Sept. 25, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State volleyball team defeated visiting Virginia Tech 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 27-25) at Tully Gym Friday night.
With the victory over the Hokies (10-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), the Seminoles (11-1, 2-0) have now won nine-straight matches and have not dropped a contest in the month of September.
“I was really proud of the girls for pulling it out,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “I thought Virginia Tech did a great job of taking us out of our offense. There are some things that we can learn from this match and hopefully get in and get better from it. Anytime that you can make mistakes, not play your best, and still win, that’s a bonus.”
FSU’s bonus on Friday night came by way of a heart-pounding fourth set.
The game was in match-point several times as a filled-to-the-brim crowd of 1,187 looked on before the Seminoles finally put the Hokies away, 27-25, thanks to sophomore Rachael Morgan’s kill.
For the match, senior Mira Djuric was an offensive force as she connected for a team-high 15 kills while adding two aces, four digs and five blocks. She had a .387 hitting percentage on the night.
True freshman Fatma Yildirim also got in on the action with a double-double as she concluded the night with 11 kills and 13 digs. Senior Nikki Baker posted a new season-high for digs with nine as she tied fellow setter Duygu Duzceler in assists as they both had 22 apiece.
The pesky Hokies couldn’t quite be shook in the third set as FSU never led by more than four points until running away with it late. UP 16-14, the ‘Noles went on a 9-3 scoring run to take the game and go up 2-1 for the evening.
Both programs put on an exciting second set as there were seven lead changes and six ties in that contest. Then the Hokies earned a 22-21 lead and never looked back as they escaped with 25-23 victory to tie the match at 1-1.
Florida State was sluggish at the outset of the match as Virginia Tech jumped out to a 5-1 in the first game. FSU battled back and tied the score at 23-23 before a Hokies error and solo block by Morgan sealed the win.
The Seminoles are back in action Sunday at noon against Virginia. Fans wishing to meet the players are invited to attend an autograph session immediately after the match in the Tully Gym lobby.
“We really appreciate the fans coming out and supporting us,” Poole said. “Virginia is a more athletic team than Virginia Tech and it should be a good match on Sunday. We need the fans to keep coming out and serving as that seventh player for us. Having home court advantage is very important.”