Continuing to roll
Article by Jonathan Ramsey, FSView & Florida Flambeau
November 21, 2005
The Florida State volleyball team continued its recent good play with a dominating sweep of N.C. State Friday night and a nail-biting victory over conference leading North Carolina Sunday. With the season winding down, FSU (12-16 overall and 10-10 in Atlantic Coast Conference) has turned from it early season troubles and caught fire winning four matches in a row and seven of it last nine.
“It is pride,” defensive specialist Kim Crawford said. “We wanted to end the season with a bang and now we are doing it.”
The Florida State volleyball team continued its recent good play with a dominating sweep of N.C. State Friday night at the Tully Gym. With the season winding down, FSU (11-16 overall and 9-10 in Atlantic Coast Conference) has caught fire winning three matches in a row and six of it last eight.
Florida State started the first game a little cold and found itself down 6-3. However, it was not long until the ‘Noles found its rhythm and took its first lead of the match at 7-6. The rest of the game was a series of runs. FSU expanded its lead just to see N.C. State bring the game back to a few points. A Kristen Rust service error brought N.C. State within one at 27-26. But Florida State would hold on and take a 30-27 game-one win.
The second game opened tight, as the two teams battled to a 9-9 tie. The Florida State offense was too much for the Wolfpack to handle as FSU scored five of the next six points. Florida State’s lead never dropped below three and FSU took a two-game lead with a 30-24 victory.
Florida State quickly closed the door on any chance upset in game three. FSU scored six of the first seven points to take a commanding lead. The lead eventually grew to 12 at 21-9. A kill by Andreza Santos ended the game 30-19 and gave the FSU the victory.
Santos paced the Seminoles offense the entire night. Overall, she recorded 17 kills on a .519 hitting percentage, three aces and three blocks. Senior Lauren Scott amassed nine kills of her own while boasting a .750 hitting percentage.
Sunday, the red-hot ‘Noles hosted North Carolina. Earlier this season, the Tar Heels defeated FSU in four games. Despite losing to Miami Friday, North Carolina entered Saturday at 16-3 and tied atop of the ACC standings.
FSU showed no fear facing the tough Tar Heels as they raced out to a 7-1 lead. A timeout by UNC led to no immediate relief for UNC as FSU increased the lead to 10-1. Finally, North Carolina got going and forced FSU to call a timeout with only a three-point lead at 15-12.
In the end, North Carolina took the lead at 27-26 and went on to seal the comeback win 30-27. Game two looked like the first. Although, the lead was not as big as the previous game, FSU again squandered away a lead en route to a 30-24 loss.
There would no collapse in game three. This time, Florida jumped out to another early lead but was able maintain momentum and win 30-24.
At 17-8, Florida State held another nine-point lead over UNC this time in game four. But just like game, the Tar Heels marched back and tied the game. Unlike the first game, FSU would stand strong and force a game five with a 30-27 win.
In the tiebreaker, emotions ran high as neither team could take control. UNC was the first to reach match point at 14-13, but with it back to the wall, FSU delivered back-to-back points. Multiple match points followed until Florida State claimed the victory 19-17.
“The first two games, we put ourselves in a position to win and down the stretch we just didn’t execute,” Florida State head coach Todd Kress said. “It is great team win to be down two games to nothing and come back and pull that off. Obviously everyone had to do something for us to win and everyone did contribute.”
With the weekend over, FSU closes the season out this week. Florida State hosts Duke on Wednesday and then ends its season at home on Friday against Wake Forest.