November 8, 2009 - by
FSU Survives Scare Vs. Wake

Nov. 8, 2009

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 16 Florida State volleyball continued its program-best conference winning streak Sunday afternoon at Tully Gym with a 3-2 (25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 15-9) victory over Wake Forest.

The Seminoles (23-2, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are now at a staggering 11-straight ACC wins as they get closer and closer to achieving the first regular-season league title in school history.

Two days after a thrilling five-set win over visiting Duke, FSU needed just as many games to wipe out Wake Forest (9-17, 7-8). The Seminoles never could jump out to large leads in either of the first two sets and then in the third game saw the Demon Deacons come from behind to earn the win.

In the fourth set, Wake Forest scored three-straight points to unknot a 22-22 tie and get the victory.

In the final set, FSU built an 8-5 lead and never looked back in the 15-9 win.

“I was very disappointed the way we played in games three and four,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We came out in both of those games without any fire whatsoever and we played tight. We are a little banged up – which a lot of teams are this time of year – so we had to move some people around and that sometimes causes chemistry problems. But we got the win, which is most important.

“We now have to turn our attention to a very big weekend on the road coming up.”

Junior outside hitter Stephanie Neville paced FSU with a team-high 13 kills. Jordana Price and Rachael Morgan had 11 and 10 kills, respectively, and Fatma Yildirim and Mira Djuric had seven apiece

Playing in her first extended action as a Seminole because senior Brianna Barry only played the fifth set so she could rest her sore shin, true freshman Sareea Freeman performed very well from the middle blocker position. The Fresno, Calif. Native finished the match with a career-high 10 kills with a career-best .625 hitting percentage.

“Sareea played a terrific game for us today,” Poole said. “It makes you excited because she is the future at that position and that shows good signs for us for next season.”

Yildirim led the team with 18 digs and junior libero Jenna Romanelli had 17. Senior Nikki Baker added 12 digs to go along with her 25 assists while Duygu Duzceler had 28 assists.

Junior Lauren Richardson, who had only played in two matches all year entering Sunday’s game due to illness, finally got the chance to play in front of the home crowd when she started and played in the duration of the third set and played some in the final set.

The Ocala, Fla. native finished the match with six digs.

Florida State will hit the road this weekend with matches at Clemson and Georgia Tech. The Seminoles tilt against the Tigers is on Friday at 7 p.m. while the rematch with Yellow Jackets squad that handed them their only ACC loss of the year is on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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