Nov. 2, 2004
Tampa, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team hit a respectable .379 percent, behind three players who registered double-digit kills, in a quick 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, 30-19) victory at The Corral in an out-of-conference match Tuesday night. Game scores were: 30-24, 30- 27, and 30-19. The win improved the Tribe to 15-9 overall and the Bulls dropped to 6-16 on the season.
“During game one, we came out with a nice offensive effort,” said Seminoles head coach Todd Kress, “and game two got a little sloppy. We have to really work on finding our consistency night in and night out. When we do that, we can play with anybody in the country. All in all, I’m glad we finished in three because South Florida played some incredible defense.”
Amanda Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil/College of S. Idaho) contributed an all-around impressive effort consisting of 12 kills, one ace, five digs, and four blocks (1-4) for a match-high 16.0 points. Nikki Anthony (Pickens, S.C./Pickens HS) had 12 kills and 21 attacks for a .429 mark. She added five digs and two total blocks for 13.0 points. Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley HS) pitched in 11 digs, a .333 hitting percentage, three aces, four digs, and two block assists for 15.0 points.
Florida State held the Bulls to a .139 hitting percentage.
In game one, both teams traded points through the first portion of the contest before the score was even at 10 and the Seminoles, behind the arm of Carr and with accurate serving from Griffin, broke free with a 13-2 run that put the score at 23-13 and the Bulls never recovered as FSU defeated USF, 30-24.
Florida State hit .571 and held the Bulls to a .270 mark. The kill leaders were Rust (6), Carr (4), and Anthony (4). Amanda Santos and Weissing had three digs each, respectively, and Skower totaled 18 assists.
The second battle found the Tribe up early, 10-5, before the Bulls stormed back and went on a 5-1 dash to crawl within one point, 11-10, and they later tied the score up at 13 and 14-all. The two teams see-sawed back and forth before Skower completed a blistering kill, followed by an ace, to put the Seminoles up by four points, 20-16. From that point on, the Seminoles never felt threatened and looked for a sweep with a 30-27 win.
Anthony provided the offensive surge as she produced an impressive six kills off of nine swings (.444 hitting percentage) during crucial moments of the contest. Amanda Santos had three kills, one ace, and two blocks (1-1) for a total of 5.5 points. Skower reached for four digs. The team recorded a .182 hitting percentage and USF tallied a .111 mark.
The Bulls led early, 13-8, in the third game before the Seminoles tied it up 14-14 with smart play at the net and USF was forced to call timeout. With a 23-19 lead, Florida State went on a 7-0 run and earned match point off of an ace that was completed by Rust for the 30-19 victory.
South Florida was paced by Michelle Stalbaum who totaled 13 kills and 10 digs.
Florida State will be back in action on Lucy McDaniel Court on Friday (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.) with matches against Virginia and Maryland.
“We know it’s going to be a tough weekend playing Virginia and Maryland because they are both playing great volleyball right now. Both matches will be competitive and they have a lot to do with placement in the ACC race down the stretch. We have to focus on defense and tweaking our offense. We will work on a lot of things the next couple days in practice and be ready to go this weekend.”