Oct. 18, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (11-10, 2-6 ACC) fell to No. 4 Georgia Tech (20-0, 8-0 ACC) 3-0 by scores of 32-30, 24-30, 30-22 on Saturday. Despite the loss the Seminoles gave the Yellow Jackets one of their toughest conference matches of the season. Cassie McLaughlin had her second double-double in as many nights as she posted 10 kills and 11 digs. Cerina Pele also had a double-digit dig performance with 10. Aisha Carr (.429) and Kristen Rust (.421) both hit over .400 against Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech opened up with a 2-0 lead in game one, but the Seminoles would counter with three unanswered to take their first lead 3-2. Florida State increased the lead to 7-4. The Yellow Jackets rallied to tie the score at 11 apiece. FSU pushed its lead back to three at 15-12 before Tech tied the game again at 16. The game remained tied at 20 until Georgia Tech broke the game open with a 3-0 spurt to take a 23-20 advantage. The Seminoles came back and tied the game yet again at 23-23, but with the score still tied at 30 the Yellow Jackets scored the final two points to win the opening game 32-30.
Tech ran out to a 5-2 lead at the start of game two only to see the Seminoles cut it to one at 5-6. The Yellow Jackets then went on a 4-0 run to increase their lead to four at 10-6. Florida State rallied to take a one-point 11-10 lead. FSU held on to its lead until Georgia Tech broke a 16-16 tie with two quick scores to take a 18-16 lead. The Yellow Jacket lead increased to four by a score of 21-17, but the Seminoles kept coming and cut the Tech lead to one at 23-24. That would be as close as Florida State would get as Georgia Tech went on to take game two 30- 24.
FSU took an early 3-2 lead in game three as Yellow Jacket serving errors were costly in the early going. Tech regained the lead at 5-4 in the midst of a 7-0 run to increase its lead to 10-4. Georgia Tech kept pressure on the Tribe as they moved their lead to eight at 18-10 after the Seminoles had closed the gap to five at 15-10. The Jackets would never relinquish their lead as they went on to a 30-22 win to take the match 3-0.
Florida State will travel to Duke and Wake Forest next weekend, October 24-25. The Seminoles will play Duke on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Wake Forest on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. FSU returns home on Wednesday, October 29th to face the South Florida Bulls at 7:00 p.m.