March 23, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State University volleyball team got its spring season in full gear by facing Florida last Saturday, March 19, at Tully Gym.
The Gators won the first match played and split the second match, which included three sets up to 25 points and the fourth set up to 15 points. UF won the first match, 25-18, 25-17, 25-22, 8-15, and won two of four sets in match No. 2, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 11-15.
“It was great to finally get to play a match after waiting since the first of December to get back on the court against an opponent,” head coach Chris Poole said as he prepares for his fourth season at FSU. “Florida is always a very strong program and we were excited to have the opportunity to open the spring season at home.”
It was the first competitive match for both teams since finishing up NCAA postseason play in early December. Although UF and FSU each showed flashes of solid play during both matches, the spring opener was also highlighted by some rust from both squads that will continue to go away with each passing practice and match.
“This was the opening match for both programs this spring and I thought that was apparent in the first two sets,” Poole admitted. “Both teams made a ton of mistakes and looked off balance. However, I thought the third through eighth sets looked better overall and the play was more competitive. Both teams used a lot of different lineups and players during the match, so I believe it will help both of us as we prepare for our respected conferences next season.”
Sophomore outside hitter Fatma Yildirim as well as sophomore middle blockers Sareea Freeman and Marija Milosavljevic had good showings for the Garnet and Gold. Freeman finished with five kills on 11 attacks while adding six blocks. At the right-side position, Milosavljevic recorded six kills and just one error in 16 attacks, and Yildirim added nine kills and eight digs.
“Katie Mosher got better as the day progressed,” Poole added. “It was her first college experience, so we expect her to continue making improvement.”
With the Spring Fling tournament at UCF this upcoming weekend, Poole has plenty of optimism that his team will continue to get better and jell as a unit throughout the rest of the spring. This weekend’s tournament is on Saturday, March 26, with matches against Auburn (9 a.m.), Miami (10 a.m.), Georgia Southern (noon) and FIU (2 p.m.).