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Florida State Volleyball Returns Home For Weekend Conference Series

Sept. 22, 2006


Florida State Volleyball
Vs. Maryland • Friday, Sept. 22 • 7 p.m. •
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Vs. Boston College •Sunday, Sept. 24 • 1 p.m. • Radio Gametracker
 Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym • Tallahassee, Fla.


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Florida State (7-3, 1-0 ACC)
Home: 3-1
Away: 3-0
Neutral: 1-2
ACC: 1-0

Maryland (7-2, 0-0 ACC) 
Home: 2-1 
Away: 2-0 
Neutral: 3-1 
ACC: 0-0


Boston College (2-7, 0-0 ACC)
Home: 0-0
Away: 1-2
Neutral: 1-5 “
ACC: 0-0


Dig, Set, Spike (What You Need To Know):
• After opening the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with a victory at Miami, the Florida State volleyball team returns to home to take on Maryland Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. contest Sunday with Boston College.


• Friday’s match can be seen on webcast, while Sunday’s showdown will be carried on internet radio. Both can be accessed by logging on to www.seminoles.com.


• For just the fifth time in school history, but the third in five years under Todd Kress, FSU won its ACC opener by taking down the Hurricanes 3-2.


• Last year the Seminoles didn’t win their seventh match until November 4, while their second five-game victory came on November 15.


• Junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) continued her ascension up the career digs chart with 1,036 for eighth-place.


• The Seminoles are 2-2 under Todd Kress in ACC home openers having lost their last two matches.


• Senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) exceeded her career-high by one assist as she recorded 57 against Miami.


Florida State Returns Home For Weekend Conference Series
Having won its first Atlantic Coast Conference opener in three years, the Florida State volleyball team comes back to Tallahassee for a pair of league matches. The Seminoles (7-3 overall, 1-0 ACC) take on 2005 ACC Co-Champion Maryland at 7 p.m. on Friday then plays host to Boston College on Sunday at 1 p.m. Following the BC match, there will be a free clinic for kids 14 and under. Friday’s bout with Maryland (7-2) can be seen on webcast, while Sunday’s contest versus Boston College (2-7) will be carried on internet radio. Both links can be found at www.seminoles.com.


Home Has Not Been Sweet For First ACC Match
Unlike the regular season where the Seminoles get off to a great start, the beginning of the ACC slate has been a little rockier. Florida State is 2-2 in its first conference match at Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium under Todd Kress with a 7-7 mark in 14 seasons of ACC play. The Seminoles have dropped their last two home ACC openers to Duke and Georgia Tech after beating Wake Forest and NC State in Kress’ first two seasons.


Seminoles Ahead of 2005’s Production
By now it may be sounding like a broken record, but this year’s squad is light years ahead of the 2005 edition. Tuesday’s victory at Miami was the seventh of the year for the Seminoles, whereas the seventh win of 2005 didn’t come until November 4th when FSU won at Clemson. Last season Florida State only produced three five-game victories, while the 3-2 decision over the Hurricanes was the second victory the Seminoles got by going the distance. FSU is more than halfway to last year’s win total (13) as well as road victories (6).


Florida State Rallies For 3-2 Victory at Miami
Less than a year ago, Florida State got its first win at Miami, beating the Hurricanes in a thrilling 3-2 decision. This year’s first meeting could have been an instant replay as the Seminoles came back to win games four and five to beat the Hurricanes on their home court for the second time in a row, 3-2 (27-30, 30-24, 22-30, 30-12, 15-12). Florida State played one of its best games of the season in the fourth set, holding Miami to just 12 points. The Seminoles had four different players with double-digit kills, led by 19 from freshman outside hitter Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio). Florida State set season-highs for kills (76), assists (71) and digs (71). Three Seminoles had double-digit digs, led by 18 from libero Summer Weissing, while Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) and Zrinka Tomic added 15 each.


Scouting Maryland
Maryland may feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of the conference. After three-straight ACC Championship, the Terrapins were picked to finish in fifth place in the ACC Coaches’ poll, just a spot ahead of the Seminoles. All Maryland has done is run out to a 7-2 record, the second-best in the league. The Terps only two losses so far this season have come to No. 17 Ohio and No. 3 UCLA. Maryland is the top blocking team in the league at 3.38 blocks per game with middle blockers Meredith Doyle and Katie Usher third and fourth in the league at 1.47 and 1.46 bpg, respectively. Outside hitter Jade Brown leads the team, and ranks sixth in the ACC at 3.72 kills per game.


