Aug. 3, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Led by Preseason All-ACC team members Kristen Rust and Andreza Santos, the Florida State volleyball team has been selected fifth for the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference season according to the 2005 ACC Volleyball Preseason Poll, determined by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. The Seminoles return eight players from a team that posted an 18-11 record and tied for fourth place in the ACC in 2004.
The 2005 campaign marks the third straight season the Tribe has been chosen to finish fifth in the league.
“I believe there are seven teams in the conference that have a chance to finish at the top of the ACC race,” said fourth year head coach Todd Kress. “We play 22 league matches this season so anything can happen. I am confident in my team because we have a strong group of returning players and an exciting incoming class. With any year, you need a little luck and you have to stay healthy. If we can stay healthy and some things fall into place for us I think we are going to be very exciting to watch.”
Duke, a squad that returns 10 players and finished with a 20-10 record in 2004, has been picked first with eight first place votes. Georgia Tech, a regional semifinalist in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, is predicted to finish second with 124 points, while Virginia is expected to finish third with 108 points. Four points separate Miami (4th – 100 points), Florida State (5th – 99) and North Carolina (6th – 96). Rounding out spots seven through 12 are defending ACC champions Maryland (72), Clemson (69), Virginia Tech and Wake Forest (41), Boston College (33) and NC State (17).
For the first time in their careers, Rust and Santos were named to the Preseason All-ACC team. Despite being considered one of the top liberos in the nation, sophomore Summer Weissing was snubbed from the list. Weissing returned from Turkey last week after starting and leading the United States in defense at the U20 World Championships.
“Rust and Santos will be great leaders for our team this year,” commented Kress, “and they will be a threat at the pins. I am disappointed Summer was left off the preseason team because she is one of the best in the country at her position. However, she is highly determined and disciplined so I know she will use this as motivation when the season rolls around.”
In 2004, Florida State All-ACC first team member Amanda Santos was not selected to the preseason list. She went on to become the program’s first AVCA All-American.
The Seminoles will open the 2005 campaign at home Sept. 2 at 12:30 p.m.
Rank School Points 2004 Record
1. Duke (8) 136 20-10
2. Georgia Tech(3) 124 27-7
3. Virginia (1) 108 19-11
4. Miami 100 17-9
5. Florida State 99 18-11
6. North Carolina 96 19-15
7. Maryland 72 18-15
8. Clemson 69 20-14
9. Virginia Tech 41 13-16
Wake Forest 41 13-17
11. Boston College 33 20-12
12. NC State 17 10-21
2005 ACC Volleyball Preseason All-ACC Team
Amy Beaver, North Carolina; Melissa Caldwell, Virginia; Carrie DeMange, Duke; Katie Esbrook, Virginia Tech; Ali Hausfeld, Duke; Tealle Hunkus, Duke; Karla Johnson, Miami; Sarah Kirkwood, Virginia; Lindsey Laband, Georgia Tech; Melissa Markowski, Virginia Tech; Dani Nyenhuis, North Carolina; Jennifer Randall, Georgia Tech; Brittany Ross, Clemson; Kristen Rust, Florida State; Andreza Santos, Florida State; Stephanie Smith, Maryland; Ulrike Stegemann, Georgia Tech; Rachel Wagener, Maryland.