Oct. 2, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second consecutive Florida State volleyball match, the Seminoles came up on the short end of a five-game marathon despite leading the opponent in nearly every statistical category. After suffering its second ACC loss of the season against Georgia Tech on Friday, Florida State fell to Clemson, 3-2, Sunday afternoon on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym.
Game scores were 30-23, 30-32, 28-30, 30-20 and 13-15.
The loss dropped FSU to 3-9 on the season and 1-3 in league action. Clemson improved to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the ACC.
“Whenever we gain some momentum, we have a service error, some kind of miscommunication mistakes or something that completely deflates us,” Assistant coach John Spinney said. “As long as that continues to happen, we are going to make it tough on ourselves.”
Florida State took game one, 30-23, after jumping out to an early 9-3 advantage. The second contest was a see-saw battle from the start and the Seminoles reached game point first at 29-27. However, a service error allowed the Tigers to inch back and they scored five of the last six points for the 32-30 win. Game three was another close match-up but Clemson prevailed 30-28. Florida State regrouped and bounced back in game four and cruised in for the easy 30-20 victory. In a contest that came down to the wire, the Tigers took advantage of late Seminole errors and won game five, 15-13.
FSU is now 0-4 this season is game fives.
“It becomes a psychological battle after a while,” Spinney said. “We find ourselves in game fives and we just haven’t been able to get it done.”
Florida State faces North Carolina and NC State on the road next Friday and Saturday. Four Seminoles had double-figure kills: Kristen Rust (16), Andreza Santos (16), Makini Thompson (12) and Lauren Scott (10). Summer Weissing reached for a match-high 28 digs.
Florida State out-hit Clemson .216 to .194.