CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In a match that lasted over 2 ½ hours and went into extra points during three of four games, the Florida State volleyball team defeated the Hurricanes on the campus of the University of Miami for the first time in school history.The Seminoles, who increased their record to 10-16 overall and 8-10 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, beat Miami (13-12, 8-10 ACC), 3-2, at Knights Sports Complex Tuesday evening.
Four Seminoles finished the match in double-figure kills although the play of libero Summer Weissing was quite as impressive.Weissing, a native of Boca Raton, recorded 21 digs to lead the Seminole defensive attack.Senior outside hitter Andreza Santos continued to pace the FSU offense, recording 20 kills on 46 attempts for a .304 mark.Sophomore Makini Thompson had 17 kills, senior Lauren Scott added 13 and junior Sarah Griffin and senior Kristen Rust had 12 each.
Court general Jessica Skower registered 42 sets, added six block assists and had five kills, including zero errors.Junior setter Zrinka Tomic assisted in 25 sets. Griffin tallied her second double-double performance of the season, adding 13 digs to her kills.
The Seminoles hit .220 in the match and held Miami to a .190 mark.They also totaled 16.5 blocks in the contest, receiving six total blocks from Santos, including three solos.Scott had seven total blocks and Griffin and Skower contributed six a piece.
The first game was a see-saw affair from first serve until at 6-all, the Hurricanes went on a 5-0 run and took the 11-6 lead.However, the Seminoles’ Scott and Santos pulled FSU even at 14-14 and the Seminoles took the 15-14 advantage on a Scott kill.It was her third straight point after she handled a stuff block on her own and followed with two kills.The Seminoles did not remain in the pilot seat for long, however, as a Miami ace at 17-16 handed the `Canes the permanent lead.FSU, behind six kills from Santos and five from Scott, fell 30-24.The Seminoles out-hit the opponent .265 to .229 but were out-blocked 7.0 to 3.5.
FloridaState found itself up 6-1 in the second outing but Miami battled its way back to tie the score at 10-10.After a Rust ace (15-14) and a Santos cross-court kill (16-14) the Hurricanes called timeout.However, the Seminoles kept the momentum and jumped to a 20-16 advantage.Miami inched within two points three times at 22-20, 23-21, and 24-22 until a Santos kill followed by a Skower-Scott combined block put FSU in front by four, 26-22. The game was far from over at that point as Miami went on a 4-1 run (27-26) and tied the game up at 27-27 on a Seminole mental miscue.A Thompson kill at the 10-foot line (28-27) followed by a Griffin block solo gave the Seminoles the 29-27 edge.Miami answered back with two kills (29-29) of its own, until Thompson and Griffin sealed the FSU win (31-29) with consecutive kills.Santos had an impressive eight kills on 11 attempts and Weissing registered seven digs during the second contest.FSU hit .389 and held the `Canes to a .302 mark.
In the third battle, the game tied up on 10 occasions and had eight lead changes.With the contest even at 19-all, the Seminoles went on a 5-1 run for the 24-20 advantage.FloridaState expanded the lead to 26-23 and a hard Skower kill put the Tribe up by four points at 27-23.However, the Seminoles were in for a big surprise when at game point (29-26) the `Canes stormed back and tied the game up at 30-30 and they eventually rallied for the 32-30 victory.The Seminoles hit .143 while Miami totaled a .256 mark; Scott and Thompson had five kills each.
The fourth game was all Skower and Weissing.The two of them reached for hard-nosed digs and made smart passing plays as the Seminoles mounted a healthy 20-12 before Miami called timeout.The break proved beneficial for the Hurricanes as they scored three straight points and eventually came within three points at 24-21 and 25-22.A Scott and Skower stuff block jolted the Seminoles back in front by four (26-22) and a Griffin dink put them ahead, 27-22.From there, Miami went on a 3-0 run and inched within two points at 27-25 before the Hurricanes tied the game up 27-27 with a kill and a FSU ball handling error.On the next play, Miami took the 28-27 lead on kill and then a Griffin kill evened it up at 28-28.From that point on, the game tied up four times and at 32-32, back-to-back attack errors on Miami‘s Francheska Savage handed the Seminoles the 34-32 win.
Rust slammed down a kill that bounced off a Miami player’s head as FloridaState went up 11-8 in game five.Rust followed with two other kills at 12-9 and 13-11.With the score 13-11, the Hurricanes’ Francheska Savage recorded a kill to come within one point at 13-12, but a Santos kill (14-12) pulled the Tribe back up by two points.Miami‘s Karla Johnson answered with a kill at 14-13, but a bad set on the next play by Johnson handed FSU the 15-13 win.
FloridaState returns home to battle NC State at Friday for Senior Night.