October 24, 2008
Tech battles, but falls to Seminoles 3-0
Parrish records 10 kills in the affair
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Florida State (12-7) 2525253
Virginia Tech (16-4) 2322230
  • Cassell Coliseum - 707

BLACKSBURG, Va.- The Virginia Tech volleyball squad threatened in all three sets, but fell to Florida State 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23) at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday night.

The Hokies (16-5, 7-3 ACC) and Seminoles (13-7, 5-5) battled the entire match, with 31 tie scores and 13 lead changes, but the resilient Tech squad could not overcome timely Florida State hitting. Every set saw a tie score in the 20’s, but the Seminoles went on late rallies to bury the Hokies in each frame.

In set one, the two squads stayed even much of the way, until Florida State gained some breathing room at 21-18. The Hokies rallied though, winning four of the next five points to even the score at 22 apiece. Coming out of a Seminole time out, Florida State captured three of the next four points to take the frame 25-23.

Another close duel ensued in the second set, with 14 tie scores and eight lead changes. Tech earned a two-point advantage at 19-17, but again, coming out of a Florida State timeout, the Seminoles rallied, reeling of an 8-3 run to take the set two 25-22.

Tech came out of the locker room fired up in the third stanza, and showed it by jumping out to a 4-1 lead early. The Seminoles regrouped though, and took a lead at 10-7. Florida State held the advantage most of the way, but Tech consistently fought back to stay within striking distance.

After maintaining the advantage since 11-11, the Hokies climbed to a tie the score at 21 all on a setting error by Florida State’s Nikki Baker. The Seminoles pushed out to a 24-21 lead, but the Hokies pulled to within one at 24-23 on Baker’s ball handling error, one of eight called against both squads combined in the match. A kill by the Seminoles’ Stephanie Neville ended the momentum for the Hokies and gave Florida State the set, 25-23, and the match, 3-0.

Florida State out-hit the Hokies as a team .220 to .174. Junior Taylor Parrish was the only Hokie to register double-digit kills with 10. Freshman Erin Leaser tallied 30 assists, and a .250 hitting percentage to lead Tech, and junior Jill Gergen dug 12 attacks. Sophomore Felicia Willoughby recorded 5 blocks in the effort.

Clemson fell to North Carolina 3-0, and Virginia defeated Miami 3-2 on Friday night, to keep the Hokies atop the ACC standings. Tech will take on the Hurricanes tomorrow night at 6 p.m., in Cassell Coliseum in a contest to decide first place in the conference. Results will be posted on hokiesports.com following the match.

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