Nov. 5, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Game Scores: Georgia Tech 3, Florida State 1 (30-27, 26-30, 25-30, 26-30)
When two teams are evenly matched, it’s the little things that decide the winner. In the case of the Florida State volleyball team, it was both ends of the serving, at in opportune times, that was their undoing as the Seminoles dropped a 3-1 contest (30-27, 26-30, 25-30, 26-30) on Sunday (November 5) at Lucy McDaniel Court.
Florida State has lost three matches in a row for the first time this season as it dropped to 16-9 overall, 10-6 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets avoided being swept by the Seminoles for the first time as they improved to 15-10, 7-8 in the conference.
Five different players posted double figures in kills, led by freshman Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) with a career-high 16 kills. Junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) was next with 15 kills, while rookie outside Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) contributed 14. Seniors Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) and Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) tied with a dozen each.
Playing her best match of the season was rookie setter Nikki Baker (Findley, Ohio) as she recorded a career-best 57 assists. Junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) contributed 14 digs. Barry also led FSU’s defensive effort with three blocks.
Even though Florida State held a .322 (70-24-143) to .304 (56-18-125) advantage in hitting, serving was the difference in the match. Georgia Tech got 28 points from aces (16) and Florida State service errors (12). GT held slim leads for digs (45-43) and blocks (7-6).
Despite giving Georgia Tech four of its first five points, the Seminoles tied game one at 5-5, but five miscues of their own allowed the Yellow Jackets to go on an 8-0 run that staked them to a 13-5 lead. Down 20-13, three-straight kills by Wessel followed by a Griffin kill and a block from Barry and Baker erased a seven-point lead and made it a 20-18 game.
After a kill by Thompson tied the match at 23-23, Alex Plummer (Woodbury, Minn.) came through with back-to-back aces to give Florida State a 25-23 lead. Griffin and Skower put together consecutive kills then Baker’s serve hit the tape and rolled over for an ace that pushed FSU’s lead to 29-24. Georgia Tech got back to within two (29-27), but a Thompson kill ended the match 30-27.
Griffin and Wessel tied for the team lead with a half dozen kills each. Thompson was next with three. The Seminoles held a .314 (18-7-35) to .200 (10-5-25) advantage in hitting percentage and had six aces. FSU was up 2-1 in blocks and the two teams tied with eight digs.
A pair of early Florida State errors in game two allowed Georgia Tech to establish a lead that the Seminoles could not overcome. A Skower kill on the heels of a Barry solo block made it a one-point game (12-11), but the Yellow Jackets pushed the margin back to three. A Griffin kill pulled FSU to within 17-15, but back-to-back errors got the lead back to four. The Seminoles whittled the lead to 27-26, but GT held on for the 30-26 win.
Barry led all attackers with five kills, while Thompson and Skower were one back and Wessel added a trio. Florida State held a slight .256 (18-7-43) to .250 (14-4-40) but FSU miscues were the difference, particularly in the serving department. Georgia Tech got 14 of its 30 points from Seminole errors, including six from serving and serve receive.
A pair of Barry kills helped Florida State take control of game three early, but the Yellow Jackets went on a 5-0 run that swung the lead in their favor 9-6. A Griffin ace completed a three-point run as FSU regained the lead (11-10) and started a string of four lead changes. The Seminoles held their last lead at 13-12 on a block by Wessel and Barry but Georgia Tech responded with an 8-0 run that opened a 20-13 lead and put the game away. FSU trimmed the lead to three as late as 23-20 on a Thompson kill before the Yellow Jackets pulled away for the 30-25 triumph.
Barry led Florida State’s attack with five kills while Thompson was one back to go along with a trio from Skower. Georgia Tech’s 11-6 advantage in digs helped it to a .448 (18-5-29) to .333 (16-5-33) lead in hitting percentage. The Yellow Jackets also benefited from four aces.
Similar to game three, Florida State took early control of game four, only to see the Yellow Jackets go on a run to seize a lead they would not relinquish. A solo block by Baker gave the Seminoles a 5-4 margin, but Georgia Tech rattled off five points in a row to capture a 9-5 advantage. Florida State chipped away at the margin, getting to within one (18-17) on a block by Skower and Griffin then again on a Wessel ace (25-24), but the Yellow Jackets held on for the 30-26 victory.
The Seminoles wrap up their four-match home stand next weekend, staring with a 7 p.m. contest Friday (November 10) against Virginia.