October 20, 2007 - by
Seminoles Win Back-To-Back On The Road At NC State

Oct. 20, 2007

Tallahassee, Fla. – For the first time this season the Florida State volleyball team won both road matches against ACC opponents. Coming off a win at North Carolina on Friday night, the Seminoles swept NC State 3-0 (30-18, 30-22, 30-25) on Saturday, Oct. 20, inside Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.

The win at NC State marks the 16th straight victory over the Wolfpack for the Seminoles, who now lead the overall series 31-5.

Florida State advances to 8-11 overall, 5-6 in the ACC, while NC State has yet to win a conference match with a 3-18 overall and 0-11 ACC record.

With senior co-captain Makini Thompson sitting out the match with an injury, the underclassmen had an opportunity to step-up and bring home the win for FSU.

Leading the Seminoles in hitting percentage was sophomore Lauren Young with .700 on seven kills. Junior Mira Djuric was the runner-up with .563 on 18 kills and four service aces, while sophomore Brianna Barry also had a good night with 12 kills and a .524 percentage.

“With Makini out with an injury the rest of the team rallied around the fact that we didn’t have her,” head coach Todd Kress said. “We had to have others pick it up tonight. Mira had a huge night; Brianna and Lauren Young all hit high numbers tonight. Those three really picked up the offensive numbers that we didn’t usually have without Makini out there.”

Senior Summer Weissing led the defensive side for Florida State, adding 20 digs and a service ace to her resume. Weissing inches closer to breaking the Florida State record for career digs with a total of 1,658 so far this season. The libero needs only 114 digs in the second half of the season to take over the number one spot in FSU history.

“Summer had a great night,” Kress said. “She had one of her better matches defensively. She did a really great job of defending.”

A few newcomers had a hand in the win tonight, outside hitters Stephanie Neville and Lauren Richardson. Richardson and Neville recorded 10 and three kills, respectively.

“Our two freshmen played outside and did a good job tonight,” Kress said. “They did enough to help us win.”

Florida State has now won its first two away ACC matches this season and looks to improve that number as the team travels to Coral Gables, Fla., to take on Miami Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Seminoles swept the Hurricanes 3-0 in their first conference match of the season on Sept. 14.

“There is still a long season ahead of us,” Kress said. “We’re just now halfway through and there’s still a long way to go. This team has no quit in them. They realize there is a second half to still go out there and accomplish some good things. Our motto right now is to play Florida State volleyball and get better every day.”

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