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Seminoles Host Florida State Classic

Sept. 2, 1999

This Weekend…

Lady Seminoles Welcome Indiana, South Carolina,

and Florida International to Town for Florida State Classic

FSU vs South Carolina – Friday, September 3rd at 7:00 pm

FSU vs Florida International – Saturday, September 4th at 12 Noon

FSU vs Indiana – Saturday, September 4th at 7:00 pm

Tully Gymnasium (2,500) – Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State

Record:
1-0, 25-11 in 1998.

Conference:
Atlantic Coast.

1998 ACC Record:
11-5, 3-0 in Tournament.

1998 Postseason:
NCAA First Round.

AVCA / USA Today Poll:
Received Votes.

Series vs. South Carolina:
FSU leads 16-7. The Lady Seminoles won the last meeting in 1990 15-5, 15-8, 15-6.

Series vs. Florida International:
The Lady Seminoles lead 11-4 including a 3-game sweep of FIU in last year’s FSU Classic.

Series vs. Indiana:
This is the first meeting between the Lady Seminoles and the Hoosiers.


FSU Classic

Friday, September 3rd

4:30 pm Florida International vs. Indiana

7:00 pm Florida State vs. South Carolina

Saturday, September 4th

10:00 am Indiana vs. South Carolina

12 Noon Florida State vs. Florida International

4:30 pm Florida International vs. South Carolina

7:00 pm Florida State vs. Indiana

Lately

Florida State 3, Auburn 2

The Lady Seminoles opened the 1999 season with a televised match against SEC-foe Auburn Wednesday night in Tully Gym. FSU prevailed in the five-game marathon match led by senior MH Aisha Thornton’s 19 kills and 9 blocks. Freshman Erica Bunch posted the Lady Seminoles’ only double-double with 13 kills and 16 digs.

This Weekend


South Carolina Gamecocks

Current Record:
1-0, 21-11 in 1998.

Conference:
Southeastern.

AVCA / USA Today Poll:
Receiving Votes.

Coach:
Kim Hudson Christopher, 7th yr at USC.

Starters Returning/Lost:
4/2.

Standouts:
Senior OH Crystal Moore (3.30 kpg, 3.24 dpg) and soph. OH Cally Plummer (3.18 kpg).


Florida International 49ers

1998 Record:
4-21.

Conference:
Sun Belt.

AVCA / USA Today Poll:
Not Ranked.

Coach:
Cookie Stevens, 1st season at FIU.

Starters Returning/Lost:
6/0.

Standouts:
Seniors OH Jessica Andreolas (2.64 kpg, 2.19 dpg) & MB Kristy Andreolas (0.42 bpg).


Indiana Hoosiers

1998 Record:
17-14.

Conference:
Big Ten.

AVCA / USA Today Poll:
Receiving Votes.

Coach:
Katie Weismiller, 7th season at IU.

Starters Returning/Lost:
4/2.

Standouts:
Juniors OH Ryann Connors (4.55 kpg, 2.28 bpg) & MB Cydryce Carter (0.96 bpg).


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

Nole Notes


Ready for a Long Weekend


Florida State should be well prepared for a long weekend of volleyball following its Wednesday night marathon match with Auburn. The 5-game Lady Seminole win lasted 2 hours, 43 minutes.

A Big Start for Four Freshmen

Four of FSU’s seven freshmen were in the starting line-up for Wednesday’s season opener. Kristin Frye, Erica Bunch, Dawn Hough, and walk-on Tara Visser joined junior Jennifer Werrick and senior Aisha Thornton on court for the first serve of the year.

Seven New Faces

The Lady Seminoles have quite a few new names on their 1999 roster. Seven new players will line up alongside FSU’s seven returning letterwinners. All of the Lady Seminoles new players are members of the freshmen class.

Missing in Action

An important player in FSU’s line-up will be missing for the Lady Seminoles’ first four matches of the season. Sophomore middle hitter Norisha Campbell is currently competing at the Junior World Championships in Canada as a member of the USA Junior National Volleyball team. She will rejoin the Lady Seminoles on September 7th.

Tough in Tully

Florida State hopes to continue its great play in Tully this season following a 14-1 home campaign in 1998. FSU ranked 41st among Division 1 schools with an average of 604 in attendance. Hawaii topped the list with an amazing 6,880 fans per game average.

Schedule Statistics

Nearly half (10 of 21) of Florida State’s opponents this season received votes in the USA Today / AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll released August 12th. FSU faces a pair of Top 12 teams during September, both in Tallahassee. #12 UC Santa Barbara visits on the 15th and