CLEMSON, SC– In an emotionally charged volleyball match where both teams were looking for victories after a rough conference season, the FloridaState volleyball team made a powerful statement at Jervey Gym Friday night, winning 3-1 behind a complete team effort.Game scores were: 30-27, 17-30, 30-26, and 30-22.
“I thought everyone stepped up and played well tonight,” said an elated Todd Kress.“We struggled in game two but the team fought back and put together two nice wins.This was a strong team win for us tonight especially in a hostile environment.”
The Tigers, who entered the contest on a six-match losing streak, dropped to 9-13 overall and 4-10 in ACC play.FloridaState improved to 7-15 on the season and 5-9 in conference action.
Griffin, the ACC’s top server, registered three aces and Santos added two.Court generals Zrinka Tomic and Jessica Skower split time at setter and posted 26 and 23 set assists each.
The Tribe hit .262 in the match and held its opponent to a .245 mark.
FloridaState bounced out to a 9-5 lead in game one and extended it to 19-14 on a Santos kill.The Tigers and Seminoles remained neck-in-neck until a service ace by freshman Gabrielle Rivera pushed FSU ahead by five points, 26-21.The Tigers answered back and went on a 3-0 run with strong serving to inch within two points (26-24) of the Tribe before Kress called timeout.The break proved beneficial for the Seminoles as a combined block by Griffin and Santos pushed Florida State to a 29-26 advantage and game point came on a Griffin slam for the 30-27 victory. Both teams hit spectacular in the first game, posting .390 (FSU) and .361 (Clemson) hitting averages.Thompson and Santos paced the Seminole offense with six kills each.FloridaState recorded four service aces, receiving two from Santos, one from Griffin and one from Rivera.
The Seminoles provided a completely different showing in the second outing, falling behind 15-6 thanks to faulty passing and hitting.After the Tigers’ point 20, FloridaState never got closer than nine points at 21-12.Clemson, behind a .440 hitting percentage, took the game 30-17 on a Brittany Ross kill.The Tribe registered a -.029 mark and was out-killed .
With Griffin serving three straight points, FloridaState took a 9-7 command in game three.A feisty Tiger squad battled the Tribe and came within one point twice at 16-15 and 17-16 before FSU went on a 4-0 run for the 21-16 advantage.Mental miscues on Clemson’s part planted the Tribe on top 24-21 yet once again the Tigers clawed their way back into the game and were down just two points at 26-24.However, the Seminoles used strong hitting from Thompson and Griffin in the backend of the contest to win 30-26.
A Thompson kill positioned the Seminoles in front 14-13 in the fourth outing and they jumped ahead 19-16 on a kill by Rust midway through the contest.Although the Tigers remained close in the fourth affair, FloridaState never felt threatened and took a 24-20 lead before Clemson coach Jolene Jordan Hoover called timeout.A stuff block by Thompson and Griffin (25-20) followed by a powerful Griffin slam handed FSU the 26-20 gain.The Seminoles never looked back and raced away with a decisive 30-22 victory.
FSU takes on Georgia Tech on Saturday evening at . Free radio is available for the broadcast via the Yellow Jacket website.