Dec. 13, 2006
OMAHA, Neb. - When the Florida State volleyball staff brought outside hitter Makini Thompson in from Long Beach State, they knew she had the potential to be an All-American and lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament. Part of that foresight was fulfilled on Wednesday (December 13) as the junior received Honorable Mention All-America accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) is the third Seminole in a row and just the third player in school history to earn All-America honors. Amanda Santos was the first in 2004, followed by her sister Andreza in 2005.
"This is a great accomplishment for Makini," said FSU head coach Todd Kress, who has coached all three Seminole All-Americans. "When she's healthy and she plays consistently, she can be one of the best players in the country. Having our third All-American in a row shows that the program is going in the right direction. Step-by-step we are on our way to becoming an elite-level program."
The Seminoles' top offensive player, Thompson played her best during ACC matches. She upped her overall norm of 3.95 kills per game - which ranks as the eighth-best rate in school history and third in the league- to 4.12 kpg. to rate second during ACC games. She also rates fifth in the conference at 4.43 points per game during ACC matches and eighth in the league at 4.30 ppg. overall.
"To be the third All-American in school history is a tremendous honor and I couldn't have done it without my teammates," Thompson said. "After I leave I want Florida State volleyball to continue to get better and hopefully getting this award contributes to that. It's great that I've been recognized by the coaches, but at the same time it gives me motivation because I know I can improve and hopefully make the first, second or third team next year."
This season Thompson topped the 20 kill-plateau on five occasions with double-digit kills in 22 of Florida State's 31 matches. She set career-highs with 26 kills and 26.5 points against Virginia. Thompson's 423 kills is the most by a Seminole since All-Region selection Kristen Frye had 469 in 2002 and she needs 382 during her senior season to become the 21st player in FSU history to record 1,000 kills.