Nov. 23, 2002
ATLANTA, Ga. –
The Florida State volleyball team advanced to the Championship match of the 2002 ACC Tournament Saturday, as they defeated the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels by a score of 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-23). The Seminoles were led by seniors Erica Bunch and Kristin Frye. With the victory over the 12th-ranked Tar Heels, the Tribe improves to 21-11 on the season while North Carolina falls to 29-3.
“The win today was huge for this program,” said head coach Todd Kress. “It was a total team effort. This was as focused as our team has been all year.”
Florida State scored first in game one and never looked back. Although North Carolina mounted numerous comebacks, the Tar Heels never took the lead. At the midway point of the match the Seminoles led 15-10. The Seminoles continued to extend their lead and won the first game 30-23.
In game two, the Seminoles jumped out on top early and defended their lead to near perfection. Florida State had the lead for most of the game and at the midway point, the Tribe led 15-14 . The Tar Heels fought back numerous times to tie the score, but could not muster enough to take the lead, as Florida State won game two 30-25.
The Seminoles took a 3-0 lead in game three and refused to lose the match. On their heels, North Carolina could not do enough to take the lead. Halfway into the game, Florida State led 15-9. The Tribe continued to push North Carolina and finished the game by a score of 30-23.
Florida State was led by senior outside hitter Bunch. Bunch had 21 kills, three digs, one solo block three block assists and a hitting percentage of .370. Opposite Frye notched 13 kills, 13 digs, two block assists and hit .650 against the Tar Heels. Senior outside hitter Alex Sevillano had another impressive outing for the Seminoles, as she recorded nine kills, nine digs, on e service ace and hit .208 on the evening. Middle hitter Dawn Hough was a force at the net for the Tribe, recording eight kills, two service aces and hitting .333. Junior setter Jennifer Anderson ran the Florida State offense to near perfection, as she notched 51 assists, eight digs and one block assists.
North Carolina was led by senior Malaika Underwood. Underwood notched seven kills, nine digs, one block assist and hit .429 for the Tar Heels. Laura Greene had 17 kills and five digs. Molly Pyles was impressive for the Tar Heels, as she recorded nine kills and 12 digs. Eve Rackham led the team in assists with 39.
The Seminoles advanced to the championship match of the tournament and will face host-team Georgia Tech Sunday, November 24th, at 3:30 p.m. The match will be held in O’Keefe Gymnasium and will be televised on Sunshine Network.