Oct. 25, 2003
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Seminole volleyball (11-12, 2-8 ACC) fell to Wake Forest (16-6, 6-4 ACC) 0-3 by scores of 28-30, 26-30, 21-30 on Saturday. Freshman Cassie McLaughlin hit a season-high .615 against the Demon Deacons with 16 kills and no errors. Middle blocker Amanda Santos added eight kills and seven blocks, while Aisha Carr also hit well (.471) with 10 kills.
Game one was tightly contested in the early going, but the Seminoles used good defense at the net to go up 9-6. FSU increased its lead to four at 13-9 before Wake Forest rallied with five straight points to take a 14-13 advantage. Florida State remained close and finally regained the lead late at 20-19. The Demon Deacons quickly answered with a 3-1 run to take a 22-20 two-point lead. FSU came within one at 26-27 and tied the score at 27 on Kristen Rust’s kill down the left line. Wake Forest would outscore Florida State 3-1 in the final four points to take the opening game 30-28. McLaughlin led the Seminoles with five kills, while Santos and Rust each had four.
Florida State went up 3-1 in the beginning of game two behind the power of Aisha Carr only to see the Demon Deacons come back and tie the score at three. With the score still tied at six, FSU went on 5-1 run to earn its largest lead of the game at 11-7. The Seminoles and Demon Deacons continued to trade points, but Florida State held on to its three-point lead at 19-16. Wake Forest again came back on FSU, this time with a run of 5-1 to go up by a score of 21-20. WFU’s finally got a break late to push its lead to 28-24. That’s all the difference they would need on their way to a 30-26 win in game two.
The Demon Deacons came out to a 4-2 lead to start the third game only to see FSU answer with 5-1 spurt to go ahead 7-5. Wake tied the game at seven and both teams went back and forth to an 14-14 tie heading to the midway point of the game. WFU broke the tie with seven unanswered points for a score of 21-14, the largest lead of the game for the Demon Deacons. Florida State never recovered from that deficit as Wake Forest went on to take the match 3-0 with a 30-21 game three victory.
The Seminoles return home to face South Florida on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m.