June 28, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball program added its fourth newcomer to the team on Tuesday when Seminole head coach Todd Kress signed sophomore transfer Makini Thompson.
Thompson, a native of Quincy, Mass., is a 6-foot outside hitter transferring from Long Beach State where she helped the 49ers finish with a 24-7 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004.
“The Florida State athletic department is ecstatic to have Makini join our program,” Kress said. “She is a great athlete who should give us fire power on the outside. Makini did a really good job at Long Beach State especially when she came on strong towards the end of the season. Her athleticism and the strength of her personality will allow her to make an immediate positive impact on Seminole Volleyball.”
Thompson logged a team-second-best 3.25 kills per game last season and added 18 total blocks in 57 games. She hit .288 with 185 kills on 475 attempts while logging 29 digs. Against Utah in the opening round of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship, Thompson recorded a team-best 16 kills and .448 hitting percentage to lead the 49ers’ offensive attack in a 3-0 victory. During the second round versus UCLA, Thompson stormed back with a team-high 10 kills and four digs.
A product of North Quincy High School (Quincy, Mass.), the super athletic Thompson graduated with several accomplishments on her resume. In her senior season, she helped lead her team to a second consecutive Division I State Title. For her efforts, The Boston Globe named Thompson as the Massachusetts Division I Player of the Year.
During her high school tenure, Thompson also played on the Newton Smash Junior squad, which won the New England Junior Championships (sophomore year). She also played two seasons with the Mass Patriots (Junior Team) that won the NE Junior Championships her junior campaign. In the summer prior to joining LBSU, Thompson competed on the Synergy Volleyball Club out of Philadelphia, under head coach Gilad Doron.
A three-year letterwinner in track, Thompson set the school record in the 100-m high-hurdles. Off the court, Thompson was named to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic team two years in a row.
She joins Marrita Royster-Crockett (Tallahassee, Fla./Florida HS), Gabrielle Rivera (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Academica San Jose HS), and Zrinka Tomic (Vinkovci, Croatia/Garden City CC) as a newcomer to the Seminole volleyball team that includes eight returning players.
FSU is set to open the 2005 season Sept. 2 against Mercer University at 12:30 p.m.