Nov. 16, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla – Seminole volleyball (15-15, 5-11 ACC) won a five game thriller over Virginia (24-8, 8-8 ACC) by scores of 30-20, 13-30, 20-30, 19-30, 15-12 on Senior Day. Senior setter Jennifer Anderson set Florida State’s all-time record for career assists with her third assist in game one. Kristen Rust recorded her third double-double of the season with 13 kills and 14 digs, while Anderson finished with 25 assists and Cerina Pele added 15 digs for FSU.
FSU jumped all over the Cavaliers in the beginning of game one to the tune of an 11-4 lead. The Seminoles advantage remained at seven by a score of 19-12 as Florida State was rolling through the opening game. Leading by 10 at 24-14, FSU went on to take game one 30-20. With her third assist in the game Anderson became Florida State’s all-time leader in career assists with 4,805.
Virginia came out and took an early 3-1 lead in game two. The Cavalier defense at the net pushed their lead to eight at 16-8 and forced an FSU timeout as the Seminole offense struggled. FSU never could recover while UVA cruised to a 30-13 win in the second game to tie the match at a game apiece.
Both teams traded points to a 5-5 tie in game three before the Cavaliers broke the tie with a 6-2 run for a four point lead at 11-7. Virginia increased its lead to six by a score of 18-12 as hitting errors plagued the Seminoles. Florida State put itself in a hole down 26-18 and couldn’t overcome the errors as FSU fell 20-30.
After taking a 2-0 advantage, UVA used a 3-1 rub to tie the fourth game at 3-3. Florida State put together a run of its own, a 5-1 spurt, to go ahead 8-4. The Seminoles took their largest lead since game one, a seven point spread, by a score of 14-7 as great defense at the net from Aisha Carr and Amanda Santos helped lead FSU. Florida State never relinquished its lead as the Seminoles tied the match with a 30-19 game four win.
In the decisive game five, neither team could hold onto a lead greater than one until the Seminoles broke a 6-6 tie with two unanswered scores for an 8-6 lead. Virginia battled back to tie the game at 10 and after two kills and a block from Nikki Anthony the Seminoles led 14-11 as the match victory was in reach. The Cavaliers managed just one more point and Carr’s kill sealed the win on Senior Day as FSU defeated UVA in game five 15-12.
Florida State travels to the ACC Tournament in Orlando, Fla., and will face NC State on Thursday night. The winner will play top-seed Georgia Tech on Friday.