Sept. 13, 2004
The Florida State volleyball team will get an early-season home test Tuesday, September 14, as it hosts fourth-ranked Florida at 7 p.m. at Tully Gymnasium. The instate archrivals will be meeting for the 48th time and the match will be shown live on Sunshine Network. The Gators will be the first Top 25 squad the Seminoles have battled this year.
“It’s Florida-Florida State, enough can be said in that,” Seminole head coach Todd Kress said. “It’s the biggest instate rivalry, no matter what sport it is. It’s a game that needs to be played and I’m glad that we’re back in a rotation where this game is being played every year.”
The last time the two schools squared off in volleyball was in September 2002 and the Gators, who eventually advanced to the national semifinals, earned a four-game victory over the Seminoles (30-25, 24-30, 18-30, 26-30).
Through the first two weeks of the season, Florida State has a 5-1 record–the sixth-best start in school history. Last weekend, the Seminoles finished as the runner-up in the Michigan/Pepsi Challenge, falling to host Michigan, 3-0, in the championship match. Senior middle blockers Amanda Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil) and Aisha Carr (Dallas, Texas) were named to the all-tournament team.
Florida will enter Tuesday’s contest with a 6-1 overall record over falling to No. 1 Minnesota in a five-game decision Saturday. The contest marked the second five-game match in three days for the Gators and Minnesota also snapped Florida’s 34-match regular season winning streak. Leading the way offensively for Florida is Jane Collymore who averages 5.23 kills per game.
“For us, it’s a great opportunity to play one of the elite teams in the country the last 10-12 years,” Kress added. “They’re always in the Sweet 16 and usually they advance to the Elite Eight or Final Four. They’re an elite program and our girls have a lot of respect for them. We’re looking forward to playing them.”
Tuesday’s match will be the start of a five-match home swing for the Seminoles. The team will host the FSU Classic in Tallahassee this weekend. The first match-up for the Seminoles will be versus Troy on Friday at 12:30 p.m.