Nov. 26, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On the day before Thanksgiving there wasn’t much for the Florida State volleyball team to be thankful for as it slipped 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 13-25, 11-15) to Miami inside Tully Gymnasium. The loss bumps the Seminoles back to 21-9 overall with a 13-7 finish in the ACC.
Set one belonged to Florida with junior Brianna Barry leading the way with six kills followed by sophomore Lauren Richardson with three. In the 25-22 win, the Seminoles dominated with 17 kills, 2.5 blocks, and a .455 team attack percentage.
Despite their best efforts, the Noles were unable to pull it together in set two, falling 21-25. Junior Jordana Price put four kills on the floor while sophomore Stephanie Neville led the set for FSU with a .286 attack percentage.
Florida State redeemed itself with a big 25-18 victory in the third set and topped the Hurricanes with 15 kills, two service aces courtesy of junior setter Nikki Baker and two team blocks. Junior middle blocker Lauren Young came into the match and posted three kills and an assisted block with the help of Neville, who notched a solo as well in set three.
The fourth set was tough for the Garnet and Gold as they couldn’t shake a six-point deficit and fell 25-13. Miami managed to put 17 kills on the court and out-hit the Noles .552 to .214.
Unfortunately, the match would go to Miami as the visiting team took down the Noles, 15-11, in the fifth set.
Despite the loss, freshman Rachael Morgan was able to break her FSU record with a team match-high 13 kills and 13.5 points as well as tie her record with seven digs. Richardson, the outside hitter from Ocala, Fla., recorded double-double No. 14 with 11 kills and 16 digs against the Hurricanes.
Also posting double-digit kills were Neville with 12 and Barry with 11 and each contributed one solo and two block assists apiece.
“I’m really disappointed with how we fell apart in the fourth set,” head coach Chris Poole said. “We never fully recovered through the rest of the match. That’s what we’ve got to work on – getting better in the overall play in a match.”
The 2008 season comes to a close for Florida State, but there is still hope for the Seminoles to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. It’s up to the selection committee and the official selection show will air at 10:00 p.m. EST on ESPNU.