Oct. 17, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State fell 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 11-15) in an intense battle against North Carolina on Lucy McDaniel Court Friday night. The Seminoles slip to 11-7 overall and 3-5 in the ACC while the Tar Heels improve to 11-8 and 5-3 in the conference.
“I’m disappointed for the girls,” Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. “They were right there again, as we have been on several matches this year, and it could have gone either direction. We’re just not quite able to put it together at the end of these big matches in order to get the win.”
Despite the loss, one Seminole had quite a killer match. Sophomore Lauren Richardson stepped up and led the squad throughout the evening, breaking career records in three categories. The outside hitter posted a FSU career-high 22 kills, 35 attacks and 24 points. Add to that one service ace, a couple assisted blocks, 14 digs and a team leading .340 attack percentage and it’s clear the Ocala, Fla., native has found her groove this season. Richardson’s 22 kills and 14 digs also gave her the only double-double for the evening, her sixth this year.
Also recording impressive numbers was junior Brianna Barry who put down 15 kills for a .265 percentage and notched one solo and two assisted blocks. Just shy of her career record in kills was sophomore Stephanie Neville with 12 and rounding out the double-digits in the kills department was junior Jordana Price with 14.
After five sets, Florida State posted 70 kills, 63 assists, 93 digs and eight and a half team blocks. North Carolina trailed with 63 kills but led with 66 assists and 10 blocks while tying in the digs category with 93.
The Seminoles must regroup as they prepare to host a much stronger NC State team than they’ve been accustomed to in the past at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night.
“This is the best NC State has been in a long, long time,” Poole said. “We expect it to be a big battle for us. Coming off an emotional five gamer like this we’ve got to find a way to pick ourselves up, come back and try to play productive tomorrow.”
The match against the Wolfpack will be broadcast live on ACC Select and will be followed by a post-game autograph session with Seminoles. Visit http://all-access.cbssports.com to watch the action live.