Sept. 25, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In a crucial road match against Wake Forest, Florida State came back from a 1-0 deficit to pull off the win in five sets (23-25, 25-13, 23-25, 25-16, 15-12) in Reynolds Gym on Thursday night. The Seminoles advance to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC while the Demon Deacons slip to 9-4 and suffer their first conference loss this year.
“I think for us this year and with the transition we are having, every road win is going to be precious and every home match is going to be a necessity,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We just have to keep working hard. I’m really proud of the girls and the way they came back from lots of mistakes and were able to come back for the win.”
Despite a plethora of errors including 10 service errors and four blocking errors, sophomore Lauren Richardson and junior Jordana Price were able to step up and lead the Seminole attack. Both recorded their first double-double of the year with 14 kills and 14 digs for Richardson and 12 kills and 11 blocks for Price who was ranked 29th in the NCAA coming into the match for blocks per set. The middle blocker is now averaging 1.40 blocks per set with a .350 attack percentage.
Blocking was where the Noles dominated with 17.5 team blocks to a mere five for Wake Forest. Leading in blocks was Price with 11 assisted while Richardson had two solos and two assisted. Also recording double-digit kills against the Deacons was sophomore Stephanie Neville with 11 and junior Lauren Young who put down 10 to set a season high.
“To come back in set five and win, that certainly is a level of maturity that we want to see,” Poole said. “And you really can’t get it except by going on the road and learning how to win on the road. We just have to get ready to go again tomorrow night against Duke.”
The road trip continues for Florida State as it heads down the road to Durham, N.C., to face the 9-4 Duke Blue Devils Friday night at 7:00 p.m.