Nov. 11, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State volleyball team (8-15, 6-9 ACC) closes out its 2005 road trip schedule this week with matches at Virginia (16-9, 11-5 ACC), Virginia Tech (11-14, 6-10 ACC) and Miami (12-11 7-8 ACC). The Seminoles battle the third-place Cavaliers at 7:00 p.m. Friday, followed by an 8:00 p.m. match with the Hokies on Saturday and a 7:00 p.m. contest versus the Hurricanes on Tuesday.
The Tribe is riding a two-match win streak thanks to victories last weekend at Clemson and Georgia Tech. Behind an entire team effort, the Seminoles upended the Tigers, 3-1, and the Yellow Jackets, 3-0. The victory over Tech was the first time in eight matches that the Seminoles defeated their neighbors to the north.
Senior Kristen Rust led the offensive effort with 11 kills and senior Andreza Santos and sophomore Makini Thompson poured in 10 kills each, respectively. Sophomore libero Summer Weissing added 18 digs.
Currently, FSU is in eighth place; the Seminoles rank third in the ACC in blocks and serves per game. In the last four matches, three of which the Seminoles won, the play of junior Sarah Griffin has been the difference. Since moving to the middle, the native of Hereford, Texas, has exploded in every statistical category, averaging 2.19 kills, 2.06 digs, 1.06 blocks, and an impressive .094 aces per game. In conference matches only, she leads the league with .056 aces per outing and she is third overall with 37 aces on the year.
Regarded as one of the most balanced offensive teams in the conference, UVA is currently ranked among the top three in the ACC in several categories including: hitting percentage (.252), assists (15.34 per game), and service aces (1.94 per game). In their last meeting, FSU found itself on the losing end of their last match against Virginia, 3-1, in scores of 23-30, 30-23, 24-30 and 18-30.
Griffin and sophomore Sarah Kirkwood of the Cavs will battle it out Friday at the service line. Kirkwood is second in the league in overall service aces with 55 and second with 303 kills.
When the Seminoles travel to Blacksburg on Saturday they hope it will not be a repeat of last year's match. After leading two games to none, the Hokies battled back and won three straight to upset FSU in five. Senior setter Melissa Markowski became the first Hokie to accumulate 5,000 assists in a career last week. Virginia Tech is current fourth in the ACC in digs (1,422) and fifth in assists (1,324). Florida State won 3-0 in scores of 30-22, 30-16, 30-25 earlier this season.
In a rescheduled match because of Hurricane Wilma, the Tribe will travel to Coral Springs and take on the Hurricanes Tuesday, who also face Virginia Tech and Virginia this weekend. Miami is one spot above the Seminoles in the league standings.
As a team, the Seminoles hit .184 while their opponents manage a slightly higher .193 mark.