Oct. 10, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Seminole volleyball team (9-8, 1-4 ACC) dropped a 1-3 decision on the road at Virginia (18-4, 2-4 ACC) by scores of 28-30, 31-29, 25-30, 28-30 on Friday evening. Four Seminoles recorded double-digit kills in the loss as Aisha Carr (11), Sarah Griffin (14), Cassie McLaughlin (15) and Nikki Anthony (16) powered the offense. Defensively, Cerina Pele led Florida State with 18 digs.
With the score tied at 5-5 in game one, Virginia scored two straight to take a 7-5 lead; the largest margin for either team in the early going. Florida State cut into the Cavalier lead to make the score 8-9, but UVA went on a 3-0 run to increase the lead to 8-12. The Seminoles got within two at 12-14 and trailed 20-28 late as game one seemed in doubt for the Tribe. FSU rallied from an eight point deficit to make it a one-point game at 27-28, but it wasn't enough as they fell 30-28 in the opening game. Griffin led the Seminoles in the opening game with five kills as Anthony added four.
Virginia scored the first two points of game two only to see the Seminoles quickly tie the game at two apiece. Trailing 4-6 Florida State capitalized on several Cavalier errors as FSU went on a 5-0 run to take a 9-6 lead, forcing a UVA timeout. At the midway point of the game it was tied at 15-15 as both teams seemed to find a rhythm. The Seminoles then went on a 6-2 rally to take a four-point advantage at 21-17. Virginia kept it close as FSU's lead was only two at 27-25, but the Seminoles held on to a 31-29 win in game two and tied the match at 1-1. Carr, Anthony and Griffin each had four kills in the second game.
The Cavaliers broke a 2-2 tie with three unanswered points to go up 5-2 at the start of game three. FSU then went on a 5-2 spurt to tie the game at seven. Both teams traded points as the game would remain tied at 12-12 before Virginia was able to gain a three-point advantage at 16-13. Trailing 13-18, the Seminoles went on a 7-0 scoring spree to take a 20-18 lead, FSU's first lead since 10-9. Florida State then found itself down by one at 22-23 as the Cavaliers had gone on a 4-1 run to take a late lead. The Seminole offense could never turn the corner from that point on as UVA took game three 30-25.
Game four was tied at 3-3 in the early going, but the Cavaliers went on a four-point flurry to go up 7-3. Florida State cut the lead to one at 8-9 and would tie the game at 10 apiece on McLaughlin's kill down the right line. Both teams battled back and forth on their way to an 18-18 tie. Virginia took a two-point lead at 21-19 only to see the Seminoles cut it to one behind back-to-back kills from Anthony to make the score 22-21 in favor of the Cavaliers. FSU couldn't get any closer than one as UVA wins the match 3-1 with a 30-28 game four victory.
Florida State will travel up the road to play at Maryland on Saturday, October 11. First serve is set for 3:00 p.m. at the Comcast Center.