Oct. 31, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla – Florida State volleyball (13-12, 3-8 ACC) swept North Carolina (17-9, 8-4 ACC) 3-0 by scores of 30-21, 30-27, 30-25 on Friday night. The Seminoles have swept three of their last four wins over the Tar Heels. Cassie McLaughlin led FSU while hitting .391 with 14 kills and nine digs. Aisha Carr also had a strong performance with 11 kills (.350) and three blocks. Florida State held UNC to just .061 hitting with no one having double-digit kills for the Tar Heels. The win marks the first time this season the Seminoles have swept back-to-back opponents.
After trailing 1-2 to start game one, the Seminoles rattled off four straight scores to take a 5-2 lead with kills from Kristen Rust and Jessica Skower. FSU’s lead grew to six at 10-4 after a Tar Heel dig sailed high and Amanda Santos slammed it down for the point. Florida State increased its lead to 12 by a score of 20-8 with back-to-back kills from McLaughlin and Carr as the Seminoles had a commanding lead in the opening game. North Carolina forced an FSU timeout after going on a 5-0 run to cut the Seminoles lead to 23-17, but Florida State held off the Tar Heel rally as they went on to win game one 30-21. Carr, McLaughlin and Rust each had four kills in the game to lead FSU.
North Carolina scored the first point of game two only to see Florida State take the next three as the Seminoles led 3-1 early on. The Tar Heels came back to tie the score at 7-7 and the score remained tied at 15 as neither team could sustain a lead greater than two. Nikki Anthony’s kill down the middle gave FSU a 22-20 advantage, but UNC fought back to take 25-24 lead. Coming out of a Florida State timeout, the Seminoles tied the game at 25 on a kill by Santos and FSU went on to take game two 30-27.
The Seminoles and Tar Heels traded points to a 6-6 tie before Florida State scored two unanswered points to go up 8-6. FSU’s lead grew to five at 14-9, but UNC rebounded with a 3-0 run to reduce the Seminoles lead to two by a score of 14-12. Florida State then scored three straight of its own to go back up by five at 17-12. North Carolina refused to go away as they came back again late in the game, this time UNC cut FSU’s lead back to two at 22-20 after Anthony’s attack hit the antenna for a Tar Heel point. After the Seminoles called a timeout, the Seminoles blistered UNC with a 10-5 scoring spree to take game three 30-25.
Florida State concludes its three-game homestand on Saturday, November 1 against NC State. First serve is set for 6:00 p.m.