October 17, 2006 - by
Florida State Volleyball Can’t Hold Onto the Lead, Drops 3-2 Decision to Miami

Oct. 17, 2006

Box Score

GAME SCORES: Miami 3, Florida Sate 2 (30-27, 30-16, 22-30, 28-30, 9-15)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Anytime Florida State and Miami meet, whether it’s volleyball, football or jacks, the match isn’t over until the final point is scored. The Seminole volleyball team found that out the hard way as they squandered a 2-0 lead to the Hurricanes as the visitors prevailed 3-2 (30-27, 30-16, 22-30, 28-30, 9-15) on Tuesday (October 17) at Lucy McDaniel Court.

Florida State had its four-match winning streak snapped as it dropped to 14-5 overall, 8-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hurricanes improved to 7-12, 4-6 in the conference. The visitor has won the last five matches in the series, including a victory by FSU in Coral Gables earlier in the year.

Leading all hitters was junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) as she posted 21 kills while hitting .417. Rookie outside hitter Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) was the only other Seminole with double-digit kills as she registered 16. Setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) had 48 assists.

Florida State out blocked the Hurricanes, 15-13, with rookie middle blocker Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) leading the way with seven while seniors Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) and Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) were next at six each. Junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) had 10 digs, while Tomic, Griffin and Alex Plummer (Woodbury, Minn.) had nine each.

Despite not hitting over .200 in the final three games, the Seminoles still held at .213 (67-33-160) to .206 (63-31-155) in hitting percentage. The Hurricanes did have a 51-45 lead in digs.

The Seminoles found themselves in a five-point hole twice during the early stages of game one including 10-5. A 6-1run fueled by a pair of Barry kills and two Miami errors tied the match at 11-11. A kill by Griffin gave FSU its first lead (17-16), then back-to-back kills by Wessel opened up a two-point FSU advantage (19-17). The lead would grow to as many as five (28-23) but Miami pulled to within 29-28 before Wessel ended the match with a kill for 30-28.

Leading the way with five kills each was Thompson and Wessel while Barry was two back with three. Miami got more than half of its points (18-of-27) off Florida State miscues. The Hurricanes held a .154 (10-6-26) to .135 (17-12-37) advantage in hitting percentage and 5-4 in blocks while the Seminoles were ahead 9-7 for digs.

Riding the momentum from game one, the Seminoles ran out to a 10-3 lead thanks to a trio of Thompson kills and a pair from Wessel. The Hurricanes closed to four points (11-7) on back-to-back FSU errors, but Florida State would put the game away with a 16-2 run that made it 26-9. During the run, Barry contributed seven points with four kills and three blocks. Miami fought back to 27-16 but Thompson had a kill and a solo block to help close out the game 30-16.

For the second game in a row Thompson and Wessel tied for the game high with five winners and Barry was one back at four. The Seminoles erased the attacking errors from game one as they out-hit Miami .485 (19-3-33) to .088 (11-8-34). Florida State held a 5-1 advantage in blocks and 11-10 for digs.

Similar to game one, Florida State gave Miami the majority of its points in game three. Despite seven errors, Florida State was only down 15-14 on a kill by Wessel. Unfortunately, two more FSU miscues and a pair of Miami kills gave the visitors a 19-15 lead that it would not relinquish as the Hurricanes won game three 30-22.

Wessel and Griffin were the only players with more than two kills at four and three winners, respectively. Florida State hit just .147 (12-7-34) while the Hurricanes hit .333 (17-5-36). The Seminoles did benefit from five Miami service errors.

Mirroring the middle of game three, Florida State got within a point (8-7) of Miami in game four, but three costly errors allowed the Hurricanes to build a 12-7 lead it would expand to 15-7 on an attack error. The Seminoles clawed their way back, using two blocks and a Miami error to pull within two (20-18) but once again a pair of miscues and a UM kill pushed the lead back to 24-19. Florida State would get to within one as late as 28-29 on a Thompson kill but an attack error gave the Hurricanes game four 30-28.

Thompson was the only Seminole with more than two kills as she topped all hitters with seven. Miami out-dug FSU 15-9 and had a trio of service aces. The two teams tied with a .200 hitting percentage.

Game five started as a back-and-fourth battle between two of the best of hitters in the conference. Thompson and Miami’s Frannie Savage scored the first three points for their teams then a Wessel ace gave FSU a 4-3 lead. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes responded with three-straight kills then a pair of Seminole errors gave Miami an 8-4 lead. The Seminoles fought back to tie the match at 8-8 on combined blocks by Skower and Barry, but the Hurricanes responded with a 7-1 run to end the game and the match 15-9.

Thompson and Skower were the only two FSU players to post a kill in game five as FSU hit .000 (4-4-16) to the Hurricanes’ .263 (9-4-19).

Florida State continues it three-match home stand on Friday (October 20) when it welcomes Wake Forest to Lucy McDaniel Court for a 7 p.m. contest.

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