Aug. 21, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the help of former players Brianna Barry, Nikki Baker, Jordana Price and Sarah Griffin, the Florida State alumni team defeated the current FSU student-athletes, 4-1 (10-15, 15-13, 15-8, 15-11, 15-7), in a scheduled five-set match on Saturday afternoon at Tully Gym.
Barry, FSU’s career hitting percentage leader, led the way with 11 kills and five blocks, while Price posted six kills and two blocks. Griffin had a solid all-around performance, as the four-year letterwinner recorded three kills, two assists, and a match-high 11 digs and four service aces. Baker tallied 27 of the team’s 32 assists as the alumni setter.
“This was a very productive day in that it gave us a chance to work on seven different line-ups to see how players responded in different situations,” coach Chris Poole said.
For the nationally-ranked Seminoles, junior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic led the team with eight kills and added five digs. Senior Lauren Young took advantage of her opportunity by recording two kills in two attacks, and senior Stephanie Neville posted seven kills altogether, including six with the current FSU players before switching to play with the Alumni.
Barry led all players with 14.5 points while finishing with a .556 hitting percentage. Djurdjevic, the reigning Conference USA Co-Player of the Year, led the 15th-ranked Seminoles with eight points.
“We have not worked on line-ups at all and just finished our last two practices a day yesterday, so I know the girls were exhausted,” added Poole. “However, that gave us a chance to see how they would react under adversity. We still have a lot to work on, but I like the talent on the team. We now can take what we learned from today and focus on putting a team together in a line-up that is ready to play this weekend.”
The Seminoles open their season by hosting the FSU Invitational beginning Friday, Aug. 27, at Tully Gym. FSU faces New Mexico State at 7 p.m., then plays two matches on Saturday versus FIU at noon and USF at 7 p.m.