16, and after NC State regained the lead at 20-17 Florida State put together a 4-0 run to take a 21-20 lead on an attack error by NC State's Alesha Wilson. A nice kill by Yildirim gave the Seminoles a 22-21 lead and they would not surrender another point as a service ace by Wickstrom and an attack error by Brie Merriwether ended the match.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  9  0  21  0.429   0  0  1   3   5  0  4   1   0  11.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       1  0  1   6 -0.167   1  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   0.5
14 Ashley Neff                3  9  1  21  0.381   0  0  0   0   1  0  4   0   0  11.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   2  0.500  19  2  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   3.0
24 Olivera Medic              3  7  4  19  0.158   0  1  0   2  10  1  2   0   0  10.0
35 Mara Green                 3  3  4  10 -0.100   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   4.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  1  0   1  1.000   2  0  0   1  13  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  17  2  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   2.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  7  0  11  0.636   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   1   0  10.0
23 Elise Walch                2  5  2   8  0.375   0  0  0   0   0  1  1   0   0   6.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 42 12  99  0.303  39  6  2   6  38  3 18   2   0  60.0
   Opp                        3 41 25 115  0.139  37  6  3   6  39  4  2   2   0  52.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
26
25
25
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
24
16
21

NORTH CAROLINA 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
11/03/2012, CHAPEL HILL, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles' Win Streak Snapped at North Carolina.

No. 11 Florida State volleyball's 16-match run of success ends with a loss on the road to the Tar Heels in four sets.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The 11th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team had its 16-match win streak snapped at North Carolina on Saturday evening, falling 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 24-26, 21-25), inside Carmichael Arena.

The loss by the Seminoles (22-3, 13-2) puts them back in a tie with rival Miami for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Florida State's win streak tied for the fourth-longest in school history with last year's historic squad that reached the NCAA National Semifinals. Prior to Saturday night, the Seminoles had not lost a match since falling to Pepperdine on Sept. 14.

Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 kills, a .379 hitting percentage and 14 digs. Senior Sareea Freeman added 10 kills and a .381 hitting percentage with four blocks, and senior Fatma Yildirim recorded 12 kills and 12 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.

Florida State put together 14 blocks compared to UNC's 10, but the Tar Heels (21-4, 12-3) outhit the Seminoles .290 to .250. Redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher led all players with 19 digs.

A riveting first set took place in which the Seminoles made big plays when they mattered most. Trailing 17-14 following a timeout, the Seminoles won five of the next six rallies highlighted by a kill from Mara Green to take a 19-18 advantage. UNC remained resilient and tied the set at 22-22 on a big block, but Florida State fought back with a kill from Yildirim to take a one-point lead. A block by Yildirim and Ashley Neff then gave the Seminoles a 24-23 lead, and a set-ending kill by Yildirim put the Seminoles at 19 consecutive sets won.

Green had an enormous effort in the opening frame, recording six kills in seven attacks with two blocks. Florida State hit .368 in the first set while UNC also had a good offensive performance with a .286 clip.

Florida State's consecutive sets won streak was snapped in the second set as UNC won 25-20 after building a few eight-point leads midway through the frame. The Tar Heels used a few tip shots to get some momentum-building points and although Florida State mounted another comeback trailing 22-20, UNC would not relent. Chaniel Nelson recorded back to back kills and Paige Neuenfeldt finished off Florida State with an emphatic kill to tie the match.

A competitive third set was lost at the very end by the Seminoles. The Tar Heels once again got off to a strong start but the Seminoles created another comeback. Tied at 22-22, UNC took the lead on a kill by Kayla Berringer, and nearly took a 24-22 advantage until a replay was ruled on an inadvertent whistle that penalized the Seminoles with a net violation. The replayed point resulted in a kill by Neff to tie the set at 23-23. A kill by UNC's Neuenfeldt gave the Tar Heels set point, but a service error tied it back up.

Tied at 24-24, UNC got a gifted point when an attack got through two Seminole players following a miscommunication. The Tar Heels then won the set point on a kill from Emily McGee down the line. UNC hit .341 in the third set and was powered by four kills from Berringer, while Medic recorded six kills in the frame.

