Nov. 11, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s volleyball team closed out the regular season with a sweep of conference opponents Georgia Tech and Clemson, as the Lady ‘Noles went on to a four-game win over the Tigers Saturday night. FSU improves on the season to 21-10 and 9-7 in conference play. This marks the 20th time in Dr. Cecile Reynaud’s career in which the Lady Seminoles have won 20 or more games. FSU closed out its 2000 regular season in four games, 15-4, 6-15, 15-6 and 15-9. The last season in which FSU won 20 matches, 1998 (25-11), the ‘Noles went on to win the ACC Tournament and earn a NCAA berth. Clemson drops to 13-16 overall and 6-10 in Conference play.
The ‘Noles were led by a very strong performance from sophomore Erica Bunch. The Crawfordville, Fla., native hit double-digit kills for the second night in a row, closing out the match with a match-high 16-kills, while hitting .366 for the match. Jennifer Werrick added 12 kills in her final regular season game as a Seminole, along with a match-high 22 digs. Dawn Hough recorded six block assists to help the ‘Noles to their second four-game match-win in as many games. The Seminoles outhit the Tigers .199 to .106, after opening the first game with a .444 hitting percentage. The Lady ‘Noles went on to hit .167 and .267 in games three and four, respectively.
“This was a great weekend for our volleyball program,” Reynaud said. “Beating Georgia Tech and Clemson on the road gives us a lot of confidence heading into the ACC Tournament. We have been playing very well of late.”
The ‘Noles have been very strong defensively lately, leading them to their last two wins on the road. Against Clemson, the ‘Noles notched 12 blocks, with Hough’s six accompanied by Norisha Campbell’s five blocks. Campbell also added 10 kills for FSU.
“We played pretty well defensively again tonight,” Reynaud said. “We had a really good blocking game, and I was very happy with the performance of Dawn Hough and Norisha Campbell.”
FSU will now return to Tully Gymnasium where they will begin preparations for the ACC Tournament. The seedings for the Tournament, to be held in Winston-Salem, N.C., are expected to be released some time Sunday afternoon.