Oct. 23, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team extends its winning streak on the road to three after defeating Miami for the second time this season 3-1 (30-28, 30-24, 25-30, 30-23). The win in Coral Gables, Fla., makes history for the program, as it is the time the Seminoles have won three consecutive conference matches away from Tallahassee since joining the ACC in 1991.
Florida State advances to 9-11 this season and is again at .500 in the ACC with a 6-6 record. Miami’s overall record is now 9-12 and 3-9 in the conference. The Hurricanes have yet to win a home match against an ACC opponent this season.
“I’m very proud of the way the team was able to take control of the match after being down in the first two games,” head coach Todd Kress said.
“We made plays when we had to down the stretch in all three games we won. I thought the set distribution was very good tonight. I thought we distributed the ball equally across the net.”
The last meeting between these teams resulted in a 3-0 sweep for the Florida State, but Miami wouldn’t go down without a fight on its home court. The final game of the night showcased a united Seminole team led by sophomore Brianna Barry who had a total of seven kills in game four and scored three back-to-back kills to secure the match for Florida State.
Overall, Barry was one of four to record double-digit kills with 17 total for 21 points and a .357 hitting percentage. The middle blocker also led the team in blocks with three solos and two assisted.
Junior Mira Djuric was unstoppable on the court against the Hurricanes as she put down 17 kills, two service aces and had an overall .333 hitting percentage. Senior Makini Thompson was also a member of the double-digit kill club, recording 12 along with one assisted block and 12.5 points.
Rounding out the top scorers was freshman Stephanie Neville who proved tonight that she could run with the upperclassmen. Neville had 11 kills, two of which scored the winning point in games one and three, for a .296 percentage and had a solo block as well.
The Hurricanes’ only win of the night came in game three as they took the lead early and were able to hold onto it, something they were unable to do in game two. Miami also had control of game two in the beginning but could not hold onto the lead as the Seminoles tied the score at 19 apiece. Florida State would allow Miami only five more points as the garnet and gold won 30-25.
“Makini, Mira, Brianna and Stephanie all had double-digit kills which is good for us,” Kress said. “This team is just focused on getting better everyday and I think they realize there is still a lot of the season to be played. I believe they’re happy with the way they’re playing; they definitely weren’t happy with where we were at a couple of weeks ago.
“After losing to Boston College, we realized we were so close to being a better team. I think it takes a lot of character to rebound after a loss like that. They showed a lot of character to be able to turn things around. Now we just need to get better because Virginia Tech and Virginia are both playing great and they could be the two of the hottest teams in the ACC right now.”
The Seminoles will fight to extend their winning streak as they host Virginia and Virginia Tech in Tallahassee, Fla., this weekend. First up on Friday, Oct. 26 is Virginia Tech followed by Virginia on Saturday, both matches at 7:00 p.m. Fans are reminded that Saturday’s match coincides with the Florida State-Duke football game and are encouraged to arrive early, as parking will not be available in front of Tully Gymnasium.