Oct. 17, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -Florida State (11-9, 2-5 ACC) defeated Clemson (12-11, 2-6 ACC) 3-2 by scores of 30-21, 22-30, 20-30, 30-27, 15-6 on Friday evening. The win marked the first for the Seminoles in a match that went five games. Cassie McLaughlin recorded her fifth double-double of the season as she tied a season-high with 18 kills with 18 digs, while Nikki Anthony (15) and Aisha Carr (12) both had double-digit kill performances. In her first match back from suffering a fractured finger, Amanda Santos was big down the stretch tallying six blocks and seven kills on the night.
Behind the serving of McLaughlin and the blocking up front from Carr, the Seminoles raced out to a 6-0 lead at the beginning of game one. FSU increased its lead to seven at 11-4 as the Tiger offense struggled early in game one. Florida State pushed its lead to 20-8 on Kristen Rust’s cross-court kill as the Seminoles were in complete control of the opening game. Clemson put together a late rally, but FSU held on for a 30-21 win. Anthony led the Seminoles with five kills, while Carr and Jessica Skower each had three blocks.
Clemson took their first lead of the match at 3-2 in game two and moved its lead to 10-3 as the Seminoles were trailing early. The Tiger lead grew to seven at 12-5 and forced an FSU timeout as Seminole errors put Florida State in a deep hole. FSU would never claim another lead or get within seven as Clemson dominated game two on its way to a 30-22 victory in the second game. McLaughlin led Florida State with five kill in the game, but the Seminoles gave away 20 points in the game due to errors.
Once again Florida State found themselves trailing as Clemson had a 3-1 lead to open game three. Down by four, the Seminoles rallied behind the serving of Sarah Griffin to tie the game at 10 with a 6-2 run. The Tigers broke the tie with seven unanswered points to take a commanding 17-10 advantage. Clemson again put FSU out of reach as the Seminoles couldn’t cut into the Tiger lead. CU would take its second straight game and 2-1 lead in the match with a 30-20 game three win.
Both teams traded points to a 6-6 tie at the start of game four. Florida State broke the tie with a 3-0 run to take a 9-6 lead. Clemson rallied to tie the game again, this time at 13, and later take a four-point lead at 22-18. The Seminoles finally put together a rally, a 7-1 scoring spurt, that gave them a 25-23 lead late in game four. It was the first FSU lead since Florida State led 2-1. Santos stepped up with her dominant blocking at the net with McLaughlin helped FSU to a 30-27 game four win to force a deciding game five in this key conference match.
The Tigers scored the game’s first two points only to see the Seminoles score the next two and tie the score at two apiece. Florida State took its first lead in the game at 4-3. Jennifer Anderson then recorded back-to-back aces as the Seminole lead grew to three at 6-3. FSU continued on a 6-0 run behind Anderson’s serves propelled Florida State’s led to 9-3.
Florida State will host No. 4 Georgia Tech (19-0, 7-0 ACC) on Saturday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m.