Sept. 19, 2008
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In the first ACC match-up this season, Florida State fell in four to Miami (25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 29-31) after winning the first set. The Seminoles are now 8-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference while the Hurricanes remain undefeated 11-0 and 1-0 in the ACC.
“I like the guts that showed and the come back in a few situations when we were down,” Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. “We’re certainly going to have to do a much better job of handling some of the pressure points at the end of sets. And we’re going to have to do be able to do that against good teams.”
Both teams battled point-for-point in the first set until the Seminoles were able to pull away, taking the set 25-23. Sophomore Stephanie Neville started the scoring for FSU with a nice solo block on an attack by Miami’s top hitter Genny Mayhew. Junior Jordana Price would lead the Noles with six kills heading into the second set.
A more determined Miami team came out in set two, battling to maintain the lead and shutting down FSU, 25-19. Despite their best efforts, the Seminoles would not be able to recover and would fall 22-25 and 29-31 in a suspenseful fourth set.
“I feel like we battled hard but we made a lot of key mistakes at the end of sets that really put us at a disadvantage and ended up being the difference between winning and losing those sets,” Poole said.
Price would lead both the Noles and the `Canes with 17 kills on the evening while stopping three attacks (two solo, one assist). Neville would finish with 12 kills and four total blocks while freshman Rachael Morgan contributed 10 kills. Junior Brianna Barry put down right kills and topped the squad with six total blocks.
“We’re going to have to take this and try to learn from it,” Poole said. “We know the ACC is tough and we know going on the road in the ACC is very, very tough. We’ve been handed a schedule where we have to do it three weekends in a row to start the season. So we’ve got to try to keep our heads and maintain our focus and be able to learn on the road without the friendly confines of Tully Gym.”
Continuing the rough road schedule, the Seminoles head to Wake Forest and Duke next week. First up will be the Demon Deacons on Thursday, Sept. 25 before traveling to Durham, N.C., to face the Blue Devils on Friday.