Nov. 3, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Game Scores: Clemson 3 Florida State 0 (16-30, 21-30, 21-30)
With only one player on the roster with postseason experience, the Florida State volleyball team is still learning to how to win the crucial matches. Unfortunately, the Seminoles are learning the hard way as they lost back-to-back matches for just the second time this year, falling 3-0 (16-30, 21-30, 21-30) to Clemson on Friday (November 3).
Florida State fell out of a tie for second in the conference as it dropped to 10-5 in the ACC, 16-8 overall. The Tigers moved a half game ahead of the Seminoles at 10-4, 15-7 overall. The loss to Clemson, coupled with Virginia’s win over Maryland, pushed FSU down to fourth place.
A trio of outside hitters – junior Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.), freshman Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) and senior Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) – tied for the team lead with eight kills. Senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) added six winners.
Junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) had 13 digs and senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) added 20 assists. Freshman middle blocker Brianna Barry (Winter Park, Fla.) had three blocks.
Florida State was held to a season-low .065 (35-28-108) hitting, while Clemson’s .348 (44-12-92) rate was a season-high for an FSU opponent. The
Tigers also held an advantage in blocks (10-4) and digs (38-35). More than half of Clemson’s points (47-of-90) came from Florida State errors.
The two teams traded points to start game one with a Clemson attack error tying the match at 9-9. Unfortunately, six FSU errors and lackluster passing allowed the Tigers to go on a 12-2 run that built them a 21-11 lead. The margin would grow to as many as 14 at 28-14, before Clemson won the opening stanza 30-16.
No Seminole had more than two kills with Thompson, Tomic and Skower all recording a pair. Clemson held a .423 (15-4-26) to .038 (8-7-26) advantage in hitting as well as 4-1 in blocks and 10-7 for digs. The Seminoles committed 15 total errors.
Clemson took the momentum from game one and used it to build an early lead in the second stanza that the Seminoles could not overcome. The Tigers used a pair of Seminole errors to push an 8-7 lead to 13-8 during a 5-1 run. Florida State got the lead down to five (24-19) on a kill by Wessel, but the Tigers responded by pushing the lead to eight (27-19) before going on the 30-21 victory.
Only two players recorded more than two kills with Wessel leading the way at five, followed by Skower with a trio. Once again the Seminoles were their own worst enemy as they committed 14 errors. Clemson held a .316 (17-5-38) to .119 (13-8-42) advantage in hitting as well as 19-15 in digs.
In the same manner that took the wind out of Florida State’s sails in each of the first two stanzas, early errors took the Seminoles out of the game. FSU held a 4-3 advantage, but three-straight errors ignited a 5-0 Clemson run that gave the Tigers an 8-4 lead. Florida State capitalized on two CU errors then Wessel added a kill and combined with Barry for a block to tie the match at 9-9. Unfortunately, three more FSU miscues came at the end of another 5-0 Clemson run as they took back a 14-9 lead. The margin would never get below five (22-17) before Clemson closed out the match 30-21.
Thompson recorded a game-high five kills, while Griffin, Wessel and Skower each had three. The Tigers held a .321 (12-3-28) to .025 (14-13-40) advantage in hitting as well as 4-2 in blocks. Florida State did win out 13-9 for digs, but gave the Tigers 20 points through errors.
The Seminoles continue their four-match home stand on Sunday (November 5) when they play host to Georgia Tech in a 1 p.m. contest.