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Two Key Matches Against Virginia and Maryland Await FSU Volleyball This Weekend

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Florida State vs. Virginia (Fri., 7:00 p.m.)

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    Florida State vs. Maryland (Sun., 1:00 p.m.)
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    FLORIDA STATE NOTES (15-9, 6-6 ACC):

    The Florida State volleyball team (15-9, 6-6) will embark on the most important part of the season during the next couple weeks…Seven teams, including FSU, are vying for good seeds in the ACC Tournament and this weekend’s matches against Virginia and Maryland are key to how the remainder of the season might play out…The Seminoles are 15-9 overall and 6-6 in league play…They are tied with Clemson and Maryland for fourth place…Virginia, Duke, and Miami all own third place with identical ACC records at 7-5…Georgia Tech is first with a 12-0 mark and North Carolina sits in second place (8-4)…After a three-match road trip, the Seminoles return to Tallahassee for FSU Homecoming 2004…The Tribe has plans to take on Virginia (Fri., 7:00 p.m.) and Maryland (Sun., 7:00 p.m.) on Lucy McDaniel Court…In their last outing on Tues., Nov. 2, the Seminoles swept South Florida with ease, 3-0, in an out-of-conference match-up…The team hit a blistering .379 percent and three players (Amanda Santos, Kristen Rust, and Nikki Anthony) recorded double-digit kills…Offensively, FSU is led by Kristen Rust and Amanda Santos who have 315 and 215 kills, respectively…In ACC play only, Rust is averaging an outstanding 4.38 kills and 2.90 digs per game…Santos leads the Seminoles with a .369 hitting percentage, good enough for second in the ACC, and her 122 total blocks are enough for third in the conference…Jessica Skower is the team quarterback with 1,073 assists and a 12.48 assists per game average…Skower is ranked No. 5 in the ACC in assists…Freshman libero Summer Weissing paces the squad with 306 digs (3.44 dpg)… Florida State excels in defense where it is No. 1 in opponent hitting percentage after keeping teams to a low .135 mark…Aisha Carr’s 365 total career blocks keeps her at the No. 10 all-time FSU slot and her 291 block assists are enough to put her at No. 7 on the all-time individual career record chart.

    Scouting the Opponents: Virginia

    The Cavs come to town riding a four-match win streak after defeating Virginia Tech last Sunday… The Cavaliers are 17-7 on the season and 5-7 in the ACC…They defeated the Seminoles, 3-1, Oct. 9, in Charlottesville…Virginia is third in the conference with a one-match edge on FSU…The Cavs are looking to make an attempts at a second-place finish because the momentum would help their chances of going far in the ACC Tournament on their home court.

    Scouting the Opponents: Maryland
    The Tribe hits the court Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against the Maryland Terrapins…The Seminoles want to sweep the series after defeating the Terrapins earlier this season…They are 11-11 overall and 6-6 in ACC play…Every match counts for all three teams competing at Tully Gym this weekend as the ACC race tightens.

    The Series

    Florida State vs. Virginia

    Friday’s meeting will be the 30th time the two schools have faced off and the second time this season…FSU owns an all-time record of 20-9…The last time FSU walked away victorious was on Nov. 15, 2003, where the Seminoles won in five games…In its first meeting this season, Florida State fell to the Cavs, 3-1…Ironically, the first time the two teams met last year, the Tribe loss by the same score (3-1) before winning the next match in five games.

    Florida State vs. Maryland

    Friday’s meeting will be the 30th time the two schools have faced off since the 1976 season…Maryland owns an all-time record of 12-17…Last season, FSU went 0-2 in the series…On Oct. 8 this season, the Tribe beat the Terps, 3-1.

    Team Tri-Captains

    This year’s team captains include seniors Aisha Carr, Renee Hill, and Amanda Santos.

    Team News N’ Notes

    •In the latest AVCA / RichKern.Com Regional rankings released this week, FSU moved up one spot to No. 10. Georgia Tech and North Carolina own the top two spots.

    • The Tribe owns an impressive 10-4 home record.

    • Before Sunday’s match, the Florida State volleyball program will take a minute to honor its four seniors in their final home match at Tully Gym.

    Did You Know This About The FSU Seniors…

    Ashley Meyer will move to Los Angeles immediately upon her graduation to pursue post-graduate studies at UCLA!

    Renee Hill has the top GPA on the team with an impressive 3.594 in
    communication studies! She’d like to perhaps be a lawyer someday.

    Amanda Santos ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation at one point this season in hitting percentage and she is currently ranked No. 2 in the ACC (hitting) and No. 3 in blocks!

    Aisha Carr has inked her name in the volleyball program’s record book with 365 total blocks to date. She is ranked No. 10 in total blocks and No. 7 in all-time career block assists with 291! Carr is permanently a part of volleyball history at Florida State!

    Aisha Carr and Ashley Meyer are the only two seniors who have spent all four years at Florida State. Renee Hill transferred from the University of Iowa and Amanda Santos came to FSU after a stint at the College of Southern Idaho!

    The Last Time The Tribe Faced Maryland and Virginia:

    In the two matches combined, Nikki Anthony led the team with an average of 3.50 kills per game and a .293 hitting percentage. She had 13 kills against Virginia and 15 kills versus the Terps. However, one must not forget that the FSU offensive leader, Kristen Rust, missed the loss against Virginia with an illness. The night before against the Terps she totaled a match-high 19 kills (4.75 kpg). On defense in the two matches, Summer Weissing paced the team with 2.50 digs per game and Aisha Carr had 14 total blocks (1.75 per game). The team averaged a hitting percentage of .230 and tallied identical blocks per game (3.12) as its opponents.

    Can It Happen?:

    The Florida State volleyball team has four regular season matches left and four consecutive victories might be enough to put them at second place heading into the ACC Tournament. So, when was the last time Florida State closed out the regular season with four straight wins? The year was 1990 when the team finished the season 25-10, including a nine-match win streak. During the last two seasons (2002, 2003) the Tribe has gone 1-3 in its final four regular season matches.

    Homecoming Weekend 2004:

    There is plenty in store for families this weekend as part of the Homecoming 2004 festivities. Be sure to mark Friday and Sunday’s volleyball match on the calendar as many exciting things will take place at Tully Gym both days for the entire family. On Friday evening the first 500 fans in attendance will receive team photo cards and following the match there will be an autograph session by all your favorite Seminoles thanks to Signs Now! Sunday afternoon will be Senior Day and a pre-match recognition will honor the four players in the Class of 2004. Furthermore, Bagel Bagel will give away 250 Bagel Bagel Bucks, the band will be in attendance to provide the entertainment and a youth choir will sing the national anthem! Make sure to come out and support the women’s volleyball team this weekend!

    Staying Ranked In The ACC; Rust Enters The Top 10

    In the ACC: Senior middle blocker Amanda Santos is ranked No. 2 in hitting percentage and No. 3 in blocks…Sophomore setter Jessica Skower owns the No. 5 position in set assists…Senior middle blocker Aisha Carr is No. 8 in hitting percentage…Kristen Rust ranks No. 8 in aces and No. 10 in kills.

    New Season High Established:

    The .571 team hitting percentage recorded against USF during game one Tuesday was a season-best for the Seminoles.

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