Nov. 17, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Game Scores: Florida State 3, NC State 1 (26-30, 30-18, 30-15, 33-31)
Showing it still has some fight left in it, the Florida State volleyball eliminated the costly errors that plagued it in game one and regrouped to win the last three games for a 3-1 (26-30, 30-18, 30-15, 33-31) victory over NC State on Friday (November 17).
The Seminoles improved their record to 18-11 overall, 12-8 in the ACC as they matched the second-most wins during the Todd Kress era and the most ACC wins in FSU lore. The Wolfpack are still looking for their first conference win of the season as they dropped to 0-19, 2-26 overall.
Four different players reached double-digits in kills, led by 24 from junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.). Rookie middle blocker Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) was next at 13, followed by 12 from freshman outside Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) and 10 from senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas). Rookie outside Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) added nine kills.
Senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) nearly posted a triple double with 55 assists, 16 digs and nine kills. Junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) recorded a career-high 37 digs as she moved up to sixth on the FSU single-season charts with 437 digs. Wessel was the third player on the team with double digit digs as she recorded 12.
The Seminoles had the advantage in nearly every statistical category, including .230 (77-30-204)-to-.119 (45-24-176) for hitting advantage, 92-to-79 for digs – a season-high for FSU – and six aces. Florida State gave the Wolfpack 49 of their 94 points through errors.
Three early errors in game one swung the momentum in Wolfpack’s favor as they built an 8-5 lead on back-to-back kills. Two Florida State miscues and an NCSU kill made it 14-9. Consecutive blocks pulled the Seminoles within a pair (17-15), but FSU committed three-straight errors to give the Wolfpack their largest lead of the game, 23-16. FSU made a late rally, getting to within three, 29-26, on a Barry kill but an NCSU block ended the game 30-26.
Leading the way offensively was Barry as she recorded four kills, while four players were one back. Weissing had eight digs. More than half of NC State’s points came from Florida State errors (16), including seven serving miscues. The Wolfpack held a .205-to-.161 advantage in hitting while the two teams tied with 24 digs
Florida State got its offense in gear at the start of game two as five kills, including back-to-back winner by Thompson, established a 7-2 lead. The margin stayed at five until the Seminoles put together a 6-3 run that was helped by five NC State errors, to take a commanding 17-9 lead. Consecutive Thompson kills pushed the margin to double digits (22-12). Another kill by Thompson gave Florida State its biggest lead, 24-12, that it would hold until the 30-18 victory.
Thompson was the catalyst for the Seminoles’ offense as she recorded 10 kills. Wessel was next with three winners. Florida State topped NC State .300-to- -.054 for hitting percentage, as well as 16-to-10 in digs.
The Seminoles youth took over in game three as a trio of freshmen accounted for the majority of Florida State’s offense. A kill by Wessel opened a 5-1 advantage then back-to-back kills by BonSalle made it a 9-4 Seminole lead. Consecutive kills by BonSalle and Barry grew the FSU advantage to 18-11, then Wessel aces preempted BonSalle and Barry kills to open a ten-point lead, 23-13. Florida State closed the game with a 7-2 run, including three Thompson kills, to win 30-15.
Rookies accounted for 11 of FSU’s kills with BonSalle topping the list with five, followed by Barry at four. Thompson also had four winners. Led by seven digs from Tomic and Weissing, the Seminoles held a 26-21 lead in digs as well as .348-to-.156 for hitting percentage. FSU also had four aces.
In a relapse to game one, Florida State gave NC State its first three points through errors then a stretch of five errors in six points allowed the Wolfpack to open a 14-9 advantage. Another Seminole miscue followed by an NCSU kill allowed the hosts to open their biggest lead at 19-8. Down 25-15, Florida Stage dug in its heels and started the comeback.
A Barry kill sparked a 7-1 run, that included three Thompson winners, to get FSU within two, 27-25. The teams traded points until NC State had game point at 29-26. Consecutive NCSU errors and a Wessel kill tied the game at 29-29. FSU got its first lead of the game, 31-30, on a Wolfpack service error then BonSalle came through with a kill and Wessel put the match away with an ace.
Thompson was the go-to player in the deciding game as she posted seven kills. Barry and BonSalle were next at four winners. Florida State’s eight-kill advantage (22-13) was the difference as it held a slight .161-to-.140 lead in hitting percentage and 26-24 for digs, but gave NC State 18 points through errors.
Florida State is back on the road next week to wrap up the regular season as it plays at Wake Forest (November 21) and Duke (November 22).