November 20, 2005 - by
Down 2-0, FSU Stuns Second-Place North Carolina In Five Games; Weissing Has 28 Digs

Nov. 20, 2005

Final Stats

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Summer Weissing had 28 digs and four Seminoles recorded double-figure kills as the Florida State volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to upset second-place North Carolina (21-9, 16-4 ACC) in five games on Sunday afternoon at Tully Gym. 


The Seminoles improved their record to 13-16 overall and a 10-10 in conference play.  Today marked the fourth straight victory for FSU and the seventh win in nine contests.


“The first two games, we put ourselves in a position to win and down the stretch we just didn’t execute,” said Florida State head coach Todd Kress.  “Games three, four, and five were much the same except we did execute down the stretch. We made plays when we needed to.”


Bluntly put, Weissing was a digging machine.  In game five alone, she tallied an impressive 10 digs and is now only 26 digs shy of breaking Florida State‘s single season record. 


“Summer was a huge sparkplug with the defense she played in games four and five,” said Kress. “It is great team win to be down two games to nothing and come back and pull that off. Obviously everyone had to do something for us to win and everyone did contribute.”


And contribute they did. 


Senior Andreza Santos had 18 kills, sophomore Makini Thompson and junior Sarah Griffin added 15 each, and seniors Kristen Rust and Lauren Scott contributed 10 kills a piece.  Rust also totaled 10 digs and Scott had nine total blocks (1-8).   Team quarterback Zrinka Tomic set up 35 assists and junior Jessica Skower had 32 assists, respectively.  Tomic also registered a career-high three aces.


Perhaps overlooked because of Weissing’s performance but just as important to the Seminole defense, junior Kim Crawford recorded a career-high 19 digs in the win. Crawford was scrappy on the court, diving and reaching for hard-nosed digs that seemed out-of-reach. 


“It was amazing,” said an ecstatic Crawford after the match.  “Everybody was working together. The first two games were a little rough but we finally pulled it together which is nice. It is pride. We wanted to end the season with a bang and now we are doing it.”


Florida State hit .207 and held North Carolina to a .145 mark.


The fifth game was battletested from the get-go and the biggest gap was a 10-6 lead by Florida State until UNC rallied and tied the contest up 11-11.  From that point on, the game tied up five times until the Tribe finally got a break on a Santos kill followed by a Thompson slam for the win.


“This team, I give them credit,” said Kress.  “They showed a ton of heart and energy this second half of the season.  I am very, very proud of them.  I think everybody’s on the same page.  We’re clicking on all cylinders.”


Florida State closes out the 2005 season this week with two final home matches against Wake Forest (Wed., 6 pm) and Duke (Fri., 12pm). 













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