Pack Volleyball Falls, 3-0, to No. 13 Florida State
Oct. 7, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After two tight sets, NC State’s volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-16) to No. 13 Florida State on Sunday afternoon, as the Wolfpack dropped its second consecutive ACC match.
The Pack (15-3 overall, 5-2 ACC) stayed close throughout the first two sets against the Seminoles, which were picked in a preseason poll of coaches as the favorite to win the league for the second year in a row.
"We had our chances in the first two sets, but we couldn't finish it out," said third-year coach Bryan Bunn. "We put ourselves in position, but defensively we let them win too many attacks. You can't win a match in the ACC when a team hits as well as Florida State did against us today."
In the opening set, the Pack led 9-6 in the early going, and the teams stayed close until the Seminoles scored four straight points to take an 18-15 lead. The Pack pulled within one point on five occasions, but the Seminoles eventually won on a kill by Marija Milosavljevic, 25-23.
The two teams stayed close throughout the second set, with Florida State seizing an 18-15 lead with four straight points. The Seminoles were leading 23-17 when junior Brie Merriwether closed the gap with three kills. After FSU called timeout, leading 24-23, the Seminoles finished the game with a kill by Fatma Yildirim to take a 2-0 overall lead.
In the third set, the Wolfpack trailed by as many as 10 points for before mounting a comeback. State closed to within 21-15, forcing Florida State to call time out, but the Seminoles closed out the match with a 25-18 victory.
The Seminoles, led by Yildirim and Sareea Freeman with 11 kills each, hit .336 against the Wolfpack, which entered the match with the best kill percentage defense in the ACC.
"I thought we played well overall, but we will work on how to close out a match on the road," Bunn said. "We've done a good job of that at home this year, but we have to be able to do that when we are on the road."
The Wolfpack is away from home again next week, as it travels to Virginia to face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Friday and Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m.
The Pack returns to Reynolds on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. for its Dig Pink match against Boston College. It will face Maryland at 5 p.m. the next day.