Nov. 28, 2003
ATHENS, GA. – Florida State volleyball (16-17, 5-11 ACC) fell to Georgia (18-13, 10-6 SEC) 3-1 by scores of 23-30, 26-30, 30-28, 28-30 Friday night to close out the 2003 season. Kristen Rust posted a double-double with a career-high 20 kills and 14 digs. Amanda Santos added 14 kills and three blocks, while Cassie McLaughlin had 11 kills and seven digs. Jennifer Anderson recorded 33 assists and Cerina Pele added 10 digs in the final match of their Seminole career.
Georgia opened game one with a 5-1 lead following a 4-0 run. Down 7-2, the Seminoles went on a 3-1 spurt to cut the lead three by a score of 8-5. FSU kept climbing back and Kristen Rust’s kill on the left side brought Florida State within two by the score of 13-11 in favor of UGA. Santos’ kill down the middle and a Bulldog hitting error tied the score at 19-19. With the Seminoles trailing 22-21, Georgia closed out the opening game on an 8-2 scoring spree to take game one 30-23. Rust led the Seminoles with five kills in the game. UGA hit a blistering .458 as a team, while FSU was held to just a .167 attack percentage.
Once again the Bulldogs opened with a quick lead as they led 4-0 to start the second game. Florida State rallied to within one at 8-7 only to see the Georgia lead grow to five at 15-10. Following a Seminole timeout, FSU came out with a 4-0 run with kills from Santos and Sarah Griffin to cut the deficit to two at 19-17. Florida State stayed within two with the score 27-25, but the Bulldogs wouldn’t allow the Seminoles to overtake the lead as UGA took a commanding 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-26 game two win. Griffin had six kills to lead Florida State.
Both teams battled closely in game three, but UGA held onto a 7-6 lead. FSU later tied the score courtesy of a Georgia hitting error and Santos’ block gave the Seminoles a 10-9 lead, their first lead of the match. Florida State continued on 6-2 run to take its largest lead at 14-11. Georgia came back and tied the score at 17 and with the score still tied at 21, the Bulldogs scored two straight to go ahead 23-21. FSU came right back with four unanswered scores of its own to take a two-point advantage at 25-23. Florida State went on a 4-0 run and would hold off UGA on its way to a 30-28 game three victory. FSU’s defense held Georgia hitting .179 in game three to avoid the sweep.
Florida State scored the game’s first two points only to see the Bulldogs score the next six as UGA took a 6-2 lead in game four. Georgia kept its four-point lead at 10-6 until the Seminoles rallied to within one by a score of 10-9. FSU would score six of the next eight points as they took a three-point lead at 15-12 after Rust threw down an errant pass by the Bulldogs. UGA came back again, and with the score tied at 19 apiece the Seminoles doubled-up Georgia 4-2 to go up 23-21. The Bulldogs answered yet again, this time to tie the game at 25-25. UGA would later break a 28-28 tie with the game’s final two points to win game four 30-28 and the match 3-1.