Aug. 25, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Seminoles.com) - Florida State indoor volleyball student-athletes Ashley Neff, Duygu Duzceler and Olivera Medic each received a nod to the 2012 Comcast Lady Vol Classic All-Tournament Team on Saturday evening following the Seminoles' impressive 3-0 performance.
FSU entered one of the nation's top preseason tournaments this weekend that featured three defending conference champions in the Seminoles, Tennessee and Cincinnati as well as three preseason ranked programs that also included No. 15 Tennessee and No. 10 Iowa State.
Neff, a junior middle blocker from Kennesaw, Ga., has started her 2012 campaign in strong fashion with a fine three-match showing this weekend. Her offensive game continues to expand as she produced 23 kills in 39 attacks, a .538 hitting percentage and 16 blocks.
"Ashley played the most consistent at a high level all weekend and has really improved her offense," head coach Chris Poole said of his lone returning AVCA All-American.
Medic made her Seminole debut this weekend and was enormous on the attack as well as in the team's passing. The junior outside hitter from Subotica, Serbia had 24 kills, a .442 hitting percentage and 21 digs. Against Iowa State, she recorded a team-high 19 kills in the five-set victory, then turned around and replaced an injured Katie Mosher at libero after Mosher suffered an ankle sprain against Cincinnati.
"Oli was a huge surprise," Poole added. "She has been injured through preseason and was limited in the garnet and gold match. This was our first opportunity to see her compete and she did everything we could have asked of her. She stepped up big time against Iowa State with 19 kills and an incredible hitting percentage for her first weekend. We were resting her the third match when Katie went down with an ankle sprain and Oli stepped into the libero role for the first time in her life."
Senior setter Duygu Duzceler of Istanbul, Turkey, was one of the team's main catalysts after combining with Sarah Wickstrom in running a great game plan. Duzceler finished with 61 assists this weekend and has helped FSU to a good start offensively.
"Duygu has had an incredible career and does so many amazing things on the court for us. She ran a great offense all weekend in leading us to three huge wins," Poole said.
Catch the Seminoles next weekend at home with the FSU Invitational at Tully Gym. The Seminoles face FIU in their home opener on Friday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Saturday morning matchup against Georgia at 11 a.m. FSU's final match of the tournament is also on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Florida A&M.