Oct. 8, 2005
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Florida State trio of Kristen Rust, Lauren Scott and Makini Thompson combined for 37 kills to pace the Florida State offense as the Seminoles rolled to a 3-0 victory against NC State Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum. The victory was Florida State’s first sweep since the Sept. 2nd season opener against Mercer and improved FSU to 4-10 overall and 2-4 in conference.
Game scores were: 30-24, 30-23, and 30-28. The Wolfpack dropped to 6-9 and 0-7 in ACC play.
“It was nice to get a win and finish off a match,” said head coach Todd Kress. “We have been putting ourselves in a situation to win and have been unable to take advantage of it down the stretch. Tonight we came from behind in game three so hopefully this will be a step in the right direction to change the tide of this season. We continue to be led on offense by Rust, Scott and Thompson and Jessica Skower is doing a nice job of balancing the offense.”
Rust recorded a match-high 16 kills, nine digs, two total blocks and hit .379 percent. Scott had 11 kills on 22 attempts for an outstanding .409 mark and Thompson contributed 10 kills and a .308 hitting percentage. Junior setter Jessica Skower, who registered an ace for the fifth straight match, set up 46 assists and reached for five digs. Sophomore Summer Weissing had a match-high 16 digs and junior Sarah Griffin totaled eight digs, respectively.
In game one, the Seminoles hit .348 and recorded 20 kills, receiving six from Rust and five from Santos and Thompson. Rust tied the first contest up at 8-8 when she slammed the ball down so hard it injured the Wolfpack’s libero Andrea Bentley and she never returned to the game. A few plays later Florida State found itself down by one point at 10-9 until freshman Gabrielle Rivera stepped up to serve. The Puerto Rican middle blocker was all the Seminoles needed as FSU scored six straight points with her at the line and took a healthy 15-10 lead. Despite attempting a comeback, NC State committed too many attack errors and never inched closer than five points (29-24) as the Seminoles took game one, 30-24.
The second outing was a replica of the first contest. The two teams remained close and were even at 16-16 until a Scott kill (17-16) gave Florida State the permanent lead. Florida State broke away towards the end of the game and led by as much as six points (24-18) and never less than four (27-23). FSU took a 2-0 match lead with the final score of 30-23 behind six more kills from Rust and a .286 hitting percentage.
The Seminoles fell early in the third game and trailed by four points late (22-18). A stuff block by Marrita Royster-Crockett and Scott pulled the Seminoles within one at 21-22 but NC State answered back with a kill before Kress called timeout. The break proved beneficial for the Tribe as they raced out and tied the score up at 25-25 before taking the 26-25 lead on an attack error by the Wolfpack. From there, the contest tied up three times (26-26, 27-27, 28-28) before the Seminoles went ahead 29-28 on an NC State block error. Royster-Crockett sealed the game and match with a powerful kill for the 30-28 victory.
Florida State will host Miami at 7pm on Tuesday. The match will air live on Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida.