Oct. 2, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Despite five Seminoles with double-digit kills the No. 17 Florida State volleyball team dropped its first match of the young ACC season to visiting Georgia Tech, 3-2 (25-19, 25-27, 25-15, 25-27, 14-16). The Seminoles had their 11-match winning streak snapped with the loss as they fall to 12-2 on the year and 3-1 in the ACC.
Despite outhitting the Yellow Jackets by a commanding .331-.172 margin the Seminoles were unable to put away Georgia Tech in the fourth set and it proved costly as Florida State dropped its first match in 12 attempts.
“On all of the big points it seemed like they were getting every break,” head coach Chris Poole said. “We kept battling but we were just unable to get that break tonight.”
Mira Djuric led the way for FSU with 15 kills, while Jordana Price tallied 13 and the duo of Stephanie Neville and Brianna Barry each notched 12. Fatma Yildirim chipped in 11, while Nikki Baker dished out 35 assists.
The Seminoles took a 1-0 lead when they claimed the first set 25-19 on the back of six Mira Djuric kills. Florida State and Georgia Tech battled to ties at 8-8 and 13-13 before the `Noles took a narrow lead they would never relinquish.
An attack error by the Yellow Jackets boosted Florida State’s lead to 20-16 forcing Georgia Tech into its first timeout of the opening set. An assisted block by Jordana Price and Stephanie Neville bumped the lead to five (21-16) before the Yellow Jackets claimed two of the next three points. Djuric would answer for the Seminoles as the senior notched a pair of kills to give Florida State the opening set win.
Georgia Tech answered in the second set by jumping out to a 7-3 advantage early on. The Seminoles would not go quietly as they narrowed the deficit to just one at 18-17 with a chance to even things up with the serve in hand. A service error would spoil the opportunity bumping the Georgia Tech lead back to two.
Jordana Price came up with a crucial block at the end of a long rally to pull the `Noles within one again at 20-19. The teams then would trade points before a Yellow Jacket attack error knotted things up at 21-21. The score would remain that way until Florida State claimed a 25-24 lead on a solo block by Fatma Yildirim.
A Georgia Tech kill tied the set back up at 25-25 before Brianna Barry delivered a huge attack on a ball that was somehow dug out by Monique Mead and managed to make its way to the Florida State side of the floor for a point. A service ace would cap off the set as Georgia Tech evened the match 1-1 with the 27-25 win.
The Seminoles came out with the big start in the third set by jumping out to a 13-4 lead on the back of a 7-0 streak that featured a pair of kills by Brianna Barry as the Winter Springs, Fla., native also picked up a crucial block.
Georgia Tech would cut into the lead slightly late in the set but the `Noles had no problem hanging on for the easy 25-15 win. The Seminoles used a combination of offense and defense in the set to take the 2-1 match lead. FSU hit a match-high .450 in the set, while holding Georgia Tech to a mark of -.042.
The fourth set would prove to be another battle to the bitter end as Georgia Tech claimed another 27-25 win forcing a decisive fifth set. With the score at 20-19 in favor of the Yellow Jackets Florida State rattled off four consecutive points to take what appeared to be a commanding 23-20 lead needing just two points to claim the match.
A bad set by the Seminoles and back-to-back kills by Georgia Tech tied the set up at 23-23. The score would remain tied at 24-24 and 25-25 before the Yellow Jackets sent the match to five with the final two points of the set claiming the 27-25 win.
Georgia Tech jumped out to an 8-4 advantage in the fifth set as the teams switched sides. The small break seemed to fuel the Seminoles as they battled all the way back to tie the set at 12-12. The teams would once again trade points as the score reached 14-14 following a Jordana Price kill.
Mira Djuric had an opportunity to make it a one-point lead for FSU but was unable to drop in an attack as it hit the net and dropped on the Seminole side giving Georgia Tech the lead and the momentum. Another service ace by the Yellow Jackets, their fifth of the night would seal the match and drop the Seminoles to 12-2 on the year and 3-1 in ACC play.
“Every match we have a bullseye on our back and this is just one match,” Poole said. “We have to be ready to play on Sunday, if we shake it off we can keep things going.”
The Seminoles will have a chance to respond Sunday when they host Clemson in a match at 1 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium.