Sept. 18, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Utilizing a total team effort, the Florida State volleyball team hit .385 for the match as the Seminoles bounced back to sweep Troy, 30-20, 30-13, 30-18, Saturday afternoon in the fourth match of the 2004 FSU Classic on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium. The win improved Florida State to 6-3 on the season, while the Trojans fell to 3-8 overall.
Eight different Seminoles hit .300 or better and four of those had five or more kills, led by sophomore Nikki Anthony (Pickens, SC / Pickens HS) and senior Amanda Santos (Minas Geraias, Brazil / College of Southern Idaho). Anthony had 13 kills on .455 hitting, while Santos hit .389 with 11 kills. Santos also collected a team-tying-best four aces, while contributing on three block assists. Sophomores Cassie McLaughlin (Cary, IL / Cary-Grove HS) and Sarah Griffin (Hereford, TX / Hereford HS) tied Santos with four aces each. McLaughlin also added 10 digs and seven points.
The Seminoles’ season-high 15 aces surpassed the previous record of nine established against Sam Houston State during the first match of the season.
“We started Renee [Hill] at setter because we just wanted to shake up our offense and try something different,” third-year head coach Todd Kress said. “She did a good job, made smart decisions, and seemed steady.”
“We have a lot of depth on this team so I don’t know if we’ll ever find a set group of starters this season. We’ll just keep taking different looks at things and we’ll see how it works out.”
Hill (Spring, TX / University of Iowa) saw extensive playing time at setter, finishing with 36 assists, three kills, one ace, six digs, and three block assists for 5.5 points during three games.
Florida State bounced out early in game one and went on a 16-9 run. The Seminoles never looked back as they took a 28-17 lead behind Kristen Rust’s (Cincinnati, OH / McAuley HS) six kills and McLaughlin’s six digs to take control of the first contest. A Troy service error sealed the game and gave the Seminoles a 30-20 win. FSU hit .405 while holding the Trojans to .074 hitting.
Game two would be much of the same story as the Seminoles took a 23-7 lead behind the force of senior Aisha Carr (Dallas, TX / Skyline HS). Carr had five kills in the second contest and finished the match with six total while hitting .500 percent. The Seminoles never felt threatened and walked away with an easy 30-13 victory.
The third match found four different players entering the match for the first time. Ashley Meyer (Luling, LA / John Curtis HS) came in and recorded four kills on five swings for an impressive .800 clip, and Lauren Walker (Missouri City, TX / Elkins HS) pitched in two digs. Florida State led by as much as 12 points and never less than two, as it beat Troy 30-18 to seal the win.
Kendra Sytsma led Troy with six kills.
The Seminoles will participate in the final match of the 2004 FSU Classic on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Florida State will battle Winthrop before opening up ACC Conference action next week.