Sept. 19, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In their second match of the day, Florida State volleyball (7-4) defeated Miami 3-1 (8-4) 3-0 (30-28, 28-30, 30-26, 30-25) on Friday evening in front of a television audience. Amanda Santos had her first career double-double as she recorded 11 kills and 11 blocks. Cassie McLaughlin (16, Nikki Anthony (13) and Kristen Rust (11) also posted double-digit kills. Cerina Pele added 12 digs defensively.
FSU ran out to a 6-4 lead behind Santos’ dominance at the net. Santos’ helped the Seminoles score with a flurry of kills and blocks as the Hurricane offense was stunned early. Miami would tie the score at 10 apiece, but Florida State rattled off four straight to claim a 14-10 advantage in the opening game. The Seminoles continued their four-point margin to push the score to 20-16. The Hurricanes cut the Florida State lead to one at 20-19 and took their first lead at 21-22. Trailing by one, FSU put together another four point swing and took a commanding 25-22. That’s all the separation the Seminoles would need as they won game one 30-28. Santos led the defense with four blocks and offensively she had four kills.
Florida State and Miami rallied back and forth in the beginning of game two, as the game remained tied at 8-8. The Hurricanes broke the tie with a 3-1 scoring run only to see the Seminoles come right back and tie the game at 12 on a kill by Anthony. Neither team could get a lead greater than two until FSU took a 23-20 lead into a Miami timeout. Miami cut the lead to one again at 25-24 and held on to take game two 30-28. FSU hit .385 despite the loss in the game.
As they did in the first two games, Florida State got out to an early lead at 4-1 in game three. McLaughlin and Santos assisted on two straight blocks to spark the Seminoles. FSU took a 17-11 lead following a television timeout and seemed take control of game three. The Seminoles held a five-point cushion at 24-19 at the latter portion of the game and the offense drove Florida State to a 30-26 game three win and a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Seminoles and Hurricanes battled through the first half of the game trading points to a 15-15 tie at the midway point of the game. The second half of game four started the same way as the first until Florida State gained a two-point edge at 20-18 courtesy of a service error by Miami. FSU increased its’ lead to 28-23 only to see UM score to quick points to make the score 28-25. Rust recorded back-to-back kills to put the Hurricanes away 30-25.
Florida State will wrap up the FSU Classic on Saturday, September 20, against the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky at 12:00 p.m. The Colonels are coming off a 3-2 loss to Miami in their opening match and defeated Jacksonville 3-1 on Friday night.