Sept. 3, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 2000 Florida State women’s volleyball team is, simply put, a different team than the one of 1999. With injuries, a difficult schedule and a lack of depth at the setter position, the Noles suffered through a difficult season, in which the team won only eight games all season and one in the conference. Half-way to their win-total of 1999, the squad of 2000 is out to prove that they are more than just a team that managed to win its own tournament, but a team that beat Illinois for the championship match, and intends on coming through with a number of more exciting wins before the year is out.
FSU’s latest challenge comes to Tully Gym from Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide of Alabama pose a difficult task to head coach Cecile Reynaud and her Lady Seminoles, but no more a task than they have already faced with the likes of Southern Miss., FAU and Illinois. Alabama enters this game with an impressive roster, after finishing third in the west division of the Southeastern Conference last season. The squad’s 7-8 conference record, as well as their 17-15 overall record was built on a young team, that has all of its starters returning. In fact, the Tide has every letterwinner returning from the 1999 squad, with 14 players making the roster this year who saw action in 1999. The Tide are headed by coach Judy Green, who is in her fifth season as the coach of the Crimson Tide, and has collected a 441-161 record over her career, but is 45-87 over that span.
Reynaud, 160 wins ahead of Green, will take her Lady Seminoles into battle following a very emotional and exciting Florida State Tournament. The Noles will enter their match-up with Alabama not having a very good memory of what losing is like, considering they have yet to lose a single game this season. FSU opened up with Southern Mississippi this weekend, collecting a 15-11, 15-2, 15-12 win over the Golden eagles. The night match featured FSU vs. FAU, a match-up that clearly favored the Seminoles as they took home the win, 15-7, 15-1, 15-12. Charleston Southern didn’t pose much of a problem for FSU, as the Noles collected win No. 3, and Reynaud collected won No. 600. Win No. 601 came with added excitement, as the Lady Seminoles overpowered Illinois in straight-games, to take the Tallahassee-Democrat FSU Tournament crown, 15-11, 15-6, 15-6.
“Win number 600 was great, but 601 was better,” Reynaud said following the Illinois win.
FSU will look to roll over the Tide beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday night, in Tully Gymnasium. The game will be televised, tape delayed, on Sunshine Network at 8:30 p.m.