May 13, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State head volleyball coach Todd Kress has announced the addition of three players to the Lady Seminole volleyball team after the late signing period. Kristen Rust, a 6'2" opposite/middle blocker from Cincinnati, Ohio and Carly Adams, a 6'1" setter/left side hitter from Miami, Fla., have signed National Letters of Intent, while Trenesha Biggers, a 6'2" middle blocker from Jacksonville, Ill., will transfer from Southern Idaho. Kress will look to the three newcomers to make an immediate impact during the 2002 volleyball season.
"We were able to fill three positions with quality student-athletes who I believe will be able to come in and make an immediate impact," said Kress. "This class has far exceeded my expectations."
Rust was a four-year letterwinner at McAuley High School in Cincinnati. During her career, Rust led her team to three postseason appearances, advancing as far as the state semifinals during her junior year. Following her senior season, Rust was named the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year. She was twice named the Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati Area Player of the Year and earned first team all-state honors following her final season. As a junior, Rust garnered second team all-state and first team all-city honors. A three-year varsity starter, Rust holds the records for most career kills and most career blocks at McAuley High School. She was chosen most valuable player on the junior varsity team as a freshman and received the honor as a varsity player her junior and senior seasons. Rust also played basketball for three seasons and was a four-year honor roll student. Rust also has vast experience at the club level, playing for the Sports Express.
"I think Kristen will come in here and set the standard as far as work ethic and expectations are concerned," said Kress. "If she trains hard over the summer and improves her skills we will look to her to make an immediate impact next season."
Adams comes to Florida State from Ransom Everglades High School in Miami, where she was a four-year starter on the volleyball team. Following her junior and senior seasons, Adams, a team captain, was named most valuable player and was also named to the all-state team. Adams earned first team all-county honors following her junior and senior seasons after being named to the third team as a sophomore. While competing at the high school level, Adams also played for two club teams, South Florida Volleyball Club and Southside Volleyball Club.
"Carly is a team leader and will bring a lot of enthusiasm to the team," said Kress. "When you watch her play, your eyes are immediately focused on her because of her enthusiasm on the court."
Biggers is a junior college transfer from the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho. At Southern Idaho, Biggers participated in 55 games of 48 matches. She transferred to Southern Idaho after one year at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Ill. While at Illinois Central, Biggers helped lead her team to the NJCAA National Tournament and was named Second Team All-Region. Biggers was a two-sport athlete while attending both Southern Idaho and Illinois Central, playing basketball and volleyball. At the high school level, Biggers led her Jacksonville High basketball team to three conference championships and was named to the all-conference team.
"Trenesha is a great athlete and with some advanced training will contribute a lot to the program," said Kress. "I dare to compare her to Norisha Campbell, because those are big shoes to fill, but I think she will be able to do quality things for us on all facets of the middle blocker position."