July 10, 2001
By Sports Information Assistant Jennifer Dowling
Four years ago freshmen Norisha Campbell, Elizabeth Pound and Luana Ruiz Azevedo, entered the world of Lady Seminole volleyball. The year was 1998, and it would be a year to remember, not only for these three women but for the entire FSU volleyball team as well. That team would win Florida State’s first-ever ACC Title and the three freshmen had the chance to be a part of it all. They learned quickly what it would take to earn such an honor and the trio has worked hard to make another run at the championship.
Campbell, who saw the most action of all the rookies, would get her chance to play in 11 matches during the 1998 season. Although it was only a small part of the season, she proved she had what it would take to continue the success of the program. In 11 appearances, Campbell received ACC Rookie of the Week honors and had a team-best nine block assists vs. Wake Forest. In her freshman year, Campbell finished the season with an impressive .360 hitting percentage.
Just one season later the young middle hitter led the squad in block assists with 62. Campbell went on to tally the most kills in the 1999 season with 447. She has garnered many accolades throughout her three-year career including, First Team All-ACC honors, Golden Nole Recepient, ACC Player of the Week in 2000. Campbell enters this season as an AVCA All-American candidate.
“Norisha spent the summer with an A2 Team giving her invaluable experience,” head coach Cecile Reynaud said. “She’s playing with the nation’s top kids in her age group and we will really look to her this season. We are going to set her a lot of balls, and she will be the one responsible for our success. When Norisha gets the right set she just cannot be blocked because she reaches so high. I think her drive and her competitiveness will carry over to the rest of the team and she will be a big key to our success for the upcoming year, which is exactly what a senior should do.”
Campbell enters her senior season in 2001 hoping to conclude her career with yet another ACC title. She currently stands on the hilt of breaking two more Lady Seminole volleyball records in the categories of individual career solo blocks and if she continues at her current pace she could also set the individual career record in hitting percentage. Campbell currently has 59 career solo blocks and will need only 11 more to takeover the No. 10 spot.
Pound is also dreaming of another ACC title. After seeing limited action in 1998, Pound came out of the gate strong during her sophomore season. She played in 21 matches at the middle hitter position and finished the season with 17 service aces, 13 of which came during a stretch of 13 straight service points in FSU’s 15-0 win in game four vs. NC State. Pound was a solid performer during the 2000 season, almost doubling her career kill total with 89. In the midst of her junior season, Pound hit double-digit kills twice, including her career- and season-high marks against Virginia, where she notched 12 kills and added a career-high 10 digs. She enters her senior season with 138 kills and 51 block assists.
Azevedo, a Campos, Brazil native,did not see action during her freshman season but was able to gain valuable experience with veteran outside hitters Holly Schneider and LaToya Washington. As a sophomore, Azevedo saw action in 56 games where she contributed 74 digs and 127 total attacks. In 2000, Azevedo became even more involved providing an impressive defensive presence on the floor and will enter her senior campaign with 180 career digs. Last season she notched double digit digs twice, with a career-best 15 against ACC foe Wake Forest.
These three seniors are looking to have an outstanding season to cap off already impressive careers. The 2001 squad lost only one starter in Jennifer Werrick and returns with one of the strongest squads FSU has seen in years, with five starters returning to the floor of Lucy McDaniel Arena at Tully Gymnasium.