October 22, 2006 - by
Seminole Volleyball Can Not Pull Off the Upset, Drops 3-0 Decision To First-Place Duke

Oct. 22, 2006

Box Score

GAME SCORES: Duke 3, Florida Sate 0 (21-30, 20-30, 27-30)

As far as the Florida State volleyball team has come this season, the Seminoles found out how much farther they are going to have to come the rest of the year if they want to contend for the Atlantic Coast Conference title. FSU was swept for just the second time this season as it dropped a 3-0 decision (21-30, 20-30, 27-30) to league-leader Duke on Sunday (October 22) at Lucy McDaniel Court.

Florida State was handed just its third conference loss of the season as it dropped to 9-3 and 15-6 overall. Duke won its 11th match in a row as it improved to 18-2 overall, 11-0 in the ACC. The Blue Devils have won seven in a row over FSU and are the first team to sweep the Seminoles since they lost a 3-0 affair to No. 10 USC on September 8.

For the first time this season, the Seminoles did not have at least one player reach double digits in kills as junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) was tops on the team with eight. Senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) was next at six while rookie middle Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) and senior outside hitter Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) added five each.

Florida State did out-block Duke (9-5) as Skower and Barry had four apiece and Griffin came through with three. Senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) had 22 assists and junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) had a match-high 11 digs. FSU had 37 digs as a team as part of the “Dig for the Cure” campaign with the proceeds going to the local branch of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Duke limited the Seminoles to a season-low .110 (33-22-100) hitting percentage while hitting .318 (51-16-110). The Blue Devils were limited to six digs below their league-leading 19.7 digs per game average, but still held a 39-37 advantage over Florida. FSU also committed a season-high 11 serve receive errors.

The Seminoles got out to a quick start to game one as they held a 7-5 advantage on a Barry kill. Unfortunately, Florida State committed three straight errors – including a pair of serve receive miscues – that allowed Duke to take a 9-7 lead. A kill by freshman outside hitter Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) and a Duke hitting error pulled FSU to win one at 15-14, but two FSU errors and four Duke kills made it 21-14. The Seminoles would get within five (25-20) on a solo block by Thomson before Duke went on for the 30-21 victory.

Tying for the team lead with four kills a piece were middle blockers Barry and Griffin with Griffin hitting 1.000 (4-0-4) and Barry hitting .500 (4-1-6). Thompson was next at three kills. Florida State out-dug Duke 16-15 as Tomic and Weissing had five digs each. Duke held a .297 (15-4-37) to .176 (12-6-34) advantage in hitting percentage and benefited from four aces.

Game two was tight throughout the early stages until Duke forced the Seminoles into several errors as part of a 10-1 run by the visitors that gave the Blue Devils a 17-9 advantage. Five of Duke’s first six points during that stretch came from Florida State miscues. Florida State got the lead down to six (24-18) before the Blue Devils went on to the 30-20 victory.

No Seminoles would have more than a pair of kills in game two as Thompson, Griffin and Skower all had a pair. Duke held a .483 (17-3-29) to .074 (10-8-27) in hitting percentage and 3-1 for blocks with FSU committing five serve receive errors. The two teams tied with 18 digs each.

Similar to game one, Florida State had an early lead 6-3, but allowed the Blue Devils to go on a 6-0 run that gave the visitors a 9-6 lead. Barry combined with fellow rookie Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) and Tomic for blocks to get FSU back within two (12-10) then a Thompson kill made it a one-point game (13-12), but Duke went on a 5-0 run to open a six-point lead (18-12). The Seminoles got the margin down to two as late as 24-22 before the Blue Devils went on to win the match 30-27

The Seminoles are on the road for their next two matches as they travel to Boston College (October 27) and Maryland (October 29). FSU is home the first two weekends in November to complete its home schedule.

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