Nov. 16, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Game Scores: North Carolina 3, Florida State 0 (27-30, 26-30, 32-34)
Every play in volleyball starts with the serve and for Florida State the serve was the beginning and end of its downfall as the Seminoles dropped a 3-0 (27-30, 26-30, 32-34) decision to North Carolina on Thursday (November 16).
The Seminoles dropped to 17-11, 11-7 in the ACC. North Carolina avoided being swept by Florida State for the first time since 1996 as it improved to 9-19, 7-12 in the league.
Leading the way for the Seminoles with a career-high 14 kills was freshman outside hitter Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.). Next on the team was junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) at 13 winners. Rookie middle blocker Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) added eight kills.
Moving into tenth place on the FSU single-season charts with 400 digs for the year was junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) as she tied her season high with 23 digs. Setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) had a double-double with 37 assists and 13 digs.
Florida State led in nearly every statistical category, holding the advantage in hitting percentage – .196 (46-19-138) to .187 (53-25-150) – as well as digs (61-to-58) and blocks (7-to-5). The difference came in serving as the Tar Heels got 18 points from Florida State service errors (nine) and receiving errors (nine).
FSU dug itself a big hole to start game one as three Florida State miscues led to a 7-0 North Carolina advantage. The Tar Heels’ lead grew to as many as ten (16-6), but the Seminoles started to chip away. A balanced offensive attack sparked a 19-9 run that saw Florida State tie the match at 25-25 on a UNC attack error. Unfortunately, two Seminole errors and a Tar Heel kill gave the hosts the cushion they would need as they went on to the 30-27 victory.
Leading the Seminoles with a half dozen kills was BonSalle while Thompson was one of three players to record a trio of kills. Hitting percentage – .244 (UNC)-to-.239 (FSU) – and digs (18-18) were nearly identical but it was the seven points the Tar Heels got from FSU serving errors (four) and receiving errors (three) that made the difference. Weissing contributed nine digs.
Three-straight errors by the Seminoles gave the Tar Heels an early lead that would be all the hosts needed for the game two victory. Florida State would only manage to string three or more points together twice during the entire stanza. The first came during a 3-0 run that included an ace by Weissing to make it 7-6, but that would be the closest the Seminoles got the rest of the game. Down 29-23, FSU showed some signs of life as they pulled to within 29-26 before UNC closed out the game, 30-26.
Thompson and BonSalle were the only two players to record more than two digs as they tied for the team lead at four. Florida State held the advantage in hitting percentage (.176-to-.133) and digs (19-to-12), but once again gave the Tar Heels eight more points on serving and receiving errors.
Out of the intermission Florida State took control of game three early, holding a lead at 10-9 on a kill by Barry. Unfortunately, the Seminoles gave the Tar Heels a pair points that allowed them to go on a 5-0 run to take a 14-9 lead. Down 17-12, the Seminoles would forge a 6-1 run to even the match at 18 on a UNC attack error. The two teams would trade points until 24-24 when poor FSU passing led to a pair of kills by the hosts and then an attack error gave North Carolina a three-point lead (27-24).
UNC would have three match points but a pair of North Carolina errors allowed FSU to tie the match at 29-29. The two teams would trade points with kills by Thompson knotting the match at 31-31 and 32-32. The Tar Heels would put the match away thanks to an FSU attacking error and a kill.
The Thompson-BonSalle duo led the Seminoles’ offense for the third game in a row as Thompson recorded a half dozen kills and BonSalle chipped in with four. North Carolina’s advantage in kills (23-to-17) trumped FSU blocking advantage (4-2). UNC also led 28-24 for digs.
Florida State’s road trip to the Tobacco Road concludes on Friday (Nov. 17) when it takes on North Carolina State at 7 p.m.