April 11, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team released its 2005 schedule today and the Seminoles will face six teams that competed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament and five squads that were ranked or received votes in the final USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll.
“We’ve seen some great improvement during our spring training,” said Coach Todd Kress, who will lead the Seminoles for the fifth season in 2005, “so I’m excited to see what this group will do once we hit the court in September. I have prepared a tough non-conference schedule to get us ready for conference and post-season action. With our veterans and a great group of newcomers, I expect a lot out of our team this year.”
The Seminoles ended the season with an 18-11 overall and 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) mark. The Tribe finished the year fourth in the league race and fell to North Carolina in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. Nine letterwinners return next year, including outside hitter Kristen Rust who enters her senior campaign. FSU loses the program’s first AVCA All-American, Amanda Santos, and Seminole four-year letterman, Aisha Carr, at middle blocker. However, Santos’ sister, Andreza, is back in ’05 along with starting libero Summer Weissing and setter Jessica Skower.
Florida State opens the 2005 season on Sept. 2-3 by hosting the FSU Invitational with Mercer, South Carolina and Pittsburgh coming to Tallahassee. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 25 Ohio State in the opening round.
On Sept. 9-10, the Seminole travel to the Midwest with perhaps their toughest competition of the year slated at the Kansas State Tournament. The Seminoles take on host and 2004 NCAA Tournament team K-State on Sept. 9 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. before battling 2004 NCAA Semi-finalist, Minnesota, on Saturday, Sept. 10. FSU closes out the weekend when a match-up versus Houston. The Kansas State Wildcats finished 2004 with a final No. 23 ranking and the Gophers were No. 2, respectively.
After a home contest against South Florida Sept. 14, the Seminoles will gear up for a competitive road trip that finds the Tribe playing at Florida (Sept. 19), Maryland and Boston College. The Gators completed the season with a No. 13 final ranking and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, while the Terps also advanced to the NCAA Tournament and will be the first ACC squad Florida State faces on Sept. 23. The following evening, Sept. 24, FSU concludes the weekend in Chestnut Hill, Ma., to face new league opponent, Boston College, at 7:00 p.m. Florida State finishes t the month of September with an ACC home game versus Georgia Tech on the 30th at 7:00 p.m.
Nineteen ACC contests are planned for the months of October and November for the Seminoles. There will no longer be a conference tournament at the end of each season.
One goal of the team is a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2005. Post-season play begins on Dec. 1-4 with first-round and second-round matches on the site of participating institutions. Regional sites are pre-selected with Nebraska (Omaha, Neb.), Penn State (State College, Pa.), Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Texas A&M (College Station, Texas) hosting play on Dec. 8-11. The 2005 NCAA Championship will be held in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 15 and 17.