Sept. 22, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 13th-ranked Florida State University women’s volleyball team endured its second loss of the season as it fell to third-ranked Florida, 3-0 (23-25, 29-31, 21-25), on Wednesday evening in front of a record 1,322 fans that overfilled the capacity at Tully Gym.
The Seminoles (9-2, 1-0) stayed close with the Gators (9-1, 2-0) in all three sets, and missed a golden opportunity to take the second set after relinquishing a 17-10 lead.
“I felt like our girls worked hard but gave up points we shouldn’t have,” coach Chris Poole said. “You can’t do that with a team like Florida. Obviously, they are well coached and have a lot of stars on the court. We’ll have to learn from this, and we’re still working a lot of new kids into the program so it’s going to take a little bit of time.”
UF proved it belonged among the country’s best teams simply by its ability to dig several attacks put forth by FSU’s outside hitters. FSU recorded a .168 attack percentage this evening, its third-lowest of the season.
Senior Lauren Young led FSU with an .833 hitting percentage on five kills, and also finished with a team-best five blocks. UF’s front line of Cassandra Anderson, Tangerine Wiggs and Lauren Bledsoe allowed the Gators to win the blocking battle at 12-9.
Sophomore setter Duygu Duzceler tallied a team-high 18 assists, while Patricia Figueiredo added 13. Djurdjevic was FSU’s leader with a match-high 16 digs, while Jekaterina Stepanova and Duygu Duzceler each added eight.
A back and forth first set was won by the Gators on a kill by Kristy Jaeckel. FSU took an early 14-11 lead on a kill by Djurdjevic, but UF ran off seven unanswered points to take an 18-14 advantage. The Seminoles later tied the set at 23-23 on a bad set by Chanel Brown, but were unable to capitalize on their momentum. UF’s defense forced FSU into a .056 hitting percentage in the first frame.
An exciting second set went the distance as both teams battled once again. FSU’s seven-point advantage shrunk to a 21-16 lead on a kill by Stepanova, and UF once again went on an unanswered run of six points that was capped by a kill from Kelly Murphy. Later, Young’s kill gave FSU a match point at 24-23, but Jaeckel and Murphy responded with consecutive kills to put the Gators in favor at match point. Djurdjevic then recorded a kill under pressure, and FSU then had another opportunity at 28-27 on a kill by Morgan. However, four consecutive points by the Gators put FSU down at two sets as the momentum continued swinging toward UF.
UF took control in the final set until the Seminoles mounted a late charge to tie it at 21-21 on an ace by Djurdjevic. The match then ended on four consecutive points by the Gators once again, culminating with Lauren Bledsoe’s kill.
FSU heads back into Atlantic Coast Conference play with consecutive home matches. The Seminoles face Virginia on Friday at 7 p.m., and follow with a contest against Virginia Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m.