Dec. 7, 2006
LEXINGTON, Ky. –
With the rate that the accolades are coming in for Florida State volleyball player Makini Thompson, next season could be a very special one for the outside hitter. Coming on the heels of First-Team All-ACC honors, the junior picked up an All-East Region award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Her spot on the All-Region team makes her eligible for All-America consideration.
Florida State has had four All-Region selections in head coach Todd Kress’ five seasons and Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) is the third in the row under his direction, following sisters Amanda and Andreza Santos. She is the Seminoles 19th player to earn All-Region honors and the award is the 27th for Florida State. Thompson is the first Florida State junior to earn All-Region honors since Norisha Campbell in 2000.
“I think she was very steady, very consistent and I think this award speaks to not only was she healthy the entire season but she put up consistent numbers the entire year and is deserving of First-Team All-Region,” Kress said. “She’s been injured her first couple of seasons and this was the first year she was able to put up big numbers the entire way through It’s a great accomplishment for Makini and hopefully this sets her up for a great senior season.”
The Seminoles’ top offensive player, Thompson played her best during ACC matches. She upped her overall norm of 3.95 kills per game – which ranks as the eighth-best rate in school history and third in the league- to 4.12 kpg. to rate second during ACC games. She also rates fifth in the conference at 4.43 points per game during ACC matches and eighth in the league at 4.30 ppg. overall.
“I’m really honored to make the All-Region team,” Thompson said. “It’s one thing for the coaches in your conference to recognize you because they see you play twice year, but it means a little bit more to be honored by the coaches in the region. It’s nice to receive an individual award, but this gives me more motivation for next year because I think we can do better as a team and winning the conference and making the NCAA Tournament will feel better than any individual honor.”
This season Thompson topped the 20 kill-plateau on five occasions with double-digit kills in 22 of Florida State’s 31 matches. She set career-highs with 26 kills and 26.5 points against Virginia. Thompson’s 423 kills is the most by a Seminole since All-Region selection Kristen Frye had 469 in 2002 and she needs 382 during her senior season to become the 21st player in FSU history to record 1,000 kills.