Oct. 12, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a quick match that lasted a little over an hour to complete, the Florida State volleyball team trounced the visiting UCF Golden Knights, 3-0 (30-12, 30-25, 30-21), in an out-of-conference match-up on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym Tuesday night. The win improved the Seminoles to 10-7 overall and head coach Todd Kress earned his 199th career victory as win No. 200 dangles above his head.
“It was a nice win,” said Kress, “and game one was probably our best game of the year. We were passing well, playing defense, serving well…we were clicking on all cylinders. In game two we seem to always come out and play sloppy volleyball and that was a little disappointing. But, I was happy how we finished game three and closed out the match on a high note. It was good night for us across the board.”
Central Florida entered the contest riding a five-match win streak before the Tribe swept the contest. The loss dropped the Golden Knights to 5-8 overall.
“It was a nice win and game one was probably our best game of the year. We were passing well, playing defense, serving well…we were clicking on all cylinders. It was good night for us across the board.”
Todd Kress, Seminoles head coach
The Seminoles turned in perhaps their best overall performance of the season after hitting .312 percent and holding the Golden Knights to a -.063 mark. The Tribe almost out-doubled the opponent in kills (43 – 26), blocks (12.0 – 6.0) and points (61.0 – 37.0).
Florida State’s Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, Ohio / McAuley HS) and Summer Weissing (Boca Raton / Olympic Heights HS) managed the only double-digit performances from either team in kills and digs. Rust smacked a match-high 13 kills while hitting .417 in leading Florida State on offense. She also added a pair of aces, six digs, and six blocks for an outstanding 18.5 points. First-year libero Weissing earned 12 hard-nosed digs and pitched in a couple of aces.
“Kristen, without question, has become our leader out there,” commented Kress. “Tonight she did a great job…she hit .417 with 13 kills and also played good defense and served well. It’s nice when she can perform as well as she did tonight.”
The veterans got it done for the Seminoles, starting with senior middle blocker Amanda Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil / University of Southern Idaho) who totaled eight kills and no errors off of 12 swings for a .667 mark. She had an ace and four blocks for a second-best 11.0 points. Senior middle blocker Aisha Carr (Dallas, Texas / Skyline HS) notched five kills and seven blocks for 9.0 points, while senior opposite Renee Hill (Spring, Texas / University of Iowa) recorded five kills, no errors, and 12 attacks for a .417 hitting percentage. She also earned eight digs and two block assists for six points.
Sophomore setter Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla. / Naples HS) was the court general for the home team as she finished with 34 assists and four digs. Sophomore outside hitter Nikki Anthony (Pickens, S.C. / Pickens HS) completed five kills from nine swings for a .556 clip. Junior Lauren Scott (Carson, Calif. / Barton CC) had four kills and two block assists for 5.0 points. Finally for FSU, sophomore Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas / Hereford HS) contributed three assists, one ace, and four digs, respectively.
In the first game, Florida State registered 14 kills and only three errors for a .407 hitting percentage and went on to record a 30-12 victory with ease. The Seminoles, who typically turn in a weak game two performance, came out rusty in the second contest and got down 6-10 before staging a comeback. An attack error by the Golden Knights tied the game up at 17-17, but the Tribe’s own mistakes would allow UCF to take another lead at 18-20 before a Hill ace and an attack error on them would once again put everything even at 20-20. Both teams would trade points until a Hill slam (21-21) would jumpstart a 9-4 run that gave FSU the advantage for good. Florida State defeated Central Florida 30-25 in what would turn out to be the closest of the three games.
The third battle found FSU up by six points early on (12-6) and the lead would extend to as much as seven points late in the game (21-14). The Golden Knight’s 14 hitting errors would never really allow them to compete with FSU as the Seminoles closed out the match with a 30-21 victory.
Tanya Jarvis had a team-high six kills and Katie Kohnen reached for nine digs to pace the Golden Knights.
Florida State will be back in action on Friday night against the Tar Heels who are currently 6-1 in conference play. The showdown will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Tully Gym.