Nov. 13, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Freshman libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla./Olympic Heights HS) reached for a career-high 32 digs and five players notched double-digit kills as the Seminoles defeated North Carolina, 3-1, in a key Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) match-up that closed out the regular season schedule for both teams Saturday evening at UNC’s Carmichael Auditorium. Game scores were 30-27, 30-21, 28-30, and 30-19.
The win improved the Tribe–winners of five of the last six matches–to 18-10 overall and 9-7 in conference play. The Tar Heels dropped to 16-14 on the season and evened FSU in conference with a 9-7 mark.
“As disappointing as the Maryland loss was last Sunday on Senior Day,” said Seminole head coach Todd Kress, “our team regrouped and played two strong matches this weekend against NC State and North Carolina. We played good fundamental volleyball on both sides. I thought the entire team played excellent defense, especially Summer and Sarah Griffin…they made big plays at critical times. Tonight was Summer’s best match of her career.”
Griffin (Hereford, Texas/Hereford HS) had eight digs, five kills and hit .417 percent for Florida State. She, along with Weissing and junior outside hitter Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley HS) combined for 60-of-79 total digs the Seminoles recorded. Rust led the Tribe on offense as well with 17 kills on 40 swings (.250 percent) and she added an ace for 18.5 total points.
Florida State hit an outstanding .311 percent and held the Tar Heels to a .227 mark. Five players had 10-or-more kills beginning with Rust, senior middle blocker Aisha Carr (16), senior middle blocker Amanda Santos (15), junior middle blocker Andreza Santos (10), and sophomore outside hitter Nikki Anthony (10).
Amanda Santos contributed perhaps the best all-around match of the evening as hit .500 percent, had an ace, three digs, and six total blocks (1-6) for a team-leading 19.5 points. Carr tallied an impressive .560 clip off of 25 swings and she had a block for 16.5 points. Andreza Santos had a career-high four service aces, three digs, and a block for 14.5 points.
Florida State out-blocked the opponent 8.0 – 6.0 and outscored them 94.0 – 73.0.
“I’m happy with our performance and I think we’re playing good volleyball,” commented Kress. “I hope we can keep the momentum going as we head into the ACC Tournament starting next week. We will get back to practice on Monday and we’ll keep working on playing smart, fundamental volleyball.”
The ACC Tournament is Nov. 18-21 in Charlottesville, Va. Tournament pairings will be announced as soon as they are available. As of press time, it appears FSU will finish in a tie for fourth place. The top five teams receive a first-round bye in the conference tournament.