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Dec. 9, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (seminoles.com) – Behind an enormous defensive effort both in the blocking and digging game, the 12th-seeded Florida State University indoor volleyball team defeated fifth-seeded Purdue, 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19), on Friday evening at the Sports Pavilion to advance to yet another Elite Eight round in Minneapolis.
Two seasons ago, the Seminoles (27-6) emerged victorious in a five-set win over Kentucky to reach the Elite Eight and put themselves on the national radar. On Friday evening, with the help of 15 team blocks and a season-high 104 digs, FSU controlled the pace of the matchup against one of the Big Ten’s best programs in Purdue and proved that the 2009 year was not a fluke for the program. The Boilermakers (29-5) carried one of the nation’s better hitters in Ariel Turner, but the Seminoles found a way to contain her as she amassed 16 kills and a .105 hitting percentage.
“I’m proud of the girls,” head coach Chris Poole said. “They’ve worked hard all season. We’ve talked about the motivation we’ve had, we were within one point of knocking out Florida in Gainesville last year (in the second round), and that’s something Purdue did a week later It was after that match where we had the motivation to try to do even better this season. The girls have fought through much adversity the last couple years and even the last few weeks, and they continue to impress me. We did what we needed to do tonight against a very good Purdue team.”