Volleyball Falls to Florida State in ACC Semi-finals
November 21, 1998
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Virginia volleyball continued play inthe 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Championship, held at RitchieColiseum at the University of Maryland. The number two seed Cavaliers faced thenumber three seed Florida State Seminoles in the semi-final round of the ACCChampionship. Virginia advanced to the semi-finals by defeating the MarylandTerrapins in five games (11-15, 15-8, 15-13, 6-15, 15-7) on Friday.
FSU (24-10) advanced by defeating Wake Forest 3-0 (15-6, 15-11, 15-11). Virginia split the season series with Florida State this season. The Cavaliersdropped a 3-0 decision to the Seminoles in Tallahassee on October 16 by thescores of (1-15, 12-15 and 5-15). UVa defeated FSU 3-2 the last time the twoteams met in Charlottesville on November 14 by the scores of 15-7, 2-15, 11-15,15-1 and 21-19.
Florida State open the match with a 15-10 victory in game one. Virginiabattled FSU in the second game, but came up short, dropping a 15-12 decision. The Seminoles would not let the Cavaliers pull out a dramatic finish this timearound, and ended the match with a 15-9 victory in the third game to seal thematch 3-0.
Virginia finished the match with two players gathering double figures inkills. The duo of Jessica Parsons (team-high 17 kills, 9 digs, 4 blocks) andDeanna Zwarich (10 kills, 4 blocks, 4 digs) led the way up front for UVa. MaryFrances Scott dished-out 39 assists and gathered 12 digs, while teammates ClaireFolga (team-high 13 digs, 6 kills, 3 blocks) and Katie Jones (10 digs, 4 kills)contributed for the Cavaliers. Andrea Fischer added seven kills, four digs andthree blocks and Amanda Wells collected nine digs for UVa in the 3-0 setback.
With the loss, Virginia’s record falls to 26-7 overall. The winimproves Florida State’s record to 24-10 overall. FSU will advance to theChampionship match to face the winner of Clemson vs. North Carolina. TheCavaliers will now await to see if they will play in the NCAA Tournament.
(#3) Florida State (24-10, 11-5 ACC) 15 15 15 (#2) Virginia (26-7, 12-4 ACC) 10 12 9 LOM: 1:10 Attendance: 456