Sept. 30, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State volleyball team outscored Georgia Tech 90.0 – 77.0, but the Yellow Jackets found a way to win the match in five games, as the Seminoles fell, 3-2, Friday evening on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym in front of a season-high 900 fans. Game scores were 30-27, 27-30, 30-19, 27-30, and 12-15.
With the loss, FSU dropped to 3-8 on the season and 1-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play. Georgia Tech improved to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in league action. Tonight marked the eighth straight time the Seminoles have slipped against the Jackets.
The Seminoles were led by senior Andreza Santos with 17 kills on 31 attempts for a .387 hitting percentage. She also had two block solos and one block assist. Sophomore Makini Thompson and senior Lauren Scott registered 14 kills. Freshman Gabrielle Rivera recorded 10 kills, a career-high three aces and three digs. Senior Kristen Rust and sophomore Summer Weissing tallied nine digs each.
Florida State controlled the entire match statistically, out-hitting (.255-.252), out-killing (71-57) and out-digging (50-42) the Yellow Jackets. However, 18 service errors committed by the Tribe allowed Georgia Tech to fight back for the victory.
The first game tied up 16 times and the lead swapped on seven occasions, but Florida State prevailed behind a .296 hitting percentage. It was more of the same in game two as both teams remained evenly matched. However, Georgia Tech, despite hitting lower than FSU, pulled through at the end to clinch the win. The Seminoles dominated game three, hitting a spectacular .464 while holding the opponent to a .226 mark. The fourth outing saw the Seminoles recording more kills, but passing and serving plagued the FSU offense late in the game as Georgia Tech pulled through and forced game five.
In game five, Florida State took a two point lead on a kill from Santos (6-4) and a hitting error by the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech tied the score at 7-all but the Seminoles grabbed an 8-7 lead on a kill from Santos. The game switched momentum when the Jackets scored points on a hitting error from FSU, two blocks from Tech and then an ace to take the 11-8 advantage. A stuff block from the Jackets gave them the 12-8 lead and a few plays later they took a 14-9 gain after a kill from Ulrike Stegemann. However, three straight errors by Laura DeMichelis made the score 14-12 and the Seminoles looked to pull within one point of the opponent. Tech’s Stegemann had something else in mind, though, as she slammed down her 20th kill of the game for match point.
Florida State will host Clemson at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.