Sept. 23, 2011
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 23rd-ranked Florida State University indoor volleyball team rode the momentum of a quality start on the offensive end to race past conference opponent Virginia, 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-21), on Friday evening at Memorial Gymnasium.
In 106 total attacks, the Seminoles (8-4, 2-0) committed just 10 errors in one of their most efficient hitting performances of the season. FSU tallied 48 kills and a .358 hitting percentage, its third-highest clip of the year. FSU’s high attack percentage trails only its .481 mark against California-Irvine on Sept. 3 and its .465 percentage versus Kentucky on Aug. 26. The Seminoles entered tonight’s contest 11th nationally with a .286 clip.
FSU’s performance in the first set created the tone for the entire match. The Seminoles put down 15 kills in 30 attacks with just one error, equating to a .467 hitting percentage in the frame.
Senior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic had one of her best outputs of the season, registering 12 kills, eight digs, three blocks and a .393 hitting percentage. Fellow senior outside hitter Jekaterina Stepanova followed with nine kills and eight digs on a .381 clip, while Rachael Morgan rounded out the hitting group with five kills on a .357 hitting percentage and three blocks.
FSU played 10 student-athletes in Friday’s match, with nine recording at least one kill. Junior setter Dugyu Duzceler tied a career high with five kills while recording a 1.000 hitting percentage and 18 assists. Freshman Sarah Wickstrom continued her steady play, leading the team with 19 assists.
Redshirt freshman Katie Mosher added 19 digs, two assists and one kill.
FSU’s defense was able to hold Virginia to an off night on the offensive end. Cavalier outside hitter Simone Asque, one of the top players in the ACC, recorded 10 kills on just a .233 hitting percentage. Jessica O’Shoney added seven kills on a .267 percentage, over 100 points below her then-season clip of .379 that was fifth in the ACC entering tonight’s match.
FSU’s 2-0 start in conference play is the third straight season it has achieved the feat. The Seminoles have now won seven of their past eight matchups versus Virginia.
In Set No. 2, Virginia tried to even the match after Asque’s kill gave UVA a 10-8 lead. FSU then won the next four points and would not relinquish the lead in that set, which included late kills by Neff, Duzceler and Morgan to finish off the Cavaliers in the frame.
It was no easy task for FSU to end the third set, despite taking a 17-12 lead on a kill by Duzceler. Rachel Gray’s service ace put UVA ahead at 19-18 in the set, but FSU fought back with five consecutive points which included a kill by Marija Milosavljevic. Freeman’s kill then ended the match.
The Seminoles finish their trip to Virginia with a matchup at Virginia Tech on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.