Sept. 14, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Utilizing an entire team effort, the Florida State volleyball team snapped its four-match losing streak Wednesday night by defeating South Florida, 3-1, on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym in front of 700 fans. Junior setter Jessica Skower and senior outside hitter Kristen Rust logged their second double-double of the season, freshman Marrita Royster-Crockett led the Seminole offense, and sophomore Summer Weissing guided the defense.
Game scores were 23-30, 30-22, 30-25, and 30-28.
Florida State (2-5, 0-0 ACC) came out on the short end of the first game. The Bulls (0-7, 0-0 C-USA) put together a hitting percentage of .206 to .128 by the Seminoles. FSU rebounded in game two with Rust and Weissing leading the charge with five kills and six digs, respectively. Florida State improved its hitting percentage by over 100 points in the second outing and out-hit USF .235 to .025.
It was all Rust in the third game as the Cincinnati, Ohio, product tallied five kills and a game-high seven digs. Florida State out-dug the Bulls 20 to 13 and slightly edged the opponent’s hitting percentage with a .119 clip to the Bulls’ .111 mark.
Royster-Crockett hit .400 percent with six kills on 10 attempts in the fourth and final game to lead the Florida State offense to a close 30-28 victory. While both team’s hitting percentage was nearly identical (.271 – .222), the Tribe found success at the net where the Seminoles recorded 4.0 blocks to USF’s 1.0.
Skower finished the evening with an all-around performance that consisted of 51 set assists, 12 digs, one ace, three total blocks, and seven kills on 12 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Rust had 13 kills on 36 attempts, two aces, 15 digs, four blocks assists and 17.0 points. Tallahassee native Royster-Crockett slammed down a team-high 15 kills and she had five digs for 15.5 points. Senior Andreza Santos also had a respectable night as she totaled 12 kills, two aces, and five digs. Weissing, who has recorded double-figure digs in six of seven matches this season, reached for 17 digs and recorded one ace.
South Florida’s Kristina Fabris had a match-high 21 kills and 11 digs to guide the Bulls.
Wednesday night’s contest was just the second four-game match of the season for the Seminoles.