November 10, 2006 - by
Florida State Volleyball Cannot Complete The Comeback, Dropping 3-2 Decision To Virginia

Nov. 10, 2006

Box Score

Game Scores: Virginia 3, Florida State 2 (28-30, 22-30, 30-22, 30-24, 14-16)

Since Florida State won 3-0 at Virginia on October 14, the two programs have gone in opposite directions. Unfortunately for the Seminoles they continued down the wrong path Friday night (November 10) as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit before dropping a 3-2 decision (28-30, 22-30, 30-22, 30-24, 14-16) to the Cavaliers.

The Seminoles lost their fourth match in a row to drop to 16-10 overall, 10-7 in the ACC. Virginia won its seventh in a row to improve to 20-6, 13-4 in the conference.

Posting a career-high 26 kills – the most by a Seminole the last two seasons – was junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.). Up next on the team was freshman middle blocker Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) with nine, while fellow freshmen Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) contributed eight.

Senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) had a double-double with 47 assists and a team-best 19 digs. Four different players had double-digit kills with libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) adding 16, followed by 15 from senior Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) and 14 more from Kim Crawford (Ft. Myers, Fla.).

Statistically Florida State dominated the match, holding a .229 (66-26-175) to .139 (67-38-208) advantage in hitting percentage as well as 91-74 in digs – season-high for FSU – and 14-13 for blocks. The one area where Virginia had an advantage was serving as UVA had 12 service aces and FSU committed eight service errors.

A Thompson kill knotted game one at 5-5, but a pair of UVA blocks and two FSU attack errors staked the visitors to a 10-5 lead. The Cavaliers built their lead to 17-10, but three Thompson kills and a trio of UVA attack errors allowed FSU to pull within one (18-17) on a kill by Wessel. Another Wessel kill made it 19-18, but the Cavaliers push the margin back to three (21-18) and extend it to 25-20. Florida State would fight back to tie the match at 27-27 on a block by Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) and Skower then Wessel gave FSU a 28-27 lead, but the Cavaliers ran off three-straight points for the 30-28 victory.

Topping the team with seven kills was Thompson, to go along with a .667 hitting percentage, while the rookie Wessel was one back with a half dozen. Weissing led the defensive effort with 10 digs – FSU out-dug UVA 24-18 – while Griffin had three blocks. FSU benefited from five UVA service errors, but was the difference stemmed from the Cavaliers’ .204 (16-6-49) to .130 (16-10-46) advantage in hitting percentage.

After Virginia got a quick lead to start game two, the Seminoles fought back and got within one (6-5) but poor passing by FSU allowed the visitors to extend the margin to six (11-5) with the deficit getting to has high as 10 (22-12) before the Cavaliers went on to the 30-22 win.

Thompson and Barry were the only players with more than two kills as they each had three. The Cavaliers had the advantage in almost every facet of the game, including hitting percentage – .267 (14-6-30) to .182 (12-6-33) – and digs (12-10). UVA also got seven points from aces (four) and FSU service errors (three).

The Seminoles came alive in game three as they stormed out to an 11-3 lead as Skower served eight-straight points. Keying the run was Barry as she had a pair of kills and combined with Tomic for a block. The Cavaliers would only get the lead down to five (11-6) with the Seminoles extending the margin to nine on several occasions. Three-straight Virginia errors gave FSU its biggest lead at 29-18 and the Cavaliers put together a last gasp before a Thompson kill gave FSU the 30-22 triumph.

Leading the Florida State rally was Thompson as she posted a team-high five kills while Tomic and BonSalle were next at three. Improved Florida State defense was the difference as it out-dug (17-13) and out-blocked UVA (4-3). In turn, the Seminoles held a .250 (13-5-32) to -.136 (9-15-44) lead in hitting percentage.

It appeared that Virginia was going to steal the Seminoles’ mojo in game four as the visitors took a quick 3-0 lead, but FSU responded with a 6-1 run that included a pair of blocks and two kills by BonSalle as FSU took a 6-4 lead it would extend to 9-5 on a Skower ace. The Cavaliers got the lead down to one (9-8) but were their own worst enemy as after a Barry kill, UVA committed six miscues as part of an 8-2 run that saw FSU take a 17-10 lead.

Florida State gave Virginia four points on errors and UVA converted lapses in FSU’s passing into offensive opportunities as the Cavaliers went on an 11-4 run to tie the match at 21-21. The Seminoles responded by going to Thompson as she put together four kills, and Virginia committed a pair of errors, during a 7-1 run that gave Florida State a 28-22 lead it carry into a 30-24 victory.

Matching her game one total was Thompson as she led the team with seven kill while Barry and BonSalle were next at three. Once again defense was the key as the Seminoles out-dug UVA 28-15 to help it to a .400 (16-2-35) to .175 (18-8-57) advantage in hitting.

Game five was a nail-bitter with each team taking turns in the lead. UVA went up quickly, 0-2, but the Seminoles responded as a block by Griffin and Skower gave the hosts a 6-4 advantage. An attack error gave the Cavaliers an 8-7 advantage and they would hold that one-point margin until an ace gave them the two-point cushion (11-9). UVA would go up 14-11 on a kill but the Seminoles rattled off three-straight points to tie the game at 14-14 on a Thompson kill, but the Cavaliers got the final two points for the 16-14 victory.

Florida State concludes its 2006 home schedule on Sunday (November 12) when it plays host to Virginia Tech in a 1 p.m. affair. Following the match, the four seniors on this year’s team will be honored.

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