Sept. 24, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 23rd-ranked Florida State University indoor volleyball team cruised past Virginia Tech, 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-11), on Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum.
The Seminoles made just seven errors in 84 total attack attempts for a sizzling .353 hitting percentage just a day after hitting at a .358 clip in a 3-0 win over Virginia in Charlottesville on Friday night.
FSU leaves the Old Dominion State with a 9-4 overall record and a flawless 3-0 mark in the ACC after a dominating weekend.
“It was a great weekend for the girls,” Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. “They are improving every week. Our offense did very well overall and our defense made some good adjustments tonight both with the block and backrow.”
Senior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic led the Garnet and Gold with a 11 kills and added nine digs. Redshirt freshman libero Katie Mosher had a team-high 12 digs, while freshman setter Sarah Wickstrom tallied 15 assists.
Sophomore outside hitter Elise Walsh had an impressive .583 hitting percentage and recorded seven kills.
Sophomore middle blocker Ashley Neff tallied a pair of solo blocks and six block assists. FSU held a commanding 12.0-3.0 advantage in total blocks.
The Hokies struggled to get their offense going during the entire match, making 27 errors and finishing with a .063 hitting percentage. Three Virginia Tech players hit at a negative clip, as FSU set up a formidable block the entire match.
The Seminoles used a 7-0 spurt midway through the first set to take command of the match. FSU broke an 8-8 tie when junior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim had a kill to spark the run, and moved ahead 15-8. Led by junior outside hitter Jekaterina Stepanova’s perfect 1.000 hitting percentage and three kills, the Noles held a decisive .312 – .050 advantage in attack percentage in the initial set.
Virginia Tech kept it close in the second set and trailed by one, 22-21, before FSU scored the final three points. A Hokie attack error followed a Walch kill and senior outside hitter Rachel Morgan’s kill capped the set to give the Noles a 2-0 lead.
Florida State saved it’s best for last, crushing the host Hokies, 25-11 in the final set. The Noles had a pair of 10-2 runs in the third frame. With the set tied, 5-5, an attack error by Virginia Tech’s Alyssa Gammel started a 6-0 FSU run. After Walch’s kill made the score 15-7, the Hokies scored back-to-back points, but Djurdjevic’s kill on the next play sparked a final 10-2 run for the Noles. The Zitiste, Serbia, native fittingly had a kill to end the set and the match.
The Seminoles’ seven errors tied for the second lowest total of the season, matching their mark against UCI on Sept. 3 and behind only their five errors in the season-opener versus Kentucky on Aug. 26.
Florida State will look to continue its perfect conference mark this Friday when Duke travels to Tully Gym for a 7 p.m. contest at Tully Gym.
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