Nov. 11, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Seminoles put up a good fight against third-place Virginia at Memorial Gym Friday night, but came up on the short end of a five-game contest. Game scores were: 18-30, 30-26, 30-27, 28-30, 9-15. The loss dropped Florida State’s record to 8-16 on the season and 6-10 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers improved to 17-9 overall and 12-5 in league action.
Senior outside hitter Andreza Santos totaled a career-high 21 kilils on 44 attempts for a .364 hitting percentage. Four Seminoles hit in double-figure kills including Santos, sophomore Makini Thompson (16), junior Sarah Griffin (14), and senior Kristen Rust (11). Sophomore libero Summer Weissing had an impressive evening on the court, leading the Seminoles with 23 hard-nosed digs. Rust and Santos poured in double-double performances, adding 16 digs each to their kills. Griffin had a career-high eight total blocks (1-7). Setter Zrinka Tomic assisted in 36 sets.
In game one, the Cavaliers went ahead immediately, 9-2, thanks to strong serving, but the Seminoles fought back and came within four points twice at 16-12 and 17-13 behind four kills from Griffin. The four-point cushion would be the closest Florida State came as the Cavs went on a 5-0 run to take the 22-13 advantage. A net violation on the Seminoles cost them game point as Virginia won, 30-18. Florida State hit a respectable .333 but the Cavs tallied a higher .436 mark. UVa recorded four aces against the Seminoles.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 9-3 gain in the second contest and through long rallies, they extended the advantage to 14-7. Florida State was smooth sailing until starting middle blocker Lauren Scott went down with a mild ankle sprain and was replaced with freshman Gabrielle Rivera. The Seminoles adjusted with the switch and went in front 21-16 before Virginia Head Coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton called timeout. The two teams battled it out from that point on and the Cavaliers inched within three points four times at 24-21, 25-22, 27-24, and 29-26. However, the Seminoles found a way to pull through with a victory as they won, 30-26. Game point came on a crosscourt kill by Griffin. Santos had five digs and Griffin recorded three block assists to pace the defense. Thompson and Santos tallied four kills each.
The third affair tied up 11 times and with the score at 18-18, the Seminoles broke away on a 7-3 run to take the 25-21 lead. From then on, FSU kept a small advantage although the Cavaliers came within one point on two occasions. A Virginia blocking error (27-24), a Rivera block solo (28-26), a hard kill by Santos (29-27) and a Rust slam (30-27) put the Cavs to rest and FSU went up 2 games to 1. Florida State hit .371 and held Virginia to a .244 hitting percentage. Weissing and Rust totaled 10 of their team’s 15 total digs in game three.
After a 9-9 tie, Florida State fell behind by four points at 13-9 but got back in the fourth game and tied it up late at 19-19. From then on the score tied up 14 times and with Florida State up 28-27, a service error on Griffin even the battle at 28-all. On the next play, Virginia’s Kirkwood tallied her fourth ace of the match and the Cavs’ Shannon Davis sealed the win for Virginia (30-28) on a kill to force a fifth game.
Playing in their fifth, fifth-gamer of the season, the Seminoles fell behind early at 4-1 but a Thompson kill pulled the Seminoles within one point at 5-4. Virginia refused to let FSU any closer and went on a 3-0 run behind hard hits for the 8-4 gain. The Seminoles attempted a comeback but never got closer than two points (10-8) as the Cavs won 15-9. Santos had three kills and three digs in the fifth game.
Florida State faces Virginia Tech on Saturday at 8pm.