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Hofstra's Kelsie Wills had 14 kills vs. Florida State.

Hofstra Falls 3-0 To FSU In NCAA VB Tourney

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          Release: 11/30/2012
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Tallahassee, FL - Sophomore Kelsie Wills tallied 14 kills and seniorNikki Kinnier added 12 kills for Hofstra but the ninth-seeded Florida State had a balanced attack of three players with seven or more kills as the Seminoles defeated Hofstra, 3-0 in the 2012 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship Tallahassee Sub-Regional at Tully Gymnasium Friday night.

Florida State, the two-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions and 2011 NCAA Championship semifinalists, posted scored of 25-21, 25-10 and 25-20. The Seminoles, who were ranked 12th in the final AVCA regular season poll and eighth in the NCAA RPI, are making their 15th NCAA Championship.

The Pride, who were making their seventh NCAA Championship appearance end the season with a 21-14 mark, having won seven of their last eight matches including three in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tournament.

While Wills, the CAA Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player, led the Pride with 14 kills, it was Kinnier who had the top attack percentage on the team with 12 kills and just two errors in 23 attempts for a .435 percentage. Hofstra senior Catalina Charry has a match-high 20 assists while sophomore Kainoa Ocasek added 11 assists. The Pride posted a .167 attack percentage in the match.

The Seminoles were led by All-ACC selection, senior Fatma Yildirim with nine kills and a .400 attack percentage while senior Sareea Freeman added seven kills and a match-high .778 attack percentage. Junior Olivera Medic also notched seven kills and a .278 attack mark. Senior Duygu Duzceler posted 16 assists, sophomore Sara Wickstrom had 12 assists and classmate Katie Mosher tallied 13 digs.

The first set was a battle for the Seminoles as the Pride saw Florida State open four six-point leads, the latest at 18-12 only to see Hofstra battle back. The Pride tallied seven of the next 10 points to close to 21-19 after Sara Campolina's kill. But the Seminoles scored four of the next six points to close out the Pride, 25-21. Kinnier had seven kills and Wills had four for Hofstra. Yildirim, Medic and Green each had three kills for the Seminoles.

Buoyed by a solid first set, the Pride split the first six points of the second set for their first tied score of the match. But the Seminoles went on a 13-2 run to open up a 16-5 advantage. After Hofstra tallied three of the next four points to close to 17-9 after a FSU attack error, the 'Noles scored eight of the next nine points to win the second set, 25-10. FSU posted a .400 attack percentage (10-2-20) while the Pride fell to -.069 (5-7-29) in the second set.

The Pride started the third set slowly as the Seminoles jumped out to a 5-1 lead following a kill by ACC Player of the Year, junior Ashley Neff. But Hofstra rallied behind Wills and scored six of the next seven points to take their first lead of the contest at 7-6 on a Wills putdown. After FSU tied the set at 7-7, Pride sophomore Adama Aja recorded her first kill of the contest to give Hofstra an 8-7 advantage. It would be the Pride's last lead of the match. The Seminoles scored the next four points and five of the next six to open a 12-9 lead. Hofstra would stay close and closed to 15-14 on a Ocasek kill. But Florida State went on a 10-6 run to end the contest, closing out the match on a Pride service error.

The Seminoles, who won their sixth consecutive match and their 27th straight match at Tully Gymnasium, advance to the Tallahassee Sub-Regional Championship match against Purdue on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Boilermakers advanced to the Sub-Regional final with a three-set victory over Colorado State, 25-20, 25-18, 25-19.