MANHATTAN, Kan. – The FloridaState volleyball team gave a strong showing against 24th-ranked KansasState (7-0) Friday evening, but fell short 3-0 in the Varney’s Invitational at Ahearn Field House in front of 1,075 fans.Games scores were 30-24, 30-17, 30-22.
With the loss, the Seminoles dropped to 1-3 on the season while the Wildcats improved to a perfect 7-0 record.
Seminole senior Kristen Rust led the offense with seven kills and two aces.Junior court general Jessica Skower totaled 20 set assists and five digs while sophomore libero Summer Weissing reached for a team-high seven digs.Junior Kim Crawford earned her first collegiate start and registered a career-high six digs.
“Our hitting percentage was way too low,” assistant coach John Spinney said.“They were able to defend and block us very effectively.We need to improve our defense because 25 digs in a match is way too low.We still have some nagging injuries and they resurfaced during the middle of the match.We had to adjust and utilize our substitutes so that somewhat threw us out of sync.”
The Tribe was out-killed 58 – 27 and out-hit .364 – .057 percent.
FloridaState saw the return of senior standout Lauren Scott in game one and she paced the offense with three kills on three attempts.After trailing 7-3, the offensive power of Scott and serving by Rust evened the score at 16-all.An ace by Rust put the Seminoles ahead for the first time in the contest, 17-16, and both teams traded points until late in the game.With the score even at 20, the Wildcats went on a quick 4-0 run (24-20) and extended the lead to 27-21.The Seminoles never got closer than four points late (27-23) as K-State raced away with the 30-24 victory.Skower showed power on both sides of the ball as she recorded two kills, five assists, one ace, two digs, and one block solo. KansasState held the Seminoles to a .118 hitting percentage while it hit .389.FloridaState out-blocked the Wildcats 4.0 – 1.0.
Hitting was once again the problem in game two as the Seminoles hit -.061 while the Wildcats managed a .382 mark.FloridaState fell behind early 14-8 and K-State extended the lead by double-digits at 26-16.From there, the Seminoles never found their groove on offense and fell 30-17.FSU registered just five kills in the second contest, receiving two from junior Sarah Griffin and one from Scott, Andreza Santos and Makini Thompson.
In the final outing of the evening, FloridaState tied the match up on three occasions before taking a temporary 14-13 lead.However, the Wildcats answered back and tied the game at 14-14 and on the next play they jumped ahead 15-14.From there, K-State went on a 6-2 run to put the score at 21-16.FSU attempted a strong comeback and inched within three points, 22-19.However, the Seminoles never got any closer as they dropped the game, 30-22.
Agata Rezende paced KansasState with 17 kills and Stacey Speigelberg quarterbacked the Wildcats with 41 set assists and eight kills.
During the first match of the Varney’s Kansas State Invitational, No. 5 Minnesota swept Houston.
The Seminoles face fifth-ranked Minnesota at (ET) and Houston at (ET).Live stats are not available.