FORT COLLINS, Co. – The Florida State volleyball team came back from a 0-2 deficit to send a match against No. 25 Colorado State to a fifth set, but was unable to close out the close decision and fell to the Rams on their home court on Saturday night (9/1).
The Seminoles move to a 1-3 record this season, going 1-1 in the first two matches of the Colorado State Tournament.
While CSU held the advantage in the first two sets, Florida State cut down on errors to swing the momentum back in its favor to tie up the match 2-2. Both teams stayed within only two points of each other throughout the fifth set and tied it up 13 times, but CSU was able to win consecutive points at the right time to win the set and the match.
Colorado State was the third AVCA Top-25 team the Seminoles have faced so far in the non-conference season. The Seminoles had never seen a ranked CSU team before this weekend.
Junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey reached the 1,000 career kills mark in Saturday night’s match, hitting the milestone in the first set. Caffrey transferred to Florida State this season from West Virginia, where she tallied a majority of her kills in her first two years as a Mountaineer. She now has 1,019 total career kills.
The Seminoles will play their final match of the tournament on Sunday morning, facing Cincinnati at 10:00 am MT. The Bearcats are 2-0 in the tournament after taking down CSU in four sets and TCU in five, and are now 4-1 this season.
Set 1 – CSU 25, FSU 21
The set started with both teams looking evenly matched, as the two kept the score within only a point throughout the first ten points. Colorado State took the lead once again at 20-19, and from there Florida State was unable to regain the lead before the Rams closed out the set.
The Seminoles earned three blocks in the set compared to the Rams’ two, but were outhit by the opponent and made more offensive errors.
Set 2 – CSU 25, FSU 11
Colorado State used its momentum from the first set to start the second off strong, leading from the beginning without letting the Seminoles catch up. While the Rams outhit the Seminoles in the set, they also earned three blocks and picked up more kills and digs than FSU.
Florida State saw its lowest hitting percentage in the second set while CSU recorded its best percentage of the night. The second set was the only one of the five where the Rams earned more blocks than the Seminoles.
Set 3 – FSU 25, CSU 23
FSU came out strong in the beginning of the third set, gaining the lead early and holding the advantage over CSU throughout most of the set. The Seminoles let the Rams make their own errors and cut down on errors of their own to outhit the opponent .469 in the set – the best the team saw all night. . After the score was tied at 1-1, Florida State never let the Rams catch up and stayed in the lead until the end.
The Seminoles did not see a single attack error until the end of the set, hitting above .500 until the Rams came back to close the score at 20-19 FSU. The increased efficiency and four total blocks helped keep CSU from finishing out the set for a win.
Set 4 – FSU 25, CSU 16
Florida State was able to stay consistent once again in the fourth set, hitting .467 with 15 kills and only one error. The Seminoles gained the lead early in the set and held it until the end to tie up the match 2-2.
While neither team picked up a block in the set, FSU was able to pick up more digs and take more swings at the ball than the Rams. Colorado State made more errors in the set than Florida State, making four attack errors and four service errors.
Set 5 – CSU 20, FSU 18
The fifth set proved to be the closest of the match from the beginning, as the two teams stayed within only a point of each other until FSU took a 10-8 lead. The Seminoles outhit the Rams for the third straight set, tallying 14 kills on 32 attempts for a.344 hitting percentage.
In the end CSU was the first team to win two consecutive points at the right time, winning the set 20-18 to win the match.
FSU vs. UC
Cincinnati opened the season at the Miami Best Western Sycamore Inn Invitational in Oxford, Ohio last weekend, defeating UC Santa Barbara in five sets and sweeping Saint Louis before falling to the hosting Redhawks.
The two teams have met 20 times, with eight of FSU’s 18 wins in the series coming in neutral territory. The last time the two met, Florida State took down Cincinnati in four sets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville, Fla. FSU went on to defeat the hosting Gators to advance to the Sweet 16. FSU has not lost to UC since 1982, and has won the last 15 matches against the Bearcats.
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