Seminoles slip by Hokies
Willoughby sets freshman block record
October 26, 2007

Box Score FSU 3, VT 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team was unable to complete a season sweep of Florida State Friday evening, dropping a 1-3 (21-30, 30-25, 28-30, 24-30) match to the Seminoles in Tully Gymnasium.

Sophomore Taylor Parrish led the Hokies' attack with a double-double of 16 kills and 10 digs, her 14th double-double of the season and 24th of her career. Freshman Felicia Willoughby also contributed double-digit kills with 10, and collected a match-high seven blocks to break Tech's freshman record for total blocks in a rookie season. Willoughby currently has 121 blocks this season, breaking Katie Esbrook's record of 118 in 2003, and needs just 10 more block assists to break the program's single-season block assists record.

Defensively, senior Amanda Cloyd collected a match-high 19 digs, while junior Sarah Muñoz dug 10 attacks and blocked a career-high five attacks. Sophomore Michelle Lang dished out 42 assists.

For the Seminoles, Makini Thompson led four players in double-digit kills, landing 17. Both Stephanie Neville and Mira Djuric had 13 and Brianna Barry chipped in 11. Nikki Baker collected a double-double of 42 assists and 12 digs, while Lauren Rosenthal dished out 12 assists. Summer Weissing had 11 digs and Malorie Wessel had 10.

For the match, the Seminoles held the advantage in each offensive category, including landing 11 aces on the Hokies, the most of any team this season. Florida State out-hit the Hokies, knocking down 67 kills compared to Tech's 50, and hit .254, while Tech was held to a .160 clip. Defensively, the Hokies collected 60 digs and 11 blocks, while the Seminoles had 56 and 5, respectively.

Florida State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening frame and never looked back. The Seminoles extended their lead to seven by 16-9, forcing a Tech timeout. The squads traded serves throughout the next 16 points, forcing another Tech timeout at 24-17. By then, the Seminoles' advantage was too much for the Hokies, and Florida State held on for the opening game win, 30-21.

The Hokies rallied in game two for a lead, and found it halfway through the frame, at 15-11, forcing Florida State to call its first timeout of the match. Tech increased its lead to 16-11, and despite a Seminole attempt to cut into the Hokies' lead, a late four-point run pushed Tech ahead 28-22, leading the Hokies to a 30-25 victory, evening the match at one-game each.

In a back-and-forth battle throughout game three, the Hokies were unable to hold on late in the frame. Florida State pulled ahead 24-20, forcing the Hokies to break the momentum with a timeout. Coming out of the break, Tech cut into Florida State's lead, tying the score at 26, and again at 27 and 28, before back-to-back kills from the Seminoles put them on top, 30-28, for a 2-1 advantage in the match.

Game four was neck-in-neck at the beginning as well, as the frame featured 12 tie scores. But, the Seminoles rallied for a late lead that the Hokies couldn't overcome. Florida State pushed ahead four-points at 22-18, breaking open an even 18-18 contest, and never looked back, cruising to a 30-24 match win.

Tech (12-11, 6-7 ACC) will close out its four match road swing with a contest at Miami Saturday evening. Match time is slated for 6 p.m., in Coral Gables.