Oct. 2, 2004
Oct. 2, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After dropping three very close ACC matches in the last two weeks, the Florida State volleyball team finally received its well-earned break after defeating Wake Forest, 3-0, on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym Saturday night. Game scores were 30-20, 41-39, and 30-26. The victory improves the Seminoles to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in conference action. The Deacons fall to 8-5 on the season and 0-4 in ACC play.
Six of the Seminoles’ eight wins have been shutouts this year.
While the entire FSU team contributed to the victory, junior Kristen Rust had perhaps her best match of the season where she tallied a season-high 17 kills on 39 attempts for a .308 mark. Even more impressive was Rust earned these kills in the first two games as she sat out of the third contest with a nagging shin injury.
“I had to carry Kristen (Rust) to the lockerroom after game two,” said Florida State head coach Todd Kress. “She is having a lot of pain and I felt comfortable after the first and second (game) that I could give her a break during the third. I was glad we were able to do that for her. I really thought Renee Hill came in and stepped up for us when Kristen left.”
In game one, Florida State jumped out in front 4-2 before the Deacs stormed back and went on a 6-2 run to put the Seminoles down 5-7. However, behind the arm of Rust, who recorded seven kills in the game, FSU evened the score at 9-9 before two Wake Forest errors gave FSU the definite lead. Florida State hit .325 in the match and held Wake Forest to a .111 clip while clinching the 30-20 win.
The Seminoles made history in the second game after registering the highest-ever game score in school history with the 41-39 victory. Both schools never led by more than three points and the contest tied up on 25 occasions. With the score tied at 39-all, the Deacons recorded a block error to put the Seminoles ahead 40-39. The following play, senior middle blocker Aisha Carr sealed the 41-39 victory for the home team with her eighth slam of the contest.
In the final go-around of the night, the Seminoles never felt threatened until late in the contest when the Deacs tied the score up 22-22. However, Nikki Anthony stepped up and completed a kill off of a Jessica Skower assist to give FSU the 23-22 advantage. The Garnet and Gold never looked back from this point on as they raced to a 30-26 victory.
Sophomore setter Skower earned her second consecutive double-double in as many days with 46 set assists and 10 digs. Four players totaled 10 or more kills including Rust, Anthony (11-6-24, .208), Carr (11-2-21, .429), and Amanda Santos (10-3-22, .318). On defense, freshman libero Summer Weissing reached for an impressive 19 digs and sophomore Cassie McLaughlin added 11, respectively. Hill helped on both sides of the net with six kills and eight digs.
As a team, the Seminoles hit .245 and held the Deacs to .138 percent. Florida State had 7.0 blocks and Santos contributed five block assists to the effort. McLaughlin had 3 block assists.
The Seminoles will hit the road for two matches at Maryland and Virginia next weekend before returning to Tallahassee for a five-match home swing from Oct. 12 – Oct. 22.
The night was a battle of sorts between Wake Forest’s Morgan Havig and FSU’s Amanda Santos. The two are ranked in the Top 5 in the NCAA in hitting percentage and Havig previously owned Santos by one-tenth of a point (.340 – .339). However, Santos may pass her up this week after out-hitting Having tonight .318 – .304, respectively.
The 41 points scored in game two by the Seminoles is an all-time program high.
Kristen Rust established a new season high in kills with 17 on the night.
As a team, the Seminoles established a new season-high with 62 kills in three games.
Team athletic trainer Kathy Laguens said Rust will be listed as day-to-day until team doctors take a look at her early next week.