North Carolina had control for most of the fourth set, finishing off the Seminoles with match point at 24-21 when Berringer recorded a kill.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4 12  6  40  0.150   1  0  1   1  12  0  5   1   0  14.5
14 Ashley Neff                4  7  3  20  0.200   0  0  0   0   1  1  8   0   0  12.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  1  0   1  1.000  23  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Elise Walch                2  1  1   5  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   1   0   1.0
24 Olivera Medic              4 13  2  29  0.379   1  0  0   1  14  1  0   1   0  14.0
35 Mara Green                 4  8  3  19  0.263   0  0  0   0   5  0  6   0   0  11.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  0  0   1  0.000   2  0  0   1  19  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  1   1 -1.000  27  2  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   2.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  4  1  11  0.273   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   4.5
13 Laura Dadowski             4  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4 10  2  21  0.381   0  0  0   0   1  0  4   0   0  12.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 56 19 148  0.250  54  2  1   4  65  2 24   3   0  72.0
   Opp                        4 73 24 169  0.290  65  4  7   2  64  4 12   4   1  87.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
20
24
21
NORTH CAROLINA
23
25
26
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, DUKE 0
11/08/2012, DURHAM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Top Duke in Durham.

No. 13 Florida State volleyball improves to 11-2 on the road this season after defeating Duke in three sets.

DURHAM, NC - No. 13 Florida State indoor volleyball withstood a tough test from rival Duke to fend off the Blue Devils in three sets (25-16, 26-24, 25-22) on Thursday evening in another important conference match at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Using another big offensive day from middle blockers Sareea Freeman and Ashley Neff, the Seminoles (23-3, 14-2) won their 17th match in their last 18 outings against a pesky Duke squad that stayed relentless in the last two sets. Neff recorded her 11th double-digit kill effort of the season with a team-best 10 kills and a .381 hitting percentage. The Kennesaw, Ga. native picked up seven blocks.

Neff's seven blocks on Thursday allowed her to become just the eighth Seminole to surpass 400 career blocks, as she now shows 406.

"I'm proud of the way we held our composure again at the end of those last two sets," head coach Chris Poole said. "However, I am a little disappointed the way we are letting teams get back into the sets when we have control. We jumped out in sets two and three and allowed them to get back into it. We need to mentally work on building our leads.

"Ashley (Neff) did a great job tonight. She made a couple of mistakes in the second set and came back strong. At times we struggled but found ways to come back and that makes me proud of this team."

Freeman, who entered the match second nationally in hitting percentage, finished with nine kills and a .353 hitting clip. It was a struggle at times offensively for the team, as Florida State finished with a .193 hitting percentage to mark its lowest of the year in a victory. Redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher helped cover ground defensively with 18 digs while Florida State matched the Blue Devils (14-14, 5-11) with 10 team blocks.

Marija Milosavljevic contributed with six kills, five blocks and a .286 hitting percentage. Senior Fatma Yildirim had a good all-around effort with eight kills and 13 digs, while junior Olivera Medic added 11 digs and three service aces.

The win for Florida State moves it a half match ahead of Miami for first place in the conference. The Hurricanes play Friday at Wake Forest and Saturday at Duke.

Florida State came out in impressive fashion in the first set, winning 25-16 behind Medic's four kills and five digs. The Seminoles hit .333 in the frame while Duke was held to a .229 clip. The Seminoles led for virtually the entire set minus a 1-0 deficit to start the frame, expanding to a double-digit lead at 23-13 on a double block by Neff and Milosavljevic. The first set ended when Duke's Chelsea Cook recorded a service error to give Florida State an early 1-0 overall lead.

A hard-fought second set resulted in a Seminole win following a double block by Neff and Yildirim off the attack of Duke's Elizabeth Campbell. The Seminoles were at a 24-23 set-point deficit but were saved by a kill from Neff down the middle on a quick set from setter Duygu Duzceler. An attack error by Campbell that fell just off the line was followed by the big block from Florida State.

Another comeback was forced in the third set, but with a 24-22 match point advantage Neff rose up for a solo block to end the match in three sets. Trailing 22-20, Florida State reeled off five consecutive points which included consecutive aces by Duzceler and a kill by Milosavljevic that set up match point.

Campbell led Duke with 11 kills and finished with a .241 hitting percentage.

