Oct. 16, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 21st-ranked Florida State University indoor volleyball team put together a smooth all-around performance as it defeated Clemson, 3-0 (25-22, 29-27, 25-12), on Sunday afternoon at Tully Gym.
The Seminoles (15-4, 9-0) kept their unbeaten conference streak intact with quality passing and a bunch of strong individual performances on offense. FSU hit a conference-best .389 as senior right-side hitter Rachael Morgan ignited FSU with 11 kills and a .409 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Jekaterina Stepanova posted 10 kills and 13 digs for her eighth double-double of the year, showing a .500 attack percentage.
Junior middle blocker Sareea Freeman has played extremely well at the net recently, continuing her strong play with 10 kills and a team-high seven blocks.
Throughout the match, FSU played at a high level and rarely went through any spurts of sloppy play. The Seminoles executed offensively with 54 kills and revved up their block attack in the third set to break away from the Tigers (13-7, 5-4). A thrilling second set provided a big highlight for the match, as each team went back and forth late before FSU pulled off a 29-27 win.
In that frame, FSU averaged .425 hitting while Clemson hit .385. The Seminoles led for most of the set, but the Tigers pulled ahead on an attack error at 18-17. A kill by Alexa Rand later gave Clemson a 22-20 lead, but FSU pulled even on a kill by Stepanova and a block by Elise Walch and Freeman. Freeman then allowed FSU to take the lead on a kill, but Moneshia Simmons tied it up with a kill. FSU held set point at 24-23 but Clemson came back with another kill. Each team began to side out until Walch ended the set on a kill.
Junior setter Duygu Duzceler compiled 25 assists, while senior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic added seven kills and a team-high 15 digs. Redshirt freshman libero Katie Mosher had 11 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Ashley Neff contributed to FSU’s high hitting percentage with eight kills on 12 attacks for a .667 hitting percentage.
Facing a 2-0 overall lead, FSU stormed through the third set due to a 14-1 run that put the match out of reach. The Seminoles recorded five of their nine blocks in the final set.
FSU goes back on the road with a match at Maryland on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The Seminoles finish the weekend facing Boston College on Sunday, Oct. 23, at noon.