Sept. 6, 2007
Florida State looks to end its two-game losing streak on Friday, Sept. 7th, as the garnet and gold take on Washington at the Long Beach State Invitational. The last meeting between the Seminoles and the Huskies was on Sept. 9, 1995 at the Rhode Island Classic Tournament. Florida State lost that match 3-0 (1-15, 14-16, 5-15) and hopes to even the score this weekend.
On Saturday, Sept. 8th, FSU goes up against meet host Long Beach State who leads the all-time series 3-0. The 49ers swept the Noles 3-0 (7-15, 5-15, 4-15) in their most recent meeting on Sept. 18, 1998, at the Santa Barbara Tournament.
Coming off a disappointing loss to in-state rival Florida, the Seminoles look to category leaders senior Summer Weissing, junior Mira Djuric and freshman Lauren Rosenthal. Weissing tops Florida State in digs with 75, and average of 3.26 dpg, while Rosenthal leads in assists with 202 (8.78 apg). Djuric is working overtime, climbing to the No. 1 spot in kills per game with 3.43, total kills with 79, 20 service aces and 110 points, an average of 4.78 ppg.
vs. #6 Florida…
The Seminoles’ match against #6 Florida will be broadcast live on SunSports at 7:00 p.m. This is the first televised match for Florida State this season.
Florida State broke its drought against SEC teams last season after defeating South Carolina 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 30-23, 26-30, 15-13) in the final match of the Gamecock Invitational.
The Seminoles have lost their last 15 matches against Florida with the Gators leading the all-time series 29-21. FSU’s last win was a 3-0 decision on October 31, 1994. The Seminoles are 8-11 at home against the Gators and 6-14 at Florida.
Sophomore Biranna Barry was awarded two weekends in a row with All-Tournament team honors – first at the FSU Invitational and last weekend at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.
Seminoles Look To Break Streak Under Kress
While Florida State has yet to secure a victory over Florida in Todd Kress’ first five seasons, the Seminoles have fared better than in previous years. In the first two meetings under Kress (2002 & 2004) the Seminoles took the first game before succumbing to 3-1 defeats. Prior to Kress’ arrival, Florida State had only taken two games off Florida in the previous ten matches. Included in those game-one victories was a first-set triumph during Kress’ first trip to Gainesville and until 2002 FSU had only won one game at Florida since beating the Gators there in 1990.
Weissing Looks To Break FSU Record
Senior libero Summer Weissing entered the 2007 season ranked No. 3 for career digs with 1,379, only 47 behind second place and 392 behind record-holder Luiza Ramos. So far this season, Weissing has recorded 60 digs in 19 games, averaging 3.16 digs per game.
FSU CAREER DIGS:
1. Luiza Ramos…..1771…..1991-94
2. Holly Schneider…..1426…..1995-98
3. Summer Weissing…..1454…..2004-present
4. Maggie Philgence…..1185…..1987-90
5. Nancy Gaspadarek…..1150…..1986-89