Nov. 5, 2005
ATLANTA – For the first time in eight matches and the Todd Kress era, the Florida State Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech. Not only did the Seminoles pull an upset, they did it in style, winning 3-0 behind the offensive power of senior Kristen Rust. Interestingly enough, Rust–the only senior to have played all four years at FSU yet never beat Tech–recorded a team-high 11 kills.
“We showed a lot of heart tonight” said FSU head coach Todd Kress. “I thought this was our best team victory of the year and by far our best performance. I’m so proud of the way we played after getting down six or seven points in the third game. I’m just so happy for our players.”
Game scores were: 30-24, 30-25, and 30-25. The Seminoles won two matches in a row for the first time this season and upped their record to 8-15 on the season and 6-9 in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets fell to 13-11 overall and 9-6 in league action.
Sophomore Makini Thompson and senior Andreza Santos added 10 kills each while junior Sarah Griffin pitched in eight kills, respectively. Sophomore Summer Weissing totaled 19 digs; Griffin and Rust had five block assists each.
FSU hit .203 and held the Yellow Jackets to a low .082 mark.
Florida State commanded the tempo of the first game, jumping ahead 10-2 behind powerful hitting and later extended the lead to 19-12. Long serves on the Seminoles part pulled the Yellow Jackets within six points twice at 26-20 and 29-23. Tech inched the closest of the game (five points) at 29-24 on a FSU hitting error. However, Rust ended the game with a kill on the right side as FSU waltzed away with a 30-24 victory. The Seminoles hit .211 and held the opponent to a .073 hitting percentage. Santos had six kills on eight attempts and Weissing totaled nine digs.
The Seminoles and Jackets remained even at 5-all until the Seminoles went on a 4-0 run for the 9-4 advantage. A stuff block by Griffin and Thompson put FSU up by five points at 12-7 and the Tribe went up by six, 22-16, on a hard kill by Griffin before Georgia Tech called timeout. Tech refused to surrender and battled FSU. A ball handling error on Florida State setter Zrinka Tomic put the Yellow Jackets within one point, 24-23, of the Seminoles before Kress called a break to regroup his squad which proved beneficial. A Griffin slam followed by two back-to-back Thompson dinks gave the Tribe a four-point cushion at 28-24 and the Seminoles later won on a Scott kill, 30-25.
The third outing was the most contested of them all and the Seminoles rallied for the big upset. Florida State tied the game up at 25-25 and took the permanent lead on a consecutive Rust kills (27-25). A Griffin ace gave the Seminoles a 28-25 advantage and they went on to win 30-25.
The Seminoles travel to the Virginia schools next weekend and look to extend their record to three and four in a row.