Sept. 3, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (2-0) took three matches from the Stetson Hatters (1-1) at the FSU Invitational on Friday, September 3, 2004. In only the second meeting since 1983, the Tribe picked up the first shutout win of the season with tallies of 30-14, 30-11, 30-12. FSU, who moved to 2-0 for the first time since opening the 2000 season, controlled the game, after fighting for a 3-2 win earlier in the day against Sam Houston State.
“I thought we did a lot of things better this game,” said third-year head coach Todd Kress. “We were more in control and more comfortable with running our offense. We isolated some of their hitters and played much better defense. In the first match we were sloppy and out of position. We cut down on errors this game and made it harder for other teams to score on us.”
Florida State opened the first match with five straight points before Stetson took a time out. The Hatters broke the Seminoles serve to pick up their first point. From that point on, the Tribe controlled the game leading 11-4, 17-8 and 29-14 before closing out the match win.
In the final two games, FSU kept the momentum going, winning by 19 and 17 points. During the final stanza, the Hatters called two timeouts before FSU closed out the match. In that stretch, freshman Danielle McDonald (Holly Hill, FL/Spruce Creek) served 14 straight points, taking her first collegiate serve at 13-10. Stetson broke her serve on a kill but it was too late, as FSU picked up three of the final six points to win.
Junior Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, OH/McAlley) led the Seminoles with 12 kills over the match while sophomore Jessica Skower (Naples, FL/Naples) owned the assist column with 37. Rust was at the top of the hitting percentage with .647. Senior middle blocker Amanda Santos (Minas Geras, Brazil/College of Southern Idaho) also hit over .600, posting a hitting percentage of .615. FSU hit .367 for the game, with a .500 hitting percentage in the second game. Four Seminoles were tied with four blocks apiece while all eleven Tribe members who saw action picked up a dig over three sets.
Florida State returns to action tomorrow for the second day of the FSU Invitational playing South Alabama at 6:00 pm. Stetson faces Sam Houston State in the earlier match, kicking off at 3:30 p.m.