March 28, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Capping off a strong 2006 campaign that saw it finish fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a school-record 13 league wins, the Florida State volleyball team gave out its team awards at its annual banquet on Sunday (March 25). Taking home MVP honors was Makini Thompson, while Sarah Griffin was awarded the Coaches’ Award and Jessica Skower was honored with the Academic Award.
Capturing the school’s third-straight AVCA All-America award was more than enough to earn the junior Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) team MVP honors. A First-Team AVCA All-East Region and All-ACC selection, she finished third in the ACC with 3.95 kills per game, which is the eighth-best single-season rate in school history. During ACC matches the outside hitter upped her norm to 4.12 kpg. and 4.43 points per game, which rated second and eighth, respectively. Thompson’s 423 kills are the most by a Seminole since All-Region selection Kristen Frye had 469 in 2002 and she needs 382 during her senior season to become the 21st player in FSU history to record 1,000 kills.
Given what she has meant to the program on and off the court, the senior Griffin (Hereford, Texas) was a natural choice for the Coaches’ Award. A two-year team captain, the middle blocker recently earned the Weaver James Corrigan Post Graduate Scholarship Award from the ACC. A two-year member of the Academic All-ACC volleyball team, as a sophomore she garnered the Golden Nole Impact Award for outstanding community service and last season she picked up a Top 6 Community Service Award. In addition, Griffin is the president of the FSU’s S.A.A.C (Student Athlete Advisory Council) and is on the executive board of Seminole Student Boosters.
Over the last two years Skower (Naples, Fla.) has defined the term “student-athlete.” This is her second Academic Award following her second appearances on the Academic All-ACC volleyball team. A three-year ACC Academic Honor Roll selection, she took home the Golden Torch Award for having the highest gpa on the squad. The sports management major posted a team-best 3.94 gpa last fall to boost her overall rate to 3.50. Despite giving up her two-year starting spot at setter to move to right-side this year, Skower finished her career third in school history with 2,900 assists.
The Seminoles are in the midst of their spring practice. Over the weekend they beat Mercer to capture the title of their lone home tournament. Next weekend Florida State travels to Atlanta to take part in the ACC/SEC Challenge, hosted by Georgia Tech. On April 7, FSU will play Tennessee at 9 a.m., Ole Miss at 11:30 a.m. and wrap up competition versus Alabama at 1 p.m.