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MATCH NOTES: Volleyball Makes Road Stops At Virginia And Maryland This Week

Oct. 6, 2004

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The Seminoles will look for their first road trip victory this weekend when they take on Maryland Friday (7:00 p.m.) and Virginia Saturday (5:00 p.m.) …FSU is 8-6 overall and 6-3 at home, 0-3 away, and 2-0 on neutral courts…In its last outing, Florida State swept Wake Forest on Saturday, Oct. 2, after falling to Duke the previous evening in five games…Gametracker is available for the Maryland match at on the women’s volleyball schedule page…The Tribe has players on the injury list including Andreza Santos (knee surgery) and Kristen Rust (shin)…Santos is out for 3-4 weeks and Rust is listed as day-to-day…Offensively, FSU is led by Kristen Rust and Amanda Santos who have 164 and 152 kills, respectively…Santos also leads the Seminoles with a .404 hitting percentage, good enough for second in the ACC, and 68 total blocks…Jessica Skower is the team quarterback with 590 assists and a 12.04 assists per game average…Skower is ranked No. 6 in the ACC in assists…Freshman libero Summer Weissing paces the squad with 182 digs and Rust is second on the team with 109 digs…As a team, FSU plays strong at the net and is ranked No. 1 in the ACC, holding teams to a .121 hitting percentage…The Seminoles have also recorded 78 service aces compared to 65 recorded by their opponents…Florida State averages 2.86 blocks per game and has four players with at least 13 service aces…Weissing leads with 15, followed by Skower (14), Rust (14), and Cassie McLaughlin (13), respectively.

Scouting the Opponents: Maryland and Virginia

enters Friday’s match owning a 7-7 overall and 2-2 conference record…In their last outing, the Terrapins swept N.C. State, 3-0…As a team, Maryland is hitting .201 and holding its opponents to a mark of .190…Maria DiLivio and Sarah Treadwell are leading the Terrapins with 142 and 181 kills, respectively…On defense, the Terrapins are outblocking opponents 2.98 to 2.77.

enters this match with 12-4 overall and a 2-2 conference record, and will host Miami on Friday, before its match with Florida State the following day…Sarah Kirkwood leads the Cavaliers in kills this season with 311, a 5.36 per game average…Virginia trails its opponents in the blocks department with a 2.48 to 2.59 average, but makes up for it with a .217 to .159 hitting percentage…The Cavaliers are looking to extend their perfect home record to 8-0 this week.

The Series

Florida State vs. Maryland

Friday’s meeting will be the 29th meeting between the two schools with the Terps owning an all-time record of 17-11. The squads last met on Nov. 14, 2003, and Maryland won in five games.

Florida State vs. Virginia

The Seminoles own an all-time record of 20-8 going into the 29th meeting between the two schools. The squads last met on Nov. 16, 2003, and FSU won in five.

Team Tri-Captains

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

Team News N’ Notes

•In the latest AVCA / RichKern.Com Regional rankings released this week, FSU stayed at the No. 11 spot. Duke owns the top position.

•Kristen Rust established a new season high with 17 kills versus Wake Forest.

•Friday marked the fourth time this season the Seminoles have advanced to five games and FSU owns a 1-3 record in the fifth game. In two of those losses, FSU fell 13-15.

•Friday against Duke, 1,172 fans saw the match, including over 1,000 Girl Scoutsand their families who were in attendance. Afterwards, the team put on a clinic to teach the future volleyball stars fundamentals of the game and all the Seminoles signed autographs.

Last Match Recap

After dropping three very close ACC matches in the last two weeks, the Florida State volleyball team finally received its well-earned break after defeating Wake Forest, 3-0, on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym Saturday night. Game scores were 30-20, 41-39, and 30-26. The victory improves the Seminoles to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in conference action. The Deacons fall to 8-5 on the season and 0-4 in ACC play. Six of the Seminoles’ eight wins have been shutouts this year. While the entire FSU team contributed to the victory, junior Kristen Rust had perhaps her best match of the season where she tallied a season-high 17 kills on 39 attempts for a .308 mark. Even more impressive was Rust earned these kills in the first two games as she sat out of the third contest
with a nagging shin injury.

Kress Nearing 200 Career Wins

The Seminoles will look to capture three impressive milestones during the remainder of the season. With 197 career wins, Florida State head coach Todd Kress is nearing his 200-win milestone. Furthermore, with an all-time record of 787 to date, the FSU volleyball program is 14 wins shy of recording its 800th victory. Finally, the Tribe owns an all-time ACC record of 92-98 and needs eight conference wins to reach the century mark.

Dynamic Duo

When hitters go up to against the Seminoles, they better be prepared to face two of the top blockers in the conference in Amanda Santos and Aisha Carr. The duo leads the Seminoles and accounts for an impressive 120 of the team’s 148.5 total blocks this season. Santos is credited with 68 to date, followed by Carr with 52 total, respectively. Santos’ 1.31 per game is enough to be ranked No. 6 in the ACC.

Rust Is A Must

Florida State junior Kristen Rust is the type of player that will sneak upon you. Although she seems quiet and reserved on the court, there is no doubt her statistics speak volumes. Not only does she pace her squad with five double-doubles this season, Rust also leads FSU in points (3.9 ppg.) and kills (3.35 kpg), and she is second in digs (2.22 dpg.).

TV Time For The Seminoles

The TV schedule was finalized this week for Florida State and the two intrastate matches against UCF and Miami will be shown live on the Sunshine Network on Tues., Oct. 12, and Wed., Oct. 20, respectively. Match times are set for 7:00 p.m. on both evenings.

Florida State Featured In CVU Magazine

There is a story on Seminoles Volleyball on page 26 in the latest issue of CVU (Collegiate Volleyball Update) magazine that hit newsstands last week. The article is titled “FSU On The Rise” and sisters Amanda and Andreza Santos as well as setter Jessica Skower have colored pictures in the feature story. For more information, visit www.cvu.com.

Lauren Scott Keeps Producing

Junior middle blocker/opposite Lauren Scott has found a regular rotation spot on the FSU roster as of late. The junior college transfer from Barton Community College in Kansas has made an appearance in the last three matches and played in 7 out of 11 games. She has eight total blocks and 9.5 points on the season.

Gametracker Available

Live statistics through Gametracker are available anytime a school FSU plays is hosted by College Sports Online at away games. Furthermore, all home matches will display Gametracker via the volleyball page of seminoles. com. Technical difficulties in the gym cause the live stats to delay or shut down at times, however, as long as the link is still available Gametracker is up and working at Tully Gymnasium.


Florida State will return home next Tuesday and jumpstart a five-match home swing that extends from Oct. 12 – Oct. 22. Afterwards, the `Noles will only have two remaining matches left in Tallahassee.

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