March 18, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State University volleyball team begins its spring schedule on Saturday at Tully Gym when it faces rival Florida in two matches beginning at 11 a.m. and approximately 1:45 p.m.
“We are really excited about the matches we have lined up for this spring,” head coach Chris Poole said. “It should be great competition and give all our players a chance to show us what they can do on the court against another opponent.”
After spending much of the offseason in individual training, the Seminoles began their first full day of training earlier this week on March 14. Saturday’s matches will include three games up to 25 points and a fourth game up to 15 points for each match.
FSU is expected to boast another talented squad for the 2011 season. American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American Visnja Djurdjevic returns at the outside hitter position, and 11 student-athletes on last year’s roster are set to return in 2011. At the setter spot, Duygu Duzceler and Patricia Figueiredo provide plenty of depth and continue to improve in the spring season.
Sophomore Sareea Freeman, junior Marija Milosavljevic and freshman Ashley Neff continue to get their reps at middle blocker and are another strong point for the Seminoles. Wisconsin transfer Elise Walch also could earn time at both middle blocker and outside hitter.
Expected to make huge strides is freshman Kaitlin Mosher, who redshirted the 2010 season while practicing everyday against starting libero Jenna Romanelli. The outside and right-side hitting positions could arguably be FSU’s greatest asset, with Djurdjevic, Jekaterina Stepanova, Walch, Rachael Morgan and Fatma Yildirim all being high-level players.
Following this weekend’s matches, FSU will head to the UCF Spring Fling Tournament in Orlando as it takes on Florida International, Georgia Southern, Miami and Auburn.