Sept. 5, 2003
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Florida State (3-1) opened the Texas State Tournament with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-28, 30-25) sweep over Louisiana Tech (3-1) on Friday afternoon. The Seminoles have yet to lose a match when winning the first game and have swept two of their first four opponents. Junior middle blocker Aisha Carr led Florida State’s offense with 15 kills as senior setter Jennifer Anderson tallied 30 assists.
FSU and Louisiana Tech battled close early in game one, but the Seminole offense capitalized on mistakes by the Lady Techsters and went on a 12-5 run to take a 14-8 lead at the midway point. From that point on, Florida State and Louisiana Tech matched point-for-point before the Seminoles closed out the game on a 5-0 run to win 30-18. Florida State hit .482 as a team and held the Lady Techsters to a hitting percentage of just .069. Carr had seven kills in the opening game, while Anderson recorded 12 assists.
In game two, Florida State’s offense continued to play well as they raced out to a 4-1 lead. The Lady Techsters cut the Seminole lead to 6-5 before FSU rattled off four unanswered points and increased their lead to 10-5. Louisiana Tech would mount a comeback with an 8-3 run to tie the game at 13 apiece. The game continued to go back and forth and remained tied up at 23-23. As they did in game one, FSU’s offense stepped up in a critical situation to take the game 30-28 and a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
The Seminoles trailed early in game three as little mistakes hampered FSU. Florida State’s offense rebounded nicely to tie the game at seven. The game would see three more ties before Florida State finished game three with a 10-6 run to take the game 30-25 and the match.
Carr led the Seminole offense with 15 kills, while Anderson set the offensive tone with 30 asssists. Texas native Sarah Griffin had eight kills and four digs in return to her home state..
Florida State will face Arkansas State in tonight’s match at 6:30 PM ET. Arkanss State fell to No. 8 Pepperdine 3-1 earlier today. The Seminoles will close out the weekend tournament on Saturday against No. 8 Pepperdine. Game time is set for 11:00 AM ET.