October 11, 2005 - by
Florida State’s First Volleyball All-American, Amanda Santos, To Be Honored Tonight

Oct. 11, 2005



It is Amanda Santos night at Tully Gym! The first 500 fans in attendance at tonight’s FSU vs. Miami match will receive a free foam tomahawk. The games will air live on Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida beginning at 7pm. Come out and show your support of FSU Volleyball!


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Thirty-seven years after becoming the first intercollegiate women’s sport at Florida State, the Seminole volleyball program will honor its first and only AVCA All-American, Amanda Santos, at Tully Gymnasium tonight. First serve of the FSU/Miami ACC live television match is scheduled for 7pm and Santos will be recognized between games two and three.


“No one has meant more to the Florida State volleyball program in such a short amount of time than Santos,” said head coach Todd Kress. “My staff, Florida State University and the entire Tallahassee community is proud of her accomplishments.”


In the history of the FSU volleyball program that includes some of the program’s greats like Gabrielle Reece, Maggie Philgence and Nancy Gaspadarek, 16 different players have earned AVCA All-Region accolades, but no one has been named an All-American until Santos.


She concluded the 2004 season ranked second in the ACC in hitting percentage (.365) and fifth in blocks (1.35 bpg). She led the Seminoles, who finished the 2004 season with an 18-11 record, in hitting percentage and blocks as well. Despite only spending two season at FSU after transferring from the College of Southern Idaho, Santos left the program with 544 kills, 284 total blocks, and a spectacular .325 hitting percentage.


Santos, whose older sister Andreza is a current senior on the volleyball team, recorded 147 total blocks last season. Her total number of blocks is the most registered since the 1993 season when Vicki Zinkil collected 164.


Santos was a tri-team captain and earned AVCA East All-Region and first-team All-ACC honors in 2004. She was tabbed MVP of the FSU Invitational and garnered all-tournament honors at the Michigan/Pepsi Challenge and FSU Classic.


She is a native of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and currently serves as an undergraduate student assistant to the volleyball program while she continues her studies at Florida State.




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