Florida State is now 10-3 in the last two seasons in matches that are either televised or streamed by the ACC's television partners.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  8  3  26  0.192   0  1  0   0  13  0  1   1   0   9.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  6  2  14  0.286   0  0  0   0   1  0  5   0   0   8.5
14 Ashley Neff                3 10  2  21  0.381   0  0  0   0   1  1  6   0   0  14.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   3  0.333  19  2  1   0   7  0  0   0   0   3.0
24 Olivera Medic              3  5  5  25  0.000   1  3  1   2  11  0  3   0   0   9.5
35 Mara Green                 2  1  3   8 -0.250   0  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   1  0.000   1  0  0   2  18  0  0   0   0   0.0
 5 Nicole Walch               1  2  1   4  0.250   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   2.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  13  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  9  3  17  0.353   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0  10.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 42 19 119  0.193  35  6  3   4  56  1 18   1   0  58.0
   Opp                        3 36 15 112  0.188  33  4  7   6  54  2 16   0   1  50.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
26
25
DUKE
16
24
22

FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 1
11/10/2012, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Late Surge Lifts Seminoles.

Florida State volleyball wins final 14 points of the fourth set to finish off Wake Forest on the road.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The 13th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team used an uninterrupted 14-0 run in the fourth set to finish off conference opponent Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Gym in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Leading the match 2-1 overall, the Seminoles (24-3, 15-2) began to lose momentum after falling in the third set and trailing 14-11 in the fourth. From there, an inspired run of 14 consecutive points was sparked by senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim, who finished with a match-high 17 kills to lead Florida State offensively. In the big run, Yildirim posted four kills and one block in helping the Seminoles maintain a tie for first place with Miami in the ACC standings with just three regular-season matches left.

"We struggled a lot today," head coach Chris Poole said. "We couldn't seem to get into a good flow until the very end of the match. We will certainly take the win but need to be more consistent with our play. Credit Wake Forest for playing us hard and forcing a lot of long rallies. We've been gone a lot the past five weeks so it will be nice to get back home."

Florida State, which wore its pink jerseys in support of Wake Forest head coach Heather Kahl Holmes, is now 12-2 in road matches this season. Junior middle blocker Ashley Neff had another strong defensive effort with seven blocks while adding nine kills for Florida State. Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman had 10 kills, a .318 hitting percentage and three blocks.

Redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher had 11 digs for Florida State, showing 1,020 career digs in her young career that already places her in 10th place on the school's all-time list. Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic chipped in with eight kills and 14 digs, while senior right-side hitter Marija Milosavljevic posted six kills, four digs and four blocks.

Sophomore setter Sarah Wickstrom recorded 27 assists for Florida State, while senior Duygu Duzceler added 26. Florida State improved to 27-7 all-time against the Demon Deacons (10-19, 4-13).

Wake Forest made life difficult for Florida State at times with its blocking, showing 11.5 team blocks to the Seminoles' 10. The 11.5 blocks against Florida State were the second-most by an opponent this season.

Wake Forest's Andrea Beck had a superb effort on Saturday, recording 15 kills, a .500 hitting percentage and five blocks.

A late substitution by freshman Nicole Walch proved valuable for the Seminoles in the first set as Florida State edged Wake Forest 25-23. Leading 22-20, Walch entered the match and joined on a double block by Neff to put Florida State ahead 23-20. Consecutive kills by Wake Forest's Ashlee Rusk cut Florida State's lead to 23-22, but a service error by Danae Rosendall gave the Seminoles set point at 24-22. Following a service error by the Seminoles, Walch ended the set with a timely kill to put Florida State ahead 1-0 overall.

Neff put together four kills and two blocks in the second frame as Florida State won in more convincing fashion to take a 2-0 overall lead. Tied early at 6-6, a key 4-0 run that was capped by a kill from Yildirim allowed Florida State some breathing room at 10-6. After Wake Forest tied the set again at 15-15, Florida State strung together three consecutive points courtesy of a Wake Forest attack error and a service error. A kill by Neff ended the set heading into the intermission.

Florida State never led in the third set as it lost 25-19, falling victim to six Wake Forest blocks. The Demon Deacons got off to a good start, taking an 11-5 lead on a kill by Rusk. The lead swelled to 21-14 on an attack error by Florida State, and another hitting error by the Seminoles ended the third set.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4 17  7  43  0.233   1  0  2   0   4  0  1   0   0  17.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       4  6  1  17  0.294   0  0  0   0   4  0  4   1   0   8.0
14 Ashley Neff                4  9  3  21  0.286   0  0  0   0   2  0  7   0   0  12.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  1  0   1  1.000  26  0  2   0   5  0  0   0   1   1.0
24 Olivera Medic              4  8  5  21  0.143   0  0  1   2  14  0  0   0   0   8.0
35 Mara Green                 1  1  3   4 -0.500   0  1  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   2.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  0  0   2  0.000   1  0  1   0  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
 5 Nicole Walch               4  5  5  18  0.000   0  0  1   0   4  0  3   1   0   6.5
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  0   0  0.000  27  0  1   0   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4 10  3  22  0.318   0  0  0   0   0  1  2   0   0  12.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 57 27 149  0.201  55  1  9   2  54  1 18   2   1  68.0
   Opp                        4 44 27 134  0.127  41  2  8   1  53  1 21   2   0  57.5


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
19
25
WAKE FOREST
23
21
25
14

FLORIDA STATE 3, MARYLAND 0
11/16/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Volleyball Earns Sixth Straight Home Sweep.

