Oct. 14, 2003
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida State volleyball (10-9, 1-5 ACC) defeated UCF (12-4, 3-0 A-SUN) 3-1 by scores of 31-29, 28-30, 32-30, 30-27 Tuesday night. The win by the Seminoles snapped the Golden Knight’s 11-match winning streak and four-match home winning streak. Sarah Griffin posted a season-high 18 kills and Jessica Skower led FSU with 29 assists.
After trading points early in game one, the Seminoles were able to push ahead to a 6-4 advantage. UCF would then score two straight to tie the score at six apiece before Florida State regained its two-point lead at 8-6. FSU increased the lead to seven at 15-7 behind an 9-1 run as the offense and defense at the net were clicking early on for the Seminoles. The Golden Knights cut the Florida State lead to four at 20-16 behind consecutive FSU errors to force a Seminole timeout. UCF rallied to score three unanswered and tie the score at 28-28, but Florida State would then score three of the next four points for a 31-29 opening game win. Kristen Rust led the Seminoles with five kills in the game.
Florida State raced out to a 5-2 lead to start game two only to see UCF go on a 7-1 scoring spree to take a 9-6 lead. The Golden Knights pushed their lead to six at 14-8 as they were currently on a 12-3 run. Coming out of a timeout, the Seminoles went on a 6-0 spurt behind the serving of Rust to even the count at 14-14. With the score tied at 16, UCF would go on another run, this time for six in a row to take a 22-16. Trailing 21-26 FSU rallied to within two at 24-26 but fell short as the Golden Knights won game two 30-28. Aisha Carr and Griffin paced the FSU offense with four kills each.
In game three the Seminoles once again jumped out to an early lead, this time to a count of 7-2. Central Florida battled back to tie the game at 12 apiece and the two teams traded points all the way to a 16-16 tie at the midway point of game three. Neither team could hold their lead as the score remained tied late in the game at 27. In what turned out to be a tight finish, the serving of Aisha Carr proved to be the difference as FSU scored two straight off her serves to take game three 32-30. UCF had game point at 29-28, but the Florida State never quit on its way to the victory. Griffin once again led the Seminoles in kills with six and hit a powerful .600 in the game.
Service errors haunted both teams in the early part of game four, but FSU still managed a 6-4 lead. As they had all match, the Golden Knights rallied to tie the game at nine after the Seminoles had increased their lead to 9-6. Both teams went back and forth as it was still tied at 18 apiece. Florida State broke the tie with two consecutive scores to go up 20-18 and their largest lead since the score was 14-12. FSU took their biggest lead at 23-20 on Griffin’s kill down the middle and forced Central Florida to take a timeout. UCF came back and evened the score at 25-25 with a 5-2 run and the leadership of setter Jenny Frank. Florida State then closed out the game on a 5-2 run on their way to a 30-27 game four win to take the match 3-1.
Florida State will return to conference play this weekend by hosting Clemson on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and No. 5 Georgia Tech on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Both matches will be held at Lucy McDaniel Arena at Tully Gym.