Nov. 5, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team dropped a four-game match to the Duke Blue Devils in front of 312 in Tully Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. The loss comes after defeating Wake Forest in a come-from-behind victory on Friday night, 3-2. FSU drops to 19-10 (7-7, ACC) on the season while Duke betters its record to 17-11 (6-8, ACC).
“I think that Duke simply played a very smart game tonight,” FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said. “The played well when they needed to.”
FSU opened things up as the team that was playing well, setting Duke down in the opening game of the four-game match, 15-6. The Tribe notched a .360 hitting percentage with 14 kills and only five errors. Just as it appeared that the `Noles would collect their 20th win in the friendly confines of Tully Gymnasium, the Blue Devils played the role of spoiler, setting FSU back in the second game. The `Noles jumped out to a 1-0 lead over Duke to claim the opening lead for the second game in a row, but the lead would be short lived. Duke poured in five straight points to take a 1-5 lead, and eventually held on for the 15-8 win. The Seminoles fought back from a 10-3 deficit to claim five more points to push the game to 12-8 at one point, before Duke pulled away.
FSU showed that keeping a .300+ hitting percentage was the key to victory, as the Lady Seminoles fell below .300, hitting just .200 in game two. The Garnet and Gold dropped four more percentage points in game three, to the Blue Devils’ .236. Despite being out-hit, FSU fought to a number of ties in game three. Sophomore Alex Sevillano had a crucial kill to send the game to 11-10, FSU, before Duke struck back tying things at 11. The Blue Devils scored the next four points to send the match to a fourth game with a 2-1 lead.
The Lady Seminoles fought to a 14-9 lead in game four, despite hitting .051 in the final game, but couldn’t hold. The Blue Devils came on strong, scoring seven-straight points, capitalizing off 11 FSU errors, as the Devils went on to the match-victory.
FSU struggled at the net, as only one player with more than two kills hit over .300 for the match. Junior Norisha Campbell continued to impress, hitting .438 over the span of the four games. The Universal, Texas native bettered her team-high hitting percentage to .348 for the season. Campbell poured in 16 kills to lead the team, which was closely followed by Jennifer Werrick. The senior from Lakeland, Fla., playing in her final game in Tully Gym, nailed 15 kills and added 16 digs to her career total, moving her into seventh-place all-time at FSU with 1,022 digs. The Seminoles’ lone senior also notched her 1,261st-career kill, leaving her only 10-short of eighth-place on the all-time career kills list at Florida State.
The Lady Seminoles head into their final weekend of conference play before the ACC Tournament begins. The Garnet and Gold will take on Georgia Tech and Clemson on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11, respectively.