Nov. 21, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –
Game Scores: Florida State 3, Wake Forest 0 (30-16, 30-28, 30-18)
It doesn’t appear that the Florida State volleyball team is going to go quietly into the night. Looking to make a run at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles picked up their second win in a row as they came through with a 3-0 sweep (30-16, 30-28, 30-18) at Wake Forest on Tuesday (November 21).
With the victory, Florida State improved to 19-11 on the year, 13-10 in the conference. The win gave FSU the season sweep of WFU and was the Seminoles’ first win at Wake Forest since 2002, which is also the last year they swept the Demon Deacons.
“I thought we came out of the gate well,” FSU head coach Todd Kress said. “We executed from the start and played good fundamental volleyball. We had a few too many errors than I would have liked, but we defended well, served well and Z (Zrinka Tomic) set a nice match. We’ve stumbled as of late so it was nice to get into the win column and hopefully we’ll be ready for tomorrow night.”
Topping the Florida State offense with 14 kills was junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) with 14 kills. Rookie outside hitter Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) was next at nine while freshman Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) and senior Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) each had eight.
With 13 digs, junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) moved up to a tie with Luiza Ramos for fourth on the FSU single-season charts at 450 digs. Senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croaita) had 39 assists to take over the No. 10 spot on the single-season assist list at 1,172. Skower added three blocking assists to climb past Norisha Campbell for eighth in school history with 280 career block assists.
Florida State dominated Wake Forest in every facet of the game, including a .261-to-.062 advantage in hitting percentage. Barry led the blocking contingency with eight as part of Seminoles season-high 15 blocks. FSU also out-dug Wake Forest 38-37 and benefited from 45 Deacon errors.
Wake Forest gave Florida Sate five of its first 10 points as the Seminoles ran out to a 10-2 start to game one on a block by Barry and BonSalle. The Deacons would close to within six (15-9), but BonSalle and Barry sandwiched kills around a block and the lead reached double digits for the first time (19-9) on a WFU blocking error. Consecutive attack errors by the hosts would give FSU a 23-10 margin it would expand to 14 points, 28-14, as well as the final score, 30-16.
Barry led the offensive attack with a game-high four kills, while BonSalle was next at three. Blocking and Wake Forest miscues were the difference as the Seminoles recorded seven blocks and got 17 points from Deacon errors. Florida State also held a .303-to- -081 in hitting percentage.
Game two was heading in the same direction as game one as FSU got out to a 6-3 lead thanks to a trio of Demon Deacon miscues, but back-to-back WFU blocks closed the lead to 7-6. The Seminoles responded by going to Thompson as she produced a pair of kills and another WFU error made it 15-10. Florida State returned the favor with a trio of errors to make it 15-14, but Skower and senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) had a block then Tomic came through with consecutive aces to push the margin back to 18-14.
The Seminoles got their lead up to 20-15, but four-straight attack errors gave Wake Forest the lead 24-23. A block by Tomic and Barry then a lift on Wake Forest tied the match at 24-24 and the Seminoles regained the lead, 26-25, on a WFU blocking error. Back-to-back kills by Griffin and Thompson pushed the lead to 28-25 before the Seminoles went on to win 30-28.
Thompson erupted for nine kills while BonSalle followed with four. Florida State won the game despite being out-hit .205-to-.125. Wake Forest held a 6-3 advantage in kills, but the Seminoles benefited from the two Tomic aces as well as three Demon Deacon serving errors.
The third game began as a back-and-fourth affair as there was 11-straight side outs before Wake Forest got a 7-5 lead. Three Wake Forest errors and a BonSalle kill swung the lead in FSU’s favor, 9-7. A Skower kill sparked a 6-0 run by the Seminoles as Griffin served five-straight points to give Florida State a 16-8 advantage. A Wake Forest ace got the margin down to 16-12, but kills by Barry and Tomic got the lead back to 20-14. The Demon Deacons would not threaten the rest of the way as Florida State closed on a 10-4 stretch to take the match 30-18.
Leading the way for the Seminoles was Barry and Skower as they produced four kills each while Thompson had three. Florida State out-hit Wake Forest .412-to-.054 and out-blocked them 5-3.
Florida State concludes the 2006 regular season on Wednesday (November 22) when it travels to Duke for a 7 p.m. contest.