Nov. 20, 2006
Florida State Volleyball
At Wake Forest Gametracker
Tueday, November 21 7 p.m.
Reynolds Gym (2,000) Winston-Salem, N.C.
At Duke l Livestats
Wednesday, November 22 7 p.m.
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) Durham, N.C.
Florida State (18-11)
Wake Forest (14-14)
Dig, Set, Spike (What You Need To Know):
The Florida State volleyball team wraps up the 2006 regular season this weekend as it travels to North Carolina for a pair of matches. Up first is a 7 p.m. contest Tuesday at Wake Forest, followed by a 7 p.m. bout the next day at Duke.
The 3-1 victory over NC State was the Seminoles’ 18th of the season, matching the second most wins under Todd Kress. The triumph was also FSU’s 12th ACC win of the year, setting a new standard for ACC victories.
Junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) posted a career-high 37 digs against the Wolfpack to move up to sixth on the single-season charts at 437 digs.
Senior outside hitter Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) had six blocking assists last week to move up to ninth in school history. She needs two more to take over the No. 8 spot.
Florida State is tied with Georgia Tech for fourth place in the league. The Seminoles have finished in the top half of the league in three of Todd Kress’ four season.
Going into the final week of play, the Seminoles are already five wins better than last year’s total of 13. Only Clemson, who has won six more matches this year, has made a better turnaround than FSU.
Regular Season Concludes This Week For Seminoles
It seems like just yesterday the Florida State volleyball team was arriving on campus to start preseason practice, but fast forward three months and the Seminoles are wrapping up the 2006 regular season. Florida State goes on the road to finish the 2006 slate, taking on Wake Forest in a 7 p.m. contest Tuesday (Nov. 21), followed by another 7 p.m. bout Wednesday (Nov. 22) at Duke.
FSU Striving For Best Turnaround In The ACC
With one week of matches remaining, Florida State has a chance to post the best turnaround in the conference this year. At 18-11, the Seminoles are five matches better than last year’s 13-17 mark. Only Clemson, who has improved by six matches, has had a better comeback than the Seminoles.
Florida State Knows How To Finish Strong
The Seminoles have a knack for winning the key games down the stretch. During Todd Kress’ first four seasons at Florida State, the Seminoles are 5-3 during the last week of play, including a sweep at NC State and North Carolina in 2004 to vault into the No. 2 spot in the league. FSU also holds the same 5-3 mark in its last week on the road, including a pair of sweeps the last two years: 2004 (at NC State & UNC) & 2005 (at Virginia Tech & Miami). In 15 seasons of ACC play, the Seminoles are 15-11 in the final week.
Seminoles Vying For Top Three Finish
Going into the final weekend, the Seminoles find themselves tied with Georgia Tech for fourth place. If Florida State can move up a spot – both third place Clemson and GT play second place Virginia this week – it would be FSU’s second-best finish under Todd Kress, trailing only the second place finish during his inaugural year of 2002. The Seminoles have finished in the top half of the conference in 11 of their previous 15 seasons and three of Kress’ first four campaigns.
Weissing Moving Up On Single Season Charts
After missing the first start of her Florida State career against Virginia Tech, junior Summer Weissing responded with a monster week against North Carolina and NC State. Friday against the Wolfpack she posted a career-high 37 digs – one off the school record set by Luiza Ramos in 1991 – to up her average for the week to 8.57 digs per game. Her 60 digs during the week moved her up to sixth on the FSU single-season chart with 437 digs. She needs 24 more to take over the No. 3 spot. Her average of 4.37 dpg rates sixth in the league and is second only to her record-setting rate of 4.42 last season. Weissing has three of the top ten per game averages in school history.
Thompson Has Big Week On Tobacco Road
Eclipsing the 20-kill plateau for the fifth time this season, and the second in four matches, junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) had one of her best weeks as a Seminole. Thompson had 24 kills in the 3-1 victory over NC State to move her kills per game average up to 3.99, which ranks third in the league, and if she holds that rate it will be the eighth-best single-season average. The 6-foot Thompson has 403 kills on the season, the most since Kristen Frye totaled 469 in 2002.
