October 23, 2009 - by
No. 17 ‘Noles Pummel ‘Pack

Oct. 23, 2009

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After two weekends in a row on the road, the No. 17 Florida State volleyball team returned to Tully Gym Friday night and defeated visiting N.C. State 3-0 (32-30, 25-17, 25-18).

The Seminoles (18-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have now won 20 matches in a row against the Wolfpack (7-17, 0-9) as they became the first team in the ACC to reach nine conference victories this season.

With the triumph, Florida State’s current conference winning streak has been extended to six games, which is just one shy of the school record seven-straight that the 1992 and ’98 teams achieved.

It wasn’t easy though.

“I was disappointed that we weren’t more focused the first game,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We made a lot of errors. To North Carolina State’s credit, they came out and made plays and we didn’t. I thought we showed character there at the end after we ran out of subs. Finding a way to win a game in that situation is a good thing for us.”

That first game that Coach Poole referred to was a thrilling set that saw both teams combine for 62 points.

The Wolfpack managed to take the Seminoles to set-point on four separate occasions but Florida State showed its grit and escaped with a tough 32-30 win.

The second and third sets would prove to be much different for a Seminoles team that was without the services of libero Jenna Romanelli, who had to watch from the stands because she was sick.

Still, a back-row rotation of junior Taylor Wilson and freshman Courtney Zuber coupled with strong play by the Seminole hitters was enough to hold off the pesky ‘Pack.

“Adversity is good for a team if we can learn from it,” Poole said. “We can be better from this and be more focused and maybe realize that we can’t take anyone or any match for granted. Hopefully this can serve as a step towards teaching them that.”

For the match, junior Stephanie Neville led all Seminoles with 11 kills and a match-best .611 hitting percentage. She also added a dig and a block.

Senior Mira Djuric also had 10 kills and six digs and sophomore Rachael Morgan achieved nine kills. Senior setter Nikki Baker finished with a team-high eight digs to go along with her 19 assists.

Senior Brianna Barry and Jordana Price combined for 11 kills.

Next up for FSU is a showdown with North Carolina on Sunday in the team’s Paint it Pink match.

That contest will air live on Sun Sports as first serve is slated for 1 p.m.

“It’s definitely good to be back home,” Baker said. “We need the fans to keep coming out like they have done all year long and cheer us on against the Tar Heels.”

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