Oct. 5, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State volleyball played at home for the second consecutive weekend with a match against the number three team in the ACC, Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were no match for the Seminoles as they took the win 3-1 (30-21, 32-30, 20-30, 30-24) during the 'Dig for the Cure' night on Friday, Oct. 5th, at Tully Gymnasium. Florida State moves to 6-8 overall and 3-3 in the ACC and Georgia Tech slides to 9-6 and 3-2.
"It was a total team effort," head coach Todd Kress said. "We played a lot cleaner than we have in the past. I can't single-out one person; it was a total team effort."
Game one started the night on a high note with the Seminoles dominating in hitting percentage with .353, holding the Yellow Jackets to .129. Both senior Makini Thompson and junior Mira Djuric made a statement in the first game recording five and six kills, respectively.
Moving into the second game, Florida State posted a .390 team hitting percentage on 20 kills. Georgia Tech the Seminoles alert, going nearly point-for-point and bringing the score to a tie at 28. A kill by Djuric gave the garnet and gold the upper hand, but a service error and a kill by the Yellow Jackets gave them the advantage. The last three points for the Seminole were scored on a kill by sophomore Brianna Barry, an attacking error by Tech's Brittany Roderick and clinching the win was a kill by Thompson.
Georgia Tech was determined to not go down easily, taking game three 30-20. The Seminoles looked shaky as Tech dominated in hitting percentage with a perfect .500 to Florida State's .269.
"You saw a glimpse of how we'd been playing most of the season in game three tonight," Kress said. "We lost focus and we were sloppy. We were too high error in the third game, but I think we were pretty steady in the other three games."
Steady they were, as the Seminoles bounced back in game four with three service aces, 17 kills and four team blocks. FSU had its longest scoring run throughout the entire match in the final game, putting up five straight off junior Ashlee Moon's serve. Moon also recorded two of the three aces in game four.
Playing the role of the senior leader against Georgia Tech was Thompson who put on her best show so far this season. The outside hitter topped the season with 19 kills for a perfect .500 percentage and contributed 20.5 points.
To close out the weekend, the Seminoles will host the Clemson Tigers on Sunday, Oct. 7th at 1:00 p.m. inside Tully Gym. The Tigers enter Sunday's match with a flawless 5-0 ACC record and an eight match winning streak after taking down Miami 3-0 on Friday.
The match against Clemson will be shown live on ACC Select and as always, you can track the games for free with GameTracker on Seminoles.com.