Aug. 23, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After three weeks of practice, the Florida State University volleyball team concluded the preseason with its annual intersquad scrimmage on Wednesday (August 23). While all the players saw time between the White and Garnet squads, the White team prevailed 3-1 (30-27, 30-27, 30-15, 32-34).
The spotlight was shared by a veteran and a newcomer as senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) and freshman outside hitter Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) had the two-best all-around matches. Each posted a double-double with Griffin tallying 16 kills and 14 digs to go along with seven service aces, six blocking assists and one solo block. Wessel led all hitters with 22 kills while adding 12 digs, three blocking assists and one solo stuff.
Four different players reached double figures in the kill department with junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) tallying 14 and rookie middle blocker Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) adding 11. Barry was tops on the team with a .381 hitting percentage.
Setters Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) and Nikki Baker (Findlay, Ohio) split time with both teams with very similar results. The senior Tomic got the better of her freshman counterpart as she recorded 45 assists as well as three blocking assists and six kills. Baker held her own, coming in with 36 assists as well as three blocking assists.
Picking up where she left off during her record-setting sophomore campaign, libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) had a match-high 18 digs. Right on her heels was senior defensive specialist Kim Crawford (Ft. Meyers, Fla.) with 17 digs of her own. Sophomore transfer Alex Plummer (Woodbury, Minn.) was the fifth player on the team to reach double-digit digs chipped in with 11.
Florida State opens the 2006 campaign with a pair of matches in Macon, Ga., on Friday (August 25). The Seminoles start their season at 12 p.m. with Missouri Valley State followed by host Mercer at 6 p.m. FSU returns to Tallahassee Sept. 1-2 for the FSU Invitational.