September 25, 2009
Hokies fall to No. 18 Florida State
Leaser records fourth double-double of the season
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Virginia Tech (10-3) 232517251
Florida State (11-1) 252325273
  • Tully Gym - 1,187

Tallahassee, Fla. The Virginia Tech volleyball squad pushed the 18th-ranked Florida State Seminoles to the brink, but fell to the ACC foe, 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-27) on Friday night at Tully Gymnasium in Tallahassee, Fla.

Tech (10-3, 0-2 ACC) hit .191 in the match, and could not hold Florida State (10-2, 2-0 ACC) below a .200 hitting percentage, as the Seminoles struck at a .227 clip.

Set one started the tone of the match, as the two squads went toe-to-toe with each other, but the Seminoles pulled out the frame in a close contest. Tech jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, and pushed the advantage out to 13-7, before Florida State began chipping away. After trailing the entire way, the Seminoles evened the stanza at 19 apiece, but a 3-0 run gave the Hokies a 22-19 lead. Florida State rallied though, with a 6-1 streak to close out the period and steal the opening set, 25-23.

A 7-0 run early in the second set gave Tech the 9-5 lead in beginning of the second set. The two squads stayed close with each other for much of the rest of the stanza, finding themselves tied at 21. This time Tech went on a late run of their own, a 4-2 streak, to capture the second frame, 25-23.

Again in set three, the teams battled back and forth early on. The Seminoles distanced themselves with a three-point cushion at 12-9 and carried the breathing room for the duration of the period. The Hokies stayed within striking distance, but could never catch Florida State, as the Seminoles won the third set, 25-17.

The Seminoles took control of the match in the fourth set. Tied at 7, Florida State went on a 3-0 run to extend out to a 10-7 advantage. The Hokies continued to battle, tying the period at 20, 23, 24 and 25 apiece, but the Seminoles proved too tough. FSU won the final two points on back-to-back kills by the Seminoles’ Mira Djuric and Rachel Morgan to take the fourth set, 27-25, and the match 3-1.

Sophomore Erin Leaser tallied her fourth double-double of the season, dishing out 38 assists and recording 11 digs. Junior Felicia Willoughby led the Hokies with 16 kills, tying her season high, and added three blocks in the affair. Senior Jill Gergen registered 12 digs, while sophomore Kirsty Blue and freshman Cara Baarendse also totaled three blocks each in the match.

Tech takes Saturday off, before facing Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Results will be available on hokiesports.com following the conclusion of the match.

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