Nov. 26, 2003
Florida State (16-16, 5-11 ACC)
Florida State volleyball will conclude the 2003 season at Georgia on Friday. The Seminoles went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. FSU swept NC State, but fell to then-No. 6 and top-seed Georgia Tech in four games. Kristen Rust had a strong showing as she posted a double-double against Tech with 11 kills and a career-high 19 digs. She also set a career-high with 19 kills against NC State in the play-in game. Prior to the ACC Tournament, freshman Cassie McLaughlin was named ACC Freshman of the Year. Senior setter Jennifer Anderson became FSU’s all-time leader in career assists with her third assist in game one against Virginia (11/16) on Senior Day. She now has 4,874 career assists and 859 (7.54 apg) on the season. Anderson broke Nancy Gaspadarek’s (1986-89) career mark of 4,804 assists. Amanda Santos currently leads the team with 134 blocks and is third in the ACC averaging 1.34 blocks per game.
Georgia (17-13, 10-6 SEC)
Georgia fell to Tennessee (3-2/25-30, 30-20, 30-16, 29-31, 16-14) last Friday in the first round of the SEC Tournament at the South Carolina Volleyball Competition Facility. Alexandra Oquendo was Georgia’s leader on the offensive end with 21 kills while Luresa Forsythe and Julia Petruschke added 13 kills each. Margot Wallace led the Bulldogs with 54 assists and added a career-high 18 digs. Libero Jennie Metz set a career high with 26 digs, the most by a Georgia player this season and the second-highest total in the South Eastern Conference.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Georgia (11-9) dating back to 1977. The two schools last met in 1996 in Tallahassee with the Seminoles winning in five games by scores of 3-15, 2-15, 16-14, 15-12, 16-14. The last time the match was played in Athens was in the 1994 Georgia Holiday Classic with the Bulldogs taking the match 3-1 (8-15, 15-5, 6-15, 6-15). This will be the third time FSU will end its season against Georgia (1985 & 1994).