Oct. 22, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The last time Florida State (13-8, 5-5 ACC) faced Virginia Tech (11-9, 5-4 ACC) on the road Sept. 23, the Seminoles handed the Hokies a 3-2 victory despite being up two games to none before Tech stormed back for the dramatic win.
Friday night at Lucy McDaniel Court it was a much different story.
Behind the explosive play of sisters Amanda and Andreza Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil/College of Southern Idaho) who combined for 12 of the Seminole’s 20 total blocks, Florida State overpowered Virginia Tech in a quick sweep that lasted a little over an hour. Amanda recorded a career-high six service aces and added 10 kills, six blocks, and six digs for a match-high 19.0 points. Andreza, who had knee surgery less than a month ago, returned for the first time tonight and contributed five kills along with six blocks for 8.0 points.
“Andreza stepped up tonight with some big blocks,” said head coach Todd Kress, “and we tried some people at different positions to change things around. We just didn’t make the errors tonight. We served very aggressively…and had them out of system. We played much cleaner tonight and it was nice to finish it off in three.”
Game scores were: 30-17, 30-14, and 30-19.
The Seminoles, who are ranked No. 1 in the ACC in opponent hitting percentage, held the Hokies to a -.077 hitting percentage. Meanwhile, FSU recorded a .280 mark and recorded twice the number of kills (46-21) than Virginia Tech.
Four different players tallied a service ace including Amanda, sophomore Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas), junior Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, Ohio/ McAuley HS) and freshman Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla./Olympic Heights HS). Griffin had three, Rust registered two, and Weissing completed one, respectively, for a total of 12. Griffin and Weissing totaled 10 digs each, while senior Renee Hill (Spring, Texas/Iowa) reached for eight.
Rust paced both teams with 12 kills on 24 swings for a .417 clip. She added six digs and one block assists for 14.5 points. Sophomore Nikki Anthony (Pickens, S.C/Pickens HS) poured in eight kills on 19 attempts (.263 hitting percentage), and Aisha Carr (Dallas, Texas/Skyline HS) earned four kills and two block assists. Team quarterback Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla./Naples HS) set up 28 assists, and pounded down five kills, reached for five digs and had two blocks for 6.5 points.
In game one, the Seminoles rushed to a 5-0 lead before the Hokies answered back with a 4-1 run that put FSU up by two points at 6-4. Four service errors allowed Virginia Tech to stay close with the Seminoles and the Hokies crawled within four points (15-11) midway through the contest. With the score 22-14, FSU’s Santos and Santos combined for a block assist that gave the Seminoles a healthy lead at nine points and FSU never looked back as it captured a 30-17 win.
Florida State hit .343 and held the Hokies to a -.094 clip. The Seminoles, led by Anthony’s five kills, out-hit the visitors 17-6 (kills) but six FSU service errors reflected a closer game.
Game two belonged to FSU the entire time as it led by as much as 16 points and never allowed the Hokies to get closer than three points. The Seminoles defeated the Hokies with ease, 30-14, as the team hit a respectable .417 mark.
Virginia Tech earned its only lead of the entire match when it went up 0-1 in game three before Florida State immediately answered back with a kill by Skower followed by an Amanda Santos slam as FSU never lost the advantage and won 30-19.
Katie Esbrook led the Hokies with a team-high eight kills and Annie Spicer had 13 digs, respectively.
Florida State will start a three-match road swing next week with stops at Georgia Tech (Fri., 7:00 p.m.), Clemson (Sat., 6:00 p.m.) and South Florida (Tues., 7:00 p.m.).