Oct. 24, 2003
DURHAM, N.C. – Florida State volleyball (11-11, 2-7 ACC) fell in a tight match to the Duke Blue Devils (8-14, 4-6 ACC) 1-3 by scores of 31-29, 23-30, 19-30, 23-30 Friday night. Aisha Carr led the Seminoles with 14 kills, while Kristen Rust added 10 kills. Sarah Griffin (16) and Cerina Pele (21) totaled 37 digs on the night.
The Seminoles opened game one with a kill by Rust for the game’s first point. Duke then scored the next three points to take a 3-1 lead. A block by Amanda Santos and a Blue Devil error tied the game at three apiece. Both teams would continue to trade points thereafter as the game remained tied at 17-17. Neither team led by more than one until Duke went up by two at 19-17. FSU quickly tied the score at 19 after another block by Santos. Florida State trailed 26-27 late in the game but rallied to take the opening game 31-29. Carr led the Seminoles with five blocks and hit .400 for FSU.
Duke erased a 3-1 Florida State lead in the beginning of game two to tie the score at five. The Seminoles then went on a 5-1 spurt to take a commanding 10-6 advantage. Jessica Skower’s block at the net increased FSU’s lead to 12-7, their biggest lead in the match. The Blue Devils cut the lead to two at 13-11 and continued their push as Duke tied the game at 15 apiece. Duke increased its’ lead to 22-17, but the Seminoles went on a 4-0 run to cut the Blue Devil lead to one at 21-22. That would be as close as FSU would get as they fell 30-23 in game two. Rust led Florida State with four kills in the game to increase her match total to seven.
Both teams battled for points in the start of game three as the score was tied at 5-5. Duke would then go on a 6-1 scoring spurt to take an 11-6 advantage and never trailed in the remainder of the game. The Seminoles went on a 5-0 run after trailing 9-16 to get within two at 14-16. The Blue Devils’ defense stiffened and only allowed Florida State five more points as Duke won game three 30-19.
The Seminoles and Blue Devils were tied at three early and FSU led 5-4 until Duke went on a 7-3 scoring spree to take an 11-8 advantage. Florida State then went on a run of its own, this one 8-2, for its first lead of the game at 16-13. The Blue Devils came right back with another run, 7-1, to regain the lead at 20-17. Duke increased its lead to four by a score of 25-21 after the Seminoles had cut it to two at 22-20. Errors by FSU proved costly late in the game as the Blue Devils took game four 30-23 and the match 3-1.
Florida State will continue its road trip at Wake Forest on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The Seminoles return home to face South Florida on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m.