Skower Moves Onto Block Assist List
Most of the blocking lists are dominated by middle blockers and outside hitters, but Jessica Skower is looking to break that tradition. The 6-foot-1 Naples product spent her first three years at setter and this week she took over the No. 9 spot on the FSU career block assist list with six rejections last week for a career total of 277. The senior needs just two more during her final two regular season matches to move up to eighth. Skower is already firmly planted at No. 3 in school history with 2,987 assists.
Tomic Poised To Crack Both Assist Charts
While most players are trying to move up on either a career or single season chart at this point in the season, senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) is trying to make two lists. After 55 assists at NC State, she need just 27 assists to pass Nancy Gaspadarek for tenth on the single-season lists. For her career, Tomic has 1,515 assists, leaving her just 74 short of Barb Mellen for the No. 10 spot in school history. Currently Tomic ranks fourth in the conference with her 11.56 assists per game.
Scouting Wake Forest
Since the Demon Deacons got swept by the Seminoles on October 20, they have taken a turn for the worst. WFU was in fourth at 7-3, but has gone 3-7 since and dropped into a tie for sixth at 10-10. Florida State is 16-6 against WFU, but only 5-4 in Winston-Salem after dropping the last two contests. WFU’s Natalie Mullkin is fifth in the league at 1.29 blocks per game.Todd Kress is 5-3 against the Demon Deacons, but hasn’t won there since a 3-1 triumph in 2002. WFU court boss Heather Kahl-Holmes is 1-2 versus FSU.
While most teams in the league seem to have gone one way or the other during the second half of the season, Duke keeps plugging along as the top team in the conference. The Blue Devils wrapped up their first league title since 1994 with a 3-0 sweep of Virginia last week. The Blue Devils handed Florida State to a 3-0 loss on October 22. FSU is 2-13 at Duke, 8-28 overall, and has lost its last six matches in Durham since beating the Blue Devils 3-0 in 1998. Duke ranks in the top 15 in the country in three different categories, including assists where it rates fourth with an ACC best 15.80 assists per game, led by setter Ali Hausfeld, who is 19th in the nation at 13.22 apg. Todd Kress is 1-7 in his career against Duke with that one win coming in 2002. The Blue Devil’s Jolene Nagel is 10-2 against the Seminoles.
Florida State Splits First Trip To Tobacco Road
Two things remained true after Florida State’s trip to North Carolina last weekend: 1) FSU has not swept UNC since 1996 as it dropped a 3-0 decision and 2) It has not lost to NC State since 1999 as it beat the Wolfpack 3-1. Both aspects of serving undid the Seminoles against the Tar Heels as they gave UNC 18 points from service errors (nine) and receiving errors (nine). Rookie outside hitter Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) had a career-high 14 kills. After a lackluster performance in game one against the Wolfpack, Florida State rallied to take the last three games for the victory. FSU found itself down 25-15 in game four, but finished the match on an 18-6 run. Topping the 20-kill plateau was Makini Thompson with 24 as she was one of four players with double-digit kills. Three Seminoles had ten or more digs, led by 37 from libero Summer Weissing.
Freshmen Come Through In Crunch Time At NC State
Florida State got a glimpse of the future as a trio of freshmen stepped up in the clutch during the win against NC State. Middle blocker Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) was second on the team with 13 kills, while outside hitter Jackie BonSalle was next with a dozen. Outside Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio) fell one kill shy of her first collegiate double-double as she had 12 digs and nine kills.
News and Notes:
Setter Zrinka Tomic nearly had a triple double against NC State, falling just one kill short. The senior has posted double-doubles in her last two matches for the Seminoles first back-to-back double doubles since Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) did it against Florida (Sept. 12) and Miami (Sept. 19) … Griffin took over the fifth spot in school history on the aces charts and current stands at 138 for her career … At 43 aces for the year, and a rate of 0.55 that rates second in the ACC and 28th in the country, Malorie Wessel is five aces shy of the freshman record of 48 set by Lynn Fullhart in 1985 … Florida State was 14th in the latest NCAA rankings for hitting percentage and 25th in aces … Brianna Barry leads all freshman in the league with