Sept. 13, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team moved on in commanding fashion following their first loss of the season, to stay undefeated at home with a 6-0 record. The Lady Seminoles defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins in straight games, to move to 8-1 on the season, with 15-3, 15-6 and 15-8 victories.
“We came out and took care of business,” FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said. “We played very well. After the first two games it is tough to maintain intensity. We were probably a little overconfident going into the last game.”
Jacksonville jumped out to a lead in Game One, which was quickly overcome by the Noles. After falling behind, 1-0, FSU came on strong, jumping out to a 12-1 run. The Noles made quick work of Jacksonville, coming through with a 15-3 win. The Garnet and Gold had an impressive hitting percentage in the first game, hitting .591. The opposition maintained just a .000 hitting average, with four kills and four errors on 19 attempts.
Game Two saw the Lady Noles jump out to a lead, and never looked back. FSU scored five opening points before Jacksonville could get on the board. With the score at 5-0, the Dolphins began to creep back into the game, coming through with three unanswered points. Team-leader Alex Sevillano turned the tide with a kill to get side out, FSU. The Noles followed with a kill by Luana Ruiz Azevedo and another by Sevillano, and went up 7-3. Jacksonville kept it close, scoring two more points to bring the game to 7-5, before Kristin Frye and Elizabeth Pound combined for a block. This started a Seminole-run in which the Lady Noles went on to take the game, 15-6.
With the Noles one game away from reaching their win total of a year ago, Reynaud and her Lady Seminoles poured it on in Game Three with another high hitting percentage. With 17 kills and only three errors, the Garnet and Gold had a .500 hitting percentage and sailed to their third win of the night. Jacksonville battled through the deciding game, jumping ahead of FSU for just the second time in the evening at 5-4, Jacksonville. However, Norisha Campbell followed with a side out-kill, which was followed by a Jennifer Werrick kill, which started the Lady Noles steam rolling. The Noles continued to pressure the Dolphins, jumping ahead 11-6 before a JU timeout. The timeout inspired the Dolphins to two-straight points, before FSU pulled away with the15-8 win.
“This was pretty much just what we expected,” Reynaud said. “We rested some players because of the long weekend tournament last week, and we are getting ready for the up-coming tournament this weekend.”
The Lady Seminoles were led by Alex Sevillano and Norisha Campbell, who had amazing nights at the net. Both players annihilated their previous career record for hitting percentage. Campbell led the team, hitting .789 with 16 kills and only one error. Sevillano matched Campbell in errors with one, while coming through with 12 kills of her own for a .550 hitting percentage. Werrick also had a notable performance, hitting .368 with nine kills.
FSU will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 15, as they host Samford (2:00) and Notre Dame (7:37) in the Lady Seminole Classic volleyball tournament. The Notre Dame game will be aired on Sunshine Network.