Sept. 12, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 2000 Florida State women’s volleyball team looks to rebound from its first loss of the season, in a four-game match to the Cardinals of Ball State University. The Lady Noles had won seven-straight games before losing the tournament championship game to the Cardinals in Muncie, Ind. FSU is currently 7-1, and will look to extend their unbeaten record against the Dolphins to 25-0.
Jacksonville enters this Wednesday’s match-up with a 2-2 record, with its latest win coming against Bethune-Cookman in three-straight sets. JU has already suffered a loss to FIU this season, for their second loss of the year. The Seminoles own a series record of 24-0 over the Dolphins, which stands as the Garnet and Gold’s largest margin of wins over any recorded opponent.
FSU will be led by Norisha Campbell, who leads the Lady Seminoles with a .323 hitting percentage and 3.38 kills-per-game. Right behind her is co-captain Alex Sevillano, who is hitting .322 and leads the team with 84 digs on the season. Jennifer Anderson has continued to impress as the new face on the floor of Tully Gym, as the Minier, Ill., native is currently on pace to break into the top-10 in individual single season assists with a projected 1465. Should Anderson continue her average of 47.25 assists-per-match, she will break the all-time FSU assists record with 1,055 more than current leader Nancy Gaspadarek when she graduates.
With the Lady Seminoles 7-0 record to open the 2000 season, they reached a very exclusive club, that has only three other members in the 25-year coaching history of Cecile Reynaud. Only two teams have opened with a better start than the 2000 Lady Noles, the 1982 team (27-17) and the 1997 team (25-9). The 1997 team, which owns the best-recorded start for a Seminoles team with a 12-0 record, advanced to the second round of the ACC Tournament and claimed a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The 1998 team, which tied the 7-0 start, went on to win the ACC Tournament crown and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
FSU will take the floor against Jacksonville on Wednesday night, at 7:00 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium.