Sept. 27, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Florida State volleyball team (9-5, 1-1 ACC) fell to North Carolina (10-4, 2-0 ACC) by scores of 14-30, 30-28, 30-27, 22-30, 9-15 on Saturday afternoon. Sarah Griffin and Nikki Anthony each had 16 kills, while Cerina Pele posted 22 digs defensively. Pele has totaled 38 digs in the past two matches.
FSU scored two quick points for an early 2-0 lead in game one before UNC came back to tie the game at two. North Carolina would then go on a 11-4 scoring spree for a seven point 13-6 advantage. The Tar Heels increased their lead to 18-9 and the Seminoles wouldn’t get any closer than seven as UNC won the opening game 30-14. The 14 points were the fewest scored by FSU in a game all season.
In the second game, the Seminoles ran out to an 11-4 lead and forced North Carolina into a timeout as FSU seemed to have the Tar Heels number at the start.. Coming out of the timeout UNC went on a 5-1 rally to cut FSU’s lead to three at 12-9. Florida State held its’ three point lead until Carolina tied the game at 17 apiece. The Tar Heels took their first lead of the game at 20-19, but FSU and UNC battled point for point thereafter as the game was tied again at 27-27. The Seminoles finished game two with 3-1 spurt for a 30-28 game two victory and tied the match at 1-1.
Neither team could breakout in the beginning of game three as the game was tied at four in the early going. Florida State would break the tie with a 6-1 run for a 10-5 lead. Griffin’s kill from the left side pushed the Seminole lead back to five at 12-7 after the Tar Heels had closed the gap to within three. FSU’s lead remained three at the midway point as the score was 15-12 in favor of the Seminoles. Florida State continued on a hot streak and increased its’ lead to seven at 23-16, the largest of the game. The Seminoles would never give up the lead, going on to a 30-27 game three win that gave FSU a 2-1 advantage in the match.
The start of game four looked too familiar as it remained tied at 8-8. North Carolina then grabbed the momentum as they went on a 4-0 run to take a 12-8 lead approaching the halfway point of the game. The Tar Heels kept the Seminoles reeling as FSU couldn’t cut into the UNC lead. North Carolina had a six point advantage at 23-17 and held on for a 30-22 game four win to force a decisive fifth game.
The Tar Heels went up 9-2 en route to a 15-9 game five win. The win gave Carolina the match and improved their home winning streak to 24 matches.
Three Seminoles recorded double-digit kills, Anthony (16), Griffin (16) and Cassie McLaughlin (12). Pele’s 22 digs were a season high, while Jennifer Anderson had a season-high 55 assists with 10 digs.
Florida State will 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.