Nov. 22, 2002
ATLANTA, Ga. –
The Florida State volleyball team defeated the Clemson Tigers in the first round of the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Tournament Friday, November 22nd by a score of 3-2 (29-31, 30-23, 30-28, 30-32, 17-15). With the victory, the Tribe improves to 20-11, while Clemson finishes their season 17-15.
“I thought that was one of the best matches I have ever been a part of,” said Florida State head coach Todd Kress. “Both teams played with a tremendously and with a lot of heart, but our team just refused to lose.”
Leading the way for the Seminoles was senior outside hitter Erica Bunch. Bunch recorded 10 digs and a career-high 28 kills against the Tigers for her first double-double of the season. She also had two block assists and a hitting percentage of .345. Backing up Bunch was senior opposite Kristin Frye. Frye notched her ninth double-double of the season, as she recorded 20 kills, 10 digs, one service ace, seven block assists and a .424 hitting percentage. Alex Sevillano looked strong against the Tigers, as she had her 11th double-double. Sevillano tallied 22 kills, a season-high 18 digs and a hitting percentage of .277. Sophomore middle hitter contributed to the Florida State effort as she had 11 kills, four digs, one ace and hit .217. Junior setter Jennifer Anderson had her best performance of the season as she recorded a career-high 87 assists, one ace, six digs, and three block assists.
The Tigers were led by sophomores Lori Ashton and Ryane Beasley. Ashton looked strong, as she notched 23 kills three digs, two solo blocks, three block assists and a hitting percentage of .514. Beasley had another impressive performance, recording 23 kills, five digs, three block assists and a hitting percentage of .219. Senior setter Jessi Betcher recorded a double-double against Florida State, recording 61 assists and 16 digs.
The Seminoles will return to action tomorrow when they take on the winner of the North Carolina/Virginia match in round two of the ACC Tournament. That match is scheduled to take place in O’Keefe Gym on the campus of Georgia Tech University at 1:30 p.m.