Oct. 19, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to North Carolina last night, the Florida State volleyball team came out with a vengeance and took down North Carolina State 3-1 (25-20, 25-9, 23-25, 25-14) on Saturday, October 18, inside Tully Gym. The win propels the Seminoles to 12-7 overall and 4-5 in the ACC while knocking the Wolfpack to 9-14 and 3-5 in the conference.
“I warned them between sets two and three it wasn’t over yet,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “There’s a difference in getting comfortable and getting too relaxed and still being focused and having the eye of the tiger. I think it’s hard when you win an easy set two to come back in set three and have that same motivation.
“I warned them again during set three and they did wake up a little bit and I thought they showed a lot of character to try to come back in that set three. Although I’m disappointed that they lost it, I was proud that they didn’t give up.”
Florida State clearly dominated in the kills department with 60 to NC State’s 37. But the Wolfpack was able to hold the advantage in blocks with 11, just three more than FSU.
Topping the Noles for the second consecutive evening was sophomore Lauren Richardson with 16 kills followed by juniors Jordana Price and Brianna Barry with 14 and 11, respectively. Sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Neville also posted double-digits with 10 kills.
The lone setter for the Seminoles, junior Nikki Baker, was credited with 45 assists and 12 digs for her sixth double-double this season. Also having a good night on the court was senior libero Ashlee Moon who had 24 digs.
“I’m pleased with the overall performance,” Poole said. “We made some overall improvements this weekend. There were some individuals who are definitely making improvements. Our offense is not as smooth as we want it, but it’s still a work in progress and we knew that.
“We’re still trying to get used to our transition out of our offense and I thought there were some times that Jordana [Price] did very well with that tonight.”
Florida State will hit the road once again as it travels to take-on current ACC leader Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Oct. 24 and Virginia on Oct. 25. The Hokies top the conference with a 7-2 conference record and 16-4 overall and dropped their first home match to Duke on Oct. 18.