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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - An impressive 2012 campaign by the ninth-seeded Florida State indoor volleyball team ended prematurely as it was defeated by 22nd-ranked Purdue on Saturday evening, 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 11-15), in an NCAA second round match at Tully Gym.
The Seminoles (28-4) had their 27-match win streak at Tully Gym that spanned two years snapped by an experienced Boilermakers' (23-10) team that was boosted by their outstanding defensive play. Purdue compiled 17 team blocks in the five-set affair, by far the most by an opponent this season.
"Certainly we're very proud of the girls on a great season," head coach Chris Poole said. "I mean they worked hard all year. I think there were a lot of question marks coming in this season; we had three kids that graduated last year, that had made All-American at one point during their career here and I think those question marks were really glaring going through the spring and the summer, but I felt like we had some players that really stepped up big and helped carry us, certainly our two middles (Sareea Freeman and Ashley Neff) did a fantastic job all year."
With Florida State knocking Purdue out in last year's regional semifinals in Minneapolis, the Boilermakers avenged the loss courtesy of an outstanding performance from redshirt junior setter Rachel Davis. The Kalamazoo, Mich. native put together eight kills and spear-headed a 75-kill attack for the Boilermakers that resulted in a .266 hitting percentage. Davis finished with a .467 hitting percentage of her own, added 14 digs and strung together 57 assists.