THE LONG ROAD AHEAD…: After playing one of the toughest schedules in the ACC last season, which included nationally ranked teams Notre Dame and Florida, as well as SEC powerhouse Alabama, the Lady Seminoles will bump their level of competition up another notch this season. After a competitive spring season, which included matches against Big-12 schools Texas Tech and Texas A&M, Florida State will open the 2001 at the highly-competitive Pepperdine Tournament. The tourney will feature Fresno State, Northern Arizona and the host Pepperdine Waves. The Garnet and Gold will then move onto the Texas A&M Tournament which will pin the Lady `Noles against Texas and Texas A&M before FSU travels to Florida. Heading into this season, the Tribe has the possibility of facing four nationally-ranked teams in its opening six matches.
`RING THAT CHAMPIONSHIP CAMP-BELL’: After hitting .351 to make her mark in the Florida State record books in 2000, Norisha Campbell ended the season named first team All-ACC and earned AVCA All-Region honors. The senior from Universal, Texas, will be the focus of the 2001 squad, which enters the season with a combination of senior leadership and youthful intensity. Campbell will look to lead the Seminoles to their second ACC Championship, and back to the NCAA Tournament. Campbell is on track to finish her career in the top-10 at Florida State in kills and hitting percentage.
RETURN TO GLORY: When the Lady Seminoles open the 2001 season there will be several familiar faces. With 12 returning players, the Seminoles will only be missing the talents of graduated senior and team leader Jennifer Werrick. The Garnet and Gold return five starters from last year’s squad and have six talented newcomers entering Tully Gym this year. The Seminoles will be led by returner Norisha Campbell, while last year’s freshman sensation Jennifer Anderson should see continued success at the setter role. Erica Bunch and Kristin Frye should provide leadership and Dawn Hough will be another talented blocker up front. Jamie Hibbard will be back in action primarily at defensive specialist, while Cerina Pele and Alex Sevillano, who both saw action in the starting rotation, will add even more depth to a squad that finished with 21 wins last season.
A YEAR TO REMEMBER: With the departure of senior Jennifer Werrick, three Seminoles remain with memories of the 1998 dream season, when Florida State finished the year with 25 wins and went on to win their only ACC Tournament crown since joining the conference. The remaining members who have the cherished experience of winning the tournament title will have a lot to do with their chances of returning to that milestone this season. Seniors Luana Ruiz Azevedo, Norisha Campbell and Elizabeth Pound all experienced the championship season. Campbell led the trio in action in 1998, with 11 matches played and 56 kills, while hitting .360.