Nov. 7, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Florida State continues its road victory streak as it took down Boston College 3-1 (25-11, 17-25, 25-18, 25-20) inside Power Gym on Friday, November 7. After sweeping the Eagles at home last month, the win complete the series sweep for the Seminoles who are now 16-8 overall and 8-6 in the ACC. BC slips to 7-19 and 1-13 in the conference.
“We looked a step slow all night,” Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. “I think when you travel in the conference, no matter what conference and no matter who you play, that adds an additional obstacle that you have to try to overcome. I’m very proud of the way the girls came back and finished it off on the road because it could have gotten nasty quick.”
Topping the Seminole squad on offense was sophomore Stephanie Neville who put down 13 kills to tie her career high while also notching two assists, three digs and a couple assisted blocks.
Junior Brianna Barry contributed eight kills for a team-high .386 attack percentage with one solo and one assisted block. Fellow junior Nikki Baker recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 39 assists and 14 digs against the Eagles.
“I’m proud of the way Stephanie played again,” Poole said. “I thought she and Brianna played very well.”
The first set lasted just under 22 minutes with Florida State dominating the court and running up the score 25-11 for the win. Barry led the attack with four kills and a single service ace while sophomores Lauren Richardson and Neville contributed three and two kills, respectively.
Set two was a completely different story for Florida State. Boston College took the lead at 11-10 and the Seminoles were never able to catch up. The Eagles went on a seven-point streak to end the set 25-17, tying the match at one set apiece. Neville put down five kills to lead the Noles on the offense while junior Jordana Price recorded the team’s only solo block as well as an assisted block as FSU headed into the break.
“We had a very poor second game and that gave Boston College life and certainly gave them a bunch of confidence and they played like it the rest of the match,” Poole said.
Florida State took set three 25-18, winning set point on a service ace by Baker, No. 13 for the setter this year. The score tied up seven times with four lead changes, but the Seminoles went on a short run at the end to go up 2-1 heading into what would be the final set of the match.
The fourth and final set of the night had Florida State written all over it. The Noles racked up 16 kills, three blocks and 19 points to put the Eagles out of their misery and take the win, 25-20.
“Although it wasn’t a stellar night for us statistically by any means, we’ll take it,” Poole said. “They lost here last year so we’re happy to get out of here with this win this year.”
The road trip isn’t over yet for Florida State as the team flies into Baltimore, Md., to face Maryland tomorrow night. In coach Poole’s 21 years of coaching his teams have never been able to pull off a win when playing on a travel day. The Seminoles will put an end to that streak as it faces the Terps at 7:00 p.m.