Aug. 29, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles opened the 2008 season with a win over the Florida A&M Rattlers on day one of the Florida State Invitational Friday, August 29. FSU swept its cross-town rival in three sets (25-13, 25-15, 25-16) to lengthen the all-time winning streak to 20-0.
“It is always good to get an early match like that out of the way like that,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “I felt like the girls for the most part played really well. The biggest thing I want them to focus on is not making as many mistakes on our side of the net and I think we did a pretty good job eliminating that for the most part.”
Leading the way for the Seminoles was junior Jordana Price (Mountain Home, Idaho) who had an impressive nine kills for a .818 attack percentage. Price also led the team with four assisted blocks and 12 points.
Fellow veteran Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) put down a team high 10 kills and also had two assisted blocks and 11 points. Newcomer Rachael Morgan (Tauranga, New Zealand) and sophomore Lauren Richardson (Ocala, Fla.) each notched seven kills while sophomore Stephanie Neville (Cambridge, Ontario) recorded six.
The Garnet and Gold dominated the Rattlers in all categories, including 40 total kills to their 28, 36 to 27 in assists and seven to zero in team blocks.
This season marks the sixth-straight time Florida State has won the first match of the FSU Invitational. The Seminoles have won their home tournament the last two consecutive years and a total of five times since 2002.
Day two of the Florida State Invitational starts Saturday, August 30, with Stetson taking on Florida A&M at 10:00 a.m. FSU plays the 1:00 p.m. match against Bowling Green, both teams are currently 1-0 this season. Both of the Seminole matches will be available on www.seminoles.com through live stats and ACC Select live video streaming.