Oct. 30, 2004
PICKENS, S.C. – Behind the efforts of junior middle blocker Andreza Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil/College of S. Idaho) who played perhaps the best match of her career, the Florida State volleyball team defeated Clemson (3-1) in an exciting match that went into extra points during two games at Jervey Gym Saturday evening. Game scores were: 30-28, 30-32, 31-29, and 30-25.
Andreza Santos, who returned recently after undergoing knee surgery just four weeks ago, tallied 12 kills on 23 swings for a .478 mark and added four digs and two block solos. Even more remarkably about Santos’ play was the clutch time kills she recorded at the end of games three and four as the Seminoles won both contests by a small margin of victory.
Florida State registered a .274 hitting percentage and five Seminoles tallied 10-or-more kills beginning with junior outside hitter Kristen Rust who had 20 kills on 41 attempts for a .317 hitting percentage and she added 16 digs. Senior Amanda Santos finished with 16 kills, six digs, and six blocks, while hometown favorite Nikki Anthony poured in 14 kills and three blocks. Senior Aisha Carr and Andreza Santos had 12 kills each and Carr pitched in three total blocks.
In game one, Florida State found itself down early, 1-8, before Seminole head coach Todd Kress called timeout to regroup his squad. The timeout proved beneficial as the Seminoles went on a 7-2 run that put them down by two points, 8-10, and the Tribe would inch within one point three times before a Nikki Anthony (Pickens, S.C./Pickens HS) kill tied the Seminoles up for the first time in the contest, 20-20. Once again, Anthony went to work and on the next play a cross-court slam gave the Seminoles their first lead of the game (21-20). Clemson would crawl within one point of the Tribe late (29-28) but an Amanda Santos kill on the next play sealed the 30-28 victory for Florida State.
FSU hit a respectable .333 led by Santos with seven kills on nine swings for a .778 mark, while Aisha Carr totaled five kills on nine attempts for a .556 clip, respectively. Renee Hill reached for seven digs and Santos and Carr combined for four total blocks.
The Seminoles, behind the arms of Carr, Amanda Santos, and Rust, led the entire second game until the Tigers tied it up at 22, 26, 27, 28, and 29-all before taking the 30-29 gain on a kill by Clemson’s Leslie Finn for game point (30-29). However, on the next play, Carr answered back with a slammer and tied the score up 30-30 before the Tigers recorded two straight kills for the 32-30 win. The Seminoles managed just a .149 clip and the Tigers hit .273. Carr totaled five kills in the second contest while Amanda Santos and Rust had four each, respectively.
Attack errors on Florida State allowed the Tigers to take the early 11-6 advantage in the third battle but smart ball placement and serving tied the score up 16-16. From that point on, each team traded points and the contest tied up on three occasions before Clemson went a 3-0 run to put the Seminoles down, 21-24. FSU answered back and took the 26-25 lead off a combined block by the Santos sisters. On the next play, Andreza Santos hit a deep kill to put Florida State up by two points (27-25). Clemson registered two straight points and tied the game up at 27-27 and a ball handling error gave the Tigers the 28-27 gain. However, a cross-court kill by Rust evened the score (28-28) and game-point came for Clemson on an FSU service error (29-28). The game was far from over at this point as Andreza Santos was back again for a kill and the score was tied at 29-all before Anthony put down a slam for a Florida State lead and game-point (30-29). In a long rally, Andreza Santos saved the point with a gutsy dink at the net before the Tigers hit the ball out and handed the Tribe an exciting 31-29 victory.
Kristen Rust had seven kills and Andreza Santos added five, respectively, and the team hit .213 while holding the opponents to a .082 hitting percentage. Weissing played scrappy defense and added six hard-earned digs.
In an evenly matched battle the entire fourth competition that was tied late at 20-all, Florida State went on a 5-2 run to put the score at 25-22 and extended it to 27-23. The superstar of the match, Andreza Santos, completed a kill for point 28 and Anthony finished off her own (29-28) for the match point which came on a Clemson ball hit out of bounds. FSU defeated the Tigers, 30-25. FSU totaled its highest percentage of the match in game four with a .415 mark.
The Seminoles will travel to South Florida Tuesday before returning to Tallahassee for its final two home matches of the season against Virginia (Fri., 7:00 p.m.) and Maryland (Sun., 1:00 p.m.). Florida State will honor four seniors (Aisha Carr, Ashley Meyer, Amanda Santos, Renee Hill) Sunday afternoon for Senior Day 2004.