Sept. 1, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Seminoles earned their first victory of the season Saturday, August 31st, as they defeated Marshall University at the Barker GMC Classic at Illinois State University. Florida State struggled against Illinois State and Alabama in the first two matches of the tournament, but looked strong as they beat the Thundering Herd by a score of 3-0 (32-30, 30-23, 30-21).
After falling to the Redbirds and Crimson Tide earlier in the tournament, Florida State came into the Marshall match with something to prove. Both teams were looking for their first win of the tournament. Senior outside hitter Alex Sevillano led the way for the Seminoles on the afternoon as she had 12 kills on 19 attacks with no errors to record a hitting percentage of .579. Sophomore Aisha Carr continued to perform well for the Tribe as she recorded eight kills on 15 attacks.
"Everything was more in system against Marshall," said head coach Todd Kress. "We looked aggressive out there and played more as a team and less as individuals."
Florida State jumped out to an early 10-4 lead, but allowed Marshall to fight back to take a 23-22 lead late in game one. The Seminoles swapped points with the Herd on following possessions, but defeated Marshall, 32-30. Sevillano scored four points on three kills and one ace to lead the Seminoles in game one. Carr contributed to the Florida State effort as she scored five points and hit .571 with five kills on seven attacks and one error.
With the win in game one, the Seminoles gained momentum and beat the Thundering Herd in game two by a score of 30-23. Marshall led in the game until Bunch tacked on two big kills to tie the score at 11. Junior Trenesha Biggers followed suit as she recorded two kills to give the Seminoles a 13-12 lead. Florida State went on a 9-1 run to take a 29-22 advantage over the Thundering Herd. Sevillano had a hitting percentage of .625 in game two as she had five kills on eight attacks with no errors. Bunch led Florida State in scoring as she put seven points on the board.
In game three, Florida State continued to perform well as they overpowered the Herd, 30-21. The Seminoles went on a 9-0 run, to take an early12-3 lead that Marshall would not overcome. Sevillano continued to dominate the court as she hit .500 with four kills on six attacks and one error. Senior Kristin Frye performed well as she recorded three kills on five attacks and one error.
The Seminoles will return home to Tully Gymnasium on Wednesday, September 4th, when Florida State hosts the Dolphins of Jacksonville at 7:00 p.m.