Oct. 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In their first road match of the weekend, the Georgia Tech Volleyball team (10-8, 3-5 ACC) fell to No. 21 Florida State (14-4, 8-0) in straight-sets at the Tully Gymnasium in front of a crowd of 745. Despite Monique Mead’s sixth double-double of the season (15 kills, 11 digs) the Yellow Jackets were not able to muster out the victory and the Seminoles remained undefeated in conference play.
Ivona Kolak also had a good night for the Jackets netting eight kills on 17 attempts while also tallying six digs and two assists.
The Jacket serving that was ever present against Maryland and Boston College was just not there for Tech tonight as they earned seven service errors while notching just four aces of their own (3 from Susan Carlson).
Florida State came out firing in the first set jumping out to leads of 4-0 and 6-1 before head coach Tonya Johnson called a timeout to settle things down. From that point on, the Jackets played a back-and-forth set, but the damage had been done early as Tech was unable to overcome the deficit and FSU took the first set 25-19. Mead led all attackers with four kills in the set but four serving errors by Tech, two alone by Mead, didn’t help their cause.
Set two started off in favor of the Jackets as they jumped out to an early lead and built up on that lead thanks to some bad FSU passes. The Seminoles fought back from a 12-16 disadvantage, to tie things up at 16-all and then jump out to a 19-16 lead. Though the Jackets continued to battle, Florida State held on for the set two victory. Mead added another four kills to her total as well as five more digs and a block. Also tallying four kills in the second set was Kolak.
The third set was a battle between the two teams from the start, but FSU managed to grab hold of a five-point lead and hung on to earn the sweep and the win. Kolak tallied another two kills, while Mead blasted seven in the final set of the match.
Tech will head back out on the road when they travel even farther south to Miami where they have a Sunday afternoon 1 p.m. meeting with the No. 23 ranked Hurricanes.