Nov. 2, 2007
Winston-Salem, N.C. - The Florida State volleyball team swept Wake Forest 3-0 (31-29, 30-21, 30-25) to extend its ACC winning streak to six, four of which have been on the road. The Seminoles, who defeated the Demon Deacons at home 3-2 in September, improve their record to 12-11 overall and 9-6 in the conference.
"Three weeks ago I think people saw this team as down and out," head coach Todd Kress said. "That just shows the heart of this team that there is no quit in them, they just keep fighting back."
The last time Florida State won six straight matches was in 2001, Kress' first season at FSU, when the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest, Virginia, Maryland, Jacksonville, Clemson and Georgia Tech.
But this season is the first time the Seminoles have won six consecutive ACC matches since 1998, under former head coach Cecile Reynaud. That year, FSU beat Virginia, Maryland, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Clemson between Oct. 16 and Nov. 1. The only two road wins in that streak were against the same competition facing the Seminoles this weekend, the Blue Devils and Demon Deacons.
The Seminoles made a late run in game one after the Demon Deacons held them scoreless for five plays at 22. Junior Mira Djuric scored the next five points for FSU, bringing the score to 27-28 in Wake's favor. Freshman Stephanie Neville added a kill to the board, followed by a service ace by Djuric, who had four overall, giving the advantage to the Seminoles at 29-28. The game was won by a kill from sophomore Brianna Barry, who also grabbed the winning point on an assisted block with sophomore setter Nikki Baker.
"After a long week where we took a few days off, I was very proud that we were down in game one and came back to win," Kress said. "Then we continued to play solid volleyball going into games two and three."
In the second game, Florida State took control early and took off with the lead at the eighth point. The Seminoles would allow the Demon Deacons only 21 points as they went up 2-0 inside Reynolds Gym.
Wake Forest fought hard to avoid a sweep on its home gym in game three, but could not old back the Seminoles once they took the lead at 10-9. Sophomore Malorie Wessel's two service aces of the night came in the final game, while Djuric and senior libero Summer Weissing recorded one each.
Weissing gets even closer to claiming the Florida State record for career digs with 11 against the Demon Deacons, bringing her season total to 347. She now needs only 45 more digs this season to tie Luiza Ramos for first and 46 to claim the top spot.
Florida State must now maintain its momentum as the Seminoles prepare to face Duke in Durham Saturday, Nov. 3. The Blue Devils enter the weekend ranked No. 2 in the ACC and 1-0 against FSU after sweeping the `Noles in Tully Gym.
"We've got to improve in a lot of areas to prepare for Duke," Kress said. "There isn't any team in the program that doesn't respect Duke and what they are able to do. We need to play solid volleyball in all areas against them. We can't have a let down at any time because a let down against Duke means they put five or six consecutive points on you. So we need to be steady and play solid volleyball against them on Saturday night."
The match will begin approximately at 8:00 p.m. following the Duke men's basketball game and can be followed by live stats on www.goduke.com.