Nov. 21, 2003
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Florida State volleyball (16-16, 5-11 ACC) fell to No. 6 Georgia Tech (29-1, 15-1 ACC) by scores of 23-30, 31-29, 19-30, 27-30 in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Friday. Cassie McLaughlin hit .385 in the match with a team-high 14 kills, while Kristen Rust recorded a double-double with 11 kills and a career-high 19 digs. Kameelah Omar had 11 digs and Amanda Santos added three blocks defensively.
Both teams traded points to a 7-7 tie to start game one as neither team had a lead greater than one. The Seminoles took their first lead at 8-7, but Cassie McLaughlin’s serve sailed long as Georgia Tech tied the score again at eight apiece. The Yellow Jackets broke the tie with a 3-0 run for their largest lead of the game by a score of 11-8. Tech continued on a 7-1 spurt as its lead grew to 15-9. Florida State cut the deficit to four at 18-14, but the Yellow Jackets kept hammering away as they pushed their lead to eight by a score of 24-16. FSU came within five but Georgia Tech took the opening game 30-23. Cassie McLaughlin hit .800 in the game with four kills and three digs.
Behind the serving from Jennifer Anderson and a block by Kristen Rust, Florida State opened game two with a 2-0 advantage. With the Seminoles still leading by two at 6-4, Georgia Tech rallied with a blistering 7-1 run for its first lead in the game by a score of 11-7. FSU came right back to tie the game at 11 as they scored four unanswered points and the Seminole offense seemed to have things going their way. Tech grabbed a 15-14 advantage at the midway point of the second game and Florida State’s defense brought the game back to an 18-18 tie. FSU eventually took a 20-19 lead in the final third of the game. The Seminoles increased their lead to four at 27-23 after a Yellow Jacket miscue and a block assist from McLaughlin and Aisha Carr. Georgia Tech fought its way back and tied the game at 28-28, Florida State wouldn’t be denied as they held on to tie the match at a game apiece with a 31-29 game two victory.
In game three, the Yellow Jackets came out hot to the tune of a 6-2 lead. FSU scored two straight to cut the lead to 6-4, but Tech answered with two scores of its own to push the lead back to four at 8-4. Georgia Tech continued on an 8-2 scoring spree as the Yellow Jackets opened up the game as they led 14-6. Tech’s lead grew to 10 at 22-12 and the Seminoles wouldn’t get any closer than eight as the Yellow Jackets won game three 30-19.
The score was tied early at five until Georgia Tech rattled off four unanswered points to take a 9-5 advantage in game four. FSU cut the lead to 12-11 following a kill from Carr and a hitting error by Tech. Both teams fought neck-and-neck throughout the game with the Seminoles holding a 22-20 lead. The Yellow Jackets tied the score again at 22 and finally regained the lead at 25-24. Tech’s pushed its lead to two at 28-26 and went on to take game four 30-27 and the match 3-1.
Florida State travels to Georgia next Friday, November 28 to close out the 2003 season. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Ramsey Student Center.