Sept. 7, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s volleyball team will take its 5-0 record and put it to the test in this weekend’s Ball State Tournament. The Tournament, hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., will feature three teams. FSU will face off against Southeastern Missouri State in the team’s opening match on Friday night, before taking on the University of Texas El-Paso on Saturday morning. The Noles will end things with a match against the hometown Cardinals in University Arena, at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night.
“We are going to see how we can focus outside of Tully this weekend,” FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud says. “Southeast Missouri State looks very good on film. We will have to make sure that we have very good ball control against them. Ball State should be a tough opponent as well, they won their conference last year and return a number of starters.”
The Lady Noles are led by Alex Sevillano, who has opened up a virtual onslaught on the statistical records in the opening week of the season. Following an FSU Tournament when she was named “Defensive Specialist” on the All-Tournament team, she went on to lead the team to victory in the Alabama match. Sevillano leads the team in hitting percentage (.403), kills-per-game (4.35) and is second on the squad with 43 digs. She is currently atop the ACC in hitting percentage, ending the week with a .459 percentage, leading the Noles to the top percentage in the ACC at .352.
FSU is currently riding a five-game winning streak and is 15-2 in games over that undefeated run. No team in the 25-year run of Reynaud has opened with a 5-0 start and finished below third in the conference. Previous to back-to-back 5-0 starts in 1997 and 1998, the last time the Noles opened 5-0 was in 1983, when FSU finished 31-6 and won the Metro Conference.
“We are expecting a lot of fans from Indiana to come out and see us,” Reynaud says. “We have two players from the Fort Wayne area, as well as the Circle Center Boosters.”
FSU will be back in Tully Gym at the conclusion of the Ball State Tournament on Wednseday, Sept. 13 for a home match against Jacksonville. The Lady Noles are 24-0 over the history of the series with the Dolphins.