TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time this season the FloridaState volleyball team played up to its potential.
The Seminoles (5-11, 3-5 ACC) hit a season-high .317 percent behind 16 kills from Andreza Santos and outscored Virginia Tech 71.0 – 43.0 as FSU rolled to 3-0 victory on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym Friday night in front of over 1,000 fans.The play of junior outside hitter Sarah Griffin was spectacular as she recorded a team season-high and career-best five service aces on the night and reached for 11 digs.
“I thought we finally found our rhythm,” said fourth-year head coach Todd Kress, “and we played with a lot of heart.This was by far the best we have performed as a team this season and I believe you will see a completely different team after tonight.”
Virginia Tech dropped to 9-8 overall and evened its ACC record to 4-4.Game scores were 30-22, 30-16 and 30-25.The Seminoles held the Hokies to a low .104 hitting percentage and registered 5.0 blocks against Tech.
Virginia Tech jumped to an early 4-1 lead in game one before the Seminoles’ sophomore middle blocker Makini Thompson took over.The native of Quincy, Mass., tallied four kills on eight attempts and her teammate Kristen Rust served two aces and scooped up five digs to guide FSU to a 30-22 victory.
Game two was arguably the best single game performance of the year for the Tribe as Florida State tied the game up at 11-11 and then went on a 12-0 to put the game out of reach; the Hokies fell 30-16.
Griffin had two aces in the second contest and served 12 straight times for the Seminoles during their run.FSU hit a game-best .349 while Tech recorded a .000 mark.Santos totaled seven kills during the second game and sophomore libero Summer Weissing had five of her 13 digs on the night.
In game three, the score was tied at 10 before a 5-1 run gave the Seminoles a slight edge and from that point on they never felt threatened as FSU cruised to a 30-25 victory.Freshman outside hitter Marrita Royster-Crockett, who finished the night with 13 kills and a respectable .345 hitting percentage, pounded out five kills for the home team.
Statistically, every member of the Seminoles squad executed on every level of the match and six of the eight players hit above .345.Santos led the team with 17.5 points from her 16 kills and three block assists.She added nine digs to round out her complete performance on the night.Setter Jessica Skower amassed 45 assists and grabbed nine digs.
Junior Allie Kupec led the Hokies with 10 kills and a .350 hitting percentage.
FloridaState returns to Lucy McDaniel Court Saturday evening for a match-up with the University of Virginia.
Junior Sarah Griffin set a new career and team-season high with five aces in a match.
The team set a new season-high record by hitting .317 in the match.