October 1, 2004 - by
FSU Volleyball Drops Another Five Game Thriller, This Time To Duke

Oct. 1, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Despite leading in kills, digs, blocks, points and hitting percentage, the Florida State volleyball team (7-6, 0-3) dropped its third straight ACC match against Duke (12-3, 3-1) Friday night on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym in front of 1,179 fans. Four Seminoles registered double-digit kills, and as a team the Seminoles hit .233 percent versus the Blue Devils’ .176 clip. Game scores were 37-35, 27-30, 30-23, 26-30, 13-15.

The match was the fourth time this season and the second occasion in as many weeks that FSU played a five-game match. Overall the squad is 1-3 during the fifth game.

“We’re 0-3 in the ACC right now,” said head coach Todd Kress, “so we pretty much have our backs against the wall. We know we’re a better team than what we are playing right now so that’s our biggest motivation. We want to come out and find a way to win as oppose to making mistakes down the stretch. We know exactly what we have to do.”

Sophomore Cassie McLaughlin led all players with 17 kills on 32 swings for a .312 hitting percentage. She added five digs, an ace and two block assists for a match-high 19.0 points. Senior Amanda Santos recorded 13 kills, eight digs, eight blocks (3-5) for 18.5 points. Court general Jessica Skower paced her team with 54 set assists and she pitched in six kills, 12 digs and three block solos.

Junior Kristen Rust tallied a double-double performance consisting of 16 kills and 13 digs, while senior Aisha Carr concluded the double-digit kill group with 12 total on 26 attempts for a .346 mark. Carr also contributed two blocks (1-1) for 13.5 points. On defense, freshman Summer Weissing reached for 17 digs. Finally, sophomore Nikki Anthony slammed down eight kills and had two blocks (1-1).

For Duke, Sarah Salem paced her team with 14 kills and Stephanie Istvan had 21 digs, respectively.

The Seminoles out-killed the Blue Devils 79 – 66, out-dug them 67-64, outblocked them 14.5 – 11.0, outscored them 96.5 – 83.0, and recorded a higher hitting percentage (.233 to .176).

FSU will return to action at Lucy McDaniel Court Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. following the UNC football game. The Seminoles will face Wake Forest. Both FSU and Wake Forest remain the only teams without a win in the conference after the Deacs dropped a match to Miami Friday night.

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