Aug. 31, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team fell in five thrilling sets Monday night (19-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 15-17) to host No. 5 Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
In the pivotal fifth set — with the score knotted at 15-15 — a Gator kill was then followed up by an awkward serve that bounced off the net before hitting the floor for an ace on FSU’s side.
The loss extends Florida State’s current losing streak to UF (3-0) to 18-straight matches and marks the Seminoles’ first defeat of the 2009 season as they are now 3-1.
For the match, senior Jordana Price led all Seminoles with 12 kills while adding six blocks. Seniors Mira Djuric and Brianna Barry contributed 11 kills apiece with Djuric adding nine digs and two aces.
Junior Stephanie Neville rounded out the FSU offensive attack with 10 kills and freshman Fatma Yildirim connected on nine of her own. Setters Nikki Baker and Duygu Duzceler poured in a combined 50 assists.
Down 2-1 in the fourth set, FSU jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never relinquished the advantage. The Gators cut the score to 24-22 but a Barry kill and UF error concluded the set.
After falling 19-25 in the first set of the night, FSU bounced back in the second and beat the Gators 25-23. Kills by Rachael Morgan and Djuric put the Seminoles on top 22-21 and 23-22, respectively, and then Yildirim’s slam at 24-23 won it for the visiting team.
The Seminoles are on the road again this weekend as they head to New Mexico State University to take part in a four-team tournament featuring the Aggies, Illinois and the Italian National Team.
FSU’s first match of the event begins at 2 p.m. EST and will be against the Illini. The Seminoles then take on New Mexico State later that evening at 9 p.m. EST before concluding the trip on Saturday against Italy at 6 p.m. EST.