Oct. 16, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 17 Florida State volleyball team won its eighth-straight match away from home Friday night as the Seminoles swept Maryland 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-14) in College Park, Md.
For FSU (16-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), the straight-sets win is the squad’s 11th sweep of the year as the ‘Noles stay perched atop the ACC.
“I know the girls were tired tonight because we had some flight delays yesterday and didn’t get to sleep until about one in the morning,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “But I am proud of the way they came out and didn’t let that stop them. I felt like games one and three we played pretty well.”
The league victory over the Terrapins (10-11, 2-6) is newsworthy enough, but the night’s final score was not the only exciting thing for Florida State. That’s because the Seminoles got a huge boost with the return of outside hitter Lauren Richardson.
FSU’s 2008 MVP had not played in a single match this season as she continues to deal with a condition known as Neurocardiogenic Syncope. But at Maryland, the Ocala, Fla. native felt good enough to don the garnet and gold and check into a match for the first time as a junior.
And Richardson’s impact was noticeable. She finished the evening with a team second-best nine digs.
“Lauren only played in the back row for us tonight and it was good to have her out there,” said Poole, who was also pleased with the fact that true freshman Sareea Freeman also got to play against Maryland. “We came in to the night hoping to get the chance to play everyone and continue to build depth. Sareea got a chance to play in all three sets and I am pleased with the fact that we were able to give her that opportunity.”
While Poole and his coaching staff were looking to build depth, Fatma Yildirim was aiming to continue her impressive first year of American volleyball.
Against the Terps, the Istanbul, Turkey native registered 11 kills and 11 digs, marking her team-leading fourth double-double of the season.
“Right now Fatma is our most complete player,” Poole said. “She is good in the back row and has a variety of shots. As her confidence continues to grow she is going to get better and better. She does a lot of good things for us on the court and her play really reminds me of the way Richardson impacted us last year.”
True freshman setter Duygu Duzceler led FSU with 22 assists.
The Seminoles will look to get some much-needed rest before another league matchup at Boston College on Sunday before returning home for two matches next weekend.
FSU and BC square off at 1 p.m.