Sept. 5, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State volleyball was back in action at Tully Gym as it swept North Florida 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 25-14) in the first match-up between the teams. The Seminoles improve to 4-1 this season as they inch closer to facing in-state rival Florida on Monday, Sept. 8.
“I thought tonight we played a little flat,” Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. “The positive thing is we got to play a lot of players and give some of the younger players some experience and still ended up winning in three sets. In the second game we could have faltered again but found a way to win it so those are all the positive things.”
The Seminoles breezed through the first set, putting down 10 kills and five blocks to knock out the Ospreys 25-15. The second set was a different story as FSU struggled to hold the lead against the visitors. Where there were no lead changes in set one, the second set consisted of 11 and saw the score tied-up 15 times.
“I felt like we didn’t play as controlled or at as high a level as we did last night against Long Beach State,” Poole said. “But it’s really hard emotionally to come off a loss like that and to play at the level we were playing at last night.”
Topping the Noles in kills was freshman Rachael Morgan with eight followed closely by junior Jordana Price with seven. FSU’s top scoring Brianna Barry didn’t see as much court time to allow the newcomers a chance to play but with three kills the junior continues to lead the team in that category after five matches.
Florida State will face South Dakota State on Sunday at noon before diving into rough waters against No. 8 Florida Monday night. The key for the Seminoles is to play at the same intensity level they showed against Long Beach State in order to be successful against the Gators.
“As long as we can still keep our heads enough to come back and find a way to win these matches then that’s something we can still build on,” Poole said.