November 14, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia volleyball team entered its contest against Florida State having played five-game matches in five of its last seven outings. After Virginia’s dramatic 3-2 come from behind win over the Seminoles in another five-game match, you can now make it six of the last eight matches.
The Cavaliers opened the contest by winning the first game 15-7. Florida State rebounded from its early setback, and stole the second match 15-2 and captured the third match 15-11. Just when it looked like FSU was going to seal a victory, Virginia came to life and breezed through the fourth game by a score of 15-1 to send the match to a fifth game. UVa opened up with a 3-0 lead and extended its led to 12-8 before the Seminoles outscored the Cavaliers 5-1 to knot the score at 13-13. After the led shifted back and forth by a point on several occasions, Virginia fought off match points by Florida State at 16-17 and 18-19 to pull even at 19-19. The Cavaliers won the next two points to pull out the 3-2 victory in front of 330 spectators at Memorial Gymnasium.
Virginia was highlighted by the trio of Jessica Parsons (24 kills, 7 digs, 6 blocks), Claire Folga (16 kills, 15 digs) and Deanna Zwarich (17 kills, 7 blocks). Mary Frances Scott paced UVa with a match-high 63 assists to go along with 10 digs and five kills. Andrea Fischer added nine kills, five blocks and four assists, while teammates Katie Jones and Kristi Winters collected 14 and 13 digs, respectively.
Florida State was led by Jennifer Werrick (19 kills, 13 digs) and Holly Schneider (14 digs, 13 kills) who each recorded a double-double. Setter Fiona Bolteri dished-out 52 assists to add with 11 digs in the 3-2 loss.
The win improves Virginia’s record to 24-6 overall, 11-4 in the ACC. The loss drops Florida State’s record to 23-9 overall, 12-4 in the conference. With their 24 victories, the 1998 Cavaliers have tied the 1996 squad for the most wins in a season during the 1990’s.
Virginia will return to action on Sunday, (Nov. 15) when the Cavaliers hosts the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The match is schedule for 1:00 p.m. and will be played at Memorial Gymnasium.
Florida State (22-10, 11-5 ACC) 7 15 15 1 19 Virginia (24- 6, 11-4 ACC) 15 2 11 15 21