Sept. 19, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team returned to non-tournament play tonight, as the Lady Noles took on UCF in a non-conference match. The Garnet and Gold headed into the match-up looking to stay undefeated in matches against teams from the Sunshine State. The Lady Seminoles finished off the Golden Knights in four games, to move to 11-2 on the season, 9-1 at home. FSU won 15-7, 14-16, 15-3, 15-7 despite losing a 14-3 lead in game two.
“In the second game I tried to change our lineup a little by moving around Elizabeth Pound and Kristin Frye,” FSU head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud said. “I wanted to see how they would play in that situation, but I think that it really threw us off.”
The Noles took the familiar position of comeback-kids, as the Golden Knights opened up the game with a 4-1 lead. The 3-6 Knights looked good heading to the net, as the team had several good shots over the fence. Just as it seemed that the game may be getting away from them, FSU came back strong with a 10-point surge. The Noles began to show their dominance at the net, as they took a 5-4 lead over UCF with an Elizabeth Pound kill. Pound came through with another kill, following a net violation by UCF. With the score at 7-4, Jamie Hibbard smoked an ace across the side to put FSU up 8-4. The Lady Noles continued to pour on the pressure, extending their lead to 12-6. Both teams traded points until FSU put the game away on a Kristin Frye kill, to win 15-7.
Game two started out dead even, as FSU jumped out to a 2-1 lead before the ball changed hands numerous times. Each team had punishing kills, getting the side out each time. The Knights drew even at two, before Cerina Pele served the game to 3-2. FSU added another point before another kill by Pound extended the Seminole-lead to three. After losing the ball, Norisha Campbell had a viscous kill to get the Noles another side out. The game evened up again, as both teams traded services with the game deadlocked at 7-2. Pele added another ace to put the Noles out to a 9-3 lead. FSU continued to put the heat on UCF, adding four more points to bring the game to 13-3. An ace by Hibbard put the Noles at game point, before costly errors tightened the game up at 14-9, and resulted in a time out by Reynaud. Unfortunately, the time out did not have the desired effect for the Lady Noles. UCF pulled within a point, at 14-13, before Reynaud stopped play again to chat with her squad. Frye hit one long to tie the game up, but redeemed herself with a side out kill. The ball changed hands several more times before UCF served for the game at 15-14. With an impressive comeback mounted, a ball slipped by Campbell as UCF pulled out the game, 16-14.
While the Lady Seminoles may have fizzled at the end of game two, they came out with a fire in game three. The Noles jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Both teams traded points before FSU extended their lead to four with a Pound kill to bring the game to 7-3. Jen Werrick got a good kick off the wall to notch the Noles’ ninth point, before the greatest rally of the game ensued, which ended in an FSU net violation. Sevillano, Luana Ruiz Azevedo and Werrick, along with their other floor-mates, showed relentless desire despite the lost point. This desire would carry over, as Werrick had another hard kill to bring the game to 12-3. A block by Campbell put the Lady Noles in a familiar spot, a 14-3 lead. Still stinging from the comeback on game three, FSU didn’t hesitate to put the game away. A cross-court kill by Sevillano wrapped it up, as the Noles headed to game four with a 2-1 lead.
“It was a good sign that we were able to come back strong after losing the second game,” Reynaud said. “We didn’t have too many miscues after that.”
The Golden Knights again jumped out to a quick lead, setting up a four point deficit for the Garnet and Gold. This lead would not last long as the performance of Sevillano and Campbell at the net overpowered UCF, as FSU came back and claimed a 6-4 lead. Pound added another block to her tally to bring the score to 9-4, before the Noles opened things up with an Azevedo ace and a Pound kill, to bring the score to 12-7. Werrick went over the top for the easy touch, and the Lady Noles’ 13th point, before Frye ended the game with another kill.
The Lady Noles move to 11-2 on the season, continuing one of their more impressive starts to date. FSU will now face the challenge of Atlantic Coast Conference competition, when they open ACC play on the road at Maryland.