Oct. 19, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team will start the second half of its ACC season as the squad travels to tobacco road for matches against NC State and North Carolina. The Noles split with the two teams earlier in the season when they took down the Wolfpack in four matches, and fell to the Tar Heels in a five-game match which ended in a 13-15 match in Tully Gymnasium.
“Every match is important now that we are in the second round of ACC play,” FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud says. “In our last game against UNC we lost a crucial fifth game, 13-15, it just doesn’t get any closer than that.”
In the first meeting between FSU and UNC, Florida State dropped the opening game of the match 9-15, but the Noles battled back to have a decisive game two win, setting down the Heels, 15-2. The Lady Seminoles took game three, 15-6, before UNC struck back with another 15-9 win in game four. FSU finally fell in a the final game for the squad’s sixth loss of the season. The Noles entered the UNC weekend with a win over NC State on Sept. 29, before 317 fans in Tully Gymnasium. The Seminoles won games one, three and four by scores of 15-7, 15-7 and 15-10, respectively. With a strong ACC this season, the Noles have suffered a loss to a strong Duke team, which in turn has already lost two matches to the Wolfpack.
“Right now Georgia Tech and UNC are at the top of the conference, but after that it’s all wide open,” Reynaud says.
FSU is led by junior Norisha Campbell, who is hitting an impressive .356 for the Garnet and Gold. She has also notched 3.69 kills-per-game as well as 1.02 blocks-per-game. Coming into the Clemson game, Campbell notched five straight .310+ hitting games, the best of which was a .412, 18 kill performance against Georgia Tech, in a match which the Lady Seminoles dropped in five games after winning the opening two. Earlier in the season, sophomore Jamie Hibbard came in to relieve injured freshman Jen Anderson, collecting 568 assists to lead the team in that category. Anderson has returned to the starting lineup, upping her assist total to 501.
“We really need to approach every weekend with the same mentality,” Reynaud says. “We have to take one game at a time.”
The Noles will take on North Carolina at 7:00 p.m. before traveling to Raleigh, N.C., to visit the Wolfpack at 5:00 p.m.
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