June 25, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the Florida State volleyball team’s opening match against Fresno State just 67 days away, the ACC has projected FSU to finish fourth in the ACC preseason poll, released by the conference office on Monday afternoon. The poll is the compilation of voting by all the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches. Georgia Tech is picked to win the conference after going 13-3 in conference play last season. FSU went 1-1 against Georgia Tech in 2000.
The Seminoles earned their No. 4 preseason ranking with a 2001 squad that will return 10 letter winners and five of the squad’s six starters from the 2000 season. Last year’s team rebounded from a disappointing finish in 1999 to a 21-win season in 2000, which ended with Norisha Campbell honored as a first-team All-ACC member, freshman Jennifer Anderson making the ACC All-Freshman team, and Florida State head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud taking home the conference’s top coaching honor, ACC Coach of the Year. Campbell enters the 2001 season with the eighth-highest single season hitting percentage in Florida State history, with the .351 she tallied in 2000. The senior from Universal City, Texas, is on track to finish her career in the top 10 in career hitting percentage and kills. Campbell also added All-AVCA East Region honors to her lengthy list of accolades.
Anderson will open the 2001 season returning to her setter position. After opening the 2000 season there, a short-term injury kept her from working her way into the record books. Anderson is on pace to be in the top-10 for career set assists, and should see a career-high in single season assists this season.
With the success of the 2000 season behind them, the Lady Seminoles will see further challenges on the road ahead. The Garnet and Gold will face a schedule that will feature many of the nation’s top volleyball programs. The Tribe will open with the Pepperdine Tournament, which will pin the `Noles against top competition such as Fresno State, Northern Arizona and Pepperdine. Pepperdine ended the 2000 season ranked No. 18 in the final AVCA poll. The Lady Seminoles will follow their trip to California with the Texas A&M tournament. Florida State will compete against the host Aggies, ranked 23rd in the final AVCA poll, and the Texas Longhorns who consistently compete for a spot in the top-25. FSU will conclude its season-opening road test with the University of Florida, who ended the 2000 season with a No. 12 ranking.
Reynaud and the Lady Seminoles open the 2001 season with an Aug. 31 match against Fresno State at the 2001 Pepperdine Tournament. The Garnet and Gold will see its first ACC action on Friday, Sept. 21 when they travel to Clemson, S.C.
|1||Georgia Tech||80||25-8, 13-3 (T1)|
|2||North Carolina||67||26-8, 13-3 (T1)|
|3||Duke||54||21-13, 8-8 (T5)|
|4||Florida State||51||21-11, 9-7 (4)|
|?||Wake Forest||51||21-9, 10-6 (3)|
|6||Virginia||37||16-15, 8-8 (T5)|
|7||Clemson||31||13-18, 6-10 (7)|
|8||Maryland||21||14-16, 4-12 (8)|
|9||NC State||13||9-22, 1-15 (9)|