November 3, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Lady Seminole volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the season at the hands of the #6 Florida Gators as FSU fell 7-15, 12-15, 15-17 in front of 2,417 fans in Tully Gymnasium. Florida State drops to 19-8 on the season, 12-1 in Tallahassee. Florida extended its winning streak to 15 matches, improving to 23-2 on the year. Florida State jumped on top early, 4-2 in game one, but the Gators quickly regained control behind seven kills from Jenny Manz and six from Heather Wright to take the game 15-7.
Florida rolled out to a 6-0 lead in the second game, but the Lady Seminoles rebounded to post an 8-0 run of their own capped by three consecutive service aces from senior Susan Hawks. A Fiona Bolten ace gave the Tribe a 12-9 edge, but the Gators took advantage of several FSU errors to post the final six points of the game for a 15-12 win. The Lady Seminoles regrouped to spring out to a 6-1 game three lead behind big blocks from Aisha Thornton at the net and an ace from Jennifer Werrick. Control seesawed until FSU gained a 14-13 advantage off of a Werrick kill. Florida fought off five match points and tied the score at 14-14 then used an ace of its own to take a one-point edge. The Lady Seminoles matched, fighting off three match points and tying the score on a solo block from Hawks. The Gators, however, would not be denied as UF won the final two points to win the game, 15-17, and complete the three-game sweep.
“We made too many mental mistakes tonight,” said FSU head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud following the match. “Florida is very consistant. They do very few things that are not smart.
“Offensively, we just could not put the ball away,” Reynaud said. LaToya Washington led the Lady Seminoles with 20 kills, 10 digs, and a .410 hitting percentage. Thornton added 13 kills and Hawks and Holly Schneider posted 10 each. Manz totaled 20 kills including her 1,000th career kill for the Gators. Florida outhit FSU .324 to .234 and outblocked the Tribe 10-7. Both teams served up eight aces. Florida State wraps up its home schedule this weekend with a pair of conference matches. The Lady Seminoles welcome NC State to Tully Gym Friday at 7:00. FSU will honor its five seniors Sunday prior to its ACC showdown with North Carolina at 1 p.m.