September 21, 2005 - by
FSU Faces Undefeated Maryland and BC This Week To Open ACC Play

Sept. 21, 2005

Complete Match Notes

Florida State (2-6, 0-0 ACC):

The Florida State volleyball team (2-6), led by sophomore libero Summer Weissing, jumps off the 2005 ACC campaign Friday and Saturday…The Seminoles open with undefeated Maryland (10-0, 1-0 ACC) on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and travel to Boston College (5-5, 0-1) for a 7:00 p.m. match-up on Saturday…Weissing and junior setter Jessica Skower are ranked eighth and ninth in the league, respectively…Weissing averages 3.97 digs per game while Skower averages 9.33 assists per game…Monday evening, the Seminoles dropped their third match of the season to a Top 25 opponent as they fell 3-0 to No. 6 Florida…In the match, senior standout Kristen Rust had a team-high nine kills and 10 digs…Junior setter Zrinka Tomic has missed two matches with a stress fracture to her foot…Her status is unknown for this weekend’s matches…On the season, Florida State is hitting .166 while its opponents are managing a .216 mark…Rust is leading the FSU offense this season with 3.20 kills per game and a team-high 0.33 aces per game…Rust is right behind Weissing with 2.27 digs per contest…Sophomore Makini Thompson has a team-high 28 total blocks on the year… FSU is one victory shy of program win No. 800…Friday’s match marks the start of a new league format…The ACC will play a double-round robin schedule with no postseason league tournament….Each team will face each other both at home and away. 

Quick Sets:

 Junior Sarah Griffin was honored Tuesday night by Florida State University at the Golden Torch Gala for recording the highest GPA of any volleyball athlete at the school. Griffin has become the face of the volleyball program after winning the 2005 Impact Award for her involvement in community service.

Monday’s television match on Fox Sports Florida was the first of three TV matches for the Seminoles this season. The other two will be at home against Miami and Maryland on Sun Sports.

Four weeks into the season, model and volleyball middle blocker Gabrielle Rivera has become quite popular around the Tallahassee community. Media requests with the 6-foot-3 freshman has reached about three interviews per week.

During the Todd Kress era, FSU has won 2-of-3 ACC openers.

Royster-Crockett Shines
Freshman Marrita Royster-Crockett has made a nice debut into her collegiate career. The freshman from Tallahassee has played in 28-of-30 games and she averages 2.64 kills and 1.89 digs per game. Royster-Crockett, the daughter of associate head coach Rita Buck-Crockett, also has 234 attempts this season which is only 11 less than senior leader Kristen Rust. Unfortunately, she is hitting a low .115 percent so once her shots start falling, one can expect this Seminole to make a major contribution to the team.

FSU nears career win No. 800!
It has taken 33 years and three coaches, but the Florida State volleyball program is one win shy from recording milestone victory No. 800. The program officially began in 1968, making volleyball FSU’s first women’s intercollegiate sport, but records were not kept until 1972. Since that time, Dr. Billie Jones, Dr. Cecile Reynaud and Kress have led the Seminoles to an incredible 799-395 record!

One area that Florida State has excelled at this season is blocking where Florida State averages 2.5 blocks per game. In fact, the Seminoles have tallied 102 block assists compared to the opponents 101. Five FSU athletes have recorded double-figure total blocks this season beginning with Thompson (28), Rust (21), Jessica Skower (20), Gabrielle Rivera (19), Lauren Scott (16), and Andreza Santos (10).

Sarah Provides Spark
Sarah Griffin’s job on the court is so important that sometimes it is hard to even put on paper. The junior from Herefore, Texas, is not the top leader statistically, partly because her roll is that of a utility player. But Griffin can hit and dig, averaging 1.37 kpg and 1.83 dpg. Furthermore, she has a trademark jump serve that is responsible for a team-second best five aces on the year. She and teammate Kristen Rust are co-captains this season.

A Look Back

The Florida State volleyball team fell to sixth-ranked Florida on Monday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in the final non-conference match of the season. Game scores were 30-20, 30-23, and 30-16. The match marked the third Top 25 opponent FSU has faced this season as Minnesota (No. 5) and Kansas State (No. 17) faced the Tribe two weeks ago.  With the loss, the Seminoles dropped to 2-6 on the season while the Gators improved to 10-1 overall. Florida State hit .016 while the Gators recorded a .333 mark. Senior outside hitter Kristen Rust paced the offense with nine kills on 26 attempts for a .231 hitting percentage while sophomore libero Summer Weissing totaled a team-high 14 digs. Freshman Marrita Royster-Crockett finished with seven kills and eight digs. Junior setter Jessica Skower had 23 set assists and sophomore Sarah Griffin had eight digs.


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