Oct. 19, 2004
SEMINOLE FANS: Blockbuster Video and Star 98 will sponsor the match tomorrow evening and the first 250 fans will receive an inflatable spirit finger and Blockbuster key chain! Star 98 will also set up a remote from Tully Gym so make sure to come early for all the festivities! .
FLORIDA STATE NOTES (12-7, 4-4 ACC):
All it took was one week for the Florida State volleyball team to win three straight matches and turn its season around…The Seminoles have two important matches this week on Wednesday and Friday…Wednesday, the Seminoles welcome the other hot team in the conference as of late, the Miami Hurricanes…Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. and the contest will be shown live on the Sunshine Network…The Hurricanes (10-6, 5-3 ACC), just like FSU, are riding a three-match win streak…Virginia Tech, who is tied with Miami for third place in the league, is a team that the Seminoles fell to on the road after being up by two games…They will travel to Tallahassee Friday at 7:00 p.m…Florida State’s Kristen Rust became the first Seminole volleyball player this season to garner ACC Co-Player of the Week honors…She has emerged as one of the top all-around players in the conference during the last month despite battling excruciating pain on her lower legs…In its last outing, Florida State swept NC State (3-0) Sunday, Oct. 17, and defeated second-place UNC, 3-1, Friday, Oct. 15…Rust registered a career-high 29 kills and 20 digs during the match against the Tar Heels…Miami and Florida State put up identical scores last weekend against UNC and NC State…Fans that cannot view the Miami match on television can always log on to www.seminoles.com to watch live stats….Junior Andreza Santos is rehabbing from surgery (torn meniscus) and should return in the next week or two…Offensively, FSU is led by Kristen Rust and Amanda Santos who have 235 and 200 kills, respectively…Santos also leads the Seminoles with a .395 hitting percentage, good enough for second in the ACC, and 90 total blocks…Jessica Skower is the team quarterback with 1,523 assists and a 12.43 assists per game average…Skower is ranked No. 5 in the ACC in assists…Freshman libero Summer Weissing paces the squad with 241 digs (3.44 dpg)…Just like FSU football, Florida State excels in defense where it is No. 1 in opponent hitting percentage after keeping teams to a low .127 mark…FSU is 1-1 in TV matches this season and 2-0 in game one.
Scouting the Opponents: Miami
Miami enters the match Wednesday owning a 10-6 overall and 5-3 ACC record…The Hurricanes sit in third place in the ACC tied with Virginia Tech…Offensively, Valeria Tipiana paces her squad with 4.86 kills per game and she picks up 2.29 digs per game…Her 0.66 service aces per game rank No. 1 in the league…She has 39 total this season and is ranked No. 8 in the NCAA…Sophomore setter Jill Robinson moved up in the NCAA rankds when her 13.41 assists per game placed her 15th among Division I players through Oct. 10…Thank goodness the Seminoles face the Hurricanes on a Wednesday, as they’ve yet to lose a Friday match this season.
Florida State vs. Miami
Wednesday’s meeting will be the 21st time the two schools have faced off since the 1978 season. FSU owns an all-time record of 12-7-1 record. The two squads met in Miami’s ACC debut on Sept.24, sweeping the Seminoles (28-30, 29-31, 24-30). For the first time all season, no Seminole recorded double digit kills.
Leading the offensive attack for Florida State was Andreza Santos and Kristen Rust with nine kills each, respectively. Andreza underwent knee surgery a few days after the Hurricane match. Amanda Santos and Aisha Carr had eight kills apiece and Renee Hill pitched in six more. Libero Summer Weissing tallied 13 digs on defense and setter Jessica Skower and Rust recorded six digs each.
Team News N’ Notes
In the latest AVCA / RichKern.Com Regional rankings released this week, FSU dropped one spot to No. 12 despite winning three matches last week. Georgia Tech and North Carolina own the top two spots.
Head coach Todd Kress earned career win Nos. 200 and 201 last weekend.
