Nov. 18, 2004
Florida State vs. North Carolina (Fri., 1:30 p.m.)
FLORIDA STATE NOTES (18-10, 9-7 ACC):
The Florida State volleyball team (18-10, 9-7) opens the 2004 ACC Championship seeded fourth and will face North Carolina for the third time this season…The Seminoles have defeated the Tar Heels both times this year by scores of 3-1…Ironically, FSU lost the third game in both matches…Wednesday evening, senior middle blocker Amanda Santos was the lone Seminole named to an All-ACC team…The Minas Gerais, Brazil, native, took home All-ACC First Team honors…Florida State and UNC, seeded fifth, finished the league in a tie for fourth place…Georgia Tech has the No. 1 seed followed by Miami (2) and Duke (3)…If Florida State beats the Tar Heels, it will battle the winner of the Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech/Clemson match…The Seminoles are hot as of late after winning five of the last six matches…Last season the Seminoles finished seventh in the ACC Championship after falling to the Jackets in the second round, 3-1…The team is hitting .239 against ACC teams and holding its conference opponents to a low .173 mark…In fact, the Seminoles lead the conference in opponent hitting percentage and are ranked No. 4 in team hitting percentage…Offensively, FSU is led by Kristen Rust and Amanda Santos who have 379 and 313 kills, respectively…In ACC play only, Rust is averaging an outstanding 4.20 kills and 3.12 digs per game…Santos leads the Seminoles with a .368 hitting percentage, good enough for second in the ACC, and her 1.31 total blocks are enough for sixth in the conference…Currently, Santos’ hitting percentage (.368) is the program’s third best all-time in a single season and her career average of .326.5 percent ranks third all-time, as well…Jessica Skower is the team quarterback with 1,305 assists and a 12.67 assists per game average…Skower is ranked No. 5 in the ACC in assists…Freshman libero Summer Weissing paces the squad with 388 digs (3.66 dpg)… Aisha Carr’s 378 total career blocks gives her the No. 9 spot all-time and her 303 block assists are enough to put her at No. 7 on the all-time individual career record chart.
Scouting the Opponents: North Carolina
The Tar Heels finished the season with a 9-7 ACC mark and an overall record of 16-14…In matches against Florida State only, Dani Nyenhuis averaged 5.25 kills and 4.12 digs per game…Molly Pyles earned All-ACC First Team distinctions…Against the Seminoles, she averaged 4.75 kills, 3.50 digs, and 1.00 blocks per games.
Florida State vs. North Carolina
Friday’s meeting will be the 41st time the two schools have faced off and the third time this season…FSU owns an all-time record of 27-14…The last time FSU walked away victorious was on Nov. 13, 2004, where the Seminoles won in four games…In its first meeting this season (Oct. 15), Florida State defeated the Tar Heels, 3-1…On neutral courts, the Seminoles are 3-1 all-time…Amanda Santos has had success in both matches against the Tar Heels this year…She averaged a .408 hitting percentage with 3.25 kills per game…Kristen Rust averaged 5.75 kills per games in matches versus UNC…Summer Weissing scooped up 6.88 digs per game…Andreza Santos averaged 1.00 aces per game against the Tar Heels…FSU hit .287 and held UNC to a .216 mark…The Seminoles tallied 15 aces this year against UNC, while the Tar Heels only recorded three, respectively.
Team News N’ Notes
In the latest AVCA / RichKern.Com Regional rankings released this week, FSU stayed at No. 10 in the East Region.
Amanda Santos Named To The All-ACC First Team
Florida State senior volleyball player Amanda Santos was named to the All-ACC First Team, the conference announced at the league’s banquet Wednesday evening. Santos was the only Seminole player to earn conference honors and she was the first FSU player named to the first team since Kristen Frye earned the distinction in 2002.
“I was really surprised because I had no idea,” said Santos, who was a 2002 NJCAA First-Team All American at the College of Southern Idaho. “While the announcer was reading my accomplishments before he said my name, I still didn’t know it was me he was talking about until my teammate Aisha [Carr] nudged me. I was so excited. This award means nothing to me as an individual but more as a representation of my team. There are so many deserving people on my team who could have easily won awards. We are one so this is a team honor.”
Santos, a middle blocker from Minas Gerais, Brazil, is just the 12th Seminole to earn all-conference honors in the history of the program. The leagues head coaches voted on the teams and seven players earned first team honors. Santos finished the ACC ranked second in hitting percentage and sixth in blocks. She paced Florida State in hitting and blocks during the regular season and was second in points and aces. Santos was the only Seminole named to all three all-tournament teams in 2004 and she earned MVP honors at the FSU Invitational.
Staying Ranked In The ACC
In the ACC: Senior middle blocker Amanda Santos is ranked No. 2 in hitting percentage and No. 6 in blocks…Sophomore setter Jessica Skower owns the No. 5 position in set assists…Senior middle blocker Aisha Carr is No. 6 in hitting percentage…Kristen Rust ranks No. 9 in aces.
Florida State In The ACC Tournament
The Seminoles have found success at the ACC Championship over the years, yet they have not won the tournament since the 1998 season where FSU finished first after defeating Wake Forest, Virginia, and North Carolina. The following season in 1999, FSU went 1-15 in the ACC and finished ninth. The year 2000 found the Seminoles 9-8 in the league and they finished fifth in the tournament. In 2001, Florida State was 10-6 in the ACC and it finished second. Todd Kress led the Seminoles to a 10-6 ACC record and a second place ACC Tournament finish in his first season during the 2002 run. Last year, the Seminoles were 5-11 in the league and completed the season with a eighth place finish at the tournament.
Summer Weissing Enjoys Successful Season
Despite not making the All-ACC Freshmen Team, perhaps because she plays a position (libero) that does not typically earn the recognition it should, freshman Summer Weissing has enjoyed a successful season where she played in every game the Seminoles took part in this year. Weissing and Amanda Santos are the only Seminoles to have competed in all 106 games for FSU. Just as the offensive line in football goes unnoticed a lot of times while the quarterback earns all the glory, the same thing happens for the libero position in volleyball. Weissing put up outstanding numbers on defense where she led FSU with 3.66 digs per game and she tallied a team second-best 0.26 aces per game.
Live Stats Available For All ACC Tournament Matches
Fans can log onto the volleyball schedule page to watch the Gametracker for all matches at the ACC Championship. Game recaps for all matches can be found at www.theacc.com and in depth reporting on Seminole matches will be located at www.seminoles.com.
The NCAA Tournament selection committee will choose the teams that will advance to post-season play on Sunday, Nov. 28, live on ESPNews at 6:45 p.m.