Sept. 25, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s volleyball team will look to come off a two-game losing skid in a big way, with the team’s home match against rival Florida on Tuesday night in Tully Gymnasium. The Gators own a slight edge in the all-time series between the two teams, 24-21, including a three-game match over the Seminoles in 1999. To extend their winning streak to 11-straight, the Gators will have to win in an arena in which FSU is 9-1 this season, with their only loss coming to No. 25 Notre Dame. The Lady Seminoles are currently undefeated against teams from Florida (3-0) but will face their biggest test on Tuesday night.
The Lady Seminoles entered ACC competition on September 22-23 with matches against Maryland and Virginia. The Garnet and Gold opened up conference play with a strong performance against Maryland, despite losing in five games. FSU followed their third loss of the season with a trip to Charlottesville, Va., searching for the team’s first conference win. The Tribe again came up just short, dropping a four-game match to the Cavaliers. FSU now returns to non-conference play, as well as the friendly confines of Tully Gymnasium. The Noles own a 11-2 record in non-conference play and a 9-1 record on their home court. FSU is lead by junior Norisha Campbell. The Universal, Texas native will face off against her former US Youth National Team teammate Niki Hartley of Florida, when the two teams flip the coin in Tully. Campbell leads the Noles in hitting percentage (.366) and is second in kills with 199. Campbell will be joined by co-captain Alex Sevillano at the net. Sevillano is hitting .285 with a team-leading 201 kills.
The No. 12 Florida Gators bring a 8-3 record to Tallahassee, Fla. The Gators have won their last two-straight, opening up SEC competition with wins over Auburn and Alabama. The Gators took down Alabama in conference play, 3-1. Florida State had a comparable win over the Crimson Tide, rolling over Alabama in five games. UF is lead by Nicole McCray, who has collected both SEC and AVCA Player-of-the-Week awards this season.
Florida State is 1-0 in Tuesday games this season, knocking out Central Florida in four games on Tuesday, September 19 in Tully Gymnasium. The Noles own a slight edge in this category, as UF has yet to play a Tuesday game this season.
The first serve will take place in Tully Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25.