Underclassmen have stepped up

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Redshirt freshman Sarah Burrington, a middle blocker, had her first double-double against Duke with 13 kills and 10 blocks.

We are in the heart of our season, with 10 conference matches completed and 10 more to go. It’s hard to see the end of my Seminole career coming closer.

Despite the losses we have had, my expectations have not changed. As a team we are still working on reaching our fullest potential. During the past few matches we have had some exceptional performances from our younger players.

All of our underclassmen have done a fantastic job of stepping up in critical moments. Being a middle blocker, I would like to highlight (redshirt freshman) Sarah Burrington’s success and growing confidence.

For the 2012 season we brought back both of our middles from the year before: Sareea Freeman and myself. Sarah had already told Coach Poole she was interested in redshirting. After a season of not being able to play in our matches and playing for the USA junior national team, Sarah has worked her way into our starting lineup for 2013.

Sarah’s confidence and level of play have increased tremendously since the beginning of the season, and she has become a huge weapon both on offense and blocking. She also has taken on another role that middle blockers on our team have not typically been asked to do.

In the past, our middles have been opposite of the setters, and therefore middles have never had to serve. This season we’ve switched the lineup, and Sarah has taken on the task of serving and playing defense for one rotation.

In our match against Duke she posted her first double-double with 13 kills and 10 blocks. She has done a phenomenal job, and I can’t wait to see the strides she makes the rest of our season and throughout her Seminole career.

After taking a trip to North Carolina to play (then-No. 21) Duke and Wake Forest, where we went 1-1, we are back in Tallahassee for an exciting weekend. We take on No.12 North Carolina on Friday night and N.C. State on Sunday. It will be a very exciting and busy weekend at home with our third-ranked football team playing a rivalry game against No. 7 Miami and “College GameDay” buzzing on campus.

It has been an exciting year to be a Seminole and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season goes for us and the other Florida State teams that have been so successful thus far.

It’s a great time to be a Nole!