“Both teams started fairly even,” FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said. “Further on in the match we got more into it with more blocks. We ended up with 12.5 blocks to their 4.0, and I thihk that was a big factor for us. We also got good play out of our middle blockers. Elizabeth Pound hit .467 while Norisha Campbell his .464.”
Leading the way for the Noles was Campbell, Alex Sevillano and Jennifer Werrick, who all came through with 12 kills apiece in the match to lead the Garnet and Gold to the win. Pound added nine kills with her outstanding hitting percentage, while Kristin Frye added a powerful punch as well, with 11 kills and 10 digs. Frye had a strong performance in her home state, as the Fort Wayne, Ind., native helped the Noles to the victory. Sevillano added 16 digs to lead the team in that category. Jennifer Anderson continued to come through in her freshman season, as the Minier, Ill., native had 51 assists in her Midwest collegiate debut.
“It was very important for us to get off to a good start in this tournament,” Reynaud said. “Southeast Missouri State was a good team last year, and they played well so far. I look forward to the two games that we play tomorrow, and seeing how we follow up this win.”
The Noles will take their undefeated record into Saturday, as they face UTEP and Ball State in the late game, to close out the Ball State Tournament. BSU was 2-2 heading into this weekend’s action while UTEP was 2-1.