TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In its second match versus a ranked opponent this season, the Duke volleyball had trouble slowing the Seminoles as No. 14 Florida State hit .302 as a team in a 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 16-25) win over the Blue Devils Sunday afternoon at Tully Gym.
Two Blue Devils (9-7, 0-4 ACC) reached double-digit kills totals, led by senior middle blocker Christiana Gray with 13. Sophomore outside hitter Jeme Obeime amassed 11 kills, bringing her team-leading total to 184 on the season.
Freshman setter Christian Vucich recorded her second double-double, totaling 35 assists and 11 digs against the Seminoles (12-2, 4-1 ACC), while junior libero Ali McCurdy added 15 digs.
Florida State hit .302 as a team and had three players with 10-plus kills. Sareea Freeman recorded a match-high 14 while the Seminole defense also totaled 13 team blocks, limiting the Blue Devils to .174 hitting.
The Seminoles opened the match with a 4-1 lead and controlled the tempo in the opening frame, registering 16 kills on 30 attacks as a team. Down 16-10 at the midway point, Duke cut the FSU lead to three on multiple occasions, but couldn't come any closer. Obeime turned in a strong performance in the opening stanza, knocking down five kills on eight attacks without committing an error.
Duke turned the tables on Florida State in the second game, limiting the Seminoles to a match-low .088 hitting percentage. The Blue Devils built a four-point advantage before FSU tied the score, 18-18, following a Seminole timeout. Undeterred, Duke would win five of the next six points to once again take a four-point lead. Up two after an FSU service error, Gray knocked down the kill to give Duke a 25-22 win and tie the match at 1-1.
The Seminole offense once again found its rhythm in the final two sets as Florida State opened the third game with a 12-6 run. Duke continued to hang tough, cutting the deficit to 22-20 on an Obeime kill. A kill from FSU's Duygu Duzceler put Florida State up by three before the Seminoles finished off the set with back-to-back blocks by Ashley Neff and Marija Milosavljevic.
The fourth set began with a 6-2 FSU run and Duke was unable to trim that margin the rest of the way, securing the victory for the Seminoles.
After three consecutive weekends away from home, Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a pair of conference matches Friday and Saturday. The Blue Devils face Maryland October 5 at 7 p.m., before playing Boston College October 6 at 8 p.m.
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