September 17, 2004 - by
George Mason Rallies To Defeat Florida State Volleyball In Five

Sept. 17, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Senior middle blocker Amanda Santos tallied a career and team season-high 18 kills, while junior Kristen Rust registered 15 kills and 16 digs, as the Florida State women’s volleyball team dropped its third-straight match to George Mason, 3-2, tonight on Lucy McDaniel Court in Tully Gym at the Florida State Classic. Game scores were 27-30, 32-30, 30-28, 23-30, 13-15. The Seminoles dropped to 5-3 on the season while the Patriots improved 3-1.

“In general, we just had too many errors from a lack of readiness before the match,” Seminoles head coach Todd Kress said. “At some point this team has to learn what it takes to win a match. They have to learn to go above and beyond.”

The Patriots led most of game one and controlled the tempo from the get-go. After being down six points (11-5), the Seminoles would fight back to cut the gap at two points late in the game (27-29). However, on match point, a reception error cost the Seminoles and the Patriots claimed the victory.

In the first contest, Santos totaled five kills on eight swings for a .625 hitting percentage.

Game two was a battle from the start and neither team took more than a three-point advantage. The Seminoles relied on the explosive play of sophomore Nikki Anthony and serving from freshman Summer Weissing to compete in the game. Anthony finished with six kills and Weissing had two of her career and team season-high six aces in the second contest. Late in the match, two consecutive attack errors put the Patriots ahead, 30-29. However, a Santos kill across the court and then a Weissing ace gave FSU the advantage, 31-30. On the very next play, Anthony slammed down a kill for the Seminoles and evened the series.

The Seminoles controlled the pace of the third match and never really felt threatened after they tied the match up at 23, 24, and 25-all. Once again, Weissing pulled through for the Seminoles and scored match point on an ace. The fourth contest saw both teams trading points back and forth until late in the match, where the Patriots took advantage of FSU’s turnovers and went ahead, 26-20. An FSU attack error closed out the game to force a fifth battle.

Florida State posted the early 5-2 lead when Weissing earned her sixth ace in game five, but George Mason closed the gap and tied it up at 6-6. Each squad would take turns leading the game, until a ball-handling error by FSU (down 12-13) gave GMU the permanent lead.

George Mason was led by Natalia Porosa’s 19 kills and 14 digs.

The Seminoles’ Anthony finished with 11 kills, seven digs, and six blocks. Setter Jessica Skower had 57 set assists and nine digs, while Aisha Carr completed eight kills, five digs, and four blocks. Sophomore Cassie McLaughlin totaled seven kills and six digs. Sarah Griffin registered 12 digs and Weissing added 14 more.

Florida State hit .163 percent in the match and was outblocked by its opponent, 13.0 to 12.0.

“Our team is very down and it takes a lot of guts to pick yourself up and recover after playing a match like tonight,” Kress commented. “We have no one to blame but ourselves.”

The Seminoles will continue the FSU Classic Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. against Troy.

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