Oct. 4, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (9-7, 1-3 ACC) dropped it second home conference match of the season to Wake Forest (13-3, 3-1 ACC) by scores of 18-30, 30-27, 19-30, 23-30 on Saturday night. Freshman Cassie McLaughlin recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs. Cerina Pele led the team with 14 digs defensively.
FSU scored first to open game one with a 2-0 advantage. Wake Forest responded with four unanswered points to take a 4-2 lead. The Seminoles rebounded behind the blocking of Aisha Carr and Jessica Skower at the net to regain the lead at 8-5. With Florida State leading 10-6, the Demon Deacons scored nine straight on the serving of Valerie Rydberg to go ahead 15-10. That would be the break WFU would need as the Demon Deacons never allowed the Seminoles to get any closer than six on their way to a 30-18 opening game win.
The Seminoles went up 4-2 in the beginning of game two only to see Wake Forest tie the game at four apiece shortly thereafter. FSU regained the lead at 9-6, but fell behind by one at 15-14 heading into the TV timeout. Both teams traded points coming out of the timeout, but Florida State found the edge with a 20-17 advantage. The Demon Deacons defense rallied to even the score at 20 and the Seminoles answered closing out the game on a 10-7 run to take game two 30-27.
After FSU scored the game’s opening point, Wake Forest scored four in a row to take a 4-1 lead at the start of game three. The Seminoles rallied to within two at 8-10, but the Demon Deacons went on a 5-1 spurt to claim a 15-9 advantage at the midway point of the third game. WFU increased its’ lead to nine at 22-13 and never looked back as the Demon Deacons took game three 30-19.
After trailing early in game four the Seminoles battled back to tie the game at 6-6. Wake Forest broke the tie as the Demon Deacon defense led them to a 15-11 lead. WFU increased the lead to 21-14, but Florida State wouldn’t quit as they chipped away at the Wake Forest lead and made the score 20-23 still in favor of the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest went on a 7-3 run to close out game four with a 30-23 win to take the match.
The Seminoles next three matches will be on the road. They travel to Virginia and Maryland, October 10 & 11 and then to UCF on Tuesday, October 14. FSU will return home Friday, October 17 to take on the Clemson Tigers at 7:00 p.m.