October 30, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It was an evening full of festivities to honor
the Lady Seminole volleyball players, coaches and staff from the past 30
years, but it was the 1998 Seminoles that put on the show. The Florida
State volleyball team extended its win streak to seven matches with a
three-game victory over Georgia Tech this evening at Tully Gym, bringing the crowd of 923 FSU fans to their feet. FSU’s 15-5, 16-14, 15-11 victory improved the Lady Seminoles record to 18-7 and 8-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The loss puts Georgia Tech at 19-9 and 8-4 in league play.
As a team, Florida State recorded an impressive .306 hitting
percentage, led by middle hitter Aisha Thornton’s .429 evening off of 11
kills. Outside hitter LaToya Washington led all players with 15 kills,
while outside hitter Holly Schneider added 14 kills and 10 digs.
The hard-fought win saw the Lady Seminoles jump out to an early
lead in game one. FSU had leads of 7-1 and 11-3 before taking down the
Lady Jackets 15-6. In game two, FSU trailed until winning four straight
points to take a 10-7 lead. The Tribe would not trail again in game two,
but had to fight off the emerging Lady Jackets. FSU led 14-9 and Georgia
Tech ran off five points of its own to tie the contest, but FSU prevailed
16-14. The Lady Seminoles had to come from behind again in game three, but
this time it was throughout the entire game. After falling behind 2-7, FSU
rallied for seven straight points and took a 9-7 advantage, but that was
short-lived. Georgia Tech again pulled ahead by two until FSU tied the
game at 11 and took the lead for good.
“I’m very proud of how the team responded tonight, especially with
all of the distractions surrounding our 30th Anniversary celebration,” FSU
Head Coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud said. “We came out ready to play and did an
excellent job blocking. It was especially exciting to win in front of 50
or so of our former FSU volleyball players.”
Georgia Tech had four players with double-digit kills, led by Maja
The Lady Seminoles will host Clemson in ACC action on Sunday,
November 1st at 1 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium.