Oct. 23, 2013
By Layne Herdt (@LayneHerdt) Seminoles.com-
It's no surprise that the Seminoles recent five match winning streak has coincided with great play by the Florida State freshmen.
"All of our freshmen are gaining a lot of experience," head coach Chris Poole said. "It's good to see them playing well."
One of those young players who has stepped up is middle blocker Sarah Burrington.
"She's really blossomed, it's really awesome to witness how far she's come," senior middle blocker Ashley Neff said. "She's really improved a lot and her confidence has gone up and it is definitely showing."
"I definitely love serving," freshman middle blocker Sarah Burrington said. "Being able to do that in the game definitely takes off a little bit of the pressure when I'm in the front row because I know I can contribute more to the team in multiple ways."
Burrington has taken on a less traditional role for a middle blocker, playing defense and serving, something she feels has really helped her game.
"I absolutely love playing in the back row," Burrington said. "Being able to serve for the team and play in that one rotation back there, I take it very seriously. I'm working hard at it and I think I will keep getting better and better at it."
"We've made some adjustment to our rotation and it's given Sarah the chance to serve and play a little bit of defense," Poole said. "It's given her a role she hasn't had on this team yet and she's gaining some confidence from it."
Although serving took a little getting used to.
"The first time I served I was very nervous," Burrington said. "I just thought come on Sarah get this ball in, but during the game I had my teammates supporting me on the sidelines and I heard some of the fans shouting out so that support really helped me."
"She goes out there and tries her best every single time," junior libero Katie Mosher said. "That's all you can ask for as a teammate. She's going out there giving 100 percent effort every time and she's getting more confidence in her serve which is good."
Now Burrington and her teammates look to continue their streak against some of the best in the ACC, a big task made easier if the freshmen continue making strides.