Florida State pushes past Hofstra in first round of national tournament
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A .357 hitting percentage by ninth-seeded Florida State propelled it past Hofstra on Friday, winning 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-20).
Senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim posted a .400 mark on nine kills while senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman added seven kills in nine attacks for a .778 hitting percentage. Freshman right-side hitter Mara Green finished with four kills in 10 swings for a .400 hitting clip.
Freshman outside hitter Nicole Walch got into the act with five kills and a .333 clip, while junior outside hitter Olivera Medic added seven kills.
"Certainly we are pleased to win the match," head coach Chris Poole said. "I feel like we played pretty well overall. I think what a lot of people don't understand is once your season is over and you go into the NCAA tournament it's like a whole new season again so that's the reason you will see upsets. There were upsets [Thursday], there were upsets [Friday] already. You've got to be really careful and understand it's one and done right now and you don't always know how your team is going to respond to that, in whether they are going to step up and play or whether there's going to be some nervousness involved with that."
Senior Duygu Duzceler led the Seminoles with 16 assists and recorded two service aces to tie for ninth in school history with 132 for her career. She played in her 133rd career match on Friday and has yet to miss a set in her four-year career.