Exploiting a definitive athletic advantage in the front line, FSU’s Volleyball Team looked to show pre-season prognostications about the eventual ACC Champion may have been inaccurate by trouncing the Duke Blue Devils in Tully Gym, winning in straight sets.
Outside hitters #9 Visnja Djurdjevic and #3 Jekaterina Stepanova repeatedly outshone their counterparts on the opposite side. Sophomore #23 Elise Walch, known for her defense, exploded offensively, leading the team in individual attack percent at 61% and kills with 12.
Reigning ACC player of the year Kellie Catanach did her best to keep the Blue Devils in the match, leading her team with 24 assists, but FSU’s constant offensive onslaught and timely blocking proved insurmountable. Duke Middle Blockers Christiana Gray and Sophia Dunworth seemed to be having off-nights respectively and looked outmatched by the quickness and vertical leaping ability of Junior Sareea Freeman, along with the scrappy play of Stuart, Fl native Sarah Wickstrom, who was second on the team in assists for the match with 17.
Living up to their reputation as cocky front-runners, however, Duke University didn’t lack any confidence post-game. Check out audio interviews with Plant HS (Tampa) products Ali McCurdy and Kellie Catanach, along with Junior Blue Devil Nailah Waterfield:
Victorious Lady Seminoles Sarah Wickstrom and Elise Walch, along with HC Chris Poole, gave their keys to the match below:
FSU beating Duke at home was huge for many reasons, among them being staying undefeated in ACC play. Looking ahead, the Noles may be playing to wrap up the conference title when they meet the Lady Blue Devils again in Durham on November 13th.