Oct. 28, 2004
FLORIDA STATE NOTES (13-8, 5-5 ACC):
The Florida State volleyball team will start a three-match road swing Friday at ACC-leader Georgia Tech (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) before stopping at Clemson (Sat., 6:00 p.m.) and South Florida (Tues., 7:00 p.m.)…At 5-5 in the conference, FSU is right in the thick of the ACC race as four teams (Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland) boast the exact record…Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia sit at the top of the league…The Tribe will return home next weekened to plays its final two matches of the year at Tully Gym…In their last outing on Fri., Oct. 22, the Seminoles swept Virginia Tech with ease, 3-0…Junior outside hitter Kristen Rust led the offensive attack with 12 kills and sisters Amanda and Andreza Santos combined for 12 of the Seminole’s 20 total blocks…Georgia Tech remains the only unbeaten team in the ACC with a 10-0 ACC mark and an overall record of 16-5…Clemson has an identical league record as FSU (5-5) and it is 15-9 overall…Live stats are available for the Tech match at www.seminoles.com….Andreza Santos returned to the sidelines for the first time last week after missing three weeks rehabbing from knee surgery (torn meniscus)…Offensively, FSU is led by Kristen Rust and Amanda Santos who have 261 and 224 kills, respectively…Santos also leads the Seminoles with a .382 hitting percentage, good enough for second in the ACC, and 106 total blocks…Jessica Skower is the team quarterback with 1,728 assists and a 12.20 assists per game average…Skower is ranked No. 5 in the ACC in assists…Freshman libero Summer Weissing paces the squad with 259 digs (3.32 dpg)… Florida State excels in defense where it is No. 1 in opponent hitting percentage after keeping teams to a low .123 mark…Aisha Carr’s 360 total career blocks moves her into the No. 10 all-time FSU slot and her 286 block assists are enough to put her at No. 7 on the all-time individual career record chart.
Scouting the Opponents: Georgia Tech
The Jackets enter the match Friday owning a 16-5 overall and 10-0 ACC record…Georgia Tech owns first place in the ACC race…Offensively, three players average over 3.00 kills a game…Lynnette Moster (5.21), Lauren Sauer (4.52) and Jayme Gergen (3.21)…Moster also has 32 service aces on the season…As a team, Georgia Tech leads the ACC in hitting percentage (.292), kills (18.32), and assists (16.92)…Gergen’s .393 hitting percentage is a ACC-best, and setter Lindsey Laband paces the league in assists per game. Scouting the
The Tigers face the Seminoles Saturday evening and enter the match with a 15-9 overall and 5-5 conference record…Leslie Finn averages 5.35 kills per game and leads her team and the ACC…The Tigers are hitting .236 percent and holding teams to a .193 mark…On Tuesday, Clemson defeated Georgia Southern, 3-0.
Florida State vs. Georgia Tech
Friday’s meeting will be the 29th time the two schools have faced off since the 1990 season. Tech owns an all-time record of 22-6 record. The last time FSU walked away victorious was on Oct. 28, 2001, where the Seminoles won in five games…Since then, the Jackets have defeated the Tribe six straight times . The two teams met last on Nov. 21, 2003, and Tech won, 3-1.
Florida State vs. Clemson
Friday’s meeting will be the 33rd time the two schools have faced off since the 1981 season. Florida State owns an all-time record of 19-13 record…Last season, FSU went 1-1 in the series…On Oct. 17 the Seminoles won in five games and lost in four on Nov. 7, 2003.
Team News N’ Notes
In the latest AVCA / RichKern.Com Regional rankings released this week, FSU moved up one spot to No. 11 after defeating Virginia Tech last week. Georgia Tech and North Carolina own the top two spots.
The Tribe owns an impressive 10-4 home record.
In all its victories this year, Florida State has won at least two matches consecutively. The Seminoles are riding a one match win streak right now.
Movin’ On Up
Senior middle blocker Aisha Carr registered enough blocks during the last two matches to move her up on the program’s all-time career record chart. Her 360 total blocks to date are enough to put her at No. 10 and replace Susan Hawks from the 1995-98 seasons. Hawks has 353. Carr needs eight more total blocks to pass Norisha Campbell (1998-01) and 24 more to replace Maggie Philgence from the 1987-90 seasons. Philgence has 384. Furthermore, Carr ranks as high as No. 7 in career block assists with 286 to date. She needs 29 more to pass Philgence who has 315, respectively.
Back To Her Roots
Sophomore outside hitter Nikki Anthony will have a homecoming of sorts waiting for her in Pickens, S.C., Saturday night. Anthony, who grew up in Pickens (home of Clemson University) will travel to familiar territory for the second time in her career. Last season she found great success against the Tigers where she recorded 15 kills both times the Tribe faced Clemson.
What is Florida State’s Best Game?
Statistically speaking, FSU tends to do well in the first game where it is 15-6 this year. The second contest is a little closer, but the Seminoles hold a slight 13-8 advantage. In the third go-around, the Tribe dominates 15-6. However, in games 4-5, the Seminoles struggled a bit. FSU is 5-5 in the fourth game and 1-4 in the fifth.
Santos, Carr, and Skower Stay Ranked In The Top 10 In the ACC
Middle blockers Amanda Santos and Aisha Carr and Jessica Skower are the only three Seminoles ranked at the top of the ACC in certain categories. Santos is second in hitting percentage (.382) and third in blocks (1.36 bpg), Carr is 8th in blocks (1.24 bpg) and Skower is fifth in assists per game after averaging 12.20 per game, respectively.
Seminole Sports Magazine Features Volleyball Players
The “Seminole Sports Magazine”, a half-hour television show which highlights Florida State University’s 17 varsity athletic programs, will feature various volleyball players in the next few weeks. Sisters Amanda and Andreza Santos sat down for an interview with Alex Mezquita in their home and talked about life in Brazil and what it’s like playing together in America. The segment will air Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Kristen Rust will be followed by a camera and print media crew next Friday in a segment called, “The Day In The Life of Kristen Rust.” Air times will be announced at a later date for Rust’s story. The show is hosted by Director of Athletics Dave Hart, Jr., and airs weekly on Saturday mornings on Sunshine Network during the academic year. The new season of Seminole Sports Magazine started August 30th with 35 consecutive shows.