Sept. 30, 2006
CLEMSON, S.C. –
GAME SCORES: Clemson 3 Florida State 0, (30-32, 27-30, 30-32)
Playing on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference is a difficult as it comes and the strains of playing three road games in the first two weeks of the conference season finally caught up to the Florida State University volleyball team. After a thrilling 3-2 victory at Georgia Tech the night before, the Seminoles dropped a 3-0 (30-32, 27-30, 30-32) decision at Clemson on Saturday (September 30).
The loss was the Seminoles’ first in the ACC as they dropped to 4-1 and 10-4 overall. Only the 1993 squad got off to a better start in the league at 5-0. Clemson snapped a two-match losing streak at home to the Seminoles as it improved to 8-4 overall, 3-1 in the league.
Topping Florida State for the second night in a row was outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) as she provided 18 kills. Up next were middle blockers Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) with 11 and nine, respectively.
Setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) had a double-double with 45 assists and 12 digs, while Griffin chipped in 11 digs and a team-best five blocks. Tomic added four blocks and Barry had a trio of stuffs.
Florida State had the advantage in hitting percentage – .205 (59-25-166) to .191 (49-19-157) but hit below .200 in the final two games. The Seminoles out-dug the Tigers 79-73, while Clemson held a 9-8 advantage in blocks. Miscues were the biggest difference in the close match as FSU had 23 errors from serving, serve receive, blocking and ball handling, compared to nine by the Tigers.
A 3-0 run at the beginning of game one gave Florida State an early lead it expanded to four (10-6), but Clemson answered with a 7-1 run, that included a pair blocks and two FSU attack errors to gain, a 13-11 lead. Down two (21-19), the Seminoles rallied for a pair of points then got their first lead since 11-10 on a Tomic kill. Clemson appeared to gain control with a kill that made it 25-23, but a Thompson kill and a CU attack error knotting the game at 26-26. Clemson pulled ahead 28-26, but the Seminoles battled back to tie the match as late as 30-30 but a ball handling error and an ace gave the Tigers game one, 32-30.
Picking up where she left off Friday night, Thompson had a six kills, while Griffin chipped in five. Barry was next at four. The Seminoles out-hit Clemson .296 (22-6-54) to .212 (17-6-52) but four Clemson aces and a pair of FSU ball handling errors were the difference.
The teams traded points to start game two before Clemson used a pair of blocks to get a 9-7 margin. Another rejection gave CU a 13-10 lead, but Griffin combined with Tomic for one block and Thompson for another to swing the lead in FSU’s favor, 14-13. The Seminoles had a 17-15 lead that was erased by a 3-0 Clemson run and from there the two teams traded points with five ties before a kill and an ace gave the Tigers a 24-22 margin they would hold the rest of the way until the 30-26 victory.
Thompson and Barry were the only two players with more than two kills in game two as Thompson recorded five with Barry one back. Thompson also had a pair of blocks, while Griffin led the way with three and Weissing contributed ten digs. Clemson held the .226 (18-6-53) to .196 (17-7-51) margin in hitting percentage and was helped by three FSU ball handling errors.
Florida State came out of the locker room with the momentum in game three and ran out to a 6-2 lead thanks to the play of freshmen Barry and Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) as Barry had a trio of kills and BonSalle served a pair of points and added a kill as part of a 6-2 FSU lead. Unfortunately, Clemson went on an 11-4 run, that was helped by four FSU errors, to take a 14-10 lead.
The Seminoles fought back with a 5-1 run of their own and got the lead 17-16 on kill and ace by BonSalle. Florida State got a two-point lead, 21-19, after a BonSalle and Griffin block, but a trio of miscues allowed the Tigers to go on a 6-2 run and seize the lead at 25-23. Florida State fought back from down 29-25 thanks to a pair of Thompson kills to tie the game at 29-29 but a block and a service ace closed out the match 32-30.
Florida State returns to Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium next weekend to take on North Carolina (Friday) and NC State (Saturday). Friday’s 7 p.m. match with the Tar Heels can be viewed live on the internet by logging on to www.seminoles.com.