October 31, 2009
Hokies give strong effort, but fall to No. 17 Florida State
Record earns sixth double-double of the season
(17) Florida State (21-2) 252519253
Virginia Tech (16-8) 192125161
  • Cassell Coliseum - 517

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech volleyball squad put forth a strong effort but fell to No. 17 Florida State, 3-1 (19-25, 21-25, 25-19, 16-25), in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday night.

Tech (16-8, 6-7 ACC) out-blocked the Seminoles (21-2, 12-1 ACC), one of the best blocking teams in the league. The Hokies racked up 12 stuffs, while Florida State tallied 11. The Seminoles hit .275 in the match, while the Hokies struck at a .185 clip.

Sophomore Justine Record led the Hokies on the evening with 15 kills, while freshmen Jennifer Wiker and Cara Baarendse added 14 and 13, respectively. Record added 10 digs as well for her sixth double-double of the season Sophomore Erin Leaser doled out 52 assists, and senior Jill Gergen recorded 15 digs. Junior Felicia Willoughby blocked seven attacks in the affair.

The Seminoles came out strong out of the gates, pulling out to a 10-7 lead. The Florida State advantage reached 15-10, before a 5-1 run helped the Hokies close to within one. The Seminoles won the next three points to regain control and carried the cushion to a 25-19 set one victory.

In set two, the Hokies battled Florida State the entire way. The frame featured 13 ties and five lead changes. Tied at 16 apiece, the Seminoles embarked on a 4-1 spurt to gain some breathing room, but Tech answered with two consecutive points to pull within one. A 5-1 streak by the Seminoles extinguished the Hokies’ momentum though, as Florida State captured the second set, 25-21.

The two squads went toe-to-toe again in the third set. Down 14-12, Tech went on a 5-1 run to take the lead, an advantage they would not relinquish for the remainder of the period. Florida State rallied to even the set at 18 all, but the Hokies won the next four points to stop the Seminole advance. Overall, Tech closed the set on a 7-1 run and won the third stanza, 25-19.

Tech could not keep the momentum in the fourth set though, as Florida State showed their strength. The Hokies stayed within striking distance early, until the Seminoles raced out to a 13-6 lead. Tech could not put together one last run, as Florida State took the final frame, 25-16, and the match, 3-1.

The Hokies hit the road for matchups against NC State and North Carolina next weekend. Tech faces the Wolfpack on Friday at 7 p.m., and takes on the Tar Heels at 1 p.m., on Sunday. Results will be available on hokiesports.com.

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