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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - A .357 hitting percentage by the ninth-seeded Florida State indoor volleyball team propelled it past a gritty Hofstra squad on Friday evening, winning 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-20) in front of 917 fans in the NCAA First Round in Tully Gym.
The Seminoles (28-3) found the hitting lanes early and often on Friday night, as 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.
Florida State's hitting percentage was its fifth highest this season and its highest since accumulating a .364 mark at Maryland on Oct. 14. 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.
AMES, Iowa - North Carolina dropped a close 3-2 (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 16-25, 13-15) match to host Iowa State Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Led once again by senior Emily McGee, who tallied nine kills and 14 digs in her final game for Carolina, the Tar Heels were denied their second trip in program history to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Freshman Paige Neuenfeldt also had a strong match for Carolina, recording 17 kills and nine blocks, and fellow freshman Victoria McPherson finished with 11 kills and five blocks. Senior Cora Harms finished her career with her 17th double-double of the season, totaling 29 assists with 12 digs.
"We knew this was going to be a tough match, and it was everything we thought it would be," UNC head coach Joe Sagula. "I'm so proud of this team, the leadership of the four seniors, of the hard-fought match we played and the belief this team had in each other. Even when we were down, this team believed we were going to win that last set."
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - No. 23 Miami volleyball dropped its opening-round NCAA Tournament match in five sets to College of Charleston Friday at the O'Connell Center. The contest was played on the campus of the University of Florida.
The Cougars, champions of the Southern Conference, won by the scores of 25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22 and 15-10. UM lost its first five-set match of the year, having won the previous four.
The Canes finish the season at 25-6 overall, reaching 25 wins for the third time in the last five seasons. It was the fourth-straight NCAA appearance for the program.
Junior outside hitter Taylor Hollins led the Canes with 17 kills to go with 12 digs to pick up her team-leading 18th double-double of the season. Sophomore outside hitter Savanah Leaf also had a double-double with 18 digs and 13 kills.