The Tribe will close out October on the road at Georgia Tech and Clemson next weekend.
Rust Earns ACC Co-Player of the Week Honors
Florida State’s Kristen Rust and Georgia Tech’s Lynnette Moster were named this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Co-Players of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Rust, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, began the week by hitting .417 in a 3-0 win over UCF. She notched 13 kills, six blocks, six digs and two service aces in the victory. The outside hitter then helped the Seminoles to wins over North Carolina and NC State over the weekend. In Florida State’s 3-1 win over the Tar Heels, she tallied a personal-best 29 kills and 20 digs. Versus the Wolfpack, Rust recorded ten kills, six digs and a career-high four service aces. Over the three wins, Rust averaged 5.2 kills, 3.2 digs, 1.0 block and 0.70 service aces per game, while hitting .340 overall and .316 in conference action. She is the first Seminole volleyball player to earn the honor this season.
Career and Season-High Shout-outs
There were many new season and career-high achievements that took place last week beginning with Summer Weissing who notched a career and team-best 23 digs against UNC. Sophomore setter Jessica Skower set a new standard in assists as she handed out 66 against the Tar Heels. Finally, Kristen Rust contributed a career and team season-high 29 kills, 54 attempts, and 32.0 points in the UNC match, respectively. As a team, the Seminoles recorded a season-high .481 hitting percentage, while getting season-highs in kills (79), sets (74) and digs (87).
Anthony Starts Two Seasons
Sophomore outside hitter Nikki Anthony has most likely started the most hectic and intense part of her school year as the two-sport athlete began basketball practice Saturday, Oct.16. In accordance to NCAA rules, she is limited to a maximum of 20 hours a week for sports. Therefore, Kress and basketball coach Sue Semrau set aside special practice hours for Nikki. She hasn’t skipped a beat on the volleyball battlegrounds after posting seven kills and a .400 hitting percentage against NC State Sunday.
What is Florida State’s Best Game?
Statistically speaking, FSU tends to do well in the first game where it is 13-6 this year. The second contest is a little closer, but the Seminoles hold a slight 12-7 advantage. In the third go-around, the Tribe dominates 14-5. However, in games 4-5, the opponent takes home these battles 4-5
Record Breaking Performances
The matches against UNC and NC State allowed Florida State to achieve several important milestones. Starting off, Todd Kress earned career victory No. 200 for a coach that hasn’t even completed his tenth season. If you do the math and divide 9.5 into 200, that’s over a 21-wins-a-year average! Furthermore, Kristen Rust notched 29 kills in the four-game performance against the Tar Heels and she literally wobbled off the court thanks to a nagging shin injury on both legs. Finally, the seven points put up against the Seminoles in game one against NC State was the least amount of points an opponent has ever recorded since rally scoring began in the 2001 season. Whew! All-in-all, it’s obvious the Seminoles played their best matches of the year during the last three contests.
From the Inside: Weissing and Griffin Get Personal
Freshman libero Summer Weissing has become a fan favorite eight weeks into her college debut, thanks to her scrappy defensive play and vocal leadership. Fans flood her email box each week on the Seminoles’ volleyball page and she does her best to answer as many questions as possible by the end of the week. Furthermore, sophomore Sarah Griffin’s weekly journal has amassed tons of attention from many media outlets and fans alike. People can read her diary on the volleyball page, too. The well-liked and humble Griffin provides insight to the program from a personal view and she also talks about a range of things from family to politics to life as a volleyball player.
Santos, Carr, and Skower Stay Ranked In The Top 10 In the ACC Middle blockers Amanda Santos and Aisha Carr and Jessica Skower are the only three Seminoles ranked at the top of the ACC in certain categories. Santos is second in hitting percentage (.395), Carr is 10th in blocks (1.19 bpg) and Skowers is fifth in assists per game after averaging 12.13 per game, respectively. With 277 total block assists to date, Carr debuted at No. 8 this week on the program’s all-time block assists chart.