Sept. 21, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team opens up ACC play on Friday, Sept. 22, in College Park, Md. The Garnet and Gold currently own an 11-2 record, including an 8-1 home record. The Lady Seminoles are 0-1 on the road, with their only road game loss to Ball State. While one of their two losses came in Muncie, the Lady Seminoles also tallied two wins in neutral site games against UTEP and Southeast Missouri State.
FSU is led by junior Norisha Campbell. The 6-4 middle hitter is on a tear of late, picking up ACC Player-of-the-Week honors following her .606 hitting percentage through four games. This included a .789 percentage which she tallied against Jacksonville, for a career-high in that category. Campbell has emerged as one of the top hitters in the nation, carrying a .404 hitting percentage for the season. This has helped the Lady Noles to a .301 percentage, good enough for 10th in the nation. Campbell is joined at the net by co-captain Alex Sevillano, and the latest addition to the fearsome-threesome, Elizabeth Pound. Pound has come on very strong of late, entering the lineup for 30 games this season and notching 55 kills. The junior from Neptune Beach, Fla., has a .354 hitting percentage for the squad’s second-best mark in that category. Pound’s most impressive mark to date was in the Seminoles’ win over UCF, in which she hit a team-high .688 hitting percentage with 11 kills. Sevillano unleashed her own personal attack on the Golden Knights in the Garnet and Gold’s last match, crushing a team-high 18 kills with only four errors for a .359 percentage. The Tribe ended the game with an impressive .374 team-hitting percentage. Sevillano had an impressive turnaround that has come with increased playing time from last season. The sophomore now leads the Lady Seminoles in kills (180), kills per game (3.91), digs (120), digs per game (2.61) and is third in service aces (13). This all around threat on the floor, has been one of the major reasons for FSU’s turnaround from last year’s 8-23 finish. Another important part of that equation is Jennifer Werrick. The only senior on the team provides leadership, as well as a relentless desire to win. Her .253 hitting percentage comes with 140 kills, for a career total of 1058, moving her 137 kills shy of 10th all-time at FSU.
The Lady Noles are set to open the 2000 ACC season with their match against Maryland, which will take place at 5:00 p.m. in Richie Coliseum. FSU will follow that with a trip to Virginia, for a Saturday afternoon match in Charlottesville, Va., beginning at 3:00 p.m.