Sept. 26, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Seminole volleyball team (8-4) opened conference play with a 3-0 win over NC State (6-8) by scores of 30-28, 27-30, 30-28, 30-21 on Friday evening. Freshmen Cassie McLaughlin and Sarah Griffin recorded double-doubles in Florida State’s conference opener. Aisha Carr added 12 kills offensively and Cerina Pele had a season-high 16 digs.
Florida State took game one by a score of 30-27 behind four kills from both McLaughlin and Kristen Rust. FSU ran out to a 3-0 lead courtesy of three consecutive Wolfpack errors at the start of the game. The Seminoles increased their lead to five at 7-2 behind three straight points to force an NC State timeout. NCSU cut the Florida State lead to two at 10-8 only to see the Seminoles go on a 4-1 spurt to push the lead back to five at 14-9. The Wolfpack mounted a 5-1 rally of their own to make the score 15-14 in favor of Florida State. FSU never relinquished its’ lead on the way to a 30-28 game one win.
As they did in game one, the Seminoles got out to an early lead in game two at 2-0. The Wolfpack came back with three straight scores to take their first lead of the match at 3-2. Florida State and NC State traded points to tie the game at five apiece. The Woflpack went on a 10-3 run to take a 15-9 lead, their biggest of the match. Trailing by five at 15-10, the Seminoles rallied with a 6-1 scoring spree to tie the game at 16-16. The Seminoles broke the tie with a 6-3 run to take a 22-19 advantage. The game was tied again at 25 behind another NC State rally that propelled them to a 30-27 game two win and tied the match at 1-1.
Game three was tied at 5-5 in the early going as there were five ties in the beginning of the game. Florida State took advantage of NC State errors and broke the tie with a 4-1 run to take a 9-6 lead. The game was tied again at 15 apiece after several Seminole errors helped push NCSU on a 6-3 scoring spurt. Both teams battled closely until the Wolfpack managed a three-point lead at 26-23, but FSU’s rallied behind the defense to tie the score at 28-all. McLughlin’s back-to-back service aces gave the Seminoles the game three win by a score of 30-28.
FSU opened game four to the tune of a 5-2 lead. NC State came back to tie the game at sixes, but the Seminoles would go on a 5-1 run to take an 11-7 lead. At the midway point of the game, Florida State had a 15-13 advantage. The Seminoles broke a 13-13 tie with nine unanswered points to take a 22-13 commanding lead. FSU never looked back as they won the match with a 30-21 game four victory.
The Seminoles were led offensively by freshmen Sarah Griffin and McLaughlin. Both Griffin and McLaughlin recorded double-doubles in the Florida State win. Griffin had 13 kills and 13 digs, while McLaughlin added 13 kills and 19 digs.
Florida State will travel down the road to play at North Carolina on Saturday, September 27, at 3:00 p.m. The Seminoles host Duke and Wake Forest next weekend, Friday October 3 (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday October 4 (6:00 p.m.), at Tully Gymnasium. Both matches will be carried live on Sunshine.