Sept. 19, 2004
TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. – Paced by four different players who recorded double-digit kills, the Florida State volleyball team (7-3) defeated Winthrop, 3-1, during the championship match of the 2004 FSU Classic on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gym Sunday afternoon and were crowned tournament champions. Game scores were 30-23, 27-30, 30-24, 30-19.
The FSU Classic marked the first time since 1998 the Seminoles have won two tournaments in the same season. Florida State, Winthrop, and George Mason finished the Classic with a three-way tie, but the Seminoles earned the best overall games record (8-4).
Junior Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, Ohio / McAuley HS) totaled a team-leading 13 kills, 14 digs, and three service aces to the Seminoles
“Our team played much better today. We showed up and were focused from the start and we served very well. I thought our effort was just better all around.”
Todd Kress, Seminoles head coach
effort. All-Tournament team member Amanda Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil / College of Southern Idaho) tallied 12 kills while hitting at the .400 clip. Santos also pitched in nine
blocks (2-7), six digs and a team-best 17.5 points. Sophomore Nikki Anthony (Pickens, SC / Pickens HS) completed 11 kills, five digs, and four block assists, while senior Aisha Carr (Dallas, Texas / Skyline HS) registered 10 kills on 25 swings for a .348 mark.
“Our team played much better today,” Seminoles head coach Todd Kres said. “We showed up and were focused from the start and we served very well. Winthrop is very quick offensively and very quick in transition, so we came out and took them out of their offense by playing solid defense. I thought our effort was just better all around.”
Florida State opened up a 17-9 lead in game one on a kill by Anthony and assisted by sophomore setter Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla. / Naples HS). The Seminoles extended the lead to 21-14 on a kill by Skower followed by a Carr slam to put the Tribe up by eight (22-14). Once again it was all Skower, as FSU reached game point on an Eagles’ ball handling error and closed out the contest 30-23 on an ace by Skower. For her efforts during the weekend, she was named to the all-tournament team.
Game two found Florida State down from the get-go as Winthrop went ahead 21-16. The Seminoles would fight and get as close as one point late in the game (27-28) when Carr completed a kill from a Skower assist. However, the Eagles’ Jayna Baker would finish off a kill followed by an FSU attack error as Winthrop defeated the Seminoles 30-27.
With the series even at 1-1, both teams battled in the third game and the scored tied up on 11 different occasions. At 23-all, an Anthony kill gave the Tribe a lead they would never relinquish as FSU claimed a 30-24 victory. The fourth contest was never much of a threat for Florida State as it ran out to a 20-14 lead on a kill by Anthony. An Eagles’ attack error gave the Seminoles game and match point leading 29-19. Carr recorded her 10th kill of the match to close out the game 30-19.
Freshman libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla. / Olympic Heights HS) added 17 digs and Renee Hill had nine. Skower quarterbacked her club with 51 set assists and registered four block assists.
Florida State hit .204 in the match and held Winthrop to .120 percent. The Tribe outblocked the opponents (12.0-10.0) and outscored them (76.0-66.0).
The FSU Classic Tournament MVP from Winthrop, Mary Hock, paced both teams with 16 kills.
Florida State opens conference play next week on the road against Virginia Tech and Miami.
Amy Bisbin – Troy
Emily Heckl – Winthrop
Amanda Santaos – Florida State
Shannon Sitzmann – Winthrop
Jessica Skower – Florida State
Jesica Umansky – George Mason
MVP: Mary Hock -Winthrop