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Lady Seminoles Return Home To Host Florida

Sept. 28, 1999

Florida State vs #6 Florida
Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Tallahassee, Florida – Tully Gymnasium (2,500)
Live on the Sunshine Network

Florida State

Record: 5-7.
Conference: 0-2 in the ACC.
Current Streak: Lost 2.
Lately: Florida State lost two in its first week of Atlantic Coast Conference matches this season. The Lady Seminoles were downed by Duke 1-3 in their ACC opener followed by a 0-3 decision at Wake Forest to close out the Tobacco Road swing.

Florida

Record: 10-2.
Conference: 2-0 in the SEC.
Current Streak: Won 6.
Lately: The Gators opened Southeastern Conference play with a pair of victories in Gainesville. Florida downed Arkansas 15-12, 15-11, 15-6 on Friday and swept past LSU 15-6, 15-3, 15-5 on Sunday. The Gators’ only losses have come against #1 Pacific and #4 Nebraska.


Florida State Trails 20-22 since 1976.
With a pair of victories in 1998, the Gators edged past Florida State in the overall series record 20-22. The series record includes all matches dating back to the start of head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud’s tenure in 1976. Florida has taken control in the 1990s, winning 13 of 16 matches this decade including 8 straight regular season matchups. FSU last victory over the Gators was a 15-9, 15-13, 16-14 win in Tallahassee in 1994.

FSU Lately

Duke 3, Florida State 1
Duke tallied 11 service aces and outhit the Lady Seminoles .286 to .221 to down FSU in four games in Durham. Norisha Campbell pounded out 17 kills and notched 3 blocks and Aisha Thornton came up big at the net with seven blocks.

Wake Forest 3, Florida State 0
Aisha Thornton posted another 7 blocks at Wake Forest, but the Demon Deacons rallied for a 20-18 game two victory to steal the momentum enroute to a three-game sweep of the Noles.


Florida State Hosts Maryland
Friday, October 1st at 7:00 pm
FSU head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud has 594 career victories. Maryland’s Janice Kruger has 598. The Terps face Virginia Tuesday, then the Noles Friday in what FSU hopes is not win #600 for the Terrapin head coach.

Florida State Hosts Virginia
Sunday, October 3rd at 12:30 pm
FSU hopes to avenge its 5-game loss (19-21 in the fifth) at Virginia last November.


ACC Preseason
Defending Atantic Coast Conference Champion Florida State was selected 4th by the coaches in the 1999 Preseason Poll. Here’s a complete rundown of the poll results.

   Team         Points 1998   ACC/Finish
1. Clemson        77   22-11  10-6 / T4th
2. Virginia       69   26-8   12-4 / 2nd
3. Georgia Tech   59   22-13  10-6 / T4th
4. FLORIDA STATE  52   25-11  11-5 / 3rd*
5. North Carolina 46   29-8   13-3 / 1st
6. Wake Forest    38   21-12   7-9 / 6th
7. Duke           28   9-20    4-12 / 8th
8. Maryland       23   13-16   5-11 / 7th
9. NC State       13   11-20   0-16 / 9th

* Won the 1998 ACC Tournament

In 1998

September 23, 1998
FSU falls at Florida 15-5, 8-15, 11-15, 10-15
Florida State dominated game one 15-5, but the Gators recharged to take games 2-4 for the 3-1 victory in front of over 3,000 fans in the O’Connell Center. Three Lady Seminoles posted double-doubles: Holly Schneider, Aisha Thornton, and LaToya Washington.

November 3, 1998
FSU falls to the Gators 7-15, 12-15, 15-17
In front of near-capacity crowd of over 2,400 in Tully Gym, Florida handed the Lady Seminoles their only home loss of the 1998 season with a three-game sweep. LaToya Washington led FSU with 20 kills and 10 digs. The Gators outhit Florida State .324 to .234 and outblocked FSU 10-7.


Against UF
A look at how current Lady Seminoles have fared against Florida in recent years.


Aisha Thornton
1996: A) 8 kills, 3 blocks. H) 11 kills, 1 block.
1997: H) 8 kills, 4 blocks. A) Limited action.
1998: A) 10 kills, 12 digs, 7 blocks.
H) 13 kills, 3 blocks.


Jennifer Werrick
1997: H) Did not play. A) 7 kills, 7 digs.
1998: A) 14 kills, 9 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks.
H) 7 kills, 8 digs.

Honors

September 3 and 4:
Florida State Classic
Jennifer Werrick — All-Tournament Team


September 10 and 11:
Northern Illinois Invitational
Jennifer Werrick — All-Tournament Team


ACC Standings
Through Matches of Monday, September 27th

   Team           ACC   Overall   Streak
1. Clemson        2-0   12-0      Won 12
2. North Carolina 2-0   10-3      Won 7
3. Georgia Tech   1-0   11-3      Won 7
4. Virginia       1-1   8-4       Won 1
5. Duke           1-1   5-5       Won 1
6. Maryland       1-1   7-8       Lost 1
7. Wake Forest    1-2   11-4      Won 1
8. NC State       0-2   9-9       Lost 2
9. Florida State  0-2   5-7       Lost 2

Nole Notes

Upset Potential

While the records may be decieving, Florida State was below .500 when it last defeated Florida in 1994. The Lady Seminoles entered the Halloween night match with an 11-12 record while the Gators came to Tully with an impressive 20-3 record and a Top 10 ranking. Florida State handed Florida its only three-game sweep of the ’94 season downing the Gators 15-9, 15-13, 16-14.

Campbell Stars in ACC Play
Sophomore middle hitter Norisha Campbell posted some big numbers during the Lady Seminoles’ first two conference matches last weekend. Campbell notched 30 kills on a .469 hitting percentage against Duke and Wake Forest for a 4.29 kill per game average in ACC play. She also tallied 7 blocks.

Azevedo Awesome in First Start

In her first start as a Lady Seminole Friday night at Duke, sophomore outside hitter Luana Ruiz Azevedo notched personal bests in kills and digs with 15 of each registering the first double-double of her collegiate career.

Approaching 600
Head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud is approaching the 600-victory plateau. Entering this week’s play, she has a total of 594 career victories, all as head coach of the Lady Seminoles.

ACC Start
Despite losing its first two ACC matches, Florida State is on pace with its 1998 ACC Championship squad. The Lady Seminoles lost their first 2 ACC matches last season (at Clemson & at Georgia Tech) but finished the regular season 11-5 enroute to their first ACC title with a tournament championship victory.

Injury Report

Freshman middle hitter Dawn Hough is questionable for Tuesday’s Florida match. She sat out FSU’s weekend matches due to swelling associated with a right knee sprain. She is expected to be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Junior outside hitter Jennifer Werrick who also took the weekend off to rest her ailing ankles will return to the Lady Seminole starting lineup against the Gators Tuesday.

In Overtime

Florida State has had six games in its twelve matches that have needed more than the usual 15 points for victory. FSU is 2-4 in these games with 17-15 game two win over Auburn and a 16-14 game two victory over Florida Atlantic. Most recently, FSU fell 18-20 in game two against Wake Forest.

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