Sept. 13, 2003
IRVINE, Calif. – In a match that saw 34 ties and 19 lead changes, the Seminole volleyball team (5-4) fell to UC Irvine (9-3) in five games 2-3 (30-28, 27-30, 27-30, 30-24, 7-15). Florida State dropped its’ first match of the season after winning the first game. Freshman Cassie McLaughlin recorded her second double-double of the day, while Amanda Santos had 13 kills and 6 blocks. Santos’ performance this weekend earned her an All-Tournament team selection.
UC Irvine jumped out 3-1 on the Seminoles in the early going of game one. FSU answered with four consecutive points to take a 5-3 lead only to see the Anteaters later tie the score at five apiece. Trailing 14-16, Florida State put together a 5-1 rally to go ahead 19-17 and pushed that lead to 23-20 to force a UCI timeout. UC Irvine came out of the timeout blazing as they took their first lead in eight points at 24-23. The one point lead was the last the Anteaters would have as the Seminoles took game one 30-28. FSU’s defense held UCI to a .086 hitting percentage as Jessica Skower and Aisha Carr each had two blocks in the game.
Florida State and UC Irvine worked to a 3-3 tie early on before FSU went on a 5-2 run to go up 8-5 in game two. The Seminoles and the Anteaters were tied at 15 apiece at the halfway point, but UCI’s offense was able to rally for a 9-4 scoring spurt and take a 24-19 lead, their largest of the match. Florida State closed the score to within one at 27-28, but that’s as close as FSU would get as UC Irvine tied the match with a 30-27 game two win.
Game three started the same as the first two as both teams battled point-for-point with the third game being tied at 5-5. With the score still tied at 10, the Anteaters went on an 8-2 run to take an 18-12 lead. Florida State trailed the entire second half of game three and cut the UC Irvine lead to 28-27, but couldn’t get any closer as FSU dropped game three 27-30 to fall behind 1-2 in the match.
FSU took a quick 4-0 advantage in the fourth game only to see UCI score three unanswered points to reduce the Seminole lead to 4-3. Florida State’s lead grew to five at 12-7 behind kills from Carr and Sarah Griffin. FSU increased its’ lead to eight at 17-9 with a 9-4 run and Santos blocking shots at the net. With the Anteaters down by eight, they found a way to tie the game at 18-18 by scoring nine of the next ten points. UC Irvine took their first lead of the game at 21-20, but the Seminoles didn’t let that last long with a 7-2 run to take a game four lead at 27-23. That’s all Florida State would need as they went on to take game four 30-24 and force a deciding game five.
Florida State had it’s second match in two days go the maximum five games. The Seminoles went up 3-0 in the beginning of the game only to see the Anteaters go on a 15-4 to win the game 15-7.
The Seminole offense was led by Cassie McLaughlin’s double-double (18 kills and 12 digs), while Anthony (14) and Santos (13) both had double-digit kills for Florida State. Defensively, Santos and Carr each blocked six Anteater shots on the night, while McLaughlin added five blocks.
Florida State will return home next weekend for the FSU Classic September 19-20 at Lucy McDaniel Arena in Tully Gymnasium. The Seminoles will host Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville and Miami in the two day tournament. FSU will play Jacksonville on Friday, September 19th at 12:00 p.m. and Miami at 8:00 p.m. The match with Miami will be televised live on Sunshine. Florida State will conclude the tournament against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, September 20 at 12:00 p.m.