Florida State Defeats Maryland in Four

12th-ranked Seminoles finished weekend unscathed with road victory against the Terrapins

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (seminoles.com) – The 12th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team stretched its win streak to 10 matches by defeating conference opponent Maryland 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17) on Sunday afternoon at the Comcast Pavilion in College Park, Md.

Four Seminoles (16-2, 8-1) notched double-digit kills as Florida State recorded a .364 hitting percentage against the Terrapins (10-10, 2-7). Florida State held the blocking edge in Sunday’s contest by a 10-4 margin, as junior Ashley Neff recorded eight of her own.

Neff led Florida State with 13 kills in 25 attacks, equating to a .400 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim was strong against this weekend as she recorded a 12-kill, 12-dig performance to notch her third double-double of the year. Yildirim was efficient with a .400 hitting clip in Sunday’s match.

Freshman right-side hitter Mara Green had a career performance for Florida State. The McDonough, Georgia native amassed 10 kills in 15 attacks for an impressive .600 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman was an offensive force once again, totaling 10 kills and a .562 hitting mark.

“One big highlight for us was Mara playing so well and being such a difference maker for us,” head coach Chris Poole said. “She really stepped up and contributed a lot of kills and that threw Maryland off-balanced because they weren’t used to defending her. With the exception of the third set, I thought we played well, were under control and offensively did a nice job.

“I’m very pleased with this weekend. Sometimes on the road you never know what can happen, and coming away with 3-0 and 3-1 scores is satisfying.”

Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic added nine kills and 11 digs for Florida State, while redshirt sophomore liberoKatie Mosher had a team-high 18 digs.

With the win, Florida State has now won eight of its last nine matches against Maryland. The Terrapins were led by Ashleigh Crutcher’s 18 kills and 11 digs, while Adreene Elliott had 13 kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Setter Mackenzie Dagostino tallied 43 assists and 10 digs for Maryland.

Florida State remains in a tie for first place in the ACC standings after Miami defeated Boston College in five sets on Sunday afternoon.

The Seminoles go back on the road for a televised matchup on Friday evening at Georgia Tech at 8:30 p.m. The match will air on several regional sports networks, including Sun Sports and Fox Sports South.

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