Nov. 5, 2004
Florida State’s women’s volleyball team rallied back from a 1-0 and 2-1 deficit to overcome the University of Virginia, 3-2 (25-30, 30-27, 23-30, 30-27, 15-12), in a thrilling match Friday night on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym. The win was the Seminoles’ third-straight victory.
With the exception of Georgia Tech that owns first place, seven teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) are within 1-2 wins from each other and every match counts as the conference race tightens down the stretch. Florida State improved 16-9 overall and 7-6 in league action. Virginia dropped to 17-8 on the season and evened up (7-6) with FSU in ACC play.
Junior middle blocker Andreza Santos totaled an astounding four kills and two total blocks (1-1) for six of the team’s 15 points in the fifth game, a contest which Florida State led by a small margin of 8-6 when the two teams traded sides. The first of Santos’ kills was the first earned point for FSU and each of her kills came at a time that the Tribe was either tied or only up by one point. Furthermore, sophomore outside hitter Nikki Anthony contributed an impressive three kills in the fifth game. The battle tied up five times, including an 11-11 score down the stretch. However, the Seminoles applied pressure offensively with untouched kills and zero service errors and they played scrappy defense to topple the Cavs, 15-12.
Virginia Tech managed to out-block Florida State 20.0 – 10.0, but the Tribe slightly hit better (.195 – .168), tallied more kills (79-61), and recorded 20 more digs than the Cavs (97-77).
Andreza Santos established career-highs in kills (15), blocks (5), digs (5) and total points (18.0).
Four Seminoles pitched in double-digit kills beginning with junior outside hitter Kristen Rust (18), senior middle blocker Amanda Santos (17), Andreza Santos and Anthony. Rust registered her team-leading ninth double-double performance of the year with 18 digs added to her kills and she pitched in three total blocks, including two solos, for a team-high 20.5 points. Amanda Santos hit a .406 mark on 32 attempts, added six digs, and had four block assists for 19.0 points.
Freshman libero Summer Weissing’s set a new career-high with 26 digs. Five Florida State players earned 10-or-more digs beginning with Weissing, Rust, sophomore Sarah Griffin (14), senior Renee Hill (11), and sophomore setter Jessica Skower (10). Skower added 63 set assists for her fourth double-double on the season, as well as earning two service aces.
Senior middle blocker Aisha Carr had nine kills, including the final earned point by the Seminoles in game five.
Virginia was led by Sarah Kirkwood who had 18 kills and 10 digs.
Florida State will take on Maryland in its home court season-finale Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.