June 6, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. –
Former Florida State volleyball player Norisha Campbell is one of the newest members of the U.S. National Team as announced by head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping. The middle blocker is the first player in school history to play with the Women’s National Team.
While this is her first stint with the Women’s National Team, Campbell is no stranger to USA Volleyball. Prior to her sophomore year at FSU, she was a member of the 1999 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB World Junior Championships. Campbell was later selected to participate in the 2001 USA National A2 Training Program.
During her Florida State tenure Campbell – a native of Universal City, Texas, who currently resides in Lakeland, Fla. – was one of the top players in ACC history as she was named to conference’s 50th Anniversary Volleyball Team in 2002. Campbell is one of four players in school history to earn multiple AVCA All-Region selections and is the most recent to do it with All-East honors in 2000-01.
A freshman on Florida State’s 1998 ACC Championship team, she earned All-ACC honors in 2000-01 and was a member of the 2001 All-ACC Tournament team. Campbell’s name is still all over the FSU record books as she sits fourth in school history with a career .321 hitting percentage while her 1,298 kills are eighth. Within the single-season charts she holds four marks, including a .366 hitting percentage as a senior in 2001 that led the ACC.
In terms of blocking she is eighth for total blocks (368) and solo blocks (90) as well as ninth at 278 blocking assists on the career charts. A three-time ACC Player of the Week and ACC Rookie of the Week in 1998, her 4.40 kills per game in 2001 is the fourth-best rate in Seminole lore.
This past spring Campbell played professionally on the Rote Raben Vilsbiburg Club in German. For the previous four seasons she played for Augsburg Harlekin. She was named the league’s best blocker twice (2002-03) and helped the club place in the Europacup in 2003-04.
Campbell’s first event with the National Team will be the Pan American Cup held June 19-30 at Colima, Mexico, followed by the Pan American Games, July 14-19 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition the 2007 schedule includes the 2007 FIVB World Grand Prix with weekend preliminary stops in Poland on Aug. 3-5, Russia on Aug. 10-12, Macau on Aug. 17-19. The finals of the Grand Prix are in Ningo, China on Aug. 22-26.