Nov. 12, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Game Scores: Florida State 3, Virginia Tech 0 (30-13, 30-26, 30-23)
There’s no better way to honor the seniors during their final home match than to come through with a victory. The Florida State University volleyball team made sure its four seniors had a memorable last match at Lucy McDaniel Court as the Seminoles swept Virginia Tech 3-0 (30-13, 30-26, 30-23) on Sunday (November 12).
Florida State snapped its four-match losing streak as it improved to 17-10, 11-6 in the conference. The 11 league wins ties the most ACC wins in school history. Virginia Tech dropped to 14-12, 8-9 in the league.
“It’s very important to send the senior off with a win,” FSU head coach Todd Kress said. “This class has meant so much to us and to send them out with a win, I couldn’t be happier. They mean so much; they’re great kids on and off the court, they’re who we are, they’re what we represent, they’re great ambassadors, not only for our program, but for this university.”
Topping the Seminoles offensively was junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) with 13 kills while rookie outside Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) was next at 11. Seniors Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) and Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) were next at seven.
With six aces, Griffin moved into fifth in school history with 137 career aces. Florida State posted a season-high 16 aces on the Hokies. Fellow senior Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) had 35 assists and classmate Kim Crawford (Ft. Myers, Fla.) led the FSU defensive effort with eight digs. Rookie middle blocker Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) had five blocks.
Florida State had its best hitting match in over a month as it posted a .407 (48-11-91) to .121 (28-17-91) advantage in hitting. The Seminoles also led the Hokies 37-30 in digs and 6-2 for blocks.
“Obviously it was important to break the little streak that we had been on,” Kress added. “We’re not happy about the way we’ve been playing. It’s a long ACC season; the double round robin is very tough. I think that’s caught up us and everyone else in the conference right now. You just need to get over the hump to get down the stretch, hopefully today we got over the hump and we’ll play some of our better volleyball these last couple of weeks.”
A trio of Thompson kills and two from Tomic staked the Seminoles to a quick 8-2 lead to start game one. Any chance of Virginia Tech staying in game one was erased by Griffin as she served eight-straight points, including four aces, during a 9-0 run that gave Florida State a 21-6 advantage. The lead got to 20 points (29-29 on an ace by sophomore Alex Plummer (Woodbury, Minn.) before a Griffin kill ended the match 30-13.
Leading the Seminoles’ offensive attack was Thompson as she recorded a game-high five kills while Skower was next at three. Florida State had one its best offensive games, holding a .625 (16-1-24) to .125 (7-4-24) advantage in hitting. Also helping the Seminoles was seven aces and an 11-7 margin in digs.
The momentum from their late run in game one sparked the Hokies at the start of game two as the visitors ran out to an 11-3 thanks to five Florida State errors. The senior tandem of Griffin and Skower cut the lead to two (13-11) as they served five points, including a pair of aces, then two more aces from BonSalle trimmed the lead to one (15-14).Unfortunately, the Seminoles would do their own unraveling, committing four errors to allow Virginia Tech to get the lead back to four (19-15).
Trailing 21-17, Florida State turned to Griffin once again as she came through with a kill then served four-straights to give the Seminoles the lead, 23-22. A Griffin ace gave Florida State the two-point margin it needed then rookie Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) dropped a pair of aces to finish the comeback 30-26.
Griffin and BonSalle were the only two players with more than a pair of kills as they tied for the team-high at four. The Seminoles were up once again, .250 (13-5-32) to .200 (12-6-30) for hitting percentage, but it was their eight aces that were the difference. VT led 13-10 for digs.
Just like game one, a trio of Thompson kills helped the Seminoles to get off to a fast start as BonSalle served five-straight points to stake FSU to a 7-1 lead. The margin reached double-digits for the first time (13-3) on a back-to-back kills by Skower and a Wessel kill completed a 9-0 run to give FSU a 17-3 margin. The lead got as high a 15 (20-5) on a VT attack error. Virginia Tech made a last gasp, going on a 16-6 run before the Seminoles ended the match 30-23 on a pair of BonSalle kill.
Thompson led the Seminoles with six kills, while BonSalle was one back at five to go along with three from Skower. FSU out-hit Virginia Tech .400 (19-5-35) to .054 (9-7-37) as wells had a 16-10 lead in digs.
With the home season complete, the Seminoles go on the road to finish the 2006 regular season. Florida State travels to Tobacco Road next week as it takes on North Carolina (Nov. 16) and NC State (Nov. 17).