Oct. 4, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State went to five games for the second time on the weekend but came up with a big ACC victory as the Seminoles held off Clemson 3-2 (26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 20-25, 15-7) to improve tol 13-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
Brianna Barry was on a tear in the five-setter as she set a new career high with 24 kills , while committing just one attack error for a hitting percentage of .697 on the day to fuel the Seminoles to the crucial 3-2 win.
Florida State had to go to extra points again on Sunday in the opening set as the Seminoles battled for a 26-24 win. FSU trailed by one at 16-15 before a Clemson attack error knotted things up at 16-16. The Tigers rattled off back-to-back kills to take the 18-16 lead but the `Noles answered with kills by Rachael Morgan and Mira Djuric forcing Clemson into a timeout.
Coming out of the break the Tigers tallied three straight points to take a commanding 21-18 lead. The Seminoles would answer, however, by forcing Clemson into an attack error and service error before Morgan fired a service ace to tie the set at 21-21. Clemson called its final timeout before the teams traded the next six points. Another service error by the Tigers, their fifth of the set, put Florida State within a point of the win. The duo of Jordana Price and Stephanie Neville combined for the final point as the pair turned away a Lia Proctor attack for the 26-24 win.
The Seminoles carried the momentum into set two as they jumped out to a 13-6 lead on the back of a 9-1 run that featured a pair of service aces from Mira Djuric. The Tigers would not go quietly as they claimed six of the next seven points to pull within two at 14-12 forcing Chris Poole into a timeout. Florida State would settle down and take control of the match with a 2-0 set lead thanks to the 25-20 set two win.
The Tigers would not go quietly as they took the first eight points of set three and led by as many as nine (19-10) late in the set but Brianna Barry would not let the set slip away as she went to work with five straight kills for Florida State.
Barry and the Seminoles would continue to battle back pulling the deficit to just one at 23-22 before a Clemson kill put the Tigers within a point of making the match 2-1. A Stephanie Neville kill would make the score 24-23 but another kill by Procter sealed the set win for Clemson despite the late Seminole charge.
Clemson would storm out to an early lead again in the fourth set taking an 11-4 lead before FSU called a timeout to slow the momentum down. Once again Barry delivered several impressive kills to keep the Seminoles in the set.
Florida State played catch up in the middle of the set but were able to knot things up at 16-16 before Clemson answered with a 6-0 run to nearly insure a decisive fifth set. The Seminoles would cut it to four on a pair of occasions but were never able to get any closer as Clemson took the fourth set by a 25-20 margin.
Clemson took the early 1-0 lead before Price and Neville combined on a block to even the score. A service error by the `Noles put the Tigers back in front but three consecutive points by FSU forced Clemson into a timeout. At the changeover Florida State held an 8-3 advantage as Clemson called its final timeout of the match.
The timeout worked for the Tigers as they tallied back-to-back points but another kill by Barry and one by Fatma Yildirim gave FSU a five-point advantage at 10-5. The Seminoles would cruise from there as they claimed the 15-7 set five win and took the match 3-2.
Jenna Romanelli led the squad with 23 digs from her libero position while Nikki Baker chipped in with 14 digs to go along with her 25 assists. Duygu Duzceler dished out a career-high 34 assists in the win.
The Seminoles will return to action on Friday, October 9 when they take on Wake Forest at 7 p.m. in their first road ACC match of the season.