Nov. 16, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Lauren Richardson notched 17 kills and Ashlee Moon added 18 digs to lift Florida State (19-8, 11-6 ACC) to a 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-19) victory over Georgia Tech (18-9, 10-7 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Tully Gym.
The Jackets won the first set of the match but struggled to contain the Seminole offense, which hit a blistering .370 on the afternoon. Both teams struggled defensively, as Tech posted 60 digs to the Seminoles’ 44 in the match, but the Florida State was able capitalize on Tech’s errors on the offensive side, which proved to be the difference in the match.
Four different Seminoles posted double figures in kills against the Jackets, including Jordana Price (16), Stephanie Neville (14) and Lauren Young (10).
Tech’s offense was led by junior Chrissy DeMichelis, who posted 19 kills in the loss. Talisa Kellogg joined DeMichelis in double figures with 10 kills against the Seminoles, and Michelle Kandell posted 15 digs for the Jackets.
The Jackets held on for a 25-22 win in a sloppy first set which had more service errors (eight total) than attacking miscues (seven). A 7-2 run by the Seminoles made it a one-point set after Tech took a 21-15 lead, but back-to-back kills by Brittany Roderick and Talisa Kellogg sealed the first set for the Jackets. Kellogg finished the opening frame with six kills and no errors on 11 swings for a .545 hitting clip.
Georgia Tech opened the second set with five unanswered points and led by four at 18-14, but the Seminoles closed out the frame on an 11-0 run to even the match at 1-1. Florida State hit a blistering .406 and notched three blocks, including two during the run of 11 unanswered points, while the Jackets managed just a .207 hitting clip in the 25-18 Seminole win.
The Jackets tied the third set for the ninth time at 24-24 on a kill by DeMichelis, her sixth of the set and 13th of the match, but Florida State received back-to-back kills from Jordana Price and Lauren Richardson to seal the 26-24 set win and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Seminoles closed out the match by hitting .417 in the fourth set. Florida State went on a 6-1 run halfway through the set and held off the Jackets for the 25-19 win.
Tech closes out the regular season with three straight home matches, beginning next weekend when Maryland and Boston College come to Atlanta. The Jackets will play at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, with both matches being aired on WREK Radio (91.1 FM in Atlanta/www.wrek.org). Live stats for all of the Jackets’ home matches are available at Ramblinwreck.com.