Nov. 22, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. –
Game Scores: #25 Duke 3, Florida State 0 (23-30, 24-30, 29-31)
On any other night, the Florida State volleyball team may have been walking out of the gym with a victory. But on Wednesday (Nov. 22), the Seminoles need a little bit more as they dropped a 3-0 (23-30, 24-30, 29-31) decision to No. 25 Duke.
Florida State concluded the 2006 regular season with a record of 19-12, 13-9 in the ACC. The 19 victories are the second most under head coach Todd Kress. Duke, who wrapped up the conference title last week, improved to 27-3 overall, 20-1 in the league.
In perhaps her final match in a Seminole uniform, senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) had a match-high 11 kills. Rookies Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) were next with nine and eight kills, respectively.
With 17 digs, junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) took over possession of the No. 3 spot on the FSU single-season list with 467 digs. She now owns two of the top three single-season digging performances in school history. Senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) had 29 assists. Barry led FSU’s blocking effort with six rejections.
The Seminoles played even with Duke on defense, barely trailing 59-52 for digs and 11-7 for blocks, but the difference was the offense. Duke out hit Florida State .235 (51-19-136) to .131 (45-27-137). Overall, Duke got 41 of its 91 points from FSU miscues.
A service error by the Blue Devils pulled FSU to within 4-3 to start game one, but Duke went on a 9-3 run to open up a 13-5 advantage. The Seminoles would storm back on 5-0 run of their own – that was helped by three DU errors – to get within 13-11 on a Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass) kill. Unfortunately, Duke came back with a 5-0 run of its own to get the lead up to 21-13 before closing out the game 30-23.
Leading the team with four kills each was Griffin and Thompson as they were the only Seminoles with more than two kills. Blocks were even at 2-2 and Duke held a slight 18-17 advantage in digs, but the difference in the game was the Blue Devils .302-to.093 lead in hitting percentage as FSU committed nine attack errors.
Florida State came out and played much cleaner at the start of game two, but the Blue Devils played stronger defense and translated that into points as they turned a 9-7 advantage into a 13-8 lead. FSU got it back to 14-10 on a Griffin kill, but three-straight Seminole miscues and block pushed the margin back to 18-10 in Duke’s favor. Another Griffin kill got the lead down to four (21-17), but the Blue Devils held on for the 30-24 win.
The Seminoles started off like gangbusters in game three as Weissing served seven-straight points during a 7-0 run to start the game. During the run, Barry had a pair of kills and a solo block while Tomic added a pair of kills. A Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) kill made it 12-6, but three-straight Duke blocks, two FSU errors, an ace and a kill completed an 7-0 Duke run and gave it 13-12 advantage.
Florida State got the lead back, 16-15, as Barry combined with Skower then BonSalle on blocks. Unfortunately, Duke answered with three points, including a block and an FSU attack error to reclaim a 17-15 advantage. After a Griffin kill, the Blue Devils committed back-to-back attack errors to tie the game at 20-20. The Seminoles got the lead, 22-21, on a DU back row attack error, but consecutive FSU attack errors allowed the Blue Devils to regain the lead at 24-22.
Duke had a 28-23 lead, but Barry virtually brought FSU back on her own as she recorded three kills and combined with Tomic for a block to tie the match 28-28. A BonSalle kill knotted the game at 29-29, but Duke got a pair of kills to end the match 31-29
Wednesday’s match concludes the regular season for Florida State. The Seminoles now wait to see if they get an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.