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No. 19 FSU Drops Demon Deacons

Oct. 9, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 19 Florida State volleyball team needed just three sets to defeat Wake Forest (25-20, 25-14, 25-22) Friday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

With the straight-sets triumph, the Seminoles (14-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have now achieved nine sweeps in the 2009 season.

“We played pretty well tonight,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “I was very pleased with the hitters. I think tonight was one of the best all-around games this year for our hitters as all six of them hit the ball well. Overall, we had a couple of close games but we played tough until the very end and that is something we have been working on.”

Against the Demon Deacons (6-12, 4-3), the Florida State offensive attack was paced by the senior trio of outside hitter Mira Djuric and middle blockers Jordana Price and Brianna Barry. All three of the Seminoles’ veteran leaders finished the match with 11 kills apiece.

Junior Stephanie Neville added nine kills while sophomore Rachael Morgan had eight and true freshman Fatma Yildirim posted five.

As a team, FSU generated a .473 hitting percentage as Barry registered a team-best .571 mark. Price and Neville also finished above .500 as the two concluded the evening with hitting percentages of .562 and .533, respectively.

Setters Nikki Baker and Duygu Duzceler had 24 assists apiece and junior libero Jenna Romanelli led the Seminoles with 16 digs.

After six-straight matches on a Friday-Sunday routine, FSU now has its first quick turnaround of the ACC slate as the team will play at Duke on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Seminoles have not won in Durham, N.C. since 1998.

“The girls will have to be mentally prepared to play again tomorrow,” Poole said. “That means getting a lot of rest tonight and focusing on the task at hand tomorrow. Hopefully we will be ready because the Blue Devils are a very good volleyball team.”

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