Sept. 4, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time in the history of the match-up, Florida State volleyball took two sets against No. 23 Long Beach State but were unable to hold on as it fell 3-2 (25-21, 26-28, 25-19, 16-25, 7-15) to the 49ers. The Seminoles are now 3-1 as the season gets started while LBSU remains undefeated at 4-0.
“I think for us right now, we’re not quite at a top 25 level but that’s where we’re headed,” Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. “That’s what we want to do with this program. And that’s really all this match means, it means we’re not there yet. And I thought the girls did some good things today. I’m hoping this match will be a lesson for them. They can learn from it and continue to get better.”
Junior Brianna Barry topped the Seminoles with a career-high 20 kills and notched a .405 hitting percentage. Barry now has an impressive 51 total kills and coming into the match was ranked fourth in the ACC in that category and third for hitting percentage.
“I’m impressed with the way we played today,” Barry said. “Definitely our offense was key for us and the coaches went in telling us that, that we had a stronger offense than they did. We would just have to key up on serving and defense. Those were the two big things we really needed to work on this match. I think we improved so much.”
Also recording double-digit kills was junior Jordana Price with a career-high 13 and sophomores Lauren Richardson and Stephanie Neville each with 10 apiece.
Despite their best efforts, the Seminoles only put down 58 kills while the 49ers had 65 in a match that had 19 tied scores and nine lead changes.
Where the Seminoles dominated was in the blocking category where they tallied 11 team blocks to the 49ers’ seven and 20 total blocks to 13.
“I feel like there was some very good volleyball played tonight, we just couldn’t find a way to win when we needed to at key opportunities,” Poole said. “Long Beach State is a great program with a great history and you would expect them to fight all the way to the finish like they did.”
Florida State now recharges as it heads into its own Seminole Tri-Tournament tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. against North Florida. A match against South Dakota State on Sunday wraps up the home tournaments for the Noles who welcome in-state rival No. 8 Florida in a Sun Sports televised match at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, before hitting the road for the remainder of September.