No. 11 Florida State topples Maryland in three sets to extend consecutive sets won streak at home to 20.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - 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.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 5 Nicole Walch               3  3  1  10  0.200   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   3.5
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  6  3  17  0.176   0  0  1   3  10  0  0   1   0   6.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       3  5  1  13  0.308   0  0  0   0   1  0  6   0   0   8.0
14 Ashley Neff                3  3  1   9  0.222   1  0  0   0   2  1  5   0   0   6.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  0  0   0  0.000  13  3  2   0   3  0  0   0   0   3.0
24 Olivera Medic              3 13  0  28  0.464   0  1  0   0   5  0  0   0   0  14.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   1  0.000   1  0  1   1  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  17  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  6  0  11  0.545   1  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   7.0
35 Mara Green                 1  0  2   3 -0.667   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 36  8  92  0.304  33  4  4   4  41  1 14   1   0  48.0
   Opp                        3 38 26 113  0.106  37  4  7   4  38  0 14   0   1  49.0


  1 2 3
MARYLAND
21
15
19
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, BOSTON COLLEGE 0
11/18/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Victory over Boston College Sets up ACC Showdown.

No. 11 Florida State volleyball's 3-0 win over Eagles on Sunday creates winner-takes-all matchup vs. Miami next Friday for ACC championship.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The 11th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team took care of business on Sunday afternoon by defeating Boston College, 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-22), at Tully Gym for its seventh consecutive three-set sweep at home.

The win by the Seminoles (26-3, 17-2) sets up the most important match of the season, a regular-season finale against rival Miami on Friday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at Tully Gym. With the Hurricanes (25-4, 17-2) defeating Maryland on Sunday and holding the same conference record as Florida State, the winner of Friday's match will be crowned ACC champion.

It took plenty of effort to defeat Boston College on Sunday, as the Eagles (10-21, 4-15) forced the Seminoles into a low hitting percentage in the first set before Florida State developed some consistency on offense. All season, senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman has been the persistent force for the Seminoles and once again she came through with 13 kills, a .524 hitting percentage and three blocks.

"I think the girls were just getting to the end of the year where they are feeling a lot of pressure and stress in trying to play well and performing at a high level every single time," head coach Chris Poole said. "I'm proud of the way they are finding the big points and finding ways to win those. It's always important knowing that you can't always play at a high level, but you've still got to find a way to make the big play when it counts to win. That's the key that this team has mostly been able to do this year."

Freeman continues her reign as the nation's leader in hitting percentage, increasing her number to .451 for the season. With Boston College making several hard charges and cutting into Florida State leads, Freeman was always there for an important put-down that gave the Seminoles some breathing room in the match.

Sophomore setter Sarah Wickstrom, who has paired so well with Freeman the last two seasons, led Florida State with 26 assists and contributed to the team's .298 hitting percentage. Senior setter Duygu Duzceler played in her 131st career match on Sunday and delivered her 129th service ace to move into a tie for ninth in school history.

Stepping up with some big points was freshman outside hitter Nicole Walch, who started her fifth match of the season. The Stuart, Fla. native recorded eight kills in 23 attacks, a .261 hitting percentage, four digs and a block.

The Seminoles kept their win streak at home going, having won 25 straight matches dating back to the start of the 2011 NCAA National Semifinal season. Currently, Florida State has won 23 straight sets at home, although Boston College put that streak in danger.

Florida State has now won 10 straight matches against Boston College. Should the Seminoles earn a victory on Friday over Miami and win their fourth ACC title, they would finish 18-2 in the ACC for the second consecutive season.

Since the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1991, the possibility of a 36-4 record over a two-year stretch would be among the best by any ACC team in conference history. The record would equal a .900 winning percentage that would only be surpassed in a two-year stretch by Maryland (32-0 in 1996 and 1997), Georgia Tech (31-1 in 2003 and 2004) and Duke (40-4 in 2006 and 2007).

