Nov. 17, 2004
Charlottesville, Va. – Florida State senior volleyball player Amanda Santos was named to the All-ACC First Team, the conference announced at the league’s banquet Wednesday evening. Santos was the only Seminole player to earn conference honors and she was the first FSU player named to the first team since Kristen Frye earned the distinction in 2002.
“I was really surprised because I had no idea,” said Santos, who was a 2002 NJCAA First-Team All American at the College of Southern Idaho. “While the announcer was reading my accomplishments before he said my name, I still didn’t know it was me he was talking about until my teammate Aisha [Carr] nudged me. I was so excited. This award means nothing to me as an individual but more as a representation of my team. There are so many deserving people on my team who could have easily won awards. We are one so this is a team honor.”
Santos, a middle blocker from Minas Gerais, Brazil, is just the 12th Seminole to earn all-conference honors in the history of the program. The leagues head coaches voted on the teams and seven players earned first team honors. Santos finished the ACC ranked second in hitting percentage and sixth in blocks. She paced Florida State in hitting and blocks during the regular season and was second in points and aces. Santos was the only Seminole named to all three all-tournament teams in 2004 and she earned MVP honors at the FSU Invitational.
“Amanda had a phenomenal senior season,” said head coach Todd Kress. “We are thrilled to have this honor and she worked and played hard all year to earn this recognition. Amanda is a leader on and off the court and our team is excited others noticed her outstanding contribution to the team and league this year. She is a unique person and I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to coach her the last two seasons.”
Georgia Tech’s senior outside hitter, Lynnette Moster was tabbed the ACC Player of the Year. It is the fourth time in conference history a Yellow Jacket has garnered this honor and third time in the past four years. Moster currently ranks second in the ACC and 13th in the nation in kills per game, with a 5.26 per game average. The Liberty, Ind., native helped guide Georgia Tech to a 16-0 conference record this season, a first for the Yellow Jacket volleyball program.
Virginia outside hitter, Sarah Kirkwood was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. It marks the first time in ACC history that a Cavalier has received this award. Kirkwood leads Virginia and ranks third in the ACC in kills with a 4.99 per game average. The Tampa, Fla., native’s 524 kills this season is the second highest single season total in Virginia history.
Georgia Tech’s Bond Shymansky was honored as the ACC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. He guided the Yellow Jackets to a 23-5 regular season record and a perfect 16-0 mark in the ACC. In three years at the helm of the Georgia Tech program, Shymansky has led the Jackets to two regular season titles and has posted a 45-4 record in ACC matches.
The fourth-seeded Seminoles (18-10, 9-7) face North Carolina in the second round of the ACC Tournament in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday, November 19. First serve will take place at 1:30 p.m.
2004 All-ACC First Team
|Jayme Gergen||Georgia Tech|
|Lynnette Moster||Georgia Tech|
|Molly Pyles||North Carolina|
|Amanda Santos||Florida State|
2004 All-ACC Second Team
|Marisa Aston||Georgia Tech|
|Lindsey Laband||Georgia Tech|
|Lauren Sauer||Georgia Tech|
2004 ACC All-Freshmen Team
|Ulrike Stegemann||Georgia Tech|
Player of the Year
Lynnette Moster, Georgia Tech
Freshman of the Year
Sarah Kirkwood, Virginia
Coach of the Year
Bond Shymansky, Georgia Tech