Oct. 11, 2013
Recap written by Christa Salerno
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 21st-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team moved to 11-5 (4-1 ACC) on the year after defeating Maryland in straight sets, 3-0, at Tully Gym on Friday night.
“The key is we made some big plays,” head coach Chris Poole said. “If we can keep making those plays, we can control the tempo of the game. We struggled a little bit with our confidence at times and our offense was up and down, but at the same time there is enough talent there that if we pull it together, we’ll be pretty good.”
In their first three-set win in October, the Seminoles recorded a season-high for kills in a three-set match at 46. Leading the team was freshman outside hitter Leah Mikesky who tallied nine kills, just in front of four others that registered eight.
“It was tough to play those matches on the road as a freshman,” Mikesky said referring to the long nine-match stretch. “Coming back to Tully, we just got our confidence back and we really love playing in front of our fans.”
Senior middle blocker Ashley Neff led the Seminole attack with a season-high .727 hitting percentage behind eight kills while adding five blocks. With those five blocks, Neff passes former `Nole Deanne Kaleta on the FSU career blocking list, moving her into fifth place with 519 total blocks.
Junior setter Sarah Wickstrom logged her sixth double-double of the year behind 26 assists and 14 digs.
Despite making a run in the second set, the Seminoles held the Terrapins (10-7, 2-3) to a .085 hitting percentage, which is the third time the opposing team has hit under.100 against FSU this season.
While moving to play the libero for the third time in her FSU career, senior Olivera Medic registered 18 digs. The Subotica, Serbia, native continues to handle her temporary role extremely well as her versatility in the passing game makes her a strong commodity for FSU.
“Oli was a crazy-good passer tonight,” Mikesky said. “She passed everything perfect. She played middle back all through practice and all of a sudden she gets thrown into left back and she still passed great.”
FSU took the first set after a 25-19 win as Mikesky fronted the attack with six kills.
The second set proved to be a little more intense as the Seminoles jumped in front and led 9-5 before the Terrapins tied it 9-9 after four-straight FSU attacking errors. The next few points see-sawed before Maryland went on a 5-0 run to take the lead 21-19.
Redshirt freshman middle blocker Sarah Burrington responded with her second kill of the second set before the `Noles earned a big block to tie the set at 21-21. Once again, the teams traded points before the Terrapins took the lead again off a cross-court kill by Emily Fraik to make it 23-22.
Florida State closed the set on a 3-0 run behind a kill from Burrington, a block from Neff and senior Elise Walch, followed by the Terrapins committing an attacking error, giving the Seminoles the set 25-23.
The Seminoles sparked a 14-5 run in the third after being knotted 5-5. FSU won the final set, 25-14.
Florida State returns home on Sunday for its annual `Paint it Pink’ match against Pitt at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on Sun Sports and a host of other regional networks, and will also be streamed on ESPN3.
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