In Sunday's match against Boston College, the first set featured 15 tied scores and five lead changes, as Florida State used a late 3-0 run to create some separation at 20-17. B.C. would not quit, as consecutive blocks by the Eagles tied the set at 21-21. Fatma Yildirim, who fell one kill shy of a double-double, responded with a kill, but BC's Katty Workman came back with one of her own to tie the set at 22-22.

Another 3-0 run sealed the first frame for Florida State, as kills by Freeman and Yildirim and a set-ending service ace by Duzceler swung the momentum in Florida State's favor.

The Seminoles took control of the second set early, winning seven of 10 points early on. Florida State hit .441 in the set and got a service ace by freshman Caroline Dadowski to head into the intermission ahead 2-0.

The third set became a struggle after the Seminoles let up an early lead and found themselves trailing 17-16 on a service ace from Kellie Barnum. Freeman came back with consecutive kills and an attack error by BC propelled the Seminoles to their final lead of the match at 19-17. An attack error by BC's Courtney Castle would later seal Florida State's seventh straight 3-0 sweep at Tully Gym.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 5 Nicole Walch               3  8  2  23  0.261   1  0  1   0   4  0  1   0   0   8.5
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  9  4  27  0.185   0  0  0   0  11  0  1   0   0   9.5
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  26  0  0   0   5  0  0   1   0   0.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       2  3  1   8  0.250   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   3.5
22 Sareea Freeman             3 13  2  21  0.524   1  0  0   0   0  1  2   0   0  15.0
24 Olivera Medic              3  7  1  20  0.300   0  0  2   2  16  0  1   0   1   7.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  2   3  16  0  0   0   0   0.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
14 Ashley Neff                3  2  1   7  0.143   1  0  0   0   2  0  3   0   0   3.5
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   1  1.000  11  1  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   2.0
35 Mara Green                 2  3  1   7  0.286   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   3.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 46 12 114  0.298  43  2  5   5  60  1 10   1   1  54.0
   Opp                        3 33 17 114  0.140  30  5  6   2  48  0 14   1   2  45.0


  1 2 3
BOSTON COLLEGE
22
13
22
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, MIAMI 1
11/23/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Volleyball Captures Fourth ACC Title.

The four seniors for No. 12 Florida State make giant contributions in leading the Seminoles to a 3-1 win over 23rd-ranked Miami.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - No. 12 Florida State Indoor volleyball's recent reign on the Atlantic Coast Conference was on display Friday afternoon as it captured its third conference title since 2009 with a 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 29-27) victory over No. 23 Miami in a winner-takes-all match at Tully Gym.

The enormous crowd of 1,563 witnessed a thrilling affair highlighted by several long rallies and well-played volleyball in a match where everything was up for grabs. Just like they have done over the last two seasons, the Seminoles (27-3, 18-2) found a way to win even in times when the odds were against them. Florida State staved off five set points in the fourth set to pull out the win.

"I think we've had a team all year long that fights to the end," head coach Chris Poole said. "We never gave up, we've always worked hard, and we lost three matches this year but the three matches we lost they just beat us at the end. We just didn't give up - there's been so many times where this team could have lay down and they didn't. They kept finding a way to win and that showed today."

Helping pull them through was the senior leadership of Duygu Duzceler, Sareea Freeman, Marija Milosavljevic and Fatma Yildirim, who were all given a huge ovation during their pre-match presentation and followed suit with fine individual performances. The senior class has now won three ACC championships.

"Every time in the huddle I said `Guys we're not losing this set. We have to fight,' Freeman said. "Our team has so much heart and I knew once I rotated and got to go back in we were going to push through this game. I wanted to get on the court so bad and I'm glad I was able to finish it."

In the fourth set, things looked bleak for Florida State as it trailed Miami 19-14. A five-point run was punctuated by two kills from Freeman and a couple attack errors by Miami, and the tying point came on a vital block from Freeman and freshman Nicole Walch to make it 19-19. Over the next four rallies, both teams traded points as another kill by Freeman and a subsequent kill by Milosavljevic tied it at 21-21.

The Hurricanes (25-5, 17-3) stormed through with three consecutive points to set up its first set point. Florida State would not be denied, going on another 4-0 run with its back against the wall as Yildirim contributed with a kill and a block to give the Seminoles their first match point at 25-24. Yildirim then staved off two set points by Miami with a pair of kills.

Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic produced a key kill to create match point at 28-27. The championship-winning point fittingly came off the middle attack of Freeman, who put down a ball that trickled off a Miami student-athlete and went out of bounds to set off an on-court celebration.