Scouting Boston College
Life in the ACC has been quite an adjustment for Boston College. The Eagles finished their first season in a new league in 11th place at 4-18, 9-22 overall. The forecast for 2006 wasn’t much brighter as the league coaches picked Boston College to finish 11th. The Eagles have had a tough go of it during non-conference play with a 2-7 record, including a 0-5 start to the year. Outside hitter Kelsey Johnson is third in the conference with a team-high 3.97 kills per game and fourth at 4.60 points per game. Allison Anderson is fifth at 4.09 digs per game.


Florida State Winning Big, Losing Little
When Florida State wins a game, it really wins a game. This season, the Seminoles’ average margin of victory is 10.1 points per game. Twelve of the 23 games FSU has won this season have been by double digits, including a 20-point (30-10) thumping of Mississippi Valley State. On the flip side, the Seminoles have been in nearly every game, losing by an average of 5.6 points per game. FSU has not lost a game by more than nine points


Winning Big Part II
For the second time this season, the Seminoles have held an opponent to a dozen points or less in a game. The 12 points scored by the Hurricanes in game four on Tuesday is tied for the third lowest total in a non game-five game — equaling the dozen Eastern Illinois scored on September 2 — since rally scoring was instituted in 2001. Florida State limited Mississippi Valley State to ten points in the 2006 season opener, while NC State managed just seven points in game one on October 17, 2004.


Griffin Has Been Double-Double Trouble
It wasn’t until October 30, 2005 that Sarah Griffin recorded her first double-double, 81 matches into her Florida State career. Ten games into her final collegiate season and she has a trio of double-doubles already. Tuesday at Miami she recorded her second in a row with 16 kills and 15 digs – just one off her career high – against the Hurricanes. Florida State hadn’t had back-to-back double-doubles since Kristen Rust had double-dips versus Clemson and North Carolina last season.


Griffin Steps Up In the Clutch
Leaders rise to the occasion when their teams need them the most and that’s what team captain Sarah Griffin did against Miami. With FSU down 12-10 to Miami in the decisive game five, Griffin ripped her 16th kill of the match then her first jump serve clipped the top of the net and dropped in for an ace that tied the game at 12-12. The senior served out the final three points to give FSU the victory. The ace was her third of the night, 109th of her career, and moved Griffin within six of Kristen Frye for 10th in school history.


Defense! Defense! Defense!
Florida State has turned up the defensive effort the last five matches. All of the Seminoles top five digging efforts have come in the last five matches, including a season-high 71 against Miami. In that same span, Florida State has posted three of its best five blocking matches. Then sixth-ranked Florida is the only team to hit over .300 against the Seminoles this year. Florida State rates third in the conference with opponents only hitting .170 against it this season.


Tomic Finding Her Groove
The last three matches have been the three best setter Zrinka Tomic has played at Florida State. After not recording more than 40 assists in a match last year, the senior has produced two contests with 50 or more, including a career-high 57 against Miami on Tuesday night. She rates fourth in the ACC at 11.31 assists per game. Tomic also had career-best night on defense, recording a personal-high 15 digs, to move her to second on the team at 2.28 digs per game.


Wessel Has Career Night in Miami
If freshman Malorie Wessel had any jitters in her first ACC match you certainly couldn’t tell. The outside hitter recorded a career-high 19 kills against the Hurricanes — including the one to win the match in game five — as well as 21.5 points to go along with a .486 hitting percentage. Wessel was also solid on defense, recording six digs, which is just one off her career-high.


Barry Rallies Seminoles
Head coach Todd Kress said freshman Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) helped turn the tide of the match Tuesday. The middle blocker had a team-high five kills — on her way to 12 for the match — with a .571 hitting percentage in the third game to give the Seminoles the momentum they needed to breeze through game four and go on to win the match. In game four she stepped up her defense with a pair of blocks. Barry is the only player on the team to record ten or more kills in the last five matches.


Weissing Moving Up By Getting Down
For playing a position that doesn’t get much recognition, libero Summer Weissing is certainly making a name for herself. With a season-high 18 digs against Miami, the junior hopped over LaToya Washington for eighth in school history at 1,036 digs. She needs 18 more to get past Deanna Bosschaert for seventh. Weissing has had double-digit digs in all but two matches this season and is ninth in the ACC at 3.44 digs per game.

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