Sept. 14, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Through the first game Tuesday night, Florida State played like one of the top team’s in the country. However, missed opportunities cost the Seminoles (5-2) in the later three contests, as No. 4 Florida (7-1) defeated intrastate rival Florida State 3-1 (30-27, 16-30, 23-30, 18-30) at Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium Tuesday night.
“In the first game, we played solid volleyball and competed at a very high level,” Seminoles head coach Todd Kress said. “That performance really dictated how the rest of the night would go. We lost focus in game two and you can’t relax against a team like that. That lack of focus is what’s separating us from the next level.”
Florida State held the Gators to their second-lowest hitting percentage of the season at .146. Despite finishing with a season-high .385 clip in game one, Florida State managed to finish the match hitting .088, combining just 49 kills on 171 attempts with 34 errors.
Aisha Carr (Dallas, Texas / Skyline HS) paced the Seminoles with seven kills on 14 swings (.286 hitting percentage) and added three digs and six blocks (2-4). Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, Ohio / McAuley HS) notched Florida State’s only double-double performance of the night with 12 kills and 11 digs. Despite not putting up big numbers on paper, feisty freshman Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla. / Olympic Heights HS) provided the much-needed emotional support on the court and was credited with 11 digs.
On the opposite side of the net, the Gators’ Jane Colymore tallied 18 kills on 57 attempts and pitched in 13 digs. Both teams contributed almost identical statistics across the board with the exception of service errors where Florida State totaled 17 versus Florida’s six.
“We played solid, but we are capable of so much more,” commented Kress. “We have to patch up those errors because it was our mistakes that cost us the match.”
With 1,004 fans jam packed into Tully Gymnasium, the Seminoles came out of the locker room on fire and jumped out to a 9-2 advantage that included three kills from Cassie McLaughlin (Gary, Ill. / Cary-Grove HS). Florida State extended that lead to 15-6 when McLaughlin contributed her only ace of the night. The Gators would hint a late comeback and came within one three times (22-21, 23-22, 24-23), however, Florida State closed in on the race and beat the visitors, 30-27.
The Seminoles never allowed Florida to feel threatened in games two and three. The fourth contest found Florida State battling back when it came within four late in the game, 21-25, however the Gators took over and closed the match.
Florida State will be back in action this week when it plays host to the Florida Classic on Friday and Saturday. The first match is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Friday against Troy. Later that evening, Winthrop will battle the Seminoles at 7:30 p.m.