Sept. 24, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - GAME SCORES: Florida State 3, Boston College 1 (30-24, 20-30, 30-21, 30-22)
Thirteen years ago, Todd Kress was in his second season as an assistant at Thomas More College. Fast forward to 2006 and he's got his Florida State University volleyball team off to its best start in the Atlantic Coast Conference since he was in his sophomore coaching campaign. The Seminoles stayed undefeated in the ACC with a 3-1 (30-24, 20-30, 30-21, 30-22) victory over Boston College on Sunday (Sept. 24) at Lucy McDaniel Court.
The victory improved Florida State's record to 9-3 overall, 3-0 in the ACC. It's the best start for the Seminoles in the ACC since 1993 when they won five in a row to start the league schedule. Boston College dropped to 3-8, 1-1 in the conference. FSU is a perfect 4-0 against the Eagles.
"I'm not surprised to be 3-0 and nothing this team does is going to surprise me based on the work ethic I see in the gym everyday," Kress said. "If we continue to focus night in and night out and we prepare properly we can do good things, but we have to show up every single match. You can't let down in the ACC."
After a monster game four, junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) had a match-high 16 kills. Resetting her career-high for the second match in a row was senior outside Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) with 15 winners. Rookie middle blocker Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) chipped in 10 kills.
Senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 kills and a team-best 13 digs. Also getting a double-double was senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) with 53 assists - her third 50-plus assist match in the last four contests - and 12 digs. Libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) added 12 digs as she surpassed Deanna Bosschaert for seventh in school history at 1,068 career digs. Barry was tops with four blocks, while Tomic was next with a trio of stuff.
"We had a tough week with three matches in six days so we had very little preparation time for each match so I'm proud of them for getting three wins," Kress added. "It was a huge boost to win three matches during a tough week with very little preparation, but if we want to continue to win matches in the ACC we need to pick it up."
Even though Florida State built a 7-3 lead to start game one, the Seminoles kept the Eagles in the match as all of BC's first three points came off FSU errors. Neither team could grab the momentum as they traded points until the Eagles crept to with 14-12. From there a Barry kill trigger an 8-2 run that helped FSU to its biggest lead of the game, 22-15. BC would get the margin back to four (28-24), but a block and a BC ball-handling error gave Florida State the 30-24 victory.
Florida State's offense was the difference as it out-hit the Eagles .485 (18-2-33) to .138 (11-7-29). Ten of Boston College's 24 points came off Florida State errors. Griffin led the way with five kills and a .625 hitting percentage. Barry and Thompson were next at four kills, while Skower added three. Tomic had 14 assists and four digs.
After trading points to open game two, the Eagles seized the momentum as they went on a 6-1 run to mount a 10-4 lead that grew to 12-5 thanks to four FSU errors. The Seminoles could not get the lead below seven and BC's margin grew to as large as 11 before it went on to the 30-20 victory.
The solid passing that was there for the Seminoles in game one disappeared in the second stanza and contributed to FSU's -.023 hitting percentage (11-12-43) while the Eagles hit .182 (12-6-33). Griffin was the only player more than two kills in the game as she recorded four. Boston College got 18 of its points off FSU miscues.
The Seminole team that won game one came back to start game three as FSU ran out to a 7-2 lead on a Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) kill. Boston College fought back to within two points (10-8), but four BC errors and a Skower kill gave FSU its first six-point margin (15-9). The Eagles would work the FSU lead down to three as late as 21-18, but Florida State sealed the game with a 7-1 run for a comfortable 28-19 advantage before a Barry kill gave FSU the 30-21 victory.
FSU bounced back to hit .295 (17-4-44) while Boston College dipped to a match-low .114 (13-8-44). The Seminoles benefited from 15 Eagle errors. Pacing Florida State was Skower as she totaled five kills with Griffin one back.
"We came out flat and we weren't decisive in any of the points," Kress said of games one and two. "Boston College played its tails off defensively and they took it to us in game two. In games three and four we served better and kept them out of system."
Thompson nearly turned the tide of game four single-handily. After Boston College pulled to within two points (8-6), the junior rattled off five kills to go along with a pair of Tomic aces to build the Seminoles a 15-6 margin. The FSU lead would fluctuate between six and seven points with the Eagles cutting it to five (22-17) but they would not threaten the rest of the way as FSU took the match with the 30-22 game-four victory.
Nearly half of FSU's kills in game four (10-of-21) came from Thompson as she amassed ten to go along with a .471 hitting percentage. Skower followed with four while Wessel contributed three. The Seminoles out-hit Boston College .312 (21-6-48) to .182 (10-4-33) to overcome a 20-18 deficit in digs and 4-1 for blocks.
The Seminoles go on the road for their next two matches, starting with a 7 p.m. contest at Georgia Tech on Friday, September 29. The match will be broadcast by Fox Sports South.