Oct. 29, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla – Florida State volleyball (12-12, 2-8 ACC) defeated South Florida (10-16, 4-4 C-USA) 3-0 by scores of 30-23, 30-25, 30-20 on Wednesday night. Kristen Rust had a career-high 18 kills, while hitting .424 in the Seminoles win. Florida State as a team hit .337. Senior setter Jennifer Anderson recorded 31 assists, which puts her just 139 assists away from becoming FSU’s all-time leader in career assists.
The Seminoles scored the game’s first two points to go up 2-0 early. FSU’s lead grew to six at 10-4 as the Seminoles capitalized on South Florida errors for the lead. McLaughlin and Santos powered Florida State at the net both defensively and on the offensive side as the Seminoles went up by a score of 20-8 and forced a USF timeout. The Bulls tried to put together a late rally in game one, but Florida State held on to a 30-23. Kristen Rust led FSU with seven kills and hit .875 in the game.
Both teams battled early trading points, but Florida State found a two-point lead at 7-5 behind back-to-back kills from Nikki Anthony. The game remained close and with the score tied at 10, the Seminoles went on a 10-3 run to take a 20-13 advantage. Down by seven at 21-14, the South Florida Bulls went on a flurry to cut the Seminole lead to three at 24-21. USF got within two at 27-25 only to see Florida State score three straight to win game two 30-25 and go up 2-0 in the match. Rust continued to lead the Seminoles as she added seven more kills in game two.
South Florida took only their second lead of the match as they ran out to a 4-0 lead to start game three. FSU rebounded to tie the score at 10-10 and went up by two at 15-13 only to have USF tie the game again at 15. The Seminoles then scored four unanswered points behind three aces from McLaughlin to take a 19-15 lead, their largest lead of game four. Florida State only allowed the Bulls five more points as FSU took game three 30-20 to win the match 3-0.
Florida State continues its three-game homestand on Friday, October 31 against North Carolina (7:00 p.m.) and on Saturday, November 1 against NC State (6:00 p.m.).