Sept. 19, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball is more than just an impressive 10-2 start, an 8-1 home record and a 7-0 season start. This team is made up of larger team accomplishments as well as individual accolades, the most impressive of which may be the recent accomplishment of senior Jennifer Werrick. Werrick has recently reached the 1,000 career kills mark, a tremendous achievement for any collegiate volleyball player. Werrick’s accolade is joined by setter Jamie Hibbard, who moved into ninth on the all-time standings for FSU assist, with a total of 1,217. Norisha Campbell, a middle hitter who, after opening her career with an impressive .360 hitting percentage her freshman year, has re-emerged as a dominant force at the net. Campbell has claimed ACC Player-of-the-Week honors for the first time this year after setting a career-high in hitting percentage. With only one senior on this young team, her accomplishment may stand as this squad’s greatest milestone.
Jennifer Werrick came to Florida State four years ago after claiming Player of the Year honors for the state of Florida. In the Lakeland, Fla., native’s first season with the Lady Noles, she had 175 kills and a .196 hitting percentage. FSU went to the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 25-9 record, while she worked her way onto the ACC All-Freshman team. She earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors three times, as the commanding outside hitter played in 13 matches and 51 games. Her sophomore season saw an increase in playing time, as she saw the floor in 115 games and 34 matches. She closed out the season with an impressive 432 kills, falling just 14 kills short of making the all-time single season top-10 list in kills at FSU. The squad reflected her success as the Lady Noles dominated their opponents, ending the season with another NCAA Tournament appearance and a 25-11 record. FSU swept the ACC Tournament, defeating Wake Forest, Virginia and North Carolina without losing a single game.
Last season, both Werrick and her Lady Noles struggled to an 8-23 record. Werrick played in just 23 matches, after she was sidelined for the final two weeks of the season with a fractured right ankle. She still managed to add 311 kills to her career total moving her to 918 for her career.
With Werrick healthy and a new intensity on this youthful 2000 squad, the Lady Seminoles have jumped out to one of the best starts in team history. Werrick has played in 37 games, and has collected 130 kills for the team’s third-best mark in that category. Werrick has added a .260 percentage, 89 digs (second on the team), 2.41 digs-per-game (second on team) and 17 service aces for the team lead in that category. Werrick is currently averaging 10.83 kills-per-match. Should the senior continue to average this mark over the remaining 20 games of the season, she will reach 1265, putting her at No. 9 on the all-time career kills list at FSU.