Sept. 26, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. – Just 24 hours after a triumphant 3-2 win over Wake Forest, the Seminoles were unable to repeat that feat falling 1-3 (17-25, 17-25, 25-21, 22-24) to Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. FSU slips to 1-2 in the ACC and 9-4 overall while Duke improves to 1-1 in the conference and 10-4 overall.
The number 17 was far from lucky for the Noles as they were downed 17-25 in both of the first two sets. FSU was determined to prevent the sweep and came back with a vengeance and took set three 25-21 and carried over that intensity to begin the fourth set.
In what would be the final set of the night, Florida State took control early and went ahead by five at point 13. The Blue Devils struggled with attack errors and missed blocks, but somehow found the strength to power back and shut down FSU 25-22.
The Blue Devils brought out their toughest defense tonight, out-blocking FSU 14.5 to 11 and out-digging 75 to 66. The home team also led in kills with 58 to Florida State’s 45 while the Noles hit at .134 and held Duke to a .201 attack percentage.
Leading FSU with 14 kills was Jordana Price who also had four block assists while fellow junior and middle blocker Lauren Young and sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Neville each put down 10. Co-team captains Lauren Richardson and Nikki Baker performed well with six kills and 41 assists, respectively. With those 41 assists and 13 digs, Baker recorded her third double-double this season.
The Seminoles must shake off this loss and they head into the fourth-straight road series next week against fellow ACC opponents Georgia Tech on Oct. 3 and Clemson on Oct. 4.