Oct. 31, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Halloween night in Tully Gym, Florida State volleyball continued its streak of ACC sweeps with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-19) win over Wake Forest inside Tully Gymnasium. The Seminoles are on a three-game sweep streak after taking out both Virginia Tech and Virginia in three on the road last weekend. FSU improves to 15-7 and 7-5 in the conference while the Demon Deacons slip to 15-9 and 6-6.
“I’m certainly proud of the sweep again,” Seminole head coach Chris Poole said. “I feel like in each of the sets tonight we had some problems with playing as consistently as we would like. But in all of them we came on strong at the end, which is very encouraging to me.”
Leading Florida State for the third consecutive match was this week’s ACC Player of the Week, sophomore Stephanie Neville. The outside hitter put down 12 kills and notched an impressive .440 attack percentage as well as recording the team’s only solo block of the evening.
“I’m really proud of Stephanie,” Poole said. “She continued to play real well and I thought she stepped up big for us offensively.”
Recording her eighth double-double this year was sophomore Lauren Richardson who contributed 19 kills and 14 digs against Wake Forest. Richardson led with two service aces and had the second most digs this evening.
Also having a good night on the court was defensive specialist Jenna Romanelli who topped the Seminoles with 15 digs and is now averaging 2.46 digs per set. Junior Brianna Barry led on defense with three assisted blocks and also added five kills, five digs and a service ace.
Florida State got out to a strong start in both sets one and two, but struggled in the first half of set three. The Demon Deacons were up 8-4 at one point before the Noles began to make a comeback. Florida State would end the match with 40 kills, five and a half team blocks and 58 points.
“Everything is determined by how you end the set and not how you start or how you play in the middle,” Poole said. “If we can get to where we’re strong after 20 points, which is where we’ve been the last couple of weeks, then that’s going to help us be very successful even if we’re having a couple of problems.
“We know this is a good team and we were able to come out and play well enough to get a win and we’re just going to have to regroup and try to get after it on Sunday. We know Duke is going to be the big one, the one that Florida State has had very little success against and they’ve had a lot of success nationally. So it’s going to be real important that we come out ready to play on Sunday.”
The Seminoles return to Lucy McDaniel Court to face Duke at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. The Blue Devils travel to Tallahassee after getting swept by Miami on Friday night. The match will be video-streamed live on ACCSelect.com and will be available on live stats by visiting Seminoles.com.