Oct. 29, 2002
TAMPA, Fla. - The Seminoles were set to battle the Bulls in Tampa Tuesday, October 29th, but did not know what would be in store. South Florida struggled in game one and fell short in game four, but took wins in games two, three and five to defeat Florida State by a score of 3-2 (23-30, 30-28, 30-28, 27-30, 15-4). With the loss, the Seminoles fall to 16-8 on the season, while the Bulls improve to 22-5.
In the loss, the Seminoles were led by Senior opposite Kristin Frye. Frye recorded 20 kills, 15 digs, six block assists and hit a team-high .417. Outside hitter Alex Sevillano had 18 kills, 13 digs and hit .277 against the Bulls. Erica Bunch performed well for the Seminoles, as she had 14 kills, four block assists and hit . 250 against South Florida. Junior setter Jennifer Anderson notched 59 assists and 14 digs to record a double double for Florida State.
Florida State and South Florida fought early, as the score was tied or within one point for most of the first game of the match. The Seminoles were able to take the lead at the midway point, 15-11. The Bulls battled back and cut the Tribe's lead to two at 20-18, but would not get any closer, as Florida State defeated South Florida by a score of 30-23 in game one.
The second game of the match began much like the first game, except in game two the Bulls were the team with the lead. After battling early in the period, South Florida took a four point lead at 22-18. The Seminoles battled back to cut the lead to 29-28 late in the period, but could not hang on as the Bulls won game two, 30-28.
Florida State jumped out to an early 5-4 lead against the Bulls in game three of the match. The Seminoles added to their lead and went up by as many as seven at 14-7. South Florida scored two points to cut the lead to five, but the Tribe led 15-9 halway into the period. The Bulls battled back and took a 24-22 lead late in game three, before defeating Florida State, 30-28.
After gaining momentum, winning games two and three, the Bulls refused to lose. The score was tied or within one early, but South Florida pulled away and led 15-12 at the midway point. Florida State battled from behind to tie the score at 16. After alternating points on a number of possessions, the Tribe took a late 23-22 lead and wouldn't look back, as Florida State defeated South Florida 30-27.
Florida State struggled in game five, allowing South Florida to jump out to an early 8-3 lead. With the five point lead, the Bulls would not look back. South Florida continued to dominate the game and defeated the Tribe by a score of 15-4.
The Seminoles will return to action this weekend, when they travel to Maryland and Virginia to take on the Terrapins and Cavaliers in a tough ACC road trip.