Oct. 13, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Despite taking a two-game lead in the match,
the Florida State volleyball team fell in five games by scores of 15-9,
15-13, 6-15, 9-15, 10-15, to Georgia Tech in ACC action at Tully Gymnasium
Friday night. With the loss, the Lady Seminoles fall to 14-8 overall and
2-5 in conference play, while Georgia Tech, winners of seven straight,
improve to 16-4 and 7-1 in the ACC.
Florida State came back from 5-0 deficits in the first two games to
take the victories. The Lady Seminoles trailed 2-7 in game one and rallied
to tie the contest at 7-7. FSU took its first lead at 8-7 and despite two
more ties, the Tribe didn’t trail again in the set. In game two, FSU tied
the set at 5-5 and took the lead for good at 9-8. The Lady Seminoles
recorded four service aces in the game and found themselves leading the
blocking attack 17-6. The Tribe took a 3-0 lead to start things off in
game three, but Tech quickly tied the score. Georgia Tech took a 5-4
advantage and led the remainder of the game. The Yellow Jackets came up
big with six blocks and outhit FSU .487 to .167 in game three. Florida
State found itself down 5-0 again in the fourth set, but this time, the
Lady Noles could not bounce back. Despite pulling to within 7-6, FSU could
not take the lead. Florida State hit .385 for game four, but Georgia Tech
recorded 25 kills and a .525 hitting performance. In game five rally
scoring, FSU had four early one-point leads, but with the score tied 5-5,
the Yellow Jackets scored four straight points and FSU never recovered.
“We played some of the most inspiring defense that I’ve seen in the
first two games,” FSU Head Coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud said. “It was obvious
we didn’t want the ball to hit the floor. We dove for everything. But I
thought we became very tentative in the third game. Tech picked on our
left side hitters and ran a lot of slides. We had a lot of opportunities to
win, but Georgia Tech is a good team and you can’t let them back in it like
Led by Norisha Campbell’s 18 kills and .417 hitting percentage,
Florida State had five players with double digit kills. Senior Jennifer
Werrick hit .321 for the match and recorded a double-double with 14 kills
and a team-high 10 digs. Freshman setter Jennifer Anderson returned to the
starting line up and had 55 assists, while sophomore Jamie Hibbard played
much of game four and had a solid performance with 11 assists. FSU hit
.289 for the match and led by sophomore Dawn Hough’s career-high seven
blocks, outblocked the Yellow Jackets 25-18.
Georgia Tech’s Maja Pachale had a match-high 29 kills and hit .490
for the night. The Yellow Jackets hit .349 as a team.
Florida State will host Clemson on Sunday, October 15th at 1 p.m.