April 9, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman volleyball player Jennifer Anderson earned one of the top accolades awarded to a Florida State freshman, as the Minier, Ill., native was presented with the President’s Award at the 2001 Leadership Awards Night. The annual President’s Award is presented to the outstanding freshman student who has demonstrated service to the University and who shows great potential for future leadership and success. The recipient of the award must be a freshman, be currently enrolled at FSU, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, demonstrate service and leadership to the University and possess characteristics for future leadership success.
Anderson helped the Lady Seminoles to a 20-win season was recognized at the end of the season as a member of the ACC All-Freshman team. Anderson quickly emerged last season as the `Noles starting setter, after opening the season with an impressive performance at the Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Tournament. Anderson played in all of the games in the Lady Seminoles’ opening tournament, collecting 143 assists over the span of 12 games and four matches. Anderson continued to lead Florida State at the setter position through the squad’s next five matches, before she suffered a mid-season injury that would keep her out of action until October 13. Quickly regaining form, Anderson earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on October 31, following a weekend series, in which she tallied 47 assists to help FSU to a three-game win over Maryland. Anderson was almost perfect at the net as well, adding six kills with only one error, notching a .500 percentage. She ended the weekend with a .417 percentage for both games with six kills and 82 assists.
Anderson finished the season with 880 assists, a .252 hitting percentage, 38 blocks and 129 digs. She averaged 12.57 assists per game and 1.84 digs per game. Anderson is on pace to set a new career record in single season set assists, and will be looked upon next season as a leader both on and off the court.