Nov. 20, 2008
RALEIGH, N.C. – In the 39th meeting between the two teams on Thursday night inside Reynolds Coliseum, Florida State swept NC State 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-18) to extend the winning streak to 19-straight matches. The Seminoles, now 20-8 overall and 12-6 in the ACC, have given up just five sets in those 19 victories over the Wolfpack (9-24, 3-15).
“Overall I’m very pleased with the hitting tonight,” Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. “Our hitting percentage was very good in that match. I felt like our serving and passing was a little off and that was a little disappointing. We’re going to have to serve and pass better tomorrow night if we’re going to have a chance to beat North Carolina on the road.”
As a team, the Noles hit at an impressive .392, holding NC State to .090 after three sets. Leading FSU on the attack was junior Brianna Barry who got 11 kills on the floor along with three digs and three assisted blocks. The middle blocker is now leading the squad with a .344 season attack percentage.
Sophomores Lauren Richardson and Stephanie Neville each recorded nine kills apiece and led the Garnet and Gold with three solo and four assisted blocks, respectively. Those blocking numbers were just one shy of each of their career records.
“When you go on the road and win in three, that’s always a good win,” Poole said. “I felt like there were a lot of things we did really well and I’m proud of the way they stepped up when they did make a mistake. We didn’t let it get out of hand and hopefully we can continue to get better at that.”
The road trip isn’t over yet as the Seminoles head to Chapel Hill to face the ACC’s top-seeded team, North Carolina. The Tar Heels host Florida State after downing Miami, 3-1, on Thursday night. Earlier this season, UNC got the 3-2 victory over FSU in Tully Gym, but the Noles continue to lead the all-time series, 30-18. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be available live on ACCSelect.com and Game Tracker live stats, both available by logging onto Seminoles.com.