Sept. 21, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State volleyball team was unable to pull out a victory on Friday night, falling 3-0 (26-30, 24-30, 27-30) against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The loss bumps the Seminoles to 4-7 on the season and 1-2 in the ACC.
The Hokies, who entered the match 0-2 in the league after losing to Miami and Virginia, showed no mercy to the Seminoles inside Cassell Coliseum as they ended their drought with a sweep.
Topping Florida State in kills was sophomore Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) with 13, followed closely by junior Mira Djuric (Belgrade, Serbia) with 12 and four service aces. BonSalle and Djuric contributed a combined 30 points throughout the match.
For the second straight night, service and attack errors plagued the garnet and gold. Although FSU had a significant advantage in hitting percentage for game one - .200 (18-9-45) to .139 (12-7-36) - they fell to .100 in game two and trailed Virginia Tech by mere tenths of a point in game three with .283.
Game one began with a point for the Seminoles but Tech gave chase keeping the score neck and neck. The home team began to pull away as they held FSU to 25 and took the game when freshman Lauren Richardson (Ocala, Fla.) was called on an attacking error leaving the score at 30-26.
Both teams traded points at the start of game two, but multiple kills by Virginia Tech mixed with Seminole errors allowed the Hokies to pull away to an 18-9 advantage. Florida State attempted a comeback, but it was too little, too late as Tech held them off 30-24.
Game three gave FSU hope as a kill by sophomore Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) tied the score at 27. The Hokies responded with a kill and a service ace but it was an attack error by BonSalle that ended the match.
After three games, Barry recorded nine kills and 10 points, while freshman setter Lauren Rosenthal (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had an impressive 46 assists along with six digs and a service ace.
Florida State returns home to Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium next weekend to take on Duke (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Wake Forest (Sunday at 1 p.m.). Both matches can be seen live on ACC Select and can be followed through GameTracker by logging onto www.seminoles.com.