Oct. 16, 2001
Hailing from small town Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kristin Frye is six feet of tough competition. Playing volleyball since the fifth grade, she continued playing at Northrop High School, the same school that former Lady Seminole Holly Schneider attended. Frye enjoyed the game so much that she kept on playing because “I saw how people who were older than me went off to play volleyball in college, and that’s what I wanted to do.”
While at Northrop, she was a 1998 USA Volleyball First Team All-American as well as being named the 1998 Gatorade High School Girls Volleyball Player of the Year in Indiana.
“I was surprised when I won because there’s a lot of good players in Indiana,” said Frye. “It was really exciting.”
In addition to helping her team finish second at the USA Juniors Nationals in 1998, Kristin was also a two-time first team all-conference selection and named in the Who’s Who in Sports High School All Stars.
Frye said, “It was great playing in Fort Wayne, we were good competitors and the state tournaments were always fun.”
Starting her freshman year at Florida State in 1999, Kristin chose FSU not only for the pride of being a Seminole, but because “the warm weather was nice, and I couldn’t see myself walking to school in the snow. Plus, I felt the most comfortable here with the other girls on the team.”
Along with the support of a great athletics department, Kristin enjoys the support of fellow athletes as well.
“It’s fun to go out and support everyone and have them support you.”
Even after facing harsh competition early in the 2001 season, Frye remains optimistic.
“Hopefully we’ll keep on this little winning streak that we have and if we come together as a team and when we finally click, we’ll be pretty tough to beat.”
With a season record thus far of 5-8, the Lady Seminoles show no sign of slacking. Coming back from a loss to UNC to beat North Carolina State 3-1, let the winning streak pick up. Ranking first on the team with 27 aces and third in kills (123), Kristin’s career averages keep increasing as the season progresses.
“Our toughest competition so far was probably when we played a tournament in Texas this year. Texas A&M and Texas are really tough, so was Pepperdine at the California Tournament in September. Of course, Florida is always hard competition.”
Every season has its ups and downs as most athletes can attest. Losses aside, the Lady Seminoles pulled out an impressive 3-1 win against the Clemson Tigers in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener. In that match, Frye assisted in the win with a double-double, tallying 14 kills and 10 digs and adding three service aces.
One would expect on a team with only 14 players, close friendships would evolve. The teammates who Kristin feels closest are her two roommates, fellow juniors Dawn Hough and Alex Sevillano, and senior team captain Norisha Campbell. Being part of a team means working together as well as learning from one another. Before each match, the girls arrive about an hour and a half early to have a team meeting, which includes sharing a thought for the day and a short prayer before going out to the court to represent Florida State.
Not everything revolves around volleyball for the girl who wears No. 4 on the court. Frye is a communications major who aspires to travel or maybe spend six months on a cruise ship after graduation. As for one of her favorite memories as a Lady Seminole, Frye recalls the European Tour the squad went on in 2000.
“That was one of my greatest memories of playing at Florida State so far, it was amazing.”
When asked what one big difference between living in Florida and living in Indiana is, she replies simply, “there’s palm trees here and it doesn’t snow.” As a fellow Fort Wayne Hoosier, I couldn’t have said it better myself.