Sept. 2, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
In just over two years, Florida State University libero Summer Weissing has established herself among the best defensive players in Seminole volleyball history. On Saturday (Sept. 2) she solidified that spot as she moved into the FSU career digs list as the Seminoles defeated South Alabama 3-0 (30-18, 30-17, 30-13) during the second day of the FSU Invitational on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium.
“It’s an honor to be along side so many great players,” Weissing said. “This is just as much a team honor as it is an individual one. My teammates and coaches have put me in a position to be successful. I try not to think about individual statistics, I just want to try to help the team win.”
Florida State remained perfect on the year as it improved to 4-0. South Alabama dropped to 2-2. The Seminoles will take on Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m. with the winner claiming the tournament title.
Needing just five digs to surpass Alex Sevillano’s total of 948, the junior Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) amassed a match-high 11 digs to give her 955 for her career. Up next on the list is Joan Morris with 985 digs.
“The expectations are so high for Summer that sometimes they are hard to live up to, but she’s done a good job and she’ll continue to get better and better,” FSU head coach Todd Kress said. “She’s still working on some things defensively and serve-receive. She does a great job for us and is the center of our defensive effort.”
For the fourth match in a row, the Seminoles hit better than .300 with a .412 attacking percentage with three players topping .500, led by outside hitter Jessica Skower’s .700 (7-of-10) clip. The senior added a match-high four blocks. Florida State’s defensive effort limited South Alabama to a -.240 hitting percentage.
Notching a career-high 13 kills was rookie outside hitter Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio). Also getting into double-digit kills was senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas). Wessel was second on the team with a .550 hitting percentage while Griffin was close behind at .529. Chipping in with six kills apiece were rookies Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.).
“Our freshmen got a good deal of play this morning, Kress said. “At one point we had four or five of our freshmen on the court and they all played together. It was a solid serving effort; we took them out of what they wanted to do. There are a lot of areas that we need to improve, we talked about it and hopefully we’ll put them in place for Eastern Illinois tonight.”
Florida State wasted no time in establishing an early lead in game one, running out to an 8-1 advantage as Griffin ripped off five-straight point on her serve. The two teams would trade points before sophomore Alex Plummer (Woodbury, Minn.) served five consecutive points to build a 19-6 lead. During the run, Wessel had three of her game-high five kills.
The lead would grow to as many as 16 points (28-12) on a kill by Barry with an USA service error giving FSU the game at 30-18. Barry and Skower added four kills as FSU hit .353 for the game. Weissing had seven digs and setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) added ten assists.
The two teams went back and fourth at the start of game two with an attack error by Barry cutting the Seminoles’ lead to 8-7. However, Florida State gave itself a big cushion as it went on an 8-2 run to establish a 17-9 lead. A pair of aces by Tomic and one from Wessel keyed the run and Griffin contributed a pair of kills. Tomic’s serve would help the Seminoles close out the match as she recorded six straight points, including a pair of winner by Wessel as FSU prevailed