Florida State Women's Volleyball - 2008 Year In Review

Florida State Women's Volleyball - 2008 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Chris Poole, Head Coach
Jon Jost, Strength and Conditioning
Holly Watts, Associate Head Coach
Gokhan Yilmaz, Assistant Coach

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2008 Women's Volleyball


From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Chris Poole Named Volleyball Coach At Florida State.

Poole Spent 14 Successful Seasons At Arkansas.

June 10, 2008

Florida State University Deputy Director of Athletics Kellie Elliott announced Tuesday the hiring of Chris Poole as head volleyball coach for the Seminoles. Poole comes to FSU after 14 seasons as the head coach at the University of Arkansas, where he literally built a nationally-prominent program from the ground up.

"It's a wonderful feeling," Poole said. "I'm so excited to become a Seminole. I have always loved building programs and at three different universities I have been able to do that. At Florida State, I see a program that already has a good foundation and has the support of the new administration. I think the community is really excited about seeing the volleyball program climb again and for me, that's just a great situation to go into."

Poole started the University of Arkansas' volleyball program in 1994 and was not only successful, but led the Lady Razorbacks to 11 Southeastern Conference Western Division titles. Add to that, 11 postseason appearances - two NIVC and nine NCAA - along with the SEC Tournament title and numerous individual player honors.

Upon arriving in Fayetteville in 1993, Poole personally handled every element of building the program from buying the first pieces of equipment, hiring the assistants and recruiting the players, to renovating the court and building locker room facilities.

"Chris' success has not come without a lot of hard work," Florida State University Director of Athletics Randy Spetman said. "His desire and determination to achieve great things, along with his strong work ethic, has garnered him respect among his peers and in the volleyball community as a whole. We look for him to not only be a great coach but also a great role model. We are proud to welcome him into our Seminole family.

With head coaching stints at Arkansas, Arkansas State and Arkansas Tech, Poole holds a 550-230 career record in 21 seasons and has been named conference coach of the year seven times and was pegged the South Region Coach of the Year in 1997. In 24 years of collegiate coaching, including three seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas Tech, Poole has won 19 conference or divisional championships and has been to the finals 17 times in 22 conference tournaments. He has also taken his teams to a postseason tournament in 19 of his 24 years.

During his 14 seasons at Arkansas in which he compiled a 316-161 record, Poole produced two AVCA All-Americans, three AVCA honorable mention All-Americans, 24 players with 44 All-SEC honors, three SEC Freshmen of the Year and 25 AVCA All-District/All-Region honorees.

In addition to the success on the court, Poole's teams excelled in the classroom as well with 67 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections, 10 CoSIDA All-District selections, two H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete finalists and one McWhorter winner.

Poole certainly made his mark in the SEC as well. Since 1994, he guided Arkansas to a 159-65 record in the SEC regular season for a 71 percent league winning mark. Poole and the Lady Razorbacks were even more impressive against the Western Division winning 11 of 14 titles.

Poole spent an entire year away from competition preparing for the Razorback's inaugural season and it was time well spent as he led Arkansas to a 19-17 overall record, a 10-5 SEC mark and a SEC Western Division title with a perfect 10-0 divisional record in the first year of competition. The Lady Razorbacks finished third overall in the league that year and played well enough to earn a postseason bid to the National Invitational Volleyball Coaches tournament in Kansas City where they finished seventh in a field of 20 teams. Poole was selected the 1994 SEC Coach of the Year while two of his players (Krystal Osborne and Jaimie Torromeo) earned All-SEC honors, and one player (Osborne) earned All-District honors.

Poole's ability to build was proven first with Arkansas Tech then at Arkansas State. He took over days prior to the 1987 season at ASU, and his first team showed the effects with a dismal 8-24 record. But with one season under Poole's careful tutelage, virtually the same team was 41-1 the next year, launching a five-year run of winning seasons for the Lady Indians.

His 1988 team had a 33-match win streak, longest in the nation, and posted a school-record 41-1 overall mark. The next year, ASU had a 34-match win streak, notched the Lady Indian record with 43 wins (43-6 overall) and was ranked ninth in the South Region.

In his last season at ASU, the Lady Indians were 41-6 and received an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament in 1992. ASU entered the 32-team NCAA field with the most wins of any team, but lost a tough four-game match to the Northwest Region's top-seeded team, Long Beach State.

Prior to ASU, Poole was an assistant and later head coach at Arkansas Tech. In two seasons as head coach at ATU, he posted a 53-20 record, winning the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference title in 1985 as co-head coach and finishing runner-up as head coach in 1986. He started his collegiate career in 1983-84 as a graduate assistant for the nationally ranked Arkansas Tech Golden Suns. Tech was 58-9 and a perfect 24-0 conference mark in two seasons with Poole as an assistant coach.

A native of Heber Springs in north-central Arkansas, Poole is a 1983 graduate of Arkansas Tech and earned a master's degree from Tech in 1989. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and has served on the AVCA's All-American, All-South Region and All-South Region Ranking committees and is also an AVCA Top 25 voter.

Poole and his wife, Toni, a former Arkansas State track and field standout, have two children, son Joshua and daughter Taylor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Poole's Coaching Record                                                                                                                                                                          
ASSISTANT COACH - ARKANSAS TECH                                                                                                                                                                  
Year  Overall  Conf.  Finish  Highlights                                                                                                                                                                
1983   26-4    12-0    1st                                                                                                                                                                              
1984   32-5    12-0    1st                                                                                                                                                                              
1985   34-7    13-1    1st                                                                                                                                                                              
Total  92-16   37-1                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
HEAD COACH - ARKANSAS TECH                                                                                                                                                                       
Year  Overall  Conf.  Finish  Highlights                                                                                                                                                                
1986   21-15   11-3                                                                                                                                                                                     
Total  21-15   11-3                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
HEAD COACH - ARKANSAS STATE                                                                                                                                                                      
Year  Overall  Conf.  Finish  Highlights                                                                                                                                                                
1987     8-24   N/A                                                                                                                                                                                     
1988    41-1   13-0    1st    American South title                                                                                                                                                      
1989    43-6   13-0    1st    American South title                                                                                                                                                      
1990    39-8   14-1    1st    American South title                                                                                                                                                      
1991    41-9    5-0    1st    Sun Belt title                                                                                                                                                            
1992    41-6    9-0    1st    Sun Belt title                                                                                                                                                            
Total  213-54  54-1                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
HEAD COACH - UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS                                                                                                                                                              
Year  Overall  Conf.  Finish  Highlights                                                                                                                                                                
1994   19-17   10-5    1st*   NIVC Tourn.                                                                                                                                                               
1995   25-15   11-4    1st*   NIVC Tourn.                                                                                                                                                               
1996   26-11   11-4    1st*   NCAA 2nd Rd.                                                                                                                                                              
1997   30-6    13-2    1st*   SEC Tourn. title; NCAA 2nd Rd.                                                                                                                                            
1998   29-6    14-1    1st*   NCAA Regionals                                                                                                                                                            
1999   30-7    14-1    1st*   NCAA 2nd Rd.                                                                                                                                                              
2000   16-14    9-6    2nd*   3 all-SEC; 6 SEC all-academic                                                                                                                                             
2001   21-12   12-3    1st*   NCAA 1st Rd.                                                                                                                                                              
2002   27-6    14-2    1st*   SEC Tourn. Runner-Up                                                                                                                                                      
2003   27-7    15-1    1st*   SEC Tourn. Runner-up; NCAA 2nd Rd.                                                                                                                                        
2004   17-16   10-6    1st*   NCAA 1st Rd.                                                                                                                                                              
2005   21-12   10-5    1st*   Western Div. co-champ; NCAA 2nd Rd.                                                                                                                                       
2006   16-13    9-11   4th    NCAA 1st Rd.                                                                                                                                                              
2007   12-19    6-14   5th*                                                                                                                                                                             
Total 316-161 159-65                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
* Western Division finish                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
HEAD COACHING CAREER RECORD                                                                                                                                                                      
Years  Overall  Conf.                                                                                                                                                                                   
 21    550-230 243-82                                                                                                                                                                                   

2008 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Alliya Drzewiecki, 6-2, OH, Toledo, OH

Rachael Morgan, 6-2, OH, Tauranga, New Zealand

Abby Niekamp, 6-1, MB, Celina, OH

Courtney Zuber, 5-7, DS, Tallahassee


2008 Roster - By Name

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  8 Nikki Baker           S       5-10  Jr   **   Findlay, OH (Findlay)
*  5 Brianna Barry         MB      6-3   Jr   **   Winter Springs (Winter Springs)
  13 Mira Djuric           OH      6-2   Sr   *    Belgrade, Serbia (Medicine/Oregon)                    Shoulder surgery
   9 Alliya Drzewiecki     OH      6-2   Fr        Toledo, OH (Saint Ursula Academy)
*  2 Drew Dudley           DS      5-9   Fr-R      Mason, MI (Okemos)
*  7 Ashlee Moon           DS      5-7   Sr   *    Murrieta, CA (Murrieta Valley/Orange Coast College)
*  1 Rachael Morgan        OH      6-2   Fr        Tauranga, New Zealand (Otumoetai College)
*  6 Stephanie Neville     OH      6-2   So   *    Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (Jacob Hespeler Secondary Sch)
* 15 Abby Niekamp          MB      6-1   Fr        Celina, OH (Marion Local)
* 12 Jordana Price         MB      6-1   Jr-R *    Mountain Home, ID (Mountain Home/College of Southern Idaho)
*  3 Lauren Richardson     OH      6-1   So   *    Ocala (Saint John's Lutheran)
* 10 Jenna Romanelli       DS      5-4   So   *    Lighthouse Point (Cardinal Gibbons)
*  4 Taylor Wilson         DS      5-7   So   *    Tarpon Springs (Countryside)
* 23 Lauren Young          MB      6-2   Jr   **   Ben Wheeler, TX (Van)
  11 Courtney Zuber        DS      5-7   Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)

2008 Roster - By Number

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  1 Rachael Morgan        OH      6-2   Fr        Tauranga, New Zealand (Otumoetai College)
*  2 Drew Dudley           DS      5-9   Fr-R      Mason, MI (Okemos)
*  3 Lauren Richardson     OH      6-1   So   *    Ocala (Saint John's Lutheran)
*  4 Taylor Wilson         DS      5-7   So   *    Tarpon Springs (Countryside)
*  5 Brianna Barry         MB      6-3   Jr   **   Winter Springs (Winter Springs)
*  6 Stephanie Neville     OH      6-2   So   *    Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (Jacob Hespeler Secondary Sch)
*  7 Ashlee Moon           DS      5-7   Sr   *    Murrieta, CA (Murrieta Valley/Orange Coast College)
*  8 Nikki Baker           S       5-10  Jr   **   Findlay, OH (Findlay)
   9 Alliya Drzewiecki     OH      6-2   Fr        Toledo, OH (Saint Ursula Academy)
* 10 Jenna Romanelli       DS      5-4   So   *    Lighthouse Point (Cardinal Gibbons)
  11 Courtney Zuber        DS      5-7   Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 12 Jordana Price         MB      6-1   Jr-R *    Mountain Home, ID (Mountain Home/College of Southern Idaho)
  13 Mira Djuric           OH      6-2   Sr   *    Belgrade, Serbia (Medicine/Oregon)                    Shoulder surgery
* 15 Abby Niekamp          MB      6-1   Fr        Celina, OH (Marion Local)
* 23 Lauren Young          MB      6-2   Jr   **   Ben Wheeler, TX (Van)

2008 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
08/29
Ref
H
FLORIDA A&M
Florida State Invitational
W 3-0
08/30
Ref
H
BOWLING GREEN STATE
Florida State Invitational
W 3-1
08/30
Ref
H
STETSON
Florida State Invitational
W 3-0
09/04
Ref
H
LONG BEACH STATE L 2-3
09/05
Ref
H
NORTH FLORIDA W 3-0
09/07
Ref
H
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE W 3-0
09/08
Ref
H
FLORIDA L 0-3
09/12
Ref
N
NIAGARA
Raider Challenge, Dayton, Oh
W 3-0
09/13
Ref
N
MOREHEAD STATE
Raider Challenge, Dayton, Oh
W 3-0
09/13
Ref
A
WRIGHT STATE
Raider Challenge
W 3-2
09/19
Ref
A
MIAMI L 1-3
09/25
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST W 3-2
09/26
Ref
A
DUKE L 1-3
10/03
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH L 0-3
10/04
Ref
A
CLEMSON L 0-3
10/10
Ref
H
MARYLAND W 3-1
10/12
Ref
H
BOSTON COLLEGE W 3-0
10/17
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA L 2-3
10/18
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 3-1
10/24
Ref
A
VIRGINIA TECH W 3-0
10/25
Ref
A
VIRGINIA W 3-0
10/31
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST W 3-0
11/02
Ref
H
DUKE L 2-3
11/07
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE W 3-1
11/08
Ref
A
MARYLAND W 3-0
11/14
Ref
H
CLEMSON W 3-2
11/16
Ref
H
GEORGIA TECH W 3-1
11/20
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 3-0
11/21
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA W 3-0
11/26
Ref
H
MIAMI L 2-3
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   21- 9    11- 5     8- 4     2- 0


2008 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1t NORTH CAROLINA       15- 5    22-11 
 1t DUKE                 15- 5    25- 9 
 3t MIAMI                14- 6    26- 6 
 3t CLEMSON              14- 6    23-10 
 5  FLORIDA STATE        13- 7    21- 9 
 6  GEORGIA TECH         12- 8    20-10 
 7  VIRGINIA TECH        11- 9    20-11 
 8  WAKE FOREST          10-10    19-13 
 9  VIRGINIA              9-11    17-15 
10  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  3-17     9-26 
11t BOSTON COLLEGE        2-18     8-24 
11t MARYLAND              2-18     6-26 


2008 Season Statistics

|--------ATTACK----------| |-----SET-----| |--------SERVE--------| |---RECEPT---| |--DIG---| |------BLOCKING------| Name GP MP MS K K/G E TA Pct A A/G TA SA SA/G SE TA Pct RE TA Pct DIG D/G BS BA Tot B/G BE BHE Pts Pts/G ================================================================================================================================================================== Lauren Richardson 107 29 29 321 3.00 135 958 0.194 24 0.22 24 0.22 14 373 0.962 30 673 0.955 290 2.71 18 43 61.0 0.57 6 1 384.5 3.59 Jordana Price 104 29 29 282 2.71 88 645 0.301 8 0.08 5 0.05 13 125 0.896 0 0 0.000 32 0.31 15 98 113.0 1.09 12 2 351.0 3.38 Stephanie Neville 107 30 29 271 2.53 94 659 0.269 28 0.26 5 0.05 7 68 0.897 5 12 0.583 63 0.59 3 53 56.0 0.52 3 6 305.5 2.86 Brianna Barry 87 26 26 246 2.83 65 518 0.349 6 0.07 11 0.13 13 241 0.946 2 20 0.900 65 0.75 17 62 79.0 0.91 22 0 305.0 3.51 Rachael Morgan 97 28 26 168 1.73 71 542 0.179 7 0.07 3 0.03 8 46 0.826 5 42 0.881 76 0.78 6 28 34.0 0.35 4 1 191.0 1.97 Nikki Baker 111 30 30 43 0.39 26 171 0.099 1209 10.89 22 0.20 35 416 0.916 0 3 1.000 214 1.93 1 59 60.0 0.54 14 17 95.5 0.86 Lauren Young 45 20 5 73 1.62 20 157 0.338 1 0.02 0 0.00 0 1 1.000 0 0 0.000 6 0.13 6 18 24.0 0.53 5 0 88.0 1.96 Abby Niekamp 37 18 6 48 1.30 35 164 0.079 4 0.11 0 0.00 1 10 0.900 0 15 1.000 14 0.38 3 15 18.0 0.49 1 0 58.5 1.58 Ashlee Moon 97 27 0 3 0.03 3 15 0.000 24 0.25 24 0.25 30 353 0.915 25 566 0.956 471 4.86 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 27.0 0.28 Jenna Romanelli 111 30 0 1 0.01 1 4 0.000 11 0.10 25 0.23 46 421 0.891 15 388 0.961 272 2.45 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 26.0 0.23 Taylor Wilson 107 30 0 4 0.04 3 15 0.067 22 0.21 17 0.16 9 399 0.977 13 277 0.953 153 1.43 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 5 21.0 0.20 Drew Dudley 26 14 0 0 0.00 0 0 0.000 4 0.15 5 0.19 3 64 0.953 4 39 0.897 25 0.96 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 5.0 0.19 Team 10 0.0 ============================================================================================================================================== FSU 111 30 30 1460 13.15 541 3848 0.239 1348 12.14 0 141 1.27 179 2517 0.929 109 2035 0.946 1681 15.14 69 376 257.0 2.32 67 32 1858.0 16.74 Opp 111 30 30 1326 11.95 642 3903 0.175 1226 11.05 109 0.98 195 2251 0.913 141 2335 0.940 1596 14.38 51 303 202.5 1.82 47 50 1637.5 14.75

FLORIDA STATE 3, FLORIDA A&M 0
08/29/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Florida State Invitational

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Volleyball Sweeps Florida A&M On Opening Day.

The Seminoles are now 20-0 all-time against the Rattlers.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Seminoles opened the 2008 season with a win over the Florida A&M Rattlers on day one of the Florida State Invitational Friday, August 29. FSU swept its cross-town rival in three sets (25-13, 25-15, 25-16) to lengthen the all-time winning streak to 20-0.

"It is always good to get an early match like that out of the way like that," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "I felt like the girls for the most part played really well. The biggest thing I want them to focus on is not making as many mistakes on our side of the net and I think we did a pretty good job eliminating that for the most part."

Leading the way for the Seminoles was junior Jordana Price (Mountain Home, Idaho) who had an impressive nine kills for a .818 attack percentage. Price also led the team with four assisted blocks and 12 points.

Fellow veteran Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) put down a team high 10 kills and also had two assisted blocks and 11 points. Newcomer Rachael Morgan (Tauranga, New Zealand) and sophomore Lauren Richardson (Ocala, Fla.) each notched seven kills while sophomore Stephanie Neville (Cambridge, Ontario) recorded six.

The Garnet and Gold dominated the Rattlers in all categories, including 40 total kills to their 28, 36 to 27 in assists and seven to zero in team blocks.

This season marks the sixth-straight time Florida State has won the first match of the FSU Invitational. The Seminoles have won their home tournament the last two consecutive years and a total of five times since 2002.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  7  1  12  0.500   0  1  1   0   0  1  1   1   0   9.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          3  7  4  17  0.176   0  1  0   0   4  0  1   1   0   8.5
 5 Brianna Barry              3 10  1  16  0.563   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0  11.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  6  0   9  0.667   0  3  1   0   0  0  2   0   0  10.0
 8 Nikki Baker                3  0  0   4  0.000  36  3  3   0   4  0  2   2   0   4.0
12 Jordana Price              3  9  0  11  0.818   0  1  1   0   0  0  4   0   0  12.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  1  0   1  1.000   0  0  1   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   0  3  2   0   5  0  0   0   0   3.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 40  6  70  0.486  36 12  9   1  24  1 12   4   0  59.0
   Opp                        3 28 13  70  0.214  27  1  6  12  23  0  0   1   4  29.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA A&M
13
15
16
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, BOWLING GREEN STATE 1
08/30/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Florida State Invitational

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Volleyball Knocks Down Bowling Green In Four.

The Seminoles fought back after being a set down to defeat the Falcons and remain undefeated in the Florida State Invitational.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - In their second match at the Florida State Invitational, the Seminoles came back from a one set deficit to defeat Bowling Green 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-22) on Saturday, August 30. FSU is now 2-0 this weekend as it prepares to take on Stetson tonight at 7:00 p.m. on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium.

The Garnet and Gold got out to a rocky start in the first set, dropping 18-25 with seven attacking and three serving errors. Sophomores Lauren Richardson and Stephanie Neville put down three kills apiece to top the team.

Showing no signs of defeat the Seminoles powered back in the second set, taking control of the lead at point nine and holding on to win 25-23. FSU once again dominated the third set, going on a seven point streak to get things started. The Falcons never made it past point 13 as the Seminoles went up 2-1 heading into the fourth set.

In what would be the final set of the afternoon, Bowling Green started it off much like Florida State had in the previous set; scoring seven straight points before junior Brianna Barry put down the first kill for FSU. The Noles took control of the set at point 17 and would battle back and forth with BGSU for the final eight points. FSU went on to win the match 25-22 and heads into its final match against Stetson tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Leading the way for the Seminoles after four was Barry with 15 kills, five blocks and a team-high .478 attacking percentage. Richardson and Neville were both in a close second with 13 kills each and junior Jordana Price rounded out the double-digit kills with 10.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             4  7  2  21  0.238   2  2  2   0   2  0  0   0   0   9.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          4 13  6  34  0.206   1  0  1   0   5  0  2   0   0  14.0
 5 Brianna Barry              4 15  2  28  0.464   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   0   0  18.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          4 13  2  23  0.478   1  0  3   1   7  0  4   0   1  15.0
 8 Nikki Baker                4  0  0   0  0.000  48  3  2   0   8  0  1   0   1   3.5
12 Jordana Price              4 10  2  20  0.400   0  0  0   0   1  2  3   0   0  13.5
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              4  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                4  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  2   1  14  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            4  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 58 14 126  0.349  53  5 10   2  40  3 14   0   2  73.0
   Opp                        4 52 20 115  0.278  48  2  9   5  40  2 12   1   1  62.0


  1 2 3 4
BOWLING GREEN STATE
25
23
13
22
FLORIDA STATE
18
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, STETSON 0
08/30/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Florida State Invitational

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Win Florida State Invitational With Sweep Over Stetson.

This is the third straight season FSU has won its home tournament.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Seminoles claimed the Florida State Invitational crown for the third straight year with a 3-0 (25-2, 26-24, 25-12) sweep over Stetson on Saturday night inside Tully Gymnasium. FSU's Nikki Baker went on a 17-serve streak to start off the first set, a career high for the junior setter. FSU is now off to a 3-0 to start in 2008, already an improvement over last season when the team started at 2-1.

"I felt like the girls played well overall this weekend," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "I think when you consider we had a lot of adversity in the preseason, we didn't get a chance to work a lot on our offense, it's pretty amazing to have hit that well."

Not since a 15-1 win over Florida A&M back in 2002 has Florida State allowed fewer points in a set until the 25-2 win over Stetson to start the match. Baker was on a roll early, with 17 straight serves that resulted in 11 FSU kills. Leading the team after the first win of the night was junior Brianna Barry with six kills and one block assist.

Set two was the closest of the evening with the Hatters holding a slight lead from point eight until the Seminoles tied it up at point 21. Two kills from junior Lauren Young, one from sophomore Lauren Richardson and a Stetson error tied the score at 24. With a solid block from Young and Richardson to give the Noles the 25-24 lead, it would be a service ace from freshman Drew Dudley that earned the set point and pushed FSU ahead 2-0.

In the final set of the night, the Seminoles took the lead coming out of the gates and never let it go, holding Stetson to 12 points as they sealed the tournament title for the third consecutive season. At the end of the match, Richardson led on the attack with 11 kills and three blocks, while tournament MVP Jordana Price put down eight kills and led the team with an impressive .800 attack percentage. After three W's this weekend, Price notched 27 kills and tops the squad with a .610 attack percentage and 10 blocks.

Also earning spots on the All-Tournament team was Barry, who recorded a stellar 31 kills and eight blocks over the two-day event, and sophomore Stephanie Neville who was instrumental to the team with 23 kills, a .553 attack percentage and seven blocks.

"I feel like defensively we got better as the weekend progressed," Poole said. "We've got to be able to play matches and competitive situations in order for them to learn what they need to be able to do to be successful. I felt like they did that, they were much better in serving this match and had a lot less serving errors. It was overall a very good weekend and I think it's something we definitely build on."

"This next week is going to be tougher," Poole said. "It'll be a step-up with Long Beach State on Thursday, the tournament with North Florida and South Dakota State plus Florida on Monday. We've got to go back to work and hopefully everybody can come in and we can just build on this and get better."

Tournament runner-up Bowling Green placed two on the All-Tournament team, Kendra Halm and Shari Luther, with Florida A&M (1-2) outside hitter Jovana Blazeski and Stetson's (0-3) Rebecca Orzechowicz rounding out the list.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 3 Lauren Richardson          3 11  1  29  0.345   1  1  1   0   9  1  2   0   0  14.0
 5 Brianna Barry              1  6  0   9  0.667   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   6.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          1  4  0   6  0.667   1  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   4.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  0  0   1  0.000  34  1  1   0  10  0  0   0   0   1.0
12 Jordana Price              3  8  0  10  0.800   0  1  1   0   2  0  1   0   0   9.5
15 Abby Niekamp               3  4  4  17  0.000   2  0  0   0   1  0  4   0   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Rachael Morgan             2  3  2   9  0.111   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   3.0
 2 Drew Dudley                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  3  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   3.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                1  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   1   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Lauren Young               3  9  2  14  0.500   0  0  0   0   1  1  5   0   0  12.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 45  9  95  0.379  39  7  3   2  49  2 14   0   0  61.0
   Opp                        3 22 19  95  0.032  21  2  3   7  36  0  5   0   1  26.5


  1 2 3
STETSON
2
24
12
FLORIDA STATE
25
26
25

LONG BEACH STATE 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
09/04/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Falls 3-2 In High Intensity Match Against No. 23 Long Beach State.

The Seminoles were led by junior Brianna Barry's career-high 20 kills.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For the first time in the history of the match-up, Florida State volleyball took two sets against No. 23 Long Beach State but were unable to hold on as it fell 3-2 (25-21, 26-28, 25-19, 16-25, 7-15) to the 49ers. The Seminoles are now 3-1 as the season gets started while LBSU remains undefeated at 4-0.

"I think for us right now, we're not quite at a top 25 level but that's where we're headed," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "That's what we want to do with this program. And that's really all this match means, it means we're not there yet. And I thought the girls did some good things today. I'm hoping this match will be a lesson for them. They can learn from it and continue to get better."

Junior Brianna Barry topped the Seminoles with a career-high 20 kills and notched a .405 hitting percentage. Barry now has an impressive 51 total kills and coming into the match was ranked fourth in the ACC in that category and third for hitting percentage.

"I'm impressed with the way we played today," Barry said. "Definitely our offense was key for us and the coaches went in telling us that, that we had a stronger offense than they did. We would just have to key up on serving and defense. Those were the two big things we really needed to work on this match. I think we improved so much."

Also recording double-digit kills was junior Jordana Price with a career-high 13 and sophomores Lauren Richardson and Stephanie Neville each with 10 apiece. Despite their best efforts, the Seminoles only put down 58 kills while the 49ers had 65 in a match that had 19 tied scores and nine lead changes.

Where the Seminoles dominated was in the blocking category where they tallied 11 team blocks to the 49ers' seven and 20 total blocks to 13.

"I feel like there was some very good volleyball played tonight, we just couldn't find a way to win when we needed to at key opportunities," Poole said. "Long Beach State is a great program with a great history and you would expect them to fight all the way to the finish like they did."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  4  4  16  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   4.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          5 10  9  39  0.026   2  0  1   2  11  0  3   0   0  11.5
 5 Brianna Barry              5 20  3  42  0.405   0  0  0   0   1  0  4   1   0  22.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          5 10  3  24  0.292   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   1  10.5
 8 Nikki Baker                5  0  0   5  0.000  48  0  2   0  10  0  4   2   2   2.0
12 Jordana Price              5 13  2  36  0.306   0  0  1   0   1  1  5   0   0  16.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   1  0.000   0  1  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                5  0  0   1  0.000   3  4  1   0  28  0  0   0   0   4.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            5  0  0   0  0.000   0  3  2   0   4  0  0   0   0   3.0
15 Abby Niekamp               2  1  2   7 -0.143   0  0  0   0   2  1  0   0   0   2.0
23 Lauren Young               1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 58 23 171  0.205  53  8  8   3  62  2 18   3   3  77.0
   Opp                        5 65 27 169  0.225  61  3  6   8  75  1 12   2   1  75.0


  1 2 3 4 5
LONG BEACH STATE
21
28
25
16
15
FLORIDA STATE
25
26
19
25
7

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH FLORIDA 0
09/05/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Dominates The Court In 3-0 Sweep Against North Florida.

The Seminoles are now 4-1 on the season, the best start since 2006.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State volleyball was back in action at Tully Gym as it swept North Florida 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 25-14) in the first match-up between the teams. The Seminoles improve to 4-1 this season as they inch closer to facing in-state rival Florida on Monday, Sept. 8.

"I thought tonight we played a little flat," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "The positive thing is we got to play a lot of players and give some of the younger players some experience and still ended up winning in three sets. In the second game we could have faltered again but found a way to win it so those are all the positive things."

The Seminoles breezed through the first set, putting down 10 kills and five blocks to knock out the Ospreys 25-15. The second set was a different story as FSU struggled to hold the lead against the visitors. Where there were no lead changes in set one, the second set consisted of 11 and saw the score tied-up 15 times.

"I felt like we didn't play as controlled or at as high a level as we did last night against Long Beach State," Poole said. "But it's really hard emotionally to come off a loss like that and to play at the level we were playing at last night."

Topping the Noles in kills was freshman Rachael Morgan with eight followed closely by junior Jordana Price with seven. FSU's top scoring Brianna Barry didn't see as much court time to allow the newcomers a chance to play but with three kills the junior continues to lead the team in that category after five matches.

"As long as we can still keep our heads enough to come back and find a way to win these matches then that's something we can still build on," Poole said.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  8  5  17  0.176   0  0  3   1   6  0  1   0   0   8.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          2  4  1  14  0.214   0  0  1   0   2  1  1   0   0   5.5
 5 Brianna Barry              2  3  1   6  0.333   1  0  0   0   0  0  3   2   0   4.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  5  5  21  0.000   1  1  1   0   2  0  3   0   0   7.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  0  0   2  0.000  24  0  0   0   5  0  1   0   1   0.5
12 Jordana Price              2  7  1  15  0.400   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   8.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                1  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   1   9  0  0   0   1   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                2  1  0   1  1.000   0  1  3   0   5  0  0   0   0   2.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   2  3  0   2   7  0  0   0   0   3.0
15 Abby Niekamp               2  3  1   5  0.400   0  0  1   0   0  0  1   0   0   3.5
23 Lauren Young               3  3  1   8  0.250   0  0  0   0   1  2  0   0   0   5.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 34 15  89  0.213  30  5 10   4  38  3 12   2   2  48.0
   Opp                        3 23 19  85  0.047  21  4 16   5  33  0 10   2   2  32.0


  1 2 3
NORTH FLORIDA
15
26
14
FLORIDA STATE
25
28
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 0
09/07/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Downs South Dakota State 3-0 To Claim Seminole Tri-Tournament Crown.

The Seminoles are now 5-1 on the season as they head into Monday's match against No. 8 Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It was a weekend of sweeps for Florida State as it downed South Dakota State in three sets (25-19, 25-23, 25-17) on the final day of the Seminole Tri-Tournament Sunday, September 7. The Seminoles also swept North Florida 3-0 on Friday night to win their final home tournament of the season and extend their record to 5-1.

"We did some good things. Had a few lapses in there where I wished we had played a little better, but we're still finding ways to win and that's better than finding ways to lose," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "That's encouraging for us right now."

Making the All-Tournament team were juniors Brianna Barry and Nikki Baker and sophomore Lauren Richardson. Barry led the Seminoles against the Jack Rabbits with nine kills, a .818 hitting percentage and six total blocks. Baker and Richardson put down five and seven kills, respectively, and each had three blocks in the match.

With back-to-back wins under their belt, the Seminoles have little time to relax as they prepare to host top-ten team Florida on Monday at 8:00 p.m. The rival Gators were ranked No. 8 last week and lead the all-time series with FSU 30-21. The last time the Noles defeated the Gators was a 3-0 (15-9, 15-13, 15-12) sweep in Tully Gym on October 31, 1994.

"We just need to come out tomorrow against Florida, which is obviously a very good team, and play better than we did today," Poole said. "I feel like this is a team that is gaining a lot of experience overall where we've had a chance these first couple of weeks to play a lot of different players and try a lot of different situations, so that's been real healthy for the team right now and it's given us the confidence to be able to move people in and out of positions."

A seasoned veteran against UF, Barry is ready to take-on the Gators on her home court.

"I'm so excited," Barry said. "Because it's at home and now I'm a junior because when we played them in Tallahassee the first time I was a freshman and it was a little nerve-racking.

"I think this year we're a lot closer as a team and we're a lot stronger. You can see in the way we played against Long Beach State that we can play against these top-ranked teams. So there's no reason we should doubt ourselves going into the match with Florida. If we stay positive and keep the confidence up with each other then we'll do really well tomorrow."

Florida is the second Top 25 ranked team the Seminoles have faced already this year with the disappointing 3-2 loss to No. 23 Long Beach State happening just five days prior to Monday's match. The Gators defeated the 49ers in five sets at their home tournament in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday night and are currently undefeated with a 4-0 record.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  2  2   8  0.000   1  0  1   0   2  0  0   0   0   2.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          3  7  1  26  0.231   2  2  1   1   2  1  2   1   1  11.0
 5 Brianna Barry              3  9  0  11  0.818   0  0  0   0   1  1  5   0   0  12.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  7  3  16  0.250   1  0  0   0   2  0  3   0   0   8.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  5  1   8  0.500  28  1  0   0   4  0  3   1   0   7.5
12 Jordana Price              3  5  4  15  0.067   1  0  0   0   4  0  2   0   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                2  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  0   2   2  0  0   0   0   2.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  1   0  13  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  1   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Abby Niekamp               1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   0.5
23 Lauren Young               1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 35 11  84  0.286  35  6  4   3  41  2 16   2   1  51.0
   Opp                        3 37 28 112  0.080  22  3  4   6  35  1  7   1   2  44.5


  1 2 3
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
19
23
17
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA 3, FLORIDA STATE 0
09/08/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Volleyball Falls 3-0 To Florida.

The Seminoles start a four-week stretch on the road this Friday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - In one of the biggest rivalries in the state of Florida, the Seminole volleyball team was unable to get past the No. 8 Gators, falling 3-0 (22-25, 24-26, 24-26) at Tully Gym in the first televised match for FSU this season. The Noles are now 5-2 on the season while Florida remains undefeated at 5-0.

"Unfortunately we just didn't make enough breaks for ourselves and it allowed [Florida] to be able to stay in rhythm," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "But I am proud of the way they battled. They could have come out after set two and folded and they didn't, they played hard. If they play like that in every match then they'll be in any match they play the rest of the season."

Florida State started the first set with a powerful kill from heavy-hitter Brianna Barry. The junior middle blocker once again led her squad overall with 13 kills (more than any single UF player), a .417 hitting percentage and five block assists. She was tied for first in the ACC for hitting percentage coming into the match and is fifth for overall kills in the conference.

Despite a solid performance all around, FSU was unable to hold on after point 22 to fall in the first set. Entering the second set, FSU got out to a slight lead early on with the final four to five points really becoming a battle back and forth between both teams. One questionable point that appeared to be a kill for the Seminoles was not called down and the ball remained in play and the point eventually went in favor of Florida. In the end if would be the Gators who triumphed in a 26-24 win moving into what would be the final set of the evening.

Despite the two-set deficit, Florida State came out in set three stronger and more determined to take down the rival team. Barry put down five kills in the third set, just two shy of Florida’s outside hitter Callie Rivers, and stopped two attacks alongside sophomore Stephanie Neville who had five total block assists in the match. Once again the final set was a battle at the finish with FSU matching points up to 23 before two UF kills sealed the match win for the Gators.

After three sets, sophomore Lauren Richardson notched nine kills with junior Jordana Price in a close third with seven but topping the team with six block assists. The Seminoles out-blocked the Gators with 12.5 team blocks to five and 23 assisted blocks to eight.

"This is the first time this year we’ve met a team that big and physical," Poole said. "That was a concern of mine because we're used to being the bigger team against everyone we’ve played.

"I think there were times in the set we didn't adjust to it well but as the match went on and particularly in set three I think we did better at adjusting to it. So those are the things you want to learn from. If they can learn from match-to-match and week-to-week then we're going to improve as a team and in time then the program will continue to improve."

The all-time series between the teams goes in favor of Florida 31-21 with the Gators now on a 17-match winning streak against the Seminoles.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  4  3  20  0.050   0  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   1   5.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          3  9  5  22  0.182   0  0  0   0   3  1  1   0   0  10.5
 5 Brianna Barry              3 13  3  24  0.417   0  0  0   0   0  0  5   0   0  15.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  3  3  16  0.000   1  0  0   0   0  0  5   0   0   5.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  0  1   2 -0.500  30  1  0   0   3  0  4   0   0   3.0
12 Jordana Price              3  7  4  16  0.188   0  0  3   0   2  0  6   0   0  10.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0  14  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  2   1   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 36 19 100  0.170  32  3  5   2  34  1 23   0   1  51.5
   Opp                        3 48 23 110  0.227  44  2  6   3  38  1  8   1   0  55.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA
25
26
26
FLORIDA STATE
22
24
24

FLORIDA STATE 3, NIAGARA 0
09/12/2008, Raider Challenge, Dayton, Oh

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Pull Off 3-0 Win Over Purple Eagles At Raider Challenge.

Florida State is now 6-2 this season as it won its first road match of 2008.

DAYTON, OH - Florida State volleyball took out Niagara 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-23) in the first match of its month-long road campaign at the Raider Challenge on Friday, Sept. 12. The Seminoles improve to 6-2 while the Purple Eagles slip further back to 0-7.

"This is our first road trip, first road match, and I think we really played like it," Seminole head coach Chris Poole said. "We didn't play as confident as we had been at home, but I think that's real typical in this kind of situation. We are learning now how to overcome the obstacle of the travel."

The Seminoles struggled to get going in their groove early on in the first set, but eventually took the win, holing Niagara to 21 points. A low set statistically for FSU, junior Brianna Barry topped the team with five kills with sophomore Lauren Richardson just one behind with four as they went up 1-0 on the Purple Eagles.

In set two, the Garnet and Gold once again got off to a sluggish start, allowing Niagara to go up 5-0 before a NU service error put the Noles on the board. FSU took the upper hand at point 10 and held the advantage the rest of the way, taking the set 25-22.

Florida State played its best set in what would be the final of the match, putting 19 kills on the floor and outscoring the Purple Eagles 21 to 16. Richardson led the team with 11 kills on the evening while Barry's .444 attack percentage was also a team high. Seeing significant playing time tonight was Ohio native and freshman Abby Niekamp who led her team with three block assists and also notched six kills and two digs.

Overall, the Seminoles led its opponent with 44 kills to 37, 58 digs to 56 43 assists to 34 and 49 points to 45.4.

"We're certainly very happy to get the win and hopefully we'll come back and just play a little sharper tomorrow," Poole said. "Both Wright State and Morehead State are very good defensively, so we're going to have to really crank our offense up and be ready to go."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  9  1  23  0.348   0  0  0   1   4  1  0   0   0  10.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          3 11  6  37  0.135   0  0  2   0  10  0  2   1   0  12.0
 5 Brianna Barry              1  5  1   9  0.444   0  0  1   0   1  1  0   1   0   6.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          3 10  3  21  0.333   0  0  0   1   3  0  0   0   0  10.0
 8 Nikki Baker                3  0  0   3  0.000  41  0  0   0   4  0  1   0   0   0.5
15 Abby Niekamp               3  6  4  19  0.105   0  0  0   0   2  0  3   0   0   7.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   1  10  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0  15  0  0   0   0   0.0
23 Lauren Young               2  3  5  13 -0.154   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   1   0   3.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 44 20 125  0.192  43  0  4   4  58  2  6   3   0  49.0
   Opp                        3 37 22 125  0.120  34  4  8   0  56  0  9   1   0  45.5


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
NIAGARA
21
22
23

FLORIDA STATE 3, MOREHEAD STATE 0
09/13/2008, Raider Challenge, Dayton, Oh

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Solid Blocking Helps Seminoles Sweep Morehead State 3-0 At Raider Challenge.

Junior Jordana Price and sophomore Lauren Richardson led FSU with 15 blocks between them.

DAYTON, OH - Florida State showed Morehead State what real competition looks like as it swept the Eagles 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-10) in the second win on the road for the Seminoles this season. The Noles are now on a two-match win streak and 7-2 overall as they gave MSU its second loss of the year (8-2).

Florida State was fierce in the first set, downing Morehead State 25-17 and notching 11 kills. The Seminoles held the Eagles to a -.026 attacking percentage to their own .242. The Noles held MSU to .186 in the second set and dominated the court in the final set, hitting at .435 to the Eagles' -.121.

The Garnet and Gold led the overall match with 36 kills, 33 assists, 47 digs, 16 team blocks and 54 points. Morehead State struggled on defense, blocking only three FSU attacks and suffering 28 attacking errors.

Topping the Seminole squad with nine kills was junior Brianna Barry who was hitting a .360 with three blocks. In a close second with seven kills each was fellow junior Jordana Price and freshman Rachael Morgan who also led with her .467 attack percentage. Price also controlled the FSU side of the net with nine block assists while sophomore Lauren Richardson had a solid afternoon with six blocks, four being solos, four kills and a team-high 17 digs.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  7  0  15  0.467   0  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   0   8.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          3  4  3  18  0.056   2  0  0   1  17  4  2   0   0   9.0
 5 Brianna Barry              3  9  0  25  0.360   0  1  2   0   1  2  1   1   0  12.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  4  3  14  0.071   0  0  0   0   4  0  3   0   0   5.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  5  0   7  0.714  28  0  1   0   6  0  3   0   1   6.5
12 Jordana Price              3  7  1  18  0.333   1  0  0   0   0  0  9   0   0  11.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  1   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  1   1  10  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 36  7  97  0.299  33  2  5   3  47  6 20   1   1  54.0
   Opp                        3 31 28 115  0.026  30  3  5   2  46  0  2   1   3  35.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
MOREHEAD STATE
17
20
10

FLORIDA STATE 3, WRIGHT STATE 2
09/13/2008, DAYTON, OH, Raider Challenge

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Remain Unconquered On The Road After 3-2 Win Over Wright State.

Florida State junior Brianna Barry was named the MVP of the Raider Challenge.

DAYTON, OH - The Florida State volleyball team was the epitome of the word unconquered as it fought back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Wright State 3-2 in the final match of the Raider Challenge on Saturday night. The Seminoles are on fire with an 8-2 record with their only losses coming to Top 25 teams.

"It's matches like this that certainly build character," Florida State head coach Chris Poole. "This was our first true road game, since the other two matches were neutral, so we got to see how we respond.

"We played well in sets one and two, most of the time, but we made a lot of mistakes that allowed them to come out and win. But we've got to understand that we don't get breaks while we're on the road."

Florida State came out strong at the start of the first set but faltered around point 24, giving set point to Wright State on an FSU attack error. The Raiders came back to take the second set much in the same way, getting 15 kills on the floor while the Seminoles shot down 11.

The atmosphere in the locker room after set two was not of defeat but of determination. The Seminoles refused to throw in the towel and returned to the court with more focus and drive to get the 'W.'

As the third set began, the Raider fans were on a mission to distract FSU and even began the Florida Gator chomp to frazzle the Noles. But not even their best effort could stop the Seminoles from pounding the Raiders in set three, 25-17. Junior Brianna Barry led the attack in the set, putting five kills on the floor and notching one block assist.

Fatigue had set in for WSU in set four as the Noles fought back to stay in the match and took down the home team, 25-15. A service error by Leilani Tafuna would give set point to FSU and roll the match into the fifth set.

FSU sealed the tournament crown as it controlled the last set 15-10 with Barry topping the Seminoles with 19 kills and an impressive .594 attacking percentage in the match. The junior middle blocker was named the MVP of the tournament after racking up 33 kills and a .485 attacking percentage in the three wins over the weekend. Also earning spots on the all-tournament team was junior Jordana Price who had 18 kills against WSU and freshman Rachael Morgan who had five this evening. After three matches, Price notched 25 kills and a .438 average while Morgan had her best showing so far this season with 21 kills and hitting a .345.

"I'm really proud of the way the team came back," Poole said. "It would have been real easy being on the road to just roll over and die and we didn't. We came back and we took it to a whole other level in all three of the last sets and that's encouraging."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             5  5  1  17  0.235   0  0  0   0   5  0  2   0   0   6.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          5 16  8  39  0.205   0  0  1   2  10  1  2   0   0  18.0
 5 Brianna Barry              5 19  0  32  0.594   1  0  0   0   6  0  2   3   0  20.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          5  8  7  26  0.038   1  0  1   0   2  0  1   1   0   8.5
 8 Nikki Baker                5  0  2   5 -0.400  57  1  3   0   7  0  3   0   0   2.5
12 Jordana Price              5 18  3  30  0.500   1  0  0   0   1  1  6   1   0  22.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                5  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              5  0  0   1  0.000   0  2  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   2.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            5  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  1   3  21  0  0   0   0   2.0
   Team                                                      3                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 66 21 150  0.300  62  5  6   8  65  2 16   5   0  81.0
   Opp                        5 58 29 171  0.170  57  8  9   5  56  2 10   1   2  73.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
24
22
25
25
15
WRIGHT STATE
26
25
17
15
10

MIAMI 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
09/19/2008, CORAL GABLES, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Falls To Miami In First Road Loss Of Season.

The Seminoles are now 8-3 on the season and 3-1 on the road.

CORAL GABLES, FL - In the first ACC match-up this season, Florida State fell in four to Miami (25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 29-31) after winning the first set. The Seminoles are now 8-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference while the Hurricanes remain undefeated 11-0 and 1-0 in the ACC.

"I like the guts that showed and the come back in a few situations when we were down," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "We're certainly going to have to do a much better job of handling some of the pressure points at the end of sets. And we're going to have to do be able to do that against good teams."

Both teams battled point-for-point in the first set until the Seminoles were able to pull away, taking the set 25-23. Sophomore Stephanie Neville started the scoring for FSU with a nice solo block on an attack by Miami's top hitter Genny Mayhew. Junior Jordana Price would lead the Noles with six kills heading into the second set.

A more determined Miami team came out in set two, battling to maintain the lead and shutting down FSU, 25-19. Despite their best efforts, the Seminoles would not be able to recover and would fall 22-25 and 29-31 in a suspenseful fourth set.

"I feel like we battled hard but we made a lot of key mistakes at the end of sets that really put us at a disadvantage and ended up being the difference between winning and losing those sets," Poole said.

Price would lead both the Noles and the Canes with 17 kills on the evening while stopping three attacks (two solo, one assist). Neville would finish with 12 kills and four total blocks while freshman Rachael Morgan contributed 10 kills. Junior Brianna Barry put down eight kills and topped the squad with six total blocks.

"We're going to have to take this and try to learn from it," Poole said. "We know the ACC is tough and we know going on the road in the ACC is very, very tough. We've been handed a schedule where we have to do it three weekends in a row to start the season. So we've got to try to keep our heads and maintain our focus and be able to learn on the road without the friendly confines of Tully Gym."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             4 10  3  25  0.280   1  0  0   0   3  0  1   0   0  10.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          4  7  5  31  0.065   2  1  1   3  11  0  0   1   0   8.0
 5 Brianna Barry              4  8  5  28  0.107   0  0  0   0   6  2  4   0   0  12.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          4 12  5  28  0.250   2  0  1   0   3  1  3   0   0  14.5
 8 Nikki Baker                4  4  0  12  0.333  44  2  3   0   8  0  1   0   1   6.5
12 Jordana Price              4 17  9  35  0.229   0  1  1   0   0  2  1   2   0  20.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              4  0  0   0  0.000   2  1  2   0   7  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                4  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   3  29  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            4  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  2   0   8  0  0   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 58 27 159  0.195  53  6 11   6  75  5 10   3   1  74.0
   Opp                        4 56 22 160  0.213  47  6  9   6  67  8 18   4   0  79.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
19
22
29
MIAMI
23
25
25
31

FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 2
09/25/2008, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Solid Blocking Propels Florida State To 3-2 Win Over Wake Forest.

The Seminoles out-blocked the Demon Deacons in their first road ACC win this season.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - In a crucial road match against Wake Forest, Florida State came back from a 1-0 deficit to pull off the win in five sets (23-25, 25-13, 23-25, 25-16, 15-12) in Reynolds Gym on Thursday night. The Seminoles advance to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC while the Demon Deacons slip to 9-4 and suffer their first conference loss this year.

"I think for us this year and with the transition we are having, every road win is going to be precious and every home match is going to be a necessity," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "We just have to keep working hard. I'm really proud of the girls and the way they came back from lots of mistakes and were able to come back for the win."

Despite a plethora of errors including 10 service errors and four blocking errors, sophomore Lauren Richardson and junior Jordana Price were able to step up and lead the Seminole attack. Both recorded their first double-double of the year with 14 kills and 14 digs for Richardson and 12 kills and 11 blocks for Price who was ranked 29th in the NCAA coming into the match for blocks per set. The middle blocker is now averaging 1.40 blocks per set with a .350 attack percentage.

Blocking was where the Noles dominated with 17.5 team blocks to a mere five for Wake Forest. Leading in blocks was Price with 11 assisted while Richardson had two solos and two assisted. Also recording double-digit kills against the Deacons was sophomore Stephanie Neville with 11 and junior Lauren Young who put down 10 to set a season high.

"To come back in set five and win, that certainly is a level of maturity that we want to see," Poole said. "And you really can't get it except by going on the road and learning how to win on the road. We just have to get ready to go again tomorrow night against Duke."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             5  9  1  30  0.267   1  0  1   0   7  1  3   0   0  11.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          5 14  7  51  0.137   2  0  1   1  14  2  2   0   0  17.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          5 11  3  23  0.348   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   1   0  11.0
 8 Nikki Baker                5  5  0   9  0.556  49     0   0   7  0  7   1   0   8.5
12 Jordana Price              5 12  4  31  0.258   1  2  1   0   3  0 11   0   1  19.5
23 Lauren Young               5 10  3  23  0.304   1  0  0   0   2  1  2   2   0  12.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              5  0  0   0  0.000   2  1  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                5  0  1   2 -0.500   2  0  3   0  20  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            5  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  4   0  13  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Abby Niekamp               2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 61 19 169  0.249  58  3 10   1  73  4 27   4   1  81.5
   Opp                        5 58 36 178  0.124  53  1  6   3  76  2  6   3   4  64.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
23
25
23
25
15
WAKE FOREST
25
13
25
16
12

DUKE 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
09/26/2008, DURHAM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Slips 1-3 On The Road Against Duke.

The Seminoles are now 4-2 in matches away from Tallahassee this season.

DURHAM, NC - Just 24 hours after a triumphant 3-2 win over Wake Forest, the Seminoles were unable to repeat that feat falling 1-3 (17-25, 17-25, 25-21, 22-24) to Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. FSU slips to 1-2 in the ACC and 9-4 overall while Duke improves to 1-1 in the conference and 10-4 overall.

The number 17 was far from lucky for the Noles as they were downed 17-25 in both of the first two sets. FSU was determined to prevent the sweep and came back with a vengeance and took set three 25-21 and carried over that intensity to begin the fourth set.

In what would be the final set of the night, Florida State took control early and went ahead by five at point 13. The Blue Devils struggled with attack errors and missed blocks, but somehow found the strength to power back and shut down FSU 25-22.

The Blue Devils brought out their toughest defense tonight, out-blocking FSU 14.5 to 11 and out-digging 75 to 66. The home team also led in kills with 58 to Florida State's 45 while the Noles hit at .134 and held Duke to a .201 attack percentage.

Leading FSU with 14 kills was Jordana Price who also had four block assists while fellow junior and middle blocker Lauren Young and sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Neville each put down 10. Co-team captains Lauren Richardson and Nikki Baker performed well with six kills and 41 assists, respectively. With those 41 assists and 13 digs, Baker recorded her third double-double this season.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             4  4  3  22  0.045   0  0  0   0   3  1  1   0   0   5.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          4  6  8  46 -0.043   0  0  0   2  11  0  1   0   0   6.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          4 10  4  22  0.273   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   1  11.5
 8 Nikki Baker                4  0  1   6 -0.167  41  0  2   0  13  0  4   1   0   2.0
12 Jordana Price              4 14  6  37  0.216   0  0  2   0   0  0  4   0   0  16.0
23 Lauren Young               4 10  2  22  0.364   0  0  0   0   0  1  5   1   0  13.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              4  1  0   1  1.000   0  1  2   1   5  0  0   0   0   2.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                4  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  0   1  24  0  0   0   0   2.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            4  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  2   0   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 45 24 157  0.134  41  3  8   4  66  2 18   2   1  59.0
   Opp                        4 58 25 164  0.201  51  4  7   3  75  3 23   2   1  76.5


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
17
17
25
22
DUKE
25
25
21
25

GEORGIA TECH 3, FLORIDA STATE 0
10/03/2008, ATLANTA, GA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Volleyball Falls In Three At Georgia Tech.

The Seminoles are now 1-3 in the ACC.

ATLANTA, GA - Florida State struggled in its seventh-straight road match against Georgia Tech, falling 0-3 (21-25, 16-25, 17-25) in O'Keefe Gymnasium on Friday night. The loss drops the Seminoles to 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 9-5 overall but propels the Yellow Jackets to 3-1 in the conference and 11-3 on the season.

Attack errors plagued the Seminoles who committed 26 in 111 attempts with 33 kills. Leading the team with eight kills was junior Jordana Price who was unable to stop the Tech offense and recorded just two block assists.

The Yellow Jackets held FSU to a .063 team attack percentage while junior Lauren Young was the only Nole to post an average over .220, managing a .250 on 12 attempts with five kills.

Lauren Richardson contributed seven kills and one solo block and fellow sophomore Stephanie Neville also put down seven kills and had a block assist. Libero and ACC leader in digs per set Ashlee Moon recorded 15 digs against the Jackets, helping FSU to 43 total (just two shy of Georgia Tech's total).

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  4  2  17  0.118   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   4.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          3  7  5  21  0.095   0  0  0   3   6  1  0   0   0   8.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  7  7  21  0.000   1  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   7.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  1  1   8  0.000  29  0  2   0   6  1  2   0   0   3.0
12 Jordana Price              3  8  8  27  0.000   1  0  1   0   1  0  2   0   0   9.0
23 Lauren Young               3  5  2  12  0.250   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   1  15  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  1  0   1  1.000   0  0  2   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
15 Abby Niekamp               2  0  1   4 -0.250   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 33 26 111  0.063  32  0  6   4  43  2  8   0   0  39.0
   Opp                        3 38 10  97  0.289  36  4  8   0  45  1 18   2   0  52.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
21
16
17
GEORGIA TECH
25
25
25

CLEMSON 3, FLORIDA STATE 0
10/04/2008, CLEMSON, SC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Volleyball Surrenders In Three At Clemson.

Florida State must regroup as it heads back to Tallahassee for the first time in four weeks.

CLEMSON, SC - Unable to shake off the road dust in the fourth-straight weekend away from Tallahassee, the Florida State volleyball team fell 0-3 (12-25, 17-25, 14-25) to 2007 ACC Champion Clemson on Saturday night in Jervey Gym. The Seminoles slip back to 9-6 overall and 1-4 in the ACC while the Tigers improve to 11-5 and 3-2 in the conference.

"This was the accumulation of a long four weekends on the road," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "I thought that this weekend in particular we looked really exhausted, but if you're gone four weeks in a row, that's tough.

"It was certainly a concern we had at the first of the year; how are we going to make it through this stretch? Unfortunately we didn't get through this stretch with our team intact. So we really were facing a lot of different adversity out there on the court and it's very difficult to overcome that."

Junior Lauren Young was able to hit at .455 with six kills on 11 attempts. The middle blocker is averaging 1.84 kills per set this season and is currently second behind Brianna Barry with a season .291 attack percentage. The team hopes to have Barry back as it returns to Tully Gym on Friday, she's been out the past two weeks with an eye injury suffered in practice.

"We ended up using a lineup tonight that we've never used in a game before," Poole said. "So you really don't know how a team's going to react. But at the same we had no choices, we had no options. We had to play with who we had."

Freshman Abby Niekamp also put down six kills on 18 attempts and recorded the team's only solo block against Clemson. The Noles' top-blocker, Jordana Price, managed just a block assist alongside Nikki Baker who had 23 assists.

Florida State will return to comfortable surroundings on Friday, Oct. 10, as it hosts Maryland at 7:00 p.m. in Tully Gym.

"We're certainly very glad to get back home and try to regroup," Poole said. "What we need to do is take the lessons we've learned from the last couple of weeks and go to work. Hopefully we can start getting some of that chemistry back.

"At the same time, I think many of these matches we've played on the road the last few weeks are the top of the conference right now. We didn't get a break in being able to go off and get our feet wet a little bit with our play. We've had to jump right into very strong competition and some good, mature, experienced teams. Hopefully we can get back and get to work."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  1  5  14 -0.286   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  7  5  20  0.100   1  1  0   2   4  0  0   0   1   8.0
 8 Nikki Baker                3  0  3   5 -0.600  23  0  1   0   3  0  1   0   0   0.5
12 Jordana Price              3  4  4  16  0.000   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   1   0   4.5
15 Abby Niekamp               3  6  4  18  0.111   0  0  0   0   1  1  0   0   0   7.0
23 Lauren Young               3  6  1  11  0.455   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   4   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   0  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   1.0
   Team                                                  1                      
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 24 22  86  0.023  24  2  3   6  27  1  2   1   1  28.0
   Opp                        3 43 10  86  0.384  42  6  6   2  35  4  4   1   0  55.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
12
17
14
CLEMSON
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, MARYLAND 1
10/10/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Return To Tallahassee And Take Down Terrapins 3-1.

Florida State improves to 10-6 overall in its first home match in five weeks.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Seminole volleyball team returned home after five weeks on the road with a big win over Maryland in Tully Gym. Florida State downed the Terrapins in four sets, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18, and improve to 10-6 overall (2-4 ACC) while Maryland slips to 5-13 and 1-5 in the conference.

"It's good to be home," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "It felt weird playing in here because it's been such a long time since we've played in here."

After sitting out for two weeks with an eye injury, Florida State's top-hitter Brianna Barry wasted no time as she once again led the team with a .258 attack percentage with 13 kills, one solo block and five block assists. Also with 13 kills was sophomore Lauren Richardson who had to sit out of the Clemson match due to an illness. Richardson also posted three block assists and matched her career high with 17 digs.

"I'd like to think our chemistry is going to come back, that we're going to get a little more in-sync than we were tonight," Poole said. "But it's a win and I thought they worked hard and found a way to pull it out."

The Seminoles looked like their old selves as they dominated the Terps with 10 team blocks to three. In addition to Barry and Richardson's blocks, junior Jordana Price contributed a solo and three assisted, Stephanie Neville was credited with two assisted and Nikki Baker, Rachael Morgan and Abby Niekamp had one assisted block each.

"I felt like the whole game we were just testing each other," Poole said. "So we've got to build on that and get better tomorrow. We've got to get ready to play Boston College on Sunday."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 3 Lauren Richardson          4 13  5  42  0.190   1  3  1   2  17  0  3   0   0  17.5
 5 Brianna Barry              4 13  5  31  0.258   1  0  0   0   3  1  5   2   0  16.5
 8 Nikki Baker                4  3  3   8  0.000  47  0  3   0  13  0  1   1   0   3.5
12 Jordana Price              4  9  3  26  0.231   0  0  0   0   0  1  3   2   0  11.5
15 Abby Niekamp               2  2  2   7  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   1   0   2.5
23 Lauren Young               2  3  0   6  0.500   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   3.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  7  4  19  0.158   1  0  0   0   4  0  1   1   0   7.5
 4 Taylor Wilson              4  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  1   0   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  7  0  21  0.333   1  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   8.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                4  0  0   0  0.000   1  5  2   2  25  0  0   0   0   5.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            4  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  3   0  10  0  0   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 57 22 160  0.219  53  9 10   4  80  2 16   7   0  76.0
   Opp                        4 45 27 158  0.114  36  4  4   9  73  2  2   2   0  52.0


  1 2 3 4
MARYLAND
20
25
21
18
FLORIDA STATE
25
22
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, BOSTON COLLEGE 0
10/12/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Dominates The Court With 3-0 Sweep Over Boston College.

The Seminoles improve to 3-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State volleyball proved there's no place like home as the Seminoles completed a weekend sweep, downing Boston College 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-15) on Lucy McDaniel Court on Sunday afternoon. FSU improves to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while the Eagles slip to 6-13 overall and remain winless in the conference at 0-7.

Looking like she never missed four matches with an eye injury, junior Brianna Barry was once again the offensive leader for the Noles with 11 kills and an impressive .625 attack percentage. The middle blocker also recorded two block assists and posted 12 points.

Freshman Rachael Morgan had a nice game with nine kills, just one shy of her season record, and finished the match with a .529 attack percentage. Rounding out the top hitters this afternoon was sophomore Lauren Richardson with six kills, a .333 percentage and a team-high 10 digs.

The Seminoles dominated in all categories, out-blocking the Eagles five and a half to three, went 32-26 in digs, 36-32 in kills, 32-28 in assists, 47.5-36 in points and posted a .405 team attack percentage to Boston College's .179.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  9  0  17  0.529   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   9.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          3  6  1  15  0.333   0  3  1   0  10  0  1   0   0   9.5
 5 Brianna Barry              3 11  1  16  0.625   0  0  2   0   1  0  2   0   0  12.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          2  1  1   5  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   1.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  3  1   8  0.250  26  0  1   0   2  0  2   0   0   4.0
12 Jordana Price              3  4  1   6  0.500   1  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   5.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   0  0.000   2  2  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   2.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   1  0.000   0  1  1   0   2  0  0   0   0   1.0
15 Abby Niekamp               3  1  0   2  0.500   1  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   1.5
23 Lauren Young               2  1  0   3  0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
   Team                             1   1                    1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 36  6  74  0.405  32  6  5   1  32  0 11   0   0  47.5
   Opp                        3 32 17  84  0.179  28  1 14   6  26  1  4   1   1  36.0


  1 2 3
BOSTON COLLEGE
14
18
15
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

NORTH CAROLINA 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
10/17/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Volleyball Drops 3-2 Nail Biter To Tar Heels.

Sophomore Lauren Richardson sets career highs with 22 kills and 24 points.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State fell 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 11-15) in an intense battle against North Carolina on Lucy McDaniel Court Friday night. The Seminoles slip to 11-7 overall and 3-5 in the ACC while the Tar Heels improve to 11-8 and 5-3 in the conference.

"I'm disappointed for the girls," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "They were right there again, as we have been on several matches this year, and it could have gone either direction. We're just not quite able to put it together at the end of these big matches in order to get the win."

Despite the loss, one Seminole had quite a killer match. Sophomore Lauren Richardson stepped up and led the squad throughout the evening, breaking career records in three categories. The outside hitter posted a FSU career-high 22 kills, 35 attacks and 24 points. Add to that one service ace, a couple assisted blocks, 14 digs and a team leading .340 attack percentage and it's clear the Ocala, Fla., native has found her groove this season. Richardson's 22 kills and 14 digs also gave her the only double-double for the evening, her sixth this year.

Also recording impressive numbers was junior Brianna Barry who put down 15 kills for a .265 percentage and notched one solo and two assisted blocks. Just shy of her career record in kills was sophomore Stephanie Neville with 12 and rounding out the double-digits in the kills department was junior Jordana Price with 14.

Libero and lone senior Ashlee Moon smashed her career high of 29 digs with 35 against the Tar Heels while the lone FSU setter, junior Nikki Baker, matched her season high with 57 assists.

After five sets, Florida State posted 70 kills, 63 assists, 93 digs and eight and a half team blocks. North Carolina trailed with 63 kills but led with 66 assists and 10 blocks while tying in the digs category with 93.

The Seminoles must regroup as they prepare to host a much stronger NC State team than they've been accustomed to in the past at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night.

"This is the best NC State has been in a long, long time," Poole said. "We expect it to be a big battle for us. Coming off an emotional five gamer like this we've got to find a way to pick ourselves up, come back and try to play productive tomorrow."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             5  6  8  35 -0.057   0  0  0   0   5  0  2   0   0   7.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          5 22  4  53  0.340   1  1  0   0  14  0  2   0   0  24.0
 5 Brianna Barry              5 15  6  34  0.265   1  0  0   0   4  1  2   2   0  17.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          5 12  7  33  0.152   1  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0  12.5
 8 Nikki Baker                5  1  1  13  0.000  57  0  0   0  10  0  4   0   1   3.0
12 Jordana Price              5 14  0  33  0.424   1  0  0   0   1  0  4   3   0  16.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              5  0  1   1 -1.000   0  2  1   0  10  0  0   0   0   2.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                5  0  1   3 -0.333   2  2  0   1  35  0  0   0   0   2.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            5  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  2   0  12  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Abby Niekamp               1  0  1   2 -0.500   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 70 29 207  0.198  63  5  3   1  93  1 15   5   1  83.5
   Opp                        5 66 21 201  0.224  66  1  8   5  93  1 18   6   0  77.0


  1 2 3 4 5
NORTH CAROLINA
25
18
21
25
15
FLORIDA STATE
21
25
25
23
11

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 1
10/18/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Wipes Out Wolfpack, 3-1.

The win pushes the Seminoles to 12-7 this season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to North Carolina last night, the Florida State volleyball team came out with a vengeance and took down North Carolina State 3-1 (25-20, 25-9, 23-25, 25-14) on Saturday, October 18, inside Tully Gym. The win propels the Seminoles to 12-7 overall and 4-5 in the ACC while knocking the Wolfpack to 9-14 and 3-5 in the conference.

"I warned them between sets two and three it wasn't over yet," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "There's a difference in getting comfortable and getting too relaxed and still being focused and having the eye of the tiger. I think it's hard when you win an easy set two to come back in set three and have that same motivation.

"I warned them again during set three and they did wake up a little bit and I thought they showed a lot of character to try to come back in that set three. Although I'm disappointed that they lost it, I was proud that they didn't give up."

Florida State clearly dominated in the kills department with 60 to NC State's 37. But the Wolfpack was able to hold the advantage in blocks with 11, just three more than FSU.

Topping the Noles for the second consecutive evening was sophomore Lauren Richardson with 16 kills followed by juniors Jordana Price and Brianna Barry with 14 and 11, respectively. Sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Neville also posted double-digits with 10 kills.

The lone setter for the Seminoles, junior Nikki Baker, was credited with 45 assists and 12 digs for her sixth double-double this season. Also having a good night on the court was senior libero Ashlee Moon who had 24 digs.

"I'm pleased with the overall performance," Poole said. "We made some overall improvements this weekend. There were some individuals who are definitely making improvements. Our offense is not as smooth as we want it, but it's still a work in progress and we knew that.

"We're still trying to get used to our transition out of our offense and I thought there were some times that Jordana [Price] did very well with that tonight."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             4  9  4  26  0.192   0  0  0   1   3  0  1   0   0   9.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          4 16  7  42  0.214   0  1  0   0   9  0  3   0   0  18.5
 5 Brianna Barry              4 11  2  18  0.500   1  0  0   1   3  1  2   2   0  13.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          4 10  1  17  0.529   5  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0  10.0
 8 Nikki Baker                4  0  0   4  0.000  45  0  0   0  12  0  2   1   0   1.0
12 Jordana Price              4 14  5  29  0.310   0  0  0   0   1  1  4   0   0  17.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              4  0  0   1  0.000   4  1  1   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                4  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  1   0  24  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            4  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  4   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
23 Lauren Young               1  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 60 19 138  0.297  58  2  6   2  67  2 12   3   0  70.0
   Opp                        4 37 26 142  0.077  37  2  5   2  50  1 20   0   2  50.0


  1 2 3 4
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
20
9
25
14
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
23
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA TECH 0
10/24/2008, BLACKSBURG, VA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Sweeps Virginia Tech, 3-0.

It was a team effort from the Seminoles that took down the Hokies who were tied for first in the ACC.

BLACKSBURG, VA - In the first road trip in two weeks and against a team tied for first in the conference, Florida State volleyball defeated Virginia Tech, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23), at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. The victory evened the Seminoles' ACC record to 5-5 and 13-7 overall. FSU upped its series record against the Hokies to 20-2.

"I thought overall we played consistent, which is good," Seminole head coach Chris Poole said. "I really think a big difference is that we've now gone two weeks with everyone back in practice. We looked smooth and more in sync. I think a lot of it has to do with us being able to play a couple weeks at home and get our feet back under us."

The Seminoles were led offensively by Stephanie Neville and Lauren Richardson, recording 12 and 11 kills each, respectively. Neville turned in an impressive .374 attack average, while Richardson added four digs and a block-assist.

Setter Nikki Baker led the charge with 41 assists on offense and contributing eight digs on defense. Libero Ashlee Moon recorded a match-high 15 digs on the evening.

"I thought we looked much more alive and more ready," Poole said. "It was a total team effort; we had a lot of people contributing."

The Hokies led in only one category with seven blocks to the Seminoles' four. This was only the second win for FSU when trailing in blocks this season.

"It was a great win," Poole said. "It's great to go on the road and be able to get a win like that."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  3  4  16 -0.063   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   3.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          3 11  5  33  0.182   1  1  1   0   4  0  1   0   0  12.5
 5 Brianna Barry              3  9  6  24  0.125   0  0  2   0   2  0  2   0   0  10.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          3 12  3  24  0.375   1  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   1  12.0
 8 Nikki Baker                3  2  0   6  0.333  41  0  1   0   8  0  0   0   2   2.0
12 Jordana Price              3  8  1  20  0.350   0  0  0   0   4  1  0   0   1   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   1   6  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  1   1  15  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Abby Niekamp               1  2  0   3  0.667   0  0  0   0   0  1  0   0   0   3.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 47 19 127  0.220  43  2  6   2  52  2  4   0   4  53.0
   Opp                        3 36 16 115  0.174  32  2  5   2  48  3  8   1   4  45.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
VIRGINIA TECH
23
22
23

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA 0
10/25/2008, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Volleyball Sweeps Cavaliers.

Sophomore Lauren Richardson led Florida State with 14 kills.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Florida State defeated the University of Virginia 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 26-24) at Memorial Gym on Saturday night, completing a weekend sweep of ACC road matches. The Seminoles improve to 14-7 overall and 6-5 in the ACC while the Cavaliers slip to 13-10 and 5-6 in the conference.

"Tonight's win was similar to our win over Virginia Tech last night," Seminole head coach Chris Poole said. "The only difference is we blocked a little better today. But similar in that Nikki Baker did a good job spreading the offense around. All five of our hitters were in the 20's so we had a real good balance."

Sophomore Lauren Richardson led the squad throughout the evening, hitting .500 with 14 kills and eight digs. Fellow sophomore Stephanie Neville had another strong night with 11 kills, hitting at .296 with three assisted blocks.

Florida State out-blocked Virginia 8-4 with juniors Brianna Barry and Jordana Price topping the team with four assisted blocks each.

"I thought as a whole they played very well," Poole said. "There were some big points played after 20 again tonight. All six sets were highly contested this weekend and in all of them we could have folded, but we didn't. We found a way to win so that was very encouraging to see that on the road."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 3 Lauren Richardson          3 14  2  24  0.500   0  0  0   2   8  0  0   1   0  14.0
 5 Brianna Barry              3  6  4  21  0.095   0  2  0   0   3  0  4   1   0  10.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          3 11  3  27  0.296   1  0  0   0   4  0  3   0   0  12.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  1  2   8 -0.125  39  1  0   0   7  0  3   0   1   3.5
12 Jordana Price              3  6  2  20  0.200   0  0  0   0   2  0  4   0   0   8.0
15 Abby Niekamp               3  7  5  25  0.080   1  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   8.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  1   4  21  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  2   1  11  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Lauren Young               2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 45 18 125  0.216  43  6  3   8  62  0 16   2   1  59.0
   Opp                        3 38 15 127  0.181  33  8  3   6  53  1  6   1   6  50.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
26
VIRGINIA
22
23
24

FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 0
10/31/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Volleyball Continues Sweep Streak With Win Over Demon Deacons.

Sophomore Stephanie Neville led Florida State with 12 kills on Halloween night in Tully Gym.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On Halloween night in Tully Gym, Florida State volleyball continued its streak of ACC sweeps with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-19) win over Wake Forest inside Tully Gymnasium. The Seminoles are on a three-game sweep streak after taking out both Virginia Tech and Virginia in three on the road last weekend. FSU improves to 15-7 and 7-5 in the conference while the Demon Deacons slip to 15-9 and 6-6.

"I'm certainly proud of the sweep again," Seminole head coach Chris Poole said. "I feel like in each of the sets tonight we had some problems with playing as consistently as we would like. But in all of them we came on strong at the end, which is very encouraging to me."

Leading Florida State for the third consecutive match was this week's ACC Player of the Week, sophomore Stephanie Neville. The outside hitter put down 12 kills and notched an impressive .440 attack percentage as well as recording the team's only solo block of the evening.

"I'm really proud of Stephanie," Poole said. "She continued to play real well and I thought she stepped up big for us offensively."

Recording her eighth double-double this year was sophomore Lauren Richardson who contributed 19 kills and 14 digs against Wake Forest. Richardson led with two service aces and had the second most digs this evening.

Also having a good night on the court was defensive specialist Jenna Romanelli who topped the Seminoles with 15 digs and is now averaging 2.46 digs per set. Junior Brianna Barry led on defense with three assisted blocks and also added five kills, five digs and a service ace.

Florida State got out to a strong start in both sets one and two, but struggled in the first half of set three. The Demon Deacons were up 8-4 at one point before the Noles began to make a comeback. Florida State would end the match with 40 kills, five and a half team blocks and 58 points.

"Everything is determined by how you end the set and not how you start or how you play in the middle," Poole said. "If we can get to where we're strong after 20 points, which is where we've been the last couple of weeks, then that's going to help us be very successful even if we're having a couple of problems.

"We know this is a good team and we were able to come out and play well enough to get a win and we're just going to have to regroup and try to get after it on Sunday. We know Duke is going to be the big one, the one that Florida State has had very little success against and they've had a lot of success nationally. So it's going to be real important that we come out ready to play on Sunday."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             2  3  1  13  0.154   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   4.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          3 10  4  30  0.200   1  2  0   0  14  0  2   0   0  13.0
 5 Brianna Barry              3  5  3  13  0.154   0  1  1   0   5  0  3   0   0   7.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          3 12  1  25  0.440   1  0  0   0   1  1  1   0   0  13.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  3  0   8  0.375  31  0  1   0   5  0  0   1   1   3.0
12 Jordana Price              3  6  2  16  0.250   1  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   6.5
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   0  0.000   2  1  2   0  13  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0  15  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Abby Niekamp               1  1  3   7 -0.286   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Lauren Young               1  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 40 14 113  0.230  37  4  4   1  58  1  9   1   1  49.5
   Opp                        3 36 20 122  0.131  33  1  7   4  50  0 10   1   3  42.0


  1 2 3
WAKE FOREST
17
20
19
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

DUKE 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
11/02/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Slip In 3-2 Loss To Duke.

Florida State is now tied for fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Despite a 2-1 lead going into the fourth set, the Florida State volleyball team was unable to hold off Duke as it fell 3-2 (25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 21-25, 10-15) on Sunday afternoon in Tully Gymnasium. The loss pushes the Seminoles to a 15-8 overall record and moves them into a tie for fourth with Wake Forest in the ACC with a 7-6 conference record. The Blue Devils are now 18-7 and 9-4 in the league and are in a three-way tie for second in the ACC.

"A lot of it was a consistency problem, we just made too many mistakes at key times," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "I thought we played hard but it's just tough on us to play great teams and make those kinds of mistakes against them. We're showing that we're capable of playing teams that are very good, but we've got to step-up."

Despite the tough loss, five Seminoles posted double-digit kills this afternoon led by juniors Brianna Barry with 14 and Jordana Price with 12. Barry also led with a .417 attack percentage while recording eight digs and a solo block. Price attacked at .265 and led the squad with one solo and four assisted blocks.

Rounding out the top hitters was freshman Rachael Morgan with 11 kills and sophomores Stephanie Neville and Lauren Richardson with 10 kills each. Morgan notched an impressive .286 attack percentage on 35 attempts with just one error and also had one solo block. With 17 digs against Duke, Richardson now has a team-leading nine double-doubles this season and her two service aces this afternoon also topped the Seminoles.

The current ACC leader in digs per set, Ashlee Moon extended her streak of 10 or more digs in a match to six with 19 against Duke. The senior libero also notched a service ace in set four.

Duke came out with the first point in sets one through three but it was Florida State that scored first in sets four and five. Blue Devil Rachael Moss scored the first point of the match with a kill before the Noles would get on the board off a handling error on Duke's Sue Carls to tie it up. Although FSU took the win in set one, both teams were tied with 16 kills, 15 assists and 18 points heading into the second set.

The Blue Devils maintained control of set two, allowing Florida State to score only 17 points and holding the Noles to a .121 team attack percentage. Both teams remained tied with 25 assists after two with Duke holding a slight advantage with 28 kills to FSU's 26 heading into halftime.

A more determined Seminole team emerged from the locker room in set three, taking control early and holding the advantage from point eight to 25. Florida State put down 19 kills in set three and led with 17 assists, 20 digs and a .415 attack percentage to go up 2-1 on the Blue Devils.

It was critical for FSU to take set four, but Duke was able to put a stop to the Seminoles' efforts with Moss and Sophia Dunworth each putting down five kills in the 25-21 win that rolled the teams into set five.

Although the Seminoles won the first point in set five with a powerful kill by Barry, it wasn't long before the Blue Devils made their move and commanded the scoreboard to hold the lead at point seven. FSU fought back from a five-point deficit to get the score to 11-6 in favor of Duke, but it wouldn't be enough as the visitors pulled away with the victory, holding the Noles to 10 points.

"There were some things I thought we did well," Poole said. "This is a good Duke team and we had them on the ropes and could have won today but we're not quite there yet. Part of that is just continuing to work hard every day and improve."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             5 11  1  35  0.286   0  0  0   0   4  1  0   1   0  12.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          5 10  6  44  0.091   1  2  1   5  17  0  2   0   0  13.0
 5 Brianna Barry              5 14  4  24  0.417   0  0  0   0   8  1  0   1   0  15.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          5 10  4  32  0.188   1  0  0   0   5  0  1   1   0  10.5
 8 Nikki Baker                5  2  3   8 -0.125  51  0  0   0   8  0  1   0   1   2.5
12 Jordana Price              5 12  3  34  0.265   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   0   0  15.0
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              5  0  0   1  0.000   3  1  0   0  11  0  0   0   1   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                5  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  1   1  19  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            5  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  3   1  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
23 Lauren Young               2  1  0   1  1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 60 21 179  0.218  56  4  5   7  83  3  8   3   2  71.0
   Opp                        5 71 23 184  0.261  67  7  6   4  88  2 15   4   3  87.5


  1 2 3 4 5
DUKE
22
25
20
25
15
FLORIDA STATE
25
17
25
21
10

FLORIDA STATE 3, BOSTON COLLEGE 1
11/07/2008, CHESTNUT HILL, MA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Take Down Eagles 3-1 To Complete The Series Sweep.

Florida State improves to 16-8 overall and 8-6 in the ACC.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Florida State continues its road victory streak as it took down Boston College 3-1 (25-11, 17-25, 25-18, 25-20) inside Power Gym on Friday, November 7. After sweeping the Eagles at home last month, the win complete the series sweep for the Seminoles who are now 16-8 overall and 8-6 in the ACC. BC slips to 7-19 and 1-13 in the conference.

"We looked a step slow all night," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "I think when you travel in the conference, no matter what conference and no matter who you play, that adds an additional obstacle that you have to try to overcome. I'm very proud of the way the girls came back and finished it off on the road because it could have gotten nasty quick."

Topping the Seminole squad on offense was sophomore Stephanie Neville who put down 13 kills to tie her career high while also notching two assists, three digs and a couple assisted blocks.

Junior Brianna Barry contributed eight kills for a team-high .386 attack percentage with one solo and one assisted block. Fellow junior Nikki Baker recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 39 assists and 14 digs against the Eagles.

"I'm proud of the way Stephanie played again," Poole said. "I thought she and Brianna played very well."

The first set lasted just under 22 minutes with Florida State dominating the court and running up the score 25-11 for the win. Barry led the attack with four kills and a single service ace while sophomores Lauren Richardson and Neville contributed three and two kills, respectively.

Set two was a completely different story for Florida State. Boston College took the lead at 11-10 and the Seminoles were never able to catch up. The Eagles went on a seven-point streak to end the set 25-17, tying the match at one set apiece. Neville put down five kills to lead the Noles on the offense while junior Jordana Price recorded the team's only solo block as well as an assisted block as FSU headed into the break.

"We had a very poor second game and that gave Boston College life and certainly gave them a bunch of confidence and they played like it the rest of the match," Poole said.

Florida State took set three 25-18, winning set point on a service ace by Baker, No. 13 for the setter this year. The score tied up seven times with four lead changes, but the Seminoles went on a short run at the end to go up 2-1 heading into what would be the final set of the match.

The fourth and final set of the night had Florida State written all over it. The Noles racked up 16 kills, three blocks and 19 points to put the Eagles out of their misery and take the win, 25-20.

"Although it wasn't a stellar night for us statistically by any means, we'll take it," Poole said. "They lost here last year so we're happy to get out of here with this win this year."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             2  1  3   8 -0.250   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          4  7  5  22  0.091   0  0  0   0   9  0  2   0   0   8.0
 5 Brianna Barry              4  8  1  19  0.368   0  2  0   0   3  1  1   0   0  11.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          4 13  5  28  0.286   2  0  0   1   3  0  2   0   1  14.0
 8 Nikki Baker                4  1  2   5 -0.200  39  2  2   0  14  0  1   2   0   3.5
12 Jordana Price              4  9  5  20  0.200   0  0  0   0   1  3  4   0   0  14.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              4  1  0   1  1.000   1  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                4  1  0   2  0.500   0  2  0   3  11  0  0   0   0   3.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            4  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  4   0   7  0  0   0   0   2.0
15 Abby Niekamp               2  6  3  17  0.176   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   6.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 47 24 122  0.189  42  8  6   4  53  4 10   2   1  64.0
   Opp                        4 37 28 122  0.074  35  4  7   8  45  5 10   1   1  51.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
17
25
25
BOSTON COLLEGE
11
25
18
20

FLORIDA STATE 3, MARYLAND 0
11/08/2008, COLLEGE PARK, MD

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Road Wins Keep Coming For Seminoles With 3-0 Sweep Over Maryland.

Florida State has now swept the season series against five ACC opponents.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - In its 10th sweep of the season, the Florida State volleyball team took out Maryland 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-16) in the Comcast Center Pavilion to also extend the road win streak to four. The Seminoles improve to 17-8 overall and 9-6 in the conference, pushing the Terrapins back to 6-21 and 2-13 in the ACC.

For FSU head coach Chris Poole the win happily marked the end of a particular losing streak. In all his years of coaching, Poole's teams have never been able to pull of the win when they travel on the day of the match... until tonight.

"I thought the win was a total team effort," Poole said. "Everybody played really well tonight and it's extremely encouraging when you consider being on the road again and the obstacles you have to overcome that come with being away from home."

Leading the Seminoles on the attack was sophomore Stephanie Neville who broke her career-high with 14 kills. The outside hitter hit at .423 and recorded a single dig and assisted block.

Junior Jordana Price and sophomore Lauren Richardson also had strong showings against the Terps. Price put down 12 kills for a team-leading .476 attack percentage while Richardson got 12 kills on the floor and 12 digs to record double-double No. 10 for the season. Both ladies recorded one solo and two assisted blocks apiece.

Overall, Florida State dominated Maryland 50-34 in assists and 63-53 in digs. The Seminoles attacked at .292 as a team and held the Terps to a .096 attack percentage.

"I'm really proud of the way they stepped up and we really challenged them to be focused tonight," Poole said. "Stephanie, Jordana and Lauren Richardson all had an outstanding match. It's nice to see them be able to step up and we're getting a lot of consistent play from most of the players. I think our defense continued to do well and are making improvements every week."

Libero and sole senior on the squad, Ashlee Moon, posted 18 digs and continues to lead the ACC in digs per set with 5.01.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 3 Lauren Richardson          3 12  3  33  0.273   2  0  0   0  12  1  2   0   0  14.0
 5 Brianna Barry              3  5  2  16  0.188   0  0  0   0   3  0  2   1   0   6.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          3 14  3  26  0.423   1  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0  14.5
 8 Nikki Baker                3  0  2   3 -0.667  42  0  0   0  10  0  1   0   0   0.5
12 Jordana Price              3 12  2  21  0.476   0  0  0   0   2  1  2   0   0  14.0
15 Abby Niekamp               3  6  2  18  0.222   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  1  0   2  0.500   0  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0  18  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  1   1 -1.000   0  0  0   1  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
23 Lauren Young               1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 50 15 120  0.292  45  0  1   1  63  2  8   1   0  56.0
   Opp                        3 34 22 125  0.096  32  1  1   0  53  2  8   3   1  41.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
MARYLAND
20
15
16

FLORIDA STATE 3, CLEMSON 2
11/14/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Volleyball Smashes The Tigers In Five Sets.

The win over Clemson is the first for Florida State since the 2005 season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The biggest win of the season for the Florida State volleyball team came Friday night inside Tully Gym when the Seminoles came back from a two-set deficit to defeat Clemson 3-2 (22-25, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-12). The win advances the Noles to 18-8 overall and 10-6 in the ACC which puts them in a three-way tie for third with Virginia Tech and Sunday's opponent, Georgia Tech. With the loss, the Tigers are knocked out of the top spot in the ACC and slip to 19-8 and 11-5 to tie for second with Miami who they face on Sunday in Coral Gables.

This is the first victory over Clemson since November 5, 2005 when Florida State won a 3-1 decision on the road in South Carolina. Prior to this evening, the Noles had been swept 3-0 in the last five meetings with the Tigers.

"I'm really proud of the way they hung in there," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "We've been so close so many times with these good teams and we just haven't been able to close it out. This was even better. To be down 2-0 against a team that's at the top of the conference and was picked to win the conference and then come back in three really shows a lot of character on our girls' part and I'm really proud of the way they fought to do that."

Set one started on a four-point run for Clemson with FSU catching up and taking the lead at 13-12 thanks to a kill from freshman Rachael Morgan. The remainder of the set would see the score eight times before the Tigers pulled away with the 25-22 win.

Florida State would score first in set two on a team error by the Tigers, but too many Seminole attacking errors would plague the home team. Sophomore Lauren Richardson was able to get five kills down, but Clemson out-blocked and out-served FSU, notching five service aces to come out with a larger margin of victory, 25-18.

Whatever the Florida State coaching staff said to its team at the break worked because a fully revived Seminole squad returned to the court for set three. Determined to prevent another sweep by Clemson this season, the Noles took control early and dominated Lucy McDaniel Court.

Richardson along with junior Jordana Price led FSU with four kills each while sophomore Stephanie Neville recorded three. The Seminoles led in blocks (3.5-0), kills (11-10), service aces (3-1) and points (17.5-11) with Price leading the way with two assisted blocks in the third set.

The closest set of the night came in No. 4. Florida State got off to a slow start as three consecutive attack errors gave the Tigers a 3-0 advantage which they would hold onto until the score tied up at 20-20. A service ace by junior setter Nikki Baker gave the home team a 21-20 edge that was followed-up with back-to-back kills from freshman Abby Niekamp and Richardson to push FSU ahead by three. Clemson's Lia Proctor and Danielle Hepburn would get a kill apiece past the Noles, but a pair of kills from Niekamp and Richardson would seal the deal for the Garnet and Gold and send the match into set five.

In the most intense set of the night, Florida State scored first and would creep out to a slight lead before Clemson tied it up at 8-8, forcing Coach Poole to call for a timeout. Returning to the court, a Niekamp attack error and a Clemson kill would push the visitors ahead by two. The score again tied at 11-11 and then at 12-12 off a kill by FSU junior Lauren Young before the Seminoles' heavy-hitter, Richardson, would pound two kills into Clemson territory followed by one from Neville to secure the victory for the Garnet and Gold.

"We really challenged Clemson between sets two and three and we showed everyone that we're a better team than we were at the beginning of the season," Poole said.

Richardson had a stellar evening, breaking her career record with four service aces on top of recording double-double No. 11 this season with a match-high 22 kills and 13 digs. The outside hitter also led the team with a .347 attack percentage and 26.5 points.

"Clemson's a great team and if we can take them, I'm so excited about the rest of the season," Richardson said. "We can finish winning out, we're ready to go.

"Everybody made it a team effort tonight and that makes it easy to get one-on-ones. They all did such a great job and we opened so many doors for each other."

Every Nole on the court played a part in the big win. Price and Neville each recorded 10 digs apiece, while Morgan put down six and junior Brianna Barry got in two.

The two "loners" on the team, sole setter Baker and solo senior Ashlee Moon, each had a great night individually. Baker's 50 assists and 10 digs marked her ninth double-double this year and Moon's 30 digs on her Senior Night were just five shy of her all-time career record of 35 which she set earlier this season.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             4  6  4  21  0.095   0  0  0   0   4  1  2   0   0   8.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          5 22  5  49  0.347   1  4  0   4  13  0  1   0   0  26.5
 5 Brianna Barry              4  2  8  17 -0.353   0  2  1   0   4  1  1   0   0   5.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          5 10  5  38  0.132   1  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0  10.5
 8 Nikki Baker                5  0  1   3 -0.333  50  1  2   0  10  0  2   0   0   2.0
12 Jordana Price              5 10  3  28  0.250   0  0  0   0   2  0  3   2   0  11.5
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              5  0  1   2 -0.500   1  0  1   1   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                5  0  0   1  0.000   1  0  1   2  30  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            5  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   1.0
15 Abby Niekamp               2  3  3  13  0.000   0  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   3.0
23 Lauren Young               2  4  1   9  0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   4.5
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 57 31 181  0.144  54  8  5   8  83  2 11   2   0  72.5
   Opp                        5 55 26 176  0.165  50  8  5   8  78  2 14   3   3  72.0


  1 2 3 4 5
CLEMSON
25
25
16
23
12
FLORIDA STATE
22
18
25
25
15

FLORIDA STATE 3, GEORGIA TECH 1
11/16/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Keeps Winning Streak Alive With 3-1 Victory Over Georgia Tech.

The Seminoles are now tied for third in the ACC with a 11-6 conference record.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State put the finishing touches on a perfect weekend after taking down Georgia Tech 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-19) inside Tully Gym on Sunday afternoon. The Noles beat Clemson 3-2 on Friday night and are now 19-8 overall and tied for third in the ACC with an 11-6 record. The Yellow Jackets slip back to 18-9 this season and are fourth in the conference at 10-7. The victory is also the fourth-straight for FSU and the Noles have won the last eight of nine matches this season.

"We're getting better and I'm really proud of the way they fought back in set two," Seminole head coach Chris Poole said. "We could have given up that set and gone to the half at 2-0, but we didn't. We were almost flawless in the last third of set two. We earned 23 of the 25 points we scored and that says a lot about the improvement this team has made this year."

The Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead early with a 25-22 win in set one. Sophomore Stephanie Neville led the attack for Florida State in the set, getting six kills down with no errors for a perfect .600 attack percentage. Fellow outside hitter and second-year Seminole, Lauren Richardson, recorded three kills and three digs in the first set.

Florida State was down by nine points early on in the second set, but would make a huge come back and go on an eleven-point run to win the set, 25-18, with sophomore Taylor Wilson serving for 10 of those points. Richardson would lead the offense with seven kills while also recording the only solo block for FSU. On the defense, the blocking duo of juniors Jordana Price and Nikki Baker would put a stop to two Georgia Tech attacks and notch four kills and 17 assists, respectively.

The third set was the closest of the afternoon with the Seminoles pulling out with the 16-24 win. The Jackets would score the first point but it would be a back and forth battle between the teams for the lead throughout. FSU would serve for set point twice and it was a kill from Richardson that sealed the deal. Also making big contributions was junior middle blocker Lauren Young, who came off the bench to add three kills in the third set after notching three in the second.

The fourth and final set belonged to the Noles. Georgia Tech would score first, but as soon as the Garnet and Gold got on the board the lead would remain in favor of the home team. Florida State held the visitors to 19 points as it extended the winning streak to four-straight after knocking off two top ACC teams this weekend.

Richardson once again led FSU with 17 kills and now has a dozen double-doubles this season after recording 15 digs. The co-captain also topped the squad with 19.5 points and notched one solo and one assisted block.

Price had a big day with 16 kills and three assisted blocks and it was Young who dominated with a .562 attack percentage and claimed one solo and two assisted blocks. The fourth Nole to post double-digit kills was Neville with 14 along with two assisted blocks.

"At the beginning of the year we would have made enough mistakes overall that we couldn't have fought our way back," Poole said. "But we didn't do that in this match. In the last couple of matches we've really shown ourselves being able to get into the match and be able to maintain a certain focus level. That's helping us."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             4  6  2  19  0.211   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   6.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          4 17  4  40  0.325   0  1  0   1  15  1  1   0   0  19.5
 5 Brianna Barry              1  0  2   3 -0.667   0  0  1   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          4 14  2  27  0.444   1  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   0  15.0
 8 Nikki Baker                4  1  0   3  0.333  58  0  0   0   8  0  2   1   3   2.0
12 Jordana Price              4 16  3  25  0.520   0  0  2   0   1  0  3   1   0  17.5
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              4  1  0   1  1.000   0  1  0   1   3  0  0   0   2   2.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                4  0  1   1 -1.000   2  1  3   0  18  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            4  0  0   0  0.000   2  2  2   0  10  0  0   0   0   2.0
23 Lauren Young               3 10  1  16  0.563   0  0  0   0   1  1  2   0   0  12.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 65 15 135  0.370  63  5  8   2  60  2 10   2   5  77.0
   Opp                        4 52 16 135  0.267  48  2  8   5  44  0  6   1   1  57.0


  1 2 3 4
GEORGIA TECH
25
18
24
19
FLORIDA STATE
22
25
26
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0
11/20/2008, RALEIGH, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Volleyball Sweeps Wolfpack On The Road.

Florida State stretches its winning streak to 19 straight matches against NC State.

RALEIGH, NC - In the 39th meeting between the two teams on Thursday night inside Reynolds Coliseum, Florida State swept NC State 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-18) to extend the winning streak to 19-straight matches. The Seminoles, now 20-8 overall and 12-6 in the ACC, have given up just five sets in those 19 victories over the Wolfpack (9-24, 3-15).

"Overall I'm very pleased with the hitting tonight," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "Our hitting percentage was very good in that match. I felt like our serving and passing was a little off and that was a little disappointing. We're going to have to serve and pass better tomorrow night if we're going to have a chance to beat North Carolina on the road."

As a team, the Noles hit at an impressive .392, holding NC State to .090 after three sets. Leading FSU on the attack was junior Brianna Barry who got 11 kills on the floor along with three digs and three assisted blocks. The middle blocker is now leading the squad with a .344 season attack percentage.

Sophomores Lauren Richardson and Stephanie Neville each recorded nine kills apiece and led the Garnet and Gold with three solo and four assisted blocks, respectively. Those blocking numbers were just one shy of each of their career records.

"When you go on the road and win in three, that's always a good win," Poole said. "I felt like there were a lot of things we did really well and I'm proud of the way they stepped up when they did make a mistake. We didn't let it get out of hand and hopefully we can continue to get better at that."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  8  1  15  0.467   0  0  0   2   3  0  2   0   0   9.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          3  9  2  17  0.412   1  0  0   0   6  3  0   0   0  12.0
 5 Brianna Barry              3 11  2  14  0.643   0  0  2   0   3  0  3   0   0  12.5
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  9  1  20  0.400   1  0  0   0   0  0  4   0   0  11.0
 8 Nikki Baker                3  0  1   5 -0.200  33  4  2   0   4  0  1   0   1   4.5
12 Jordana Price              2  4  2   7  0.286   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   5.5
   ---Substitutes---
 2 Drew Dudley                1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   1  2  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   2.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  4   1  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   2   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Abby Niekamp               1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
23 Lauren Young               1  0  1   1 -1.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 41 10  79  0.392  36  6  9   5  35  3 13   0   1  56.5
   Opp                        3 29 21  89  0.090  28  5  6   6  26  1 10   0   0  40.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
18
19
18

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA 0
11/21/2008, CHAPEL HILL, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Volleyball Puts The Sweep On North Carolina.

The Seminoles are now on a six-match winning streak after sweeping the Tar Heels on the road.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - It was the sweep to end all sweeps inside the Dean E. Smith Center as Florida State prevented North Carolina from clinching the ACC title with a huge 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-21) victory in Chapel Hill on Friday night. The Seminoles are now 21-8 overall and 13-6 in the conference as they extend their winning streak to six straight matches, and put a stop to the Tar Heels' nine-match streak on their senior night. UNC slip a bit to 20-10 and 14-5 as FSU is now tied for second in the league with Duke and Miami.

"All of the girls played very hard tonight," Seminole head coach Chris Poole said. "They were very focused and knew what they needed to do and they went out and did it."

Florida State got out to an early lead, taking a 25-17 win in set one. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Richardson managed to get four kills on the floor and also led the squad with six digs and one solo block. As a team, the Seminoles out-hit the Tar Heels .310 to .139, out-blocked and recorded 17 kills to the home team's mediocre nine in the first set.

FSU was on fire as it returned to the court, taking set two 25-20 and once again dominating in kills with 17 to UNC's 10. Richardson doubled her kills from set one with eight in the second and added a few digs to her stat line. During junior Brianna Barry's serve, points 12, 13 and 14 came from back-to-back-to-back service aces by the 6-foot-3 middle blocker which set a new career high.

During the break in the locker room, the Noles remained focused and took in every encouraging word given by coach Poole. Despite the rousing pep talk, the first point of set three went to UNC off a service error by junior Nikki Baker. But Baker's teammate Barry would answer with a kill to start the chain of ties.

The Seminoles used North Carolina's errors to their advantage and managed to stay a few points ahead of the Heels. Although the home team was able to get 15 kills on the court to Florida State's 13, the Noles out-blocked four to two and notched fewer service and attacking errors. In fact, the match-winning point was an attack error by Tar Heel Suzanne Haydel that sealed the 3-0 sweep for the Garnet and Gold.

"They're playing with a tremendous amount of confidence right now," Poole said. "I think we're as hot as any team in the country with the way we're playing. And we're still getting better every week. That's really encouraging.

"I'm very proud of all of them, they all stepped-up and played hard tonight."

Topping the squad on the offense was Richardson who recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 15 kills and 10 digs. The Ocala, Fla., native also notched a solo and an assisted block. Junior Jordana Price was the only other Seminole to ink double-digit kills with 13 and also had one solo and three assisted blocks.

Barry led in overall blocking, putting the stop to the Tar Heels' attacks with three solo blocks which matches her career high along with two assisted. The junior also led the Noles with a .438 attack percentage and her three service aces.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             3  2  2  15  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   2.0
 3 Lauren Richardson          3 15  8  44  0.159   1  0  0   0  10  1  1   1   0  16.5
 5 Brianna Barry              3  8  1  16  0.438   0  3  0   1   5  3  2   1   0  15.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          3  7  4  20  0.150   1  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   0   8.0
 8 Nikki Baker                3  2  0   4  0.500  38  0  1   0   1  0  2   0   1   3.0
12 Jordana Price              3 13  3  28  0.357   0  0  0   0   0  1  3   0   0  15.5
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   0  14  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            3  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  1   0  12  0  0   0   0   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 47 18 127  0.228  41  4  3   2  46  5 10   2   1  61.0
   Opp                        3 34 16 103  0.175  31  2  5   4  53  1 12   1   2  43.0


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FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
NORTH CAROLINA
17
20
21

MIAMI 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
11/26/2008, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Volleyball Falls In A Pre-Thanksgiving Match To Miami.

Florida State could finish fourth in the ACC with a 21-9 overall and 13-7 conference record.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On the day before Thanksgiving there wasn't much for the Florida State volleyball team to be thankful for as it slipped 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 13-25, 11-15) to Miami inside Tully Gymnasium. The loss bumps the Seminoles back to 21-9 overall with a 13-7 finish in the ACC.

Set one belonged to Florida State with junior Brianna Barry leading the way with six kills followed by sophomore Lauren Richardson with three. In the 25-22 win, the Seminoles dominated with 17 kills, 2.5 blocks, and a .455 team attack percentage.

Despite their best efforts, the Noles were unable to pull it together in set two, falling 21-25. Junior Jordana Price put four kills on the floor while sophomore Stephanie Neville led the set for FSU with a .286 attack percentage.

Florida State redeemed itself with a big 25-18 victory in the third set and topped the Hurricanes with 15 kills, two service aces courtesy of junior setter Nikki Baker and two team blocks. Junior middle blocker Lauren Young came into the match and posted three kills and an assisted block with the help of Neville, who notched a solo as well in set three.

The fourth set was tough for the Garnet and Gold as they couldn't shake a six-point deficit and fell 25-13. Miami managed to put 17 kills on the court and out-hit the Noles .552 to .214.

Unfortunately, the match would go to Miami as the visiting team took down the Noles, 15-11, in the fifth set.

Despite the loss, freshman Rachael Morgan was able to break her FSU record with a team match-high 13 kills and 13.5 points as well as tie her record with seven digs. Richardson, the outside hitter from Ocala, Fla., recorded double-double No. 14 with 11 kills and 16 digs against the Hurricanes.

Also posting double-digit kills were Neville with 12 and Barry with 11 and each contributed one solo and two block assists apiece.

"I'm really disappointed with how we fell apart in the fourth set," head coach Chris Poole said. "We never fully recovered through the rest of the match. That's what we've got to work on - getting better in the overall play in a match."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 1 Rachael Morgan             5 13  2  35  0.314   1  0  0   0   7  0  1   1   0  13.5
 3 Lauren Richardson          5 11  5  46  0.130   2  1  0   1  16  0  1   0   0  12.5
 5 Brianna Barry              5 11  2  22  0.409   1  0  1   0   1  1  2   4   0  13.0
 6 Stephanie Neville          5 12  1  26  0.423   0  0  0   0   3  1  2   0   0  14.0
 8 Nikki Baker                5  4  1   8  0.375  52  2  2   0   4  0  0   1   0   6.0
12 Jordana Price              3  6  5  15  0.067   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 4 Taylor Wilson              5  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   1   6  0  0   0   1   0.0
 7 Ashlee Moon                5  0  0   1  0.000   2  1  0   4  21  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Jenna Romanelli            5  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  1   2  11  0  0   0   0   1.0
23 Lauren Young               3  8  1  16  0.438   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   1   0   8.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 65 17 170  0.282  58  5  4   8  69  2  7   7   1  75.5
   Opp                        5 72 17 167  0.329  66  8  3   5  78  3 16   0   3  91.0


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MIAMI
22
25
18
25
15
FLORIDA STATE
25
21
25
13
11