Sept. 14, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team will compete in its third tournament of the season, and its second at home. The Lady Noles won their first tourney, the Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Tournament, with a big win over Illinois. FSU traveled to Muncie, Ind., to take on three more teams, including Mid-American Conference champion Ball State. The Noles fell one short of the tourney crown at Ball State, falling in four games to the hometown Cardinals. Since that point, the Noles have revisited their winning ways, taking their 25th-straight win over Jacksonville University. The Garnet and Gold defeated the Dolphins in three-straight games, to move to 8-1 on the season to tie their win total from last year.
The Lady Seminoles are led by Norisha Campbell. The junior from University, Texas is hitting .364 to lead the squad, coming through most recently with a career-best .789 hitting percentage against Jacksonville. Campbell has a total of 114 kills on the season, with a 3.56 kills-per-game average. Campbell is joined by sophomore Alex Sevillano at the net. Her 4.28 kills-per-game leads the team and her .338 hitting percentage is second. After a season in which she hit -.006 with 42 kills over 27 matches, the Clearwater, Fla., native has come on strong in the 2000 season, leading the team both on the floor, and in the locker room.
The added depth of freshman Jennifer Anderson gives the Seminoles a setter, who has already collected 378 assists, for an average of 13.03 assists-per-game, which is good enough for the top-spot in the ACC in that category. With the help of Anderson, the Lady Seminoles have notched the top spot as a team in the assists category in their conference.
FSU will open the weekend with Samford on Friday at 2:00 p.m. The Bulldogs currently carry a 5-3 record, after finishing their season at 14-19 last year. FSU will follow that with one of their biggest tests of the season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. While the Irish carry a 4-3 record, their losses have all come to nationally prominent programs. The Irish opened up with Fairfield, Brigham Young and Clemson, defeating all three. They followed that with three-straight losses, to Nebraska, UCLA and Michigan State. Their most recent game was a 3-0 win over Valparaiso, in Valparaiso, Ind.
The Garnet and Gold will open the tournament with Samford before hosting Notre Dame for a 7:37 start. The game will be televised live on Sunshine Network. FSU will continue in the Lady Seminole Classic on Saturday, when they host Florida A&M at 1:30 p.m. in Tully Gym.