Oct. 28, 2005
TALLHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Sarah Griffin has really made a name for herself.
The Atlantic Coast Conference’s fifth leading server potentially took over the top spot in the league tonight as she recorded an astounding seven service aces in a five-game victory over Boston College Friday evening at Tully Gym. Griffin’s seven aces is a rare feat in college volleyball and she set a new career and team-season record.
“I had the opportunity to play middle blocker tonight which is something I have not done since high school,” said Griffin, a native of Hereford, Texas. “I was really excited to play a new position and I entered the match with a lot of momentum. I just tried to follow my rhythm at the line when I served and things worked in my favor.”
Florida State’s all-time service ace record in a match is nine which was established in 1989 and 1993 by Amy Bronson and Luiza Ramos.
The win upped Florida State’s record to 6-14 overall and 4-8 in conference action. The Eagles dropped to 1-12 in the ACC and 6-15 on the season.
The Seminoles were 0-4 in five-game marathons entering tonight and clinched the victory by scores of 30-17, 27-30, 30-23, 32-30, and 15-7.
“I thought we had great team chemistry,” continued Griffin, “and I was really impressed how our outsides played. Also, freshman Gabrielle Rivera did an awesome job of blocking. Everyone played with a lot of heart and we used a team effort to finish strong.”
While Griffin was the standout of the game, senior Andreza Santos also had a career night. The native of Brazil recorded 20 kills and added four total blocks for a match-high 23.0 points. Sophomore Summer Weissing reached the 30-dig plateau for just the second time in her career and the first time this season. Makini Thompson (14-4-46, .217) and Lauren Scott (11-3-25, .320) also had double figure kills.
The Seminoles, who registered a season-best 20.0 blocks compared to the Eagles’ 9.0, received nine total blocks (1-9) from Scott, seven block assists from Rivera, and Thompson pounded out two solos.
Along with her aces, Griffin added six total blocks and 15 digs for 16.5 points and senior Kristen Rust contributed 13 digs, respectively.
Florida State outscored Boston College 94.0 to 69.0 and out-hit the opponent .189 to .020.
The Seminoles will be back in action Sunday to take on first-place Maryland at 1pm. The match will air live on Sun Sports.