April 12, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State University volleyball team continues to make strides this spring, having another good performance against USF and UCF while playing former No. 1 Florida extremely tough in separate two-set matches last weekend.
Overall, the Seminoles defeated USF twice by 2-0 scores and also raced past UCF, 2-0. FSU lost one match against Florida, 2-0, and split with the Gators in another contest, 1-1.
“There were again a lot of positives for the day and there are players individually that are making great strides this spring,” head coach Chris Poole said with satisfaction. “One of the biggest improvements from the fall has been the play of Marija Milosavljevic.”
Milosavljevic, a middle blocker from Bajina Basta, Serbia, finished with a team-leading 18 kills and tallied five blocks on the day. Also performing well was sophomore middle blocker Sareea Freeman, who figures to factor into the up-front equation once against next season. Freeman, a native of Fresno, Calif., finished with 17 kills and three blocks.
Adding to the middle blocking production was freshman Ashley Neff, who posted nine kills and a team-best 11 blocks.
Junior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic recorded 16 kills, 15 digs and four blocks as she prepares for another big campaign. On a 3.00 scale, Djurdjevic also passed at a 2.49 efficiency rate.
Sophomore Fatma Yildirim also had a solid five-match performance, passing at a team-best 2.60 efficiency rate while adding 11 kills and 14 digs. Wisconsin transfer Elise Walch continues to show her improvement in learning Poole’s system, putting down 15 kills and totaling four blocks.
Sophomore setter Duygu Duzceler led the team with 22 digs, while freshman Katie Mosher progressed as the team’s libero with 19 digs.
FSU continues its spring schedule by hosting Georgia Tech and Auburn this Saturday at Tully Gym. More details for the event will be announced soon.