Oct. 26, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Coming off three consecutive road wins, the Seminoles extended their streak to four after taking down Virginia Tech 3-1 (30-21, 25-30, 30-28, 30-24) in Tully Gym Friday, Oct. 26. Florida State advances to 10-11 and 7-6 in the ACC, while the Hokies drop to 6-7 in the conference.
We just try to stay focused on the game plan at hand and sometimes we challenge them if we don't think we're fighting on every point.
"Tonight was a great win for us," head coach Todd Kress said. "Everybody played well even if it wasn't our cleanest match. We'll come out even better tomorrow night against Virginia."
The Seminoles won in four against Virginia Tech, the same team that swept FSU in three in Blacksburg, Va.
Game four was intense with the lead switching seven times and the score tying up 12 times. With the Hokies leading 9-6, freshman setter Lauren Rosenthal entered from the bench and immediately put down a kill. The Seminoles gained control of the lead after tying at 13 and stretching the gap to 15-13.
"Lauren Rosenthal was a huge lift off the bench and I give her a lot of credit," Kress said. "She played really well down the stretch in game four."
Virginia Tech wouldn't quit as the score tied for the final time in game four at 18 apiece. Florida State maintained the advantage, holding the Hokies to 24 as a kill by senior Makini Thompson won the match.
Thompson led FSU in hitting percentage with .429, kills with 17 and points with 19. Following closely in the kills category was junior Mira Djuric and freshman Stephanie Neville each with 13, and sophomore Brianna Barry with 11. Overall, Florida State dominated in kills with 67 to Virginia Tech's 50, assists 63-46, service aces 11-4 and points 83-65.
While the final game saw the score and lead change many times, the only game of the night that never had a tied score was also the first of the evening; it was also the only game that one team held the lead throughout. The Seminoles scored their first two points off Hokie errors followed by a service ace by Djuric, who also leads the ACC in that category.
Florida State would maintain a comfortable lead in game one, stretching it to eight when the game point was scored off another Tech error. The Seminoles won 30-21 and started the night with a 1-0 advantage.
Game two was the only win Virginia Tech would get on Lucy McDaniel Court, taking it in a 30-25 decision. The second round saw the score tie-up seven times with FSU taking the lead just once.
Game three was the closest of the evening with the garnet and gold coming out with the 30-28 win. The score tied 14 times and both teams exchanged the lead a total of seven times. Heading into what would be the final game, Florida State led in kills (48), assists (46) and service aces (8).
With the Seminoles on their longest winning streak of the season, they now host Virginia on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. FSU enters the match 0-1 against Cavaliers after losing 1-3 on the road.
"Virginia might be playing as well as anyone in the conference right now," Kress said. "It doesn't matter if they're home or on the road, they are playing well.
"We're going to have to come out and play even better than we did tonight, with more energy and a little more behind every point."
Fans are reminded Saturday night's match begins one hour prior to kickoff of the Florida State-Duke football game. Parking around Tully Gym is very limited so arrive early.