MANHATTAN, Kan.– The FloridaState volleyball team dropped its fourth straight match of the season, despite out-hitting the opponent, in a five-game heartbreaker against Houston Saturday evening in the Varney’s Kansas State Invitational at Ahearn Field House.Game scores were 26-30, 30-28, 28-30, 30-23, and 10-15.Tonight marked the second time in as many weeks that FSU lost a five-game marathon.
The Seminoles fell to 1-5 on the season, while Houston improved to 5-5.Earlier in the day, FloridaState was swept by fifth-ranked Minnesota.
FloridaState junior setter Jessica Skower, who is ranked No. 8 in assists on the all-time FloridaState career list, had a career night as she broke individual records for sets (72), digs (14), and tied her previous best with seven total blocks (1-6) on the night.It was also a career night for senior Andreza Santos who notched a career-best 19 kills on a career-high 37 attacks.
FSU controlled every major statistical category including out-hitting Houston .255 to .201.The only difference was found in points as UH scored 102 compared to FloridaState‘s 94.
FloridaState amassed an outstanding 19 total blocks while the Cougars managed just 11.Sophomore Makini Thompson led the defensive attack with nine total (2-7) followed by Scott, who had seven block assists.Rust and Santos contributed four total blocks (1-4) each.
The Seminoles managed 20 kills in the first contest, receiving five from Scott and Rust and four from Andreza Santos.Kim Crawford led the defense with five digs and Summer Weissing had four, respectively.Both teams traded points the entire first game until FSU took a 23-21 lead.However, Houston took advantage of an offensive surge behind Kariny Ritter, who had nine kills the first game, and evened the score at 25-25.From there, a net violation on the Seminoles pushed the Cougars ahead by one, 27-26, and they held onto the lead for the 30-26 win.
Down 17-10 in the second go-around, the Seminoles went on an impressive 11-3 run to take the 21-20 advantage.However, the Cougars called timeout and raced out of the huddle to score four straight points and took the 24-21 lead.Two slammers by Royster-Crockett inched FSU within one point twice (25-26, 26-27) and the Seminoles finally tied the game up at 27-all on an Santos block solo.The squads swapped points to make the score 29-28 and game point came on an untouched Scott kill to seal the 30-28 victory for the Seminoles.Rust and Santos completed five kills each and Crawford had four digs.FSU hit .364 in the contest and held the Cougars to a .093 clip.
FloridaState got off to a shaky start in the third outing, falling behind 20-13.Thanks to the offensive force of Santos and Rust, the Seminoles attempted a comeback and went on a 10-5 run to put them behind by just two points, 25-23.FSU would squeeze within one point late at 29-28, but the UH offense slammed down a kill for the 30-28 victory and took the match 2-1.Despite dropping the game, FloridaState out-hit the opponent .306 – .255 percent.
The fourth contest was owned by the Seminoles the entire time, as FloridaState raced away 18-9 and 23-15.FSU registered an outstanding .302 hitting percentage and held Houston to a .118 mark.
In the final game of the match, Houston jumped in front from the beginning and took a 10-5 lead.FloridaState never got closer than two points (11-9) and the Cougars finished with a 15-10 win.
FloridaState returns home this week to face intrastate rival South Florida Wednesday at The game will be broadcasted live on the Internet with Ryan Pensy calling the action.