Sept. 24, 2004
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team (7-5,0-2) dropped its second straight ACC match in as many nights, as the Miami Hurricanes (5-3,1-0) swept the Seminoles on Friday night at Knight Sports Complex. The match was the first ever for Miami in its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles have yet to ever beat the Hurricanes on the road. Game scores were 28-30, 29-31, 24-30.
For the first time all season, no Seminole recorded double digit kills.
Leading the offensive attack for Florida State was Andreza Santos and Kristen Rust with nine kills each, respectively. Amanda Santos and Aisha Carr had eight kills apiece and Renee Hill pitched in six more. Libero Summer Weissing tallied 13 digs on defense and setter Jessica Skower and Rust recorded six digs each.
The Tribe outblocked the Hurricanes 12.0 – 7.0 and leading the way was Carr with six block assists. Rust contributed three total blocks, including two block solos, and Andreza Santos had four total (1-3). Lauren Scott, who saw extensive playing time for the first time all season, registered two kills on eight swings and she added two block assists.
The first game remained a close affair at the beginning until the Hurricanes went on a 5-0 run midway through the game and took an 18-13 advantage. The Seminoles would fight back behind the defensive power of Aisha Carr who had three block assists in the first contest to come within one point of Miami (23-24). Once again, the Hurricanes would answer back to extend the home team’s lead to three points (28-25) before Kress called timeout for the Seminoles. Florida State raced out of the huddle and immediately went on a 3-1 run to put it down by one point (28-29). However, the Hurricanes completed a kill on the following play for the 30-28 win.
Despite losing the game, FSU out-hit Miami (.357 – .333) percent and outblocked the Hurricanes (4.0-2.0).
The Santos sisters joined up on a block assist to give Florida State a 15-12 lead in the second contest and the Seminoles later extended the gain to 25-22. However, Miami took advantage of FSU errors and tied the game up 25 and 26-all until Rust pounded down a ball that snuck in the middle of Hurricane defenders for the 27-26 lead. Both squads traded points and the game found a way to once again even at 29-29, but two consecutive errors put the Hurricanes past Florida State 31-29.
Once again, the Seminoles out-hit the Hurricanes with a .293 clip, while holding the host team to a .253 mark. Andreza Santos came on strong in the second contest and led her squad with four kills on nine swings (.444 percent) and she added three blocks (1-2).
For the third straight outing, the game remained close between the two intrastate rivals until the midway point as neither team led by more than three points. The Hurricanes paced the game from the get-go and the Seminoles slightly trailed behind them until a Nikki Anthony slam put FSU at a 16-16 tie. However, this would be as close as the Tribe would get as Miami never felt threatened again and defeated FSU, 30-24.
Valeria Tipiana paced the Hurricanes with 22 kills and Jamie Grass added 22 digs.
Florida State will be back in action one week from tonight when it hosts Duke at 6:00 p.m. on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym. The following evening, the Seminoles will battle Wake Forest at 7:00 p.m.