Nov. 20, 2003
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Florida State volleyball (16-15, 5-11 ACC) swept NC State (7-25, 0-16 ACC) by scores of 30-22, 30-23, 30-20 in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday. Kristen Rust had a career-high 19 kills for the Seminoles while Cerina Pele recorded 17 digs defensively. Amanda Santos added nine blocks as well. The Seminoles will face top-seed Georgia Tech on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
The Seminoles never trailed in the opening game on their way to a 30-22 win. FSU raced out to a 7-1 lead in dominating fashion to open game one. NC State rallied back to within two at 8-6 as the Wolfpack offense finally seemed to get things going. The Seminoles held onto a three-point lead at 19-16 as NC State’s defense held them close in the game. Florida State moved its lead back up to five by a score of 22-17 and capitalized on several NCSU errors as they took game one 30-22.
In game two, Florida State came out quickly again as they led 6-2 at the start. NC State battled back and following a few Seminole hitting errors, the Wolfpack cut the Seminole lead to one at 8-7. FSU quickly pushed its lead back to four by a score of 11-7 only to see NC State go on a 8-2 run to take their first lead of the match at 15-13. The Wolfpack lead wouldn’t last long as Florida State answered with a 3-0 run of its own to regain the lead, 16-15. The Seminoles continued on a 13-4 scoring spree to increase their lead to a commanding 26-19 advantage. FSU went on to take game two 30-23.
Once again the Seminoles jumped all over the Wolfpack to open a game. This time FSU jumped out to a 7-3 lead and despite a pesky NC State squad, Florida State’s lead grew to six by a score of 12-6. With the Seminoles leading 19-9, the Wolfpack put together a late rally to cut the deficit six at 22-16 but FSU held on to a 30-20 victory and sweep NC State 3-0 in the match.
Florida State will face top-seed Georgia Tech on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets come in with a record of 28-1, 15-1 ACC.