Aug. 23, 2004
Sophomore Jessica Skower split time with veteran Jennifer Anderson at the setter position in 2003. Anderson left FSU as the Seminoles’ all-time leader in assists with 4,907. Skower recorded 604 assists during her freshman campaign. At 6’1″, Skower provides the height for defense on the front row and has the skills to direct a very complex Seminole offense.
“We can have everything clicking – our middles, outsides, opposites and our defense, but a lot of our success is going to fall on Jessica’s (Skower) shoulders and that’s a huge responsibility for a sophomore. Now she’ll be running the offense completely. Her decision-making on isolating our middles and getting our hitters one-on-one will be huge for us. If she is able to do that within our offense, then we are going to be successful.”
Coach Kress on Jessica Skower:
“Of anyone, I think Jessica had the most improvement in the spring, both technically and with her maturation process. She’s now ready and realizes the torch has been passed to her from Jennifer Anderson. I think she realizes the responsibility. That’s why she came to Florida State, to take this to a Top 20 program and to win an ACC Championship. It will be fun to watch her throughout the season as she grows as a person and a setter.”
With the departure of Cerina Pele, Florida State will turn its attention to finding someone to fill her role as a leader both on and off the court. Sarah Griffin and Kim Crawford are both sophomores and have spent one season in the program while Summer Weissing and Lauren Walker will also battle for playing time at this spot.
Coach Kress on the Defensive Specialists/Libero:
“This is a position that wasn’t our strong suit last year. It’s an area that was a big part of the reason I brought in Rita (Buck-Crockett). Rita is going to oversee the defense and be the defensive coordinator. The one thing I have looked for in that position is leadership. I want someone to step up and elevate their game to help take us as a program to the next level. We’ll need someone out of this group to step it up. Sarah Griffin and Summer Weissing will get the opportunity right away to step in there along with Kim Crawford and Lauren Walker. They’re all going to get the opportunity to step in there and become leaders at that position.”