Sept. 5, 2003
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Florida State (4-1) downed Arkansas State (4-2) 3-1 (30-21, 29-31, 30-23, 34-32) on Friday evening at the Texas State Tournament. Freshman Cassie McLaughlin had a triple-double with a season-high 18 kills, 10 blocks and 10 digs for the Seminoles. Senior setter Jennifer Anderson also recorded a double-double with 46 assists and 16 digs. The Seminoles have yet to lose a match after winning the first game.
The Seminoles jumped out to an early 5-1 lead behind the power of Aisha Carr in game one. With the game being played closely throughout the beginning, the Florida State defense helped put the Seminoles up 21-18. Late in the first game, FSU’s defense continued to play well and provided a rally that gave the Seminole offense a chance to put the game away 30-21 on an 8-1 Florida State run.
FSU trailed 2-5 at the beginning of game two but took a 10-8 lead behind an aggressive Seminole offense. Amanda Santos’ presence at the net sparked the Seminoles to a 20-14 lead after Arkansas State had cut the lead to 12-11. After an ASU timeout, the Lady Indians went on a 5-2 spurt to cut FSU’s lead to 22-19. Arkansas State rallied to tie the game at 24 apiece, but with Florida State trailing 25-29 and the game on the line, the Seminoles tied the game at 29-29 before falling 29-31.
As they did in game two, Florida State trailed 2-5 early on but scored four unanswered points to take a 6-5 lead in game three. The Seminoles continued their 15-6 run to increase the FSU lead to 17-11 and went on to take game three 30-23.
In game four, neither team could get a lead greater than three early on as both defenses seemed to have settled in. Florida State trailed 21-24 late in the game before putting together a 4-1 run to tie the game at 25 all. With the game going long, the Seminoles and Lady Indians traded points until freshman Nikki Anthony’s late kill put away Arkansas State 34-32 in an exciting game four.
The Seminole offense had seven service aces and McLaughlin had a triple-double with a season-high 18 kills, 10 blocks and 10 digs. Anderson’s 46 assists and 16 digs were also season highs. FSU spread the ball around as four Seminoles had 30 or more total attacks
Florida State’s final match in the Texas State Tournament will be against No. 8 Pepperdine on Saturday, September 6, at 11:00 AM ET. The Seminoles will travel to the UC-Irvine Sunset Invitational next weekend, September 11-12.