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VB: Duke Falls to No. 13 Florida State

Posted November 8, 2012

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— Despite keeping a potent Seminole offense in check, the Duke University volleyball fell 3-0 (16-25, 24-26, 22-25) to No. 13 Florida State Thursday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke’s defense turned in a solid performance, holding Florida State to .193 hitting for the night. Prior to tonight’s match, the Seminoles led the ACC and ranked 10th nationally in hitting percentage at .287. Both teams recorded 10 blocks while Florida State held a slight edge in kills (42-36) and digs (56-54), unforced errors came back to haunt the Blue Devils in the end.

“We are a different team from when we played them seven weeks ago,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “We are constantly developing, but we are still not as consistent as I would like. It primarily shows in our service game and sometimes with our serving, too. We need to work on our consistency. I think it’s maturity. It’s coming with time, but it’s a painful process as we go through it right now. I am definitely happy with the way this team keeps getting in the gym every day and working hard.”

Freshman Elizabeth Campbell continued her strong play, leading Duke with 11 kills along with eight digs, two blocks and an ace. Rookie Emily Sklar tallied seven kills, seven digs and two blocks while senior Christiana Gray added six kills and five blocks.

Only one FSU player reached double-digit kills in junior Ashley Neff. Neff, who is one of only two players in the country to rank in the top 10 nationally in both blocks per set and hitting percentage, finished the match with 10 kills on .381 hitting and led all players with seven blocks.

“Their middles are really good,” said Campbell. “They are really active working around to the right side as well, and they are good at closing their blocks. We were just making a lot of errors and we weren’t passing that well in the first set. But we picked it up after that and our passing definitely got better. Our serving got tougher, so we kept putting them out of system.”

A slow start to set one gave Florida State the opportunity it needed to stake a 1-0 advantage. FSU began the match with a 10-4 spurt, aided by Duke miscues. The Blue Devils were unable to cut into the deficit and the Seminoles won the set, 25-16.

The second set began much like the first with Florida State taking a 6-1 lead. This time Duke respond and rallied to tie the game at 14-14. The two teams proceeded to trade points until Duke eked ahead, 24-23, following a block by Campbell and Chelsea Cook, one of five on the night for Cook. The Seminoles tied things up at 24-24 and retook the lead on a Blue Devil attack error. A block from Neff and Fatma Yildirim sealed the 26-24 victory, giving FSU a 2-0 lead.

Duke fell behind 6-1 in set three before an 8-0 Blue Devil run forced a Seminole timeout. Sklar recorded two of her four third-set kills during the rally, which freshman Laura Williams capped with her second ace of the match. Florida State chipped away at the Duke advantage, tying the score 22-all on a Duygu Duzceler ace. Duzveler added a second ace to give FSU the lead and the Seminoles iced the match with a kill by Marija Milosavljevic and a solo block by Neff.

“I think our errors made the difference,” added Nagel. “We have to limit our errors. If we can do that, we will put ourselves in a position to win those close sets. Until we can get rid of those, it is going to be difficult to dig ourselves out of that every time.”

Duke wraps up the home portion of its schedule Saturday, playing host to Miami at 7 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
 
2nd
MIA 47
BOS 32
 
2nd
BRK 51
DET 44
 
2nd
SAC 41
LAL 41
 
2nd
ORL 33
PHI 30
 
2nd
WAS 36
PHO 42
 
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MIN
IND
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OKC
NOP
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
FERST 82
 
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ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
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QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Half
UGA 41
SHU 22
 
1st
ALA 12
APP 20
 
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KSU
NDST
 
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WASU
SJST
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UTEP
ALCOR
 
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SEAT
SACST
 
1st Intermission
DET 0
COL 0
 
1st Intermission
EDM 1
DAL 2
 
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BOS
BUF
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NYR
CAR
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CHI
TOR
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WIN
PHI
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NOS 14
ATL 30
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HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
4th
STL 20
NYG 37
 
4th
OAK 19
BUF 10
 
4th
DAL 42
IND 0
 
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