October 1, 2004 - by
MATCH NOTES: FSU Volleyball Faces Duke, Wake Forest This Weekend At Home

Oct. 1, 2004



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The Seminoles enter this week’s matches looking for their first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) win of the season…FSU plays host to Duke (Fri., 6:00 p.m.) and Wake Forest (Sat., 7:00 p.m.) on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym…Florida State started conference action last week on the road and dropped both matches…The Tribe lost to Virginia Tech in five games (3-2) and fell to Miami the following evening, 3-0…Florida State is led by Kristen Rust and Amanda Santos who have 131 and 129 kills, respectively…Santos also leads the Seminoles with a .439 hitting percentage, good enough for second in the ACC, and 55 total blocks…Jessica Skower is the team quarterback with 490 assists and a 11.95 assists per game average…Skower is ranked No. 7 in the ACC in assists…Freshman libero Summer Weissing paces the squad with 146 digs and Rust is second on the team with 93 digs…As a team, FSU plays strong at the net and is ranked No. 1 in the ACC, holding teams to a .113 hitting percentage…They have also recorded 72 service aces compared to 55 recorded by their opponents…Florida State averages 2.89 blocks per game and has four players with at least 12 service aces…Rust, Skower, and Weissing lead the team with 13 each, respectively.

Scouting the Opponents: Duke and Wake Forest

Duke enters Friday’s match owning a 11-3 overall and 2-1 ACC record…In their last outing, the Blue Devils took care of Virginia, 3-1…As a team, Duke is hitting .271 and holding its opponents to .171…Carrie DeMange and Tassy Rufai are leading the team with 209 and 124 kills, respectively…On defense, the Blue Devils are outblocking opponents 2.03 to 1.67…Duke and Virginia own the best overall record in the ACC.

The Deacs enter the contest with an 8-4, 0-2, record and will face Miami before traveling to Tallahassee…Kim Stern and Valerie Rydberg pace Wake Forest with 372 and 342 kills, respectively…Four players have already totaled over 100 digs on the season including Natasha Schaefer (136), Rydberg (123), Erin Borhart (108), and Kim Stern (102)…The Deacs have dominated at the net where they outblocked opponents 2.73 dpg. to 1.77 dpg…Wake Forest has recorded one Top 25 victory this season when it swept then-No. 24 Purdue on Sept. 11.

The Series

Florida State vs. Duke

Friday’s meeting will be the 33nd meeting between the two schools with the Blue Devils owning an all-time record of 8-24. The squads last met on Oct. 24, 2003, and FSU fell to the Blue Devils, 3-1.

Florida State vs. Wake Forest
The last time the two teams met was Oct. 25, 2003 when Wake Forest defeated Florida State, 3-0…The Seminoles lead the series between the two teams with a 13-5 record against the Deacs…At Tuly Gym, FSU is 6-2.

Team Tri-Captains

This year’s team captains include seniors Aisha Carr, Renee Hill, and Amanda Santos.

Team News N’ Notes

•FSU has not dropped two ACC matches in the opening week since 2000. That season, the team went on to finish 9-8 in the conference.

•Through the first week, the Seminoles have two conference losses along with Wake Forest and NC State.

• The FSU volleyball program will celebrate Alumni Appreciation Weekend with events Oct. 15-16. Former players will be introduced between games on Friday, Oct. 15, against North Carolina.

•When the RichKern.Com/AVCA Region Rankings were released Monday, FSU found itself at No. 11 in the East.

Getting Personal

Fans and friends alike have to opportunity to read about what it’s like to be a student-athlete from the player’s view each week by clicking on
Sarah’s File
on the FSU volleyball website page. Each week, sophomore Sarah Griffin will write about different things from her point of view and fans have the chance to submit questions. Furthermore,
Summer’s Mailbag

is available to ask freshman libero Summer Weissing any questions about life as a Seminole. She’ll post her responses each week so get to writing! Next week we’ll begin our trip across the country, and Brazil, as we visit each athlete’s hometown in a special feature called “Road Trip: FSU Style.” We’ll head East to West, so first up is Pickens, S.C. native, Nikki Anthony.

Milestone Watch

The Seminoles will look to capture three impressive milestones during the remainder of the season. With 196 career wins, Florida State head coach Todd Kress is nearing his 200-win milestone. Furthermore, with an all-time record of 786 to date, the FSU volleyball program is 14 wins shy of recording its 800th victory. The team has 16 regular season matches, not including the ACC Tournament and post season play, to accomplish this feat. Finally, the Tribe owns an all-time ACC record of 91-97 and needs nine conference wins to reach the 100 mark.

Santos vs. Havig

Friday’s match will be a battle of sorts between Florida State’s Amanda Santos and Wake Forest’s Morgan Having who are both ranked in the Top 5 in the nation in hitting percentage. Havig slightly edges Santos with a .440 mark to put her at No. 4 in the NCAA and Santos, who owns a .439 hitting percentage, is ranked No. 5, respectively. Santos, however, has tallied more kills (129) than Havig (99) as of Friday.

Andreza Santos Sidelined For 3-4 Weeks

Less than a week after a career night where she totaled a team-high 9 kills, 11.5 points, four blocks (1-3) and a .364 hitting percentage, junior Andreza Santos underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in her knee. Andreza, the sister of FSU’s Amanda Santos, is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks.

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