Nov. 3, 2007
Durham N.C. – In one of the closest five-game matches of the season, Florida State kept No. 14 Duke on it toes, but fell 2-3 (24-30, 30-25, 27-30, 30-28, 14-16) in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The loss moves the Seminoles to 9-7 in the ACC and 12-12 overall, while the Blue Devils improve to 15-1 in the conference and 20-4 on the season.
The Seminoles are 3-2 in five-game matches in the regular season this year with both upsets taking place on the road against Boston College and Duke.
Although Duke won the match on Saturday night, the Seminoles dominated in five categories including kills (80), assists (76), digs (90) and points (101). Florida State’s overall team attack percentage was .234, only two one-thousandths less than Duke’s .236.
The Blue Devils were able to out-block the Seminoles with 16.5 team blocks to 12, four to two in solos and 25 assisted to FSU’s 20. The only other advantage Duke possessed was in the serving department with its .969 percentage to Florida State’s .881.
Leading the team in kills against Duke were senior Makini Thompson and junior Mira Djuric with 24 kills apiece, a season-high for Thompson who averaged 4.8 kills per game tonight. Thompson’s 59 attack attempts 25 points were also season-highs for the Quincy, Mass., native.
Freshman Lauren Richardson had one of her best nights on the court seeing action in all five games. The outside hitter from Ocala, Fla., ranked third on the team in kills with a season-high 14 on 38 attempts and contributed 15 points for Florida State.
In the blocking category, junior Jordana Price not only led the Seminoles, but also racked up a FSU career high of eight. The middle blocker had two solos and six assisted which tops the team for overall blocks in a single match this season.
With the school record for career digs on the line, libero Summer Weissing added a season-high 35 to put herself within 21 digs from the top spot. Weissing’s current total this season is 1,750 and with six matches remaining, the senior could break the record at home next weekend against Boston College or Maryland.
The Seminoles return to Tallahassee November 9th as they host Boston College on Lucy McDaniel Court, followed by Maryland on the 10th.