October 10, 2009 - by
Losing Streak Over!

Oct. 10, 2009

Final Stats

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DURHAM, N.C. – A night after the No. 19 Florida State volleyball team exorcised the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, the Seminoles put an end to another hex Saturday as they halted a 12-match losing streak to Duke by beating the Blue Devils 3-2 (25-18, 25-27, 25-20, 23-25, 15-10).

In taking out Duke (16-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Cameron Indoor, FSU (15-2, 6-1) earned its first victory in Durham, N.C. since the 1998 season.

“It was an amazing match tonight,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “There were times that we played very well over the weekend and particularly against a very good Duke team. We had good balance again on offense and we had different people stepping up at times tonight to make some big plays. We let the fourth set slip away and could have folded on the road, but we came back in the fifth set and refused to lose. I’m proud of the entire team and the effort they showed tonight.”

That effort was sparked by the hitting power of senior Jordana Price and sophomore Rachael Morgan.

Both student-athletes achieved new career-highs in kills against Duke as Price finished with 19 to break her previous high of 18 and Morgan shattered her old high of 12 by notching 16.

Freshman Fatma Yildirim continued her excellent first season at FSU as the Istanbul, Turkey native earned her third career double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs.

Senior Mira Djuric also had nine kills and senior Brianna Barry accrued eight. Price and Barry led the team with seven blocks apiece.

Setter Nikki Baker had 33 assists and Duygu Duzceler had 23 while junior Jenna Romanelli led the ‘Noles with 16 digs.

The Seminoles will be on the road again next weekend as they play at Maryland and Boston College on Friday and Sunday. The match against the Terrapins is set for 5:30 p.m. and showdown with the Eagles begins at 1 p.m.

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