Sept. 24, 2005
Chesnut Hill, Mass. – Utilizing an entire team effort, the Florida State volleyball team (3-7, 1-1 ACC) claimed its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season with a 3-1 win against Boston College (5-7, 0-3 ACC) at Power Gym Saturday evening. The play of junior setter Jessica Skower was spectacular as she recorded a career-high eight block assists and 55 set assists. Senior outside hitter Kristen Rust contributed her third double-double performance of the season with 16 kills and 17 digs while teammate Summer Weissing added 23 digs.
Game scores were 30-24, 25-30, 30-25 and 30-28. The win was the Florida State volleyball program’s 800th all-time victory. The Seminoles out-hit the Eagles .219 – .164 and out-blocked them 14.0 – 11.0. The Seminoles had a season-high nine service aces compared to BC’s four.
“Without question this was our best team effort of the entire year,” fourth year head coach Todd Kress said. “I give our players a lot of credit tonight after last night’s performance because I don’t think we could have played any worse. They didn’t execute on any level of the match so we had a big team discussion to talk about what we wanted to accomplish, why we are here and what our goals are. So I give our kids credit…they responded tonight. They played with a lot of passion and a lot of heart. If they come out and play to that degree of enthusiasm every night then we will turn our season around in no time.”
Three Seminoles had double-figure kills including Rust, senior Andreza Santos and freshman Marrita Royster-Crockett. Santos tallied 15 kills on 32 attempts for a .375 hitting percentage and Royster-Crockett had 11 kills on 23 attempts for a .304 mark. Royster-Crockett carried the Seminoles in games three and four with six and five kills in each of those contests. She also finished the evening with a career-high three aces and six digs.
The Tribe had 22 block assists, receiving six from freshman Gabrielle Rivera who also had eight kills and one block solo. Senior middle blocker Lauren Scott had five block assists and one block solo. Junior Sarah Griffin totaled seven digs and two aces.
In the first game, Florida State came out on fire, recording aces by Scott and Rust and two kills by Rivera to take the 12-5 lead. The Eagles came within three at 13-10 but FSU scored three straight points for the 16-10 advantage. From there, Rivera and Skower exploded at the net, blocking nearly every BC hit that came their way as Florida State took game one with a 30- 24 victory. Rust had five kills, Santos contributed four and Rivera and Thompson tallied three each, respectively. The Seminoles hit .196 percent and held the Eagles to a low .050 clip. Impressively, Florida State registered seven total blocks, receiving five block assists from Skower and four from Rivera.
The Seminoles got down 9-5 in the second contest but they fought back to trail by just one point, 10-9. From then on, it was a head-to-head battle as neither team led by more than two points. With the score tied at 15-all, Rust slammed down one of her three kills of the game as FSU took the 16-15 advantage. Late in the contest the scored tied up at 22-22, but an attack error by the Seminoles handed Boston College a 23-22 gain before Kress called timeout. The break proved beneficial for the Eagles as they raced out of the huddle on a 7-2 run for the 30-25 win. Boston College improved its hitting mark to .277 while Florida State hit .229 percent.
Down 7-2, Royster-Crockett contributed consecutive aces and a kill to pull the Seminoles within two points (7-5). A few plays later, a Rust kill allowed the Seminoles to inch within one of the Eagles, 11-10, and it would be a tight race for the remainder of game three. With the score tied at 22-22, FSU scored five straight points for the 27-22 advantage and the Seminoles never looked back as they raced away with a 30-25 victory. Royster-Crockett had six kills in the game as Florida State hit .244.
Florida State led the majority of the fourth affair although the contest stayed very close. After a timeout by Boston College, the Eagles went on a 5-2 run to pull within one point, 29-28. However, a BC hit went long on game and match point as the Seminoles defeated the Eagles, 30-28.
Junior setter Zrinka Tomic missed her fourth straight contest due to a stress fracture.
Dorota Niemczewska led Boston College with 18 kills and nine digs.
Florida State returns home next week with ACC matches versus Georgia Tech on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Clemson on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).