Oct. 27, 2006
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. –
GAME SCORES: Florida State 0, Boston College 0 (30-21, 30-27, 30-15)
Going on the road has been anything but a hinder for the Florida State volleyball team. The Seminoles have only been beaten once on an opponent’s home court in 2006 and that pattern stayed true Friday (October 27) as Florida State swept Boston College 3-0 (30-21, 30-27, 30-15).
Florida State bounced back from its loss to Duke on Sunday as it improved to 16-6 overall, 10-3 in the ACC. It’s the third time in five seasons under Todd Kress that Florida State has won at least 10 ACC matches. The loss dropped Boston College to 7-14, 5-7 in the conference.
“It was a very important win,” Kress said. “On the road it’s obviously that much tougher. I thought we started off a little bit on our heels in game one, a little flat, Boston College was serving the heck out of the ball and it took us a while to respond. I credit our kids; they did a great job of responding, fighting back, getting into the flow of the match, taking Boston College’s best punch and then playing our best volleyball down the stretch.”
Topping the team with a match-high 14 kills was senior outside hitter Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) as she posted 14 winners. Rookie Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) was next at eight while fellow freshman Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Boston-area product Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) followed with seven each.
Leading the Seminoles’ defensive charge was junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) with 15 digs while senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) added 11 digs. Barry led the way with four blocks. Florida State out-hit Boston College .197 (40-15-127) to .055 (33-26-128). BC had a 62-to-59 advantage in digs while the two teams tied with seven blocks.
“She played a great match,” Kress said of Skower. “It’s all about match-ups. It’s all about game planning and match ups and we thought it was something we could be successful at and fortunately for us we were.”
Each team took its turn with runs throughout the start of the match with Florida State claming leads each time, only to see the Eagles fight back to tie the game. A pair of BC miscues allowed FSU to open a 17-14 margin, but the hosts answer with a 3-0 run to tie the game at 17-17. Skower broke the deadlock with a kill then picked up a pair of points on her serve thanks to two BC errors. Two more Eagle miscues and an ace by Wessel opened a 24-18 advantage. The Eagles got it back to 26-21, but the Seminoles closed out the game on a 4-0 run that was capped off by a solo block and a kill by Thompson.
Leading the FSU offense was Skower as she posted five kills, while Barry was two back. Florida State held a .219 (13-6-32) to .114 (12-8-35) advantage in hitting percentage and led 13-10 for digs. Boston College was ahead 3-2 in blocks but gave the Seminoles 19 points through errors.
The Seminoles spotted Boston College a 4-1 lead before going on a 10-4 spurt to take an 11-7 lead on a BC attack error. Just like game one, the Eagle helped Florida State’s cause with errors. Two BC miscues gave FSU its first five-point lead (18-13) then the lead climbed to six (22-16) on back-to-back Wessel kills. Two more Eagle errors, sandwiched around a Barry and Tomic block, built the lead to eight (25-17). Boston College mounted a 5-0 run to get it to 25-22, but once again committed an error to kill the rally. The Eagles would pull to within two as late as 29-27 but Skower finished off the game with a kill for the 30-27 victory.
Once again Skower was the Seminoles offensive catalyst, topping the team with five kills and the rookie Wessel had three as they were the only two players with more than a pair of kills. The two teams put on a stellar defensive show with the Eagles holding a 36-29 advantage in digs that led to low hitting numbers where Florida State was up .119 (13-6-59) to .048 (16-13-62). FSU topped BC 4-2 for blocks.
Florida State closed out the match with its best performance by far in game three. The hosts made it a one-point game (6-5) but from there it was all Florida State as it went on a 15-3 run to open a 21-8 advantage. The Eagles made a slight run, cutting the lead to 11 (23-12) but Florida State put down the accelerator on its way the 30-15 to sweep the match.
Florida State continues its weekend road swing on Sunday (Oct. 29) when it travels to Maryland for a 1 p.m. contest with the Terrapins. FSU won the first meeting 3-0 on September 22.