Oct. 21, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State seniors Aisha Carr (Dallas, Texas/Skyline HS) and Amanda Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil) combined for 19 total blocks but it was not enough as the Seminoles volleyball team fell short to Miami in a five-game heartbreaker on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym Wednesday night. Game scores were: 30-19, 21-30, 30-24, 30-27, and 10-15. The loss dropped FSU to 12-8 overall and 4-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Hurricanes improved to 11-6 overall and 6-3 in league action.
“It’s unacceptable to come out after game one where we almost played flawless volleyball,” said head coach Todd Kress, “and turn around and let them back in the match on our errors. We’re not going to get to the next level when we do that.
“We need to toughen up and stop feeling sorry for ourselves and develop an attitude. The ACC is very strong this year and you have to come out and put your best product on the court night in and night out. If we want to be in the upper half of the ACC we have to be much tougher than we were tonight and have more of an attitude. We have to play hard every night and not just every other.”
FSU managed to out-hit the Hurricanes .193 – .188 and the Seminoles out-blocked them, 19.0 – 10.0. However, FSU registered 15 service errors compared to Miami’s five service errors.
Three Seminoles totaled 14 kills beginning with Carr who pitched in one of her top performances this season consisting of the kills, three block solos, seven block assists, and 21 swings for a .571 hitting percentage. Santos had 14 kills, two aces, four block solos, and six block assists.
Rust totaled her seventh double-double of the season with 14 kills and 15 digs.
Sophomore setter Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla./Naples HS) poured in an all-around outstanding performance consisting of 54 set assists, seven blocks, six kills, and three digs. Sophomore Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas/Hereford HS) tallied nine digs and sophomore Cassie McLaughlin (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove HS) had eight kills and three aces, respectively.
The Hurricanes made an early leap and the Seminoles found themselves down, 2-7, before FSU cut the gap to one-point (7-8) after Rust completed a kill. An ace by McLaughlin tied the game up (9-9) and a Nikki Anthony (Pickens, S.C./Pickens HS) slam put the Seminoles ahead at 10-9. From that point on, the contest would tie up on five occasions until the score was 14-all and the Seminoles took advantage of a 12-3 run (23-17) to put the game out of reach as Florida State raced away with a 30-19 victory. Rust tallied five kills and four digs in the contest, while Amanda Santos contributed two aces and Rust and McLaughlin added one each, respectively. FSU hit .333 percent while holding Miami to a .100 mark.
Miami capitalized on Florida State’s errors in game two to put them up early, 12-5, and the Seminoles came within six points four times before cutting the gap to five points, 18-23, late. However, errors continued to plague the home team as FSU managed to never get closer from that point and Miami walked away with a 30-21 win.
With his team down, 10-14 in the third battle, Kress called timeout which proved beneficial for his squad as they bounced back and tied the game up 15-all and a Lauren Scott kill gave the Seminoles a 16-15 lead on the next possession. Both teams traded points until the score got to 20-18 and Miami went on a 9-1 run to lead by five (28-23). The Seminoles would score one more point, but it wouldn’t be enough, as Miami defeated the Garnet and Gold, 30-24. FSU hit a match-low -.026 percent.
With Florida State up, 26-20, in the fourth go-around, Miami fought back and come within two points at 28-26. That would be the last time the Hurricanes scored as Santos contributed a kill for game point and Carr followed with a kill to force a fifth game as FSU won 30-27.
Miami, who was 0-5 in the fifth game coming into tonight, took the 5-3 lead after Valeria Tipiana completed an ace. FSU’s Anthony followed with a kill to put the score at 5-4, but this would be the closest the Tribe would ever get after the Hurricanes took advantage of the Seminoles six unforced errors and defeated Florida State 15-10. The Seminoles ended the game with three service errors.
Tipiana had 19 kills and nine digs for Miami and Jamie Grass pitched in 14 digs, respectively.
Florida State will hit the court again on Friday as it takes on Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. on Lucy McDaniel Court.