Oct. 17, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team set a new program record with the fewest points allowed in a game as the Seminoles, behind 13 service aces and a season-high .481 hitting percentage, rolled to a quick sweep over NC State (10-11, 0-8 ACC) on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym Sunday afternoon. The win improved FSU’s record to 12-7 overall and 4-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play. Game scores were: 30-7, 30-23, 30-23.
“We served very well,” said head coach Todd Kress, “and I thought that was a big part of the victory today. We wanted to come out and serve aggressively and keep them out of the system.
There were still too many unforced errors in game two and three and I don’t think we played as well as we could have defensively. Overall I think it was a good match for us but, we have to pick things up before facing Miami and Virginia Tech this week.”
The Seminoles, who registered their third straight victory today, own a 13-1 all-time record against the Wolfpack in matches played at home.
Florida State jumped out to an immediate 7-0 advantage in game one before NC State scored its first point. The lead would widen to 24-6 thanks to an evenly balanced FSU offensive attack that found five different players recording two kills. The story of the contest was the Tribe’s serving as senior middle blocker Amanda Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil / College of Southern Idaho) registered an impressive career-high five service aces, while sophomore outside Cassie McLaughlin (Cary, Ill. / Cary-Grove, Ill.) added two more, respectively. NC State never threatened the Seminoles as FSU earned a 30-7 victory.
Since rally scoring began in the 2001 season, the seven points scored against the Tribe are the least number of points ever put up against a Florida State team in a 30-point game format.
“We served very well and I thought that was a big part of the victory today. We wanted to come out and serve aggressively and keep them out of the system.”
Todd Kress, Seminoles head coach
The Wolfpack regrouped in the second go-around and stayed within five points late (20-15) but Florida State would rely on Nikki Anthony (Pickens, S.C. / Pickens HS) to push the lead to 28-20 after totaling five kills in the contest. Both teams would trade points before Santos put down a slam that sealed the 30-23 victory for the Garnet and Gold.
Once again, serving was the story of the day as junior outside hitter Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, Ohio / McAuley HS) tallied four aces in game two and freshman Summer Weissing pitched in one, respectively.
The third battle was the closest of all the games as the Wolfpack tied the score up 17-all midway through the contest before a Santos kill put FSU back up by one (18-17). The game would tie up again at 21-21 but the Seminoles would never relinquish the lead as the Tribe picked up a 30-23 victory for the sweep.
FSU registered a balanced offensive attack as several players contributed multiple kills beginning with Rust (10), Santos (9), Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla. / Naples HS) (8), Anthony (7), Aisha Carr (Dallas, Texas / Skyline HS) (6), McLaughlin (4), Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas / Hereford HS) (2), and Lauren Scott (Carson, Calif. / Barton CC) (2).
Defensively, Rust and McLaughlin paced both teams with six digs each, Griffin scooped up five, Weissing added four, and Santos grabbed three, respectively.
The Tribe outblocked the Wolfpack 8.0 – 3.0 and Carr led both teams with four blocks (1-3).
Adeola Kosoko led NC State with 10 kills and three blocks.
Florida State will be back in action on Wednesday for an intrastate match-up against Miami at Lucy McDaniel Court. The match will be shown live on the Sunshine Network. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.