Oct. 27, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the first time since 2001, the Florida State volleyball team has won five straight ACC matches after defeating Virginia 3-2 (30-28, 24-30, 30-24, 24-30, 15-0) on Lucy McDaniel Court. The Seminoles advance to .500 overall with their 11-11 record, 8-6 in the conference, while the Cavaliers move to 14-9 and 9-5 in the ACC.
The last time Florida State lost to Virginia on the road, but defeated them at home, was in 2005. That win was also decided in five close scoring games (25-30, 30-27, 23-30, 30-27, 15-12).
Throughout the match, the Seminoles led in seven categories: kills, attack percentage, assists, digs, assisted blocks, points and team blocks. Florida State put down 76 kills to Virginia’s 69, had a team attack percentage of .289 to .238, went 71-63 in assists, 77-66 in digs, 24-10 in block assists, 92 to 82 in points and recorded 12 team blocks to the Cavalier’s six.
Leading the team in points with 24.5 was junior Mira Djuric, who also recorded a double-double in kills and digs with 23 and 12. Senior co-captain Makini Thompson put down 19 kills for a .415 attack percentage and contributed 21 points.
Sophomore Brianna Barry topped the Seminoles with her .444 attack percentage on 14 kills. Barry also put five assisted blocks and 16.5 points on the board.
Seminole libero Summer Weissing moved closer to breaking the school record for career digs with the addition of 26 against Virginia. The senior needs only 68 digs in the remaining eight matches this season to move ahead of current record holder Luiza Ramos.
Also having a good night was freshman Lauren Richardson who contributed 10 kills, four assisted blocks and 12 points.
With only eight games remaining this season, Florida State travels to North Carolina to challenge Wake Forest and Duke to a rematch. The Seminoles beat the Demon Deacons in five at home, but were swept by the Blue Devils in Tully Gym. Both matches are at 7:00 p.m.