Yildirim turned out to be Florida State's go-to performer on Friday, totaling 16 kills and a .275 attack percentage. The Istanbul, Turkey native produced her sixth double-double of the season by adding 18 digs as she was true defensive force against an athletic Hurricane squad.

Freeman, who joined Yildirim on the All-ACC Team, finished with 11 kills, a .381 hitting percentage and five blocks. The three-time conference player of the week totaled her 11th double-digit kill match of the season and took over the 10th spot in school history with 389 career blocks.

Milosavljevic put together eight kills, four digs and three blocks, highlighted by a strong third and fourth set. The Bajina Basta, Serbia native helped control Miami's offense to a .193 hitting percentage.

Duzceler was stellar once again, tallying 28 assists, six digs, one kill and one service ace. The Istanbul native recorded her 130th service ace of her career to put her in sole possession of ninth place, and played in her 132nd career match.

The Seminoles now own a 26-match win streak at Tully Gym dating back to the start of the 2011 season. They entered Friday's match having won 23 consecutive sets at home and extended it to 24 until Miami used a .429 hitting percentage to snap the streak and tie the match at 1-1 following the second set.

The victory for Florida State was its fifth nationally-ranked win of the year and the 22nd in program history. The Seminoles have defeated Top 25 foes Iowa State, Florida, Tennessee, Miami and Ohio State this season. The five nationally-ranked victories tie the 2011 team for the most in one season.

Medic contributed with 10 kills and 18 digs, her team-leading seventh double-double of the season. Florida State recorded 72 team digs, a season high in four sets. Redshirt sophomore libero Katie Mosher led all players with 20 digs. She now has 1,067 career digs to hold the ninth spot in school history.

The Seminoles now lead the all-time series 21-17-1 and avenged their early-season loss to the Hurricanes on the road. Miami outside hitter Savanah Leaf recorded 18 kills and 11 digs, while Emani Sims led the team with a .348 hitting percentage and 12 kills.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 5 Nicole Walch               4  6  3  15  0.200   0  1  0   0   1  1  2   0   0   9.0
 7 Fatma Yildirim             4 16  5  40  0.275   1  2  0   2  18  0  2   0   0  19.0
12 Marija Milosavljevic       4  8  6  28  0.071   1  0  0   0   4  0  3   0   0   9.5
14 Ashley Neff                4  6  2  20  0.200   1  0  0   0   1  2  4   0   0  10.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             4  1  0   2  0.500  28  1  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   2.0
24 Olivera Medic              4 10  3  31  0.226   0  3  2   0  18  0  1   0   0  13.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               4  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   0  20  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            4  0  0   0  0.000  23  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             4 11  3  21  0.381   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   0   0  14.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 58 22 157  0.229  56  7  3   2  72  4 16   0   0  77.0
   Opp                        4 59 26 171  0.193  54  2  5   7  64  0 20   4   2  71.0


  1 2 3 4
MIAMI
20
25
14
27
FLORIDA STATE
25
22
25
29

FLORIDA STATE 3, HOFSTRA 0
11/30/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Move on to Round Two.

Tremendous offensive performance pushes ninth-seeded Florida State volleyball into a second-round matchup against 22nd-ranked Purdue.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - A .357 hitting percentage by the ninth-seeded Florida State indoor volleyball team propelled it past a gritty Hofstra squad on Friday evening, winning 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-20) in front of 917 fans in the NCAA First Round in Tully Gym.

The Seminoles (28-3) found the hitting lanes early and often on Friday night, as senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim posted a .400 mark on nine kills while senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman added seven kills in nine attacks for a .778 hitting percentage. Freshman right-side hitter Mara Green finished with four kills in 10 swings for a .400 hitting clip.

Florida State's hitting percentage was its fifth highest this season and its highest since accumulating a .364 mark at Maryland on Oct. 14. Freshman outside hitter Nicole Walch got into the act with five kills and a .333 clip, while junior outside hitter Olivera Medic added seven kills.

"Certainly we are pleased to win the match tonight," head coach Chris Poole said. "I feel like we played pretty well overall. I think what a lot of people don't understand is once your season is over and you go into the NCAA Tournament it's like a whole new season again so that's the reason you will see upsets. There were upsets last night, there were upsets tonight, already. You've got to be really careful and understand it's one and done right now and you don't always know how your team is going to respond to that, in whether they are going to step up and play or whether there's going to be some nervousness involved with that."

Florida State also used its height to its advantage with eight blocks, as Green produced five blocks to tie for her second-highest of the season. The McDonough, Ga. native helped the Seminoles improve to 9-3 this season against NCAA Tournament teams.

Under Poole, Florida State is also 9-3 in the NCAA Tournament since he arrived in 2008. The Seminoles are now 10-14 in 15 NCAA postseason appearances in their program history.

Senior Duygu Duzceler led the Seminoles with 16 assists and recorded two service aces to tie for ninth in school history with 132 for her career. The Istanbul, Turkey native played in her 133rd career match on Friday and has yet to miss a set in her four-year career.

Florida State's dominance inside Tully Gym will be put to the test on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. when it faces a talented Purdue squad. The Boilermakers were impressive in a 3-0 sweep over Colorado State in the opening round match on Friday.

"They are a very experienced team," Poole said of the Boilermakers. "The Big Ten is always either the top or the second best conference in the country each year. They played strong teams all year, they have experience, they got probably the best player in the Big Ten and they are very confident. They know how to play against strong competition and they are a confident team."

The Seminoles got to the second round despite an outstanding day for Hofstra outside hitter Nikki Kinnier. The junior registered 12 kills in 23 attacks for a .435 hitting percentage but the rest of the Pride (21-14) collaborated for a .167 hitting clip.

"Well I think that there were a few times that Hofstra would start to make a little bit of a run and we would get back control of it and take back over and I think that's real important because sometimes teams will drop off and continue to make a lot of mistakes," Poole added. "I feel like we had pretty good control offensively, and defensively, we got better as the game went on, we ended up adjusting to some things that they were doing, which is very important in a volleyball match, you need to be able to recognize what the other team is trying to do."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 5 Nicole Walch               3  5  2   9  0.333   1  0  1   0   1  0  2   0   0   6.0
 7 Fatma Yildirim             3  9  1  20  0.400   1  2  0   0   5  0  0   1   0  11.0
14 Ashley Neff                3  5  3  16  0.125   0  0  0   0   1  0  4   0   0   7.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             3  1  0   1  1.000  16  2  1   0   4  0  0   0   0   3.0
24 Olivera Medic              3  7  2  18  0.278   0  0  0   0   6  0  1   0   0   7.5
35 Mara Green                 3  4  0  10  0.400   0  0  0   0   1  0  5   0   0   6.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Katie Mosher               3  0  0   1  0.000   5  0  0   1  13  0  0   0   0   0.0
 9 Caroline Dadowski          1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            3  0  0   0  0.000  12  1  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
13 Laura Dadowski             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             3  7  0   9  0.778   0  0  0   0   0  0  4   0   0   9.0
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6  FSU                        3 38  8  84  0.357  35  5  2   1  35  0 16   1   0  51.0
   Opp                        3 38 21 102  0.167  35  1  7   5  33  0  6   2   3  42.0


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12/01/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Volleyball Suffers Season-Ending Loss to Purdue.

Ninth-seeded Seminoles take Boilermakers to five sets but fall at Tully Gym to snap 27-match win streak in home facility.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - An impressive 2012 campaign by the ninth-seeded Florida State indoor volleyball team ended prematurely as it was defeated by 22nd-ranked Purdue on Saturday evening, 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 11-15), in an NCAA second round match at Tully Gym.

The Seminoles (28-4) had their 27-match win streak at Tully Gym that spanned two years snapped by an experienced Boilermakers' (23-10) team that was boosted by their outstanding defensive play. Purdue compiled 17 team blocks in the five-set affair, by far the most by an opponent this season.

"Certainly we're very proud of the girls on a great season," head coach Chris Poole said. "I mean they worked hard all year. I think there were a lot of question marks coming in this season; we had three kids that graduated last year, that had made All-American at one point during their career here and I think those question marks were really glaring going through the spring and the summer, but I felt like we had some players that really stepped up big and helped carry us, certainly our two middles (Sareea Freeman and Ashley Neff) did a fantastic job all year."

With Florida State knocking Purdue out in last year's regional semifinals in Minneapolis, the Boilermakers avenged the loss courtesy of an outstanding performance from redshirt junior setter Rachel Davis. The Kalamazoo, Mich. native put together eight kills and spear-headed a 75-kill attack for the Boilermakers that resulted in a .266 hitting percentage. Davis finished with a .467 hitting percentage of her own, added 14 digs and strung together 57 assists.

The Seminoles were unable to stop Purdue's two middle blockers in Kierra Jones and Anna Drewry. Jones put together 10 kills and nine blocks, while Drewry had 11 kills and five blocks. Their play helped snap Florida State's two-match win streak against the Big Ten, which included a victory over Ohio State earlier this year.

Returning to the court for her first match in nearly a month was junior right-side hitter Elise Walch. The Seminole from Stuart, Fla. was Florida State's primary offensive option with 16 kills and a .367 hitting percentage. Walch also was a huge factor in last season's regional semifinal win over Purdue when she had 11 kills against the Boilermakers.

Florida State senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim ended her career with a career-high 23 digs in Saturday night's match, a fitting ending for one of three All-ACC selections that the Seminoles boasted this year. Yildirim added eight kills in the match.

After holding off a ferocious Purdue comeback in the fourth set, the pressure mounted in the fifth and final set of the match. Florida State looked in good position early as it raced out to a 5-2 lead behind a kill from Walch, but an important timeout by Purdue was followed by four consecutive points. Back-to-back attack errors by Purdue's Ariel Turner created a 10-9 lead for Florida State, but Purdue countered with a kill by Katie Griffin and a kill by Turner.

Holding an 11-10 lead, Purdue won the next two points on an attack error by Florida State and another kill by Turner. Freeman cut into the lead at 13-11 on a kill of her own, but a put-down by Drewry set up match point for the Boilermakers. Florida State then recorded an attack error on a ball that grazed the antenna to send Purdue to the regionals back on its campus in West Lafayette, Ind.

Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman's monstrous senior season comes to a close as she finished with eight kills in the match. The Fresno, Calif. native finishes her final season with a .438 hitting percentage that ranks as the second-highest single-season mark by a Seminole. Freeman's efficient hitting percentage is only surpassed by second-team All-American Brianna Barry's .492 mark in 2009.

Senior right-side hitter Marija Milosavljevic was a force again from the right side, putting down 10 kills for the Seminoles. The Serbia native was a key figure over the last three seasons in transitioning from middle blocker to the right-side with ease, showing a consistent level of play that will be sorely missed.

Senior setter Duygu Duzceler finishes her career with 2,915 assists, the sixth-most by a Seminole despite playing a 6-2 rotation all four of her seasons. Duzceler never missed a set in her Florida State career and finishes an enjoyable four-year run having played in all 134 of her matches.

The Seminole senior class finishes their career with 109 victories, the seventh-most in school history and the most by a class that played all four years in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Together they reached the NCAA National Semifinals, the regional finals, two second rounds and won three conference titles in four years.

"Certainly, Sareea (Freeman) has done just an unbelievable job since she's been here just to see her maturing into the young lady that she is and how hard she worked these last couple years to put herself in the position to be an All-American and certainly she should be this year," Poole added. "She has carried us many times this year.

"Marija (Milosavljevic) has certainly stepped up a lot these past few years for us and has done a great job and today came out and we got very good play from Marija. Duygu (Duzceler) I think pretty much from the time she walked in we threw her on the court as a freshman and helped lead us to the Elite Eight that year and has done a fantastic job of giving the kind of setting and leadership that we needed on the court.

"Fatma (Yildirim), the same thing with her, from the time she came in as a freshman we threw her to the fire and she just had a great attitude and continued to work hard and had a great season. It's a shame for them, it's a shame for any team that gets bit at the end; at some point only one team is going to win it all." which is very important in a volleyball match, you need to be able to recognize what the other team is trying to do."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
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 5 Nicole Walch               1  0  2   3 -0.667   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Fatma Yildirim             5  8  3  28  0.179   3  0  0   2  23  0  1   0   0   8.5
12 Marija Milosavljevic       5 10  4  32  0.188   0  0  1   0   2  1  2   1   0  12.0
14 Ashley Neff                5  7  2  20  0.250   0  0  0   0   0  0  6   0   0  10.0
20 Duygu Duzceler             5  0  0   5  0.000  28  3  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   3.0
24 Olivera Medic              5  9  6  37  0.081   0  0  0   1  11  0  3   0   0  10.5
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 2 Katie Mosher               5  0  0   2  0.000   1  0  0   0  19  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Sarah Wickstrom            5  0  0   0  0.000  20  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
13 Laura Dadowski             2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
22 Sareea Freeman             5  8  6  21  0.095   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   8.0
23 Elise Walch                5 16  5  30  0.367   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0  16.0
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6  FSU                        5 58 28 178  0.169  52  3  1   3  69  1 12   1   0  68.0
   Opp                        5 75 26 184  0.266  70  3 10   3  80  4 26   5   3  95.0


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