GAINESVILLE, Fla.– The FloridaState volleyball team fell to sixth-ranked Florida on Monday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in the final non-conference match of the season.Game scores were 30-20, 30-23, and 30-16.Tonight marked the third Top 25 opponent FSU has faced this season as Minnesota (No. 5) and KansasState (No. 17) faced the Tribe two weeks ago.
With the loss, the Seminoles dropped to 2-6 on the season while the Gators improved to 10-1 overall.FloridaState hit .016 while the Gators recorded a .333 mark.
Senior outside hitter Kristen Rust paced the offense with nine kills on 26 attempts for a .231 hitting percentage while sophomore libero Summer Weissing totaled a team-high 14 digs.Freshman Marrita Royster-Crockett finished with seven kills and eight digs.Junior setter Jessica Skower had 23 set assists and sophomore Sarah Griffin had eight digs.Rust totaled her second straight double-double performance as she also had 10 digs.
The Gators jumped out to a 4-1 lead in game one and extended it to 16-7 midway through the contest behind three kills from Marci Hampton.FloridaState would come within five points twice (16-21, 19-24) but never got any closer as UF defeated the Seminoles, 30-20.Royster-Crockett paced the Seminole offense with four kills and three digs and Santos recorded two block assists.The Gators hit .355 while FSU registered a negative hitting percentage.
In the second contest, Rust’s eighth kill of the match allowed the Seminoles to inch within two points, 24-22, before Florida called timeout.The break proved worthy for Gator head coach Mary Wise as UF jumped from the huddle on a 6-1 run to race home with the 30-23 win.The Seminoles were out-blocked 5.0 – 2.0 but improved their hitting percentage to .225 in the game.Rust had six kills on 11 attempts for a .364 mark and Weissing dug seven balls.
The Seminoles fell behind 6-0 and later 11-1 in the final outing and never found a way to get into the contest.The final score of 30-16 was the largest margin of defeat for FSU this season in a 30-point game.
Jane Collymmore guided the Gator offense with 11 kills and Hampton had 10, respectively.
FloridaState hits the road this week to open conference action.The first test is against ACC-leader Maryland (Fri., ) followed by a match-up with BostonCollege on Saturday at