Nov. 7, 2003
CLEMSON, S.C. – Florida State volleyball (14-13, 4-9 ACC) fell to Clemson (16-14, 5-9 ACC) 3-1 by scores of 30-25, 22-30, 21-30, 25-30 Friday night. Freshman Nikki Anthony led FSU with 15 kills as four Seminoles recorded double-digit kills. Aisha Carr (10), Kristen Rust (13) and Cassie McLaughlin (12) also had double-digit kills. Rust had a double-double in the match as she had 12 digs to go along with her 13 kills. The loss snapped Florida State’s three-match winning streak.
FSU opened up the match by taking game one 30-25. Both teams traded points to open game one as the score was tied at three. Clemson broke the 3-3 tie with two straight scores to take a 5-3 lead. With the Tigers leading 7-4, the Seminoles rallied with a 4-0 run to take the lead by a score of 8-7. Clemson answered once again, this time with a 10-4 scoring spurt to go ahead by five, 17-12. As it seemed to be the theme of the game, the Tiger lead didn’t last long as FSU went on a 5-0 run of its own to tie the game at 17 apiece. Amanda Santos’ back-to-back blocks sparked Florida State to a 26-23 lead as they went on to win game one 30-25. Anthony and Kristen Rust led the Seminoles with four kills apiece and Santos had two blocks in the game.
Clemson raced out to a 4-0 lead to start game two only to see FSU score three straight to cut the Tiger lead to one at 4-3. The Seminoles continued their hot streak as they worked their way back to tie the score at 6-6. CU then put together another run, this time for 7-2 as the Tigers took a commanding 13-8 lead, as little errors seemed to doom Florida State. Clemson’s lead grew to eight by a score of 22-14 as a Seminoles rally fell short. FSU couldn’t get any closer than five as Clemson took game two 30-22 to tie the match at a game apiece. Anthony had five kills for FSU to bring her match total to nine.
Game three started out close as Clemson held a 4-3 advantage. The Tigers took control of the game by pushing their lead to four at 8-4 behind a 4-1 run. Florida State rebounded to within two at 8-6, but Clemson quickly increased its lead to seven at 14-7 as the Tiger offense started to catch momentum. FSU finally switched gears as the offense capitalized on the Clemson errors to get within four at 14-18, but the Tigers had an answer as they scored three staight to push their lead back to seven by a score of 21-14. The Seminole defense never could break the Tigers’ offense as FSU fell 21-30 in game three.
The Seminoles jumped out to 3-1 lead, but the Tigers answered with a 4-2 run to tie the game at 5-5. With the score still tied at 10-10, Clemson doubled up FSU on a 6-3 scoring spree as the Tigers led 16-13 just past the midway point of game four. After CU seemed to take control of the game, blocking by Santos at the net brought Florida State to within four at 19-23. Clemson still led by four, 28-24, as the Seminoles rallied late. FSU’s rally fell short as the Tigers won the match 3-1 with a 30-25 victory in game four.
Florida State travels to No. 7 Georgia Tech on Saturday. First serve is set for 6:00 p.m..