Nov. 23, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Seminole volleyball team wraps up the regular season with an impressive back-to-back sweep over NC State on Wednesday night and North Carolina this afternoon. The garnet and gold dominated the Tar Heels 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-17) inside Tully Gymnasium on senior day. Florida State closes out the year with a 16-14 overall record and 13-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. That record moves FSU to finish fourth in the ACC.
“At one point this year our team was 6-11, 3-6 in the conference,” head coach Todd Kress said. “They had just come off a heartbreaking loss at Boston College in five. There are a lot of teams that would have packed it in after a match like that and figured it just wasn’t their year. But this team showed so much resilience, pride, determination and will that I’m more proud of this team down the stretch than any team I’ve ever coached.”
This year’s Seminole squad truly embraced their motto “relentless” as they powered back from two road losses last week to sweep their final two home matches.
“When you’re 3-6 and 6-11, you’re not playing for a whole lot,” Kress said. “But this team refused to give up and continued to fight every single night for every single point. The turn-around this season is nothing short of incredible and I’m very proud of the team, especially the seniors and the leadership they have provided throughout the season.”
Leading Florida State in her last match as a Seminole today was senior Makini Thompson with 11 kills, one solo and three assisted blocks and 13.5 points. Junior Mira Djuric topped the team with her .917 attack percentage on 11 kills, 12 attempts and no errors. Also recording double-digits for kills and points was freshman Lauren Richardson with 10 and 13, respectively.
Senior Summer Weissing closed out her Seminole career with the addition of nine digs against the Tar Heels to bring her season total to 480, an average of 4.25 per game, and her school record career digs to 1,859.
Thompson ends her career at Florida State with 361 kills this season, averaging 3.31 per game, and 1,079 overall kills as a Seminole.
As both Thompson and Weissing celebrate their final victory on Lucy McDaniel Court, coach Kress talked about the legacy the co-captains will leave behind.
“Makini and Summer leave a lot of things with the team,” Kress said. “Not only their names in the record books, but the mentality to never give up no matter what the score is. Summer never stopped fighting and despite the injuries to her knees, Makini was always playing through adversity on the court.
“They are two players that can’t be replaced and will be missed very much, but also two people that will part of the Florida State volleyball program forever.”
Thompson will graduate in December with a degree in social sciences and plans to travel to Europe in January in hopes of being picked up by a professional team.
“I’m sad that’s over,” Thompson said. “But it’s been really fun to have had this experience and to end it on a good win.”
Weissing will graduate in the spring, earning her degree in communications. The libero would like to continue playing volleyball and hopes to break into sports broadcasting someday.
“It’s sad that today was my last game,” Weissing said. “But I’m excited and sad at the same time; I just loved playing at Florida State. I’m going to miss my teammates and the competition the most.”