CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Florida State volleyball team dropped its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) match Friday evening, 3-1, against North Carolina at Carmichael Auditorium.Senior Andreza Santos, senior Kristen Rust and sophomore Makini Thompson combined for 40-of-54 Seminole kills to lead the FSU offense.
Game scores were 28-30, 33-31, 21-30, and 27-30.
With the loss, FloridaState dropped to 3-10 overall and 1-4 in league action, while the Tar Heels improved to 10-6 on the season and 5-1 in ACC play.
Santos led all FSU players with 15.5 points consisting of 15 kills and one block assist.She added eight digs.Rust, who celebrated her 22nd birthday today, contributed on both offense and defense with 13 kills, 20 digs and four block assists.It was her fifth double-double outing of the season.Thompson poured in 11 kills and Lauren Scott tallied eight, respectively.
FloridaState set a new season record with 99 digs, receiving 21 from sophomore libero Summer Weissing, 17 from junior setter Jessica Skower, 16 from junior Sarah Griffin and a career-high 11 from sophomore Lauren Walker.Scott, Skower and freshman Gabrielle Rivera totaled five block assists each.Skower, who also had one block solo and four aces, added 48 set assists for her fourth double-double of the year.
For the third consecutive match, the Seminoles controlled the tempo of each game yet failed to seal the victory.
FloridaState came out on fire and opened game one with a 17-12 lead.The Tar Heels would come within two points at 23-21, but a kill by Rust put FSU back ahead by three (24-21).With the Seminoles holding a 25-22 advantage, UNC scored four straight points to take the 26-25 gain.After a both squads swapped points, the game tied up at 28-all and looked to head into extra points.However, a service error committed by Griffin followed by a Rust attack miscue handed North Carolina the 30-28 victory.
The Seminoles and Tar Heels swapped points back and forth for the entire second game.With the score tied at 29-29, Santos took over the game and recorded a kill to tie the game up at 30-all, but the Tar Heels’ Christie Clark answered with a dink for the one-point UNC lead (31-30).Two attack errors by North Carolina put the Seminoles up by one point at 32-31 and game point came on a deep push by Santos to the right corner of the court for the 33-31 win.
FloridaState fell behind quick in game three and never led in the backend of the game.FSU hit .000 in the third contest after registering 10 kills and 10 attack errors.North Carolina took the game with ease, 30-21.
After bouncing out to a 19-12 lead in the fourth affair, it looked as though FloridaState would force a game five as the Tar Heels committed several serving errors.However, North Carolina was ready to fight and inched with five points at 22-17 and then went on a 9-4 run to tie the game at 26-26.Santos answered back to put FloridaState up by one at, 27-26, but a blocking error evened things up again (27-27).On the next two plays, the Seminoles’ Scott and Santos logged hitting errors (27-28, 27-29) and match point was recorded on a kill by the Tar Heels’ Clark for the 30-27 win.
Dani Nyenhuis led UNC with 20 kills and 11 digs.
FloridaState faces NC State (6-8, 0-6 ACC) on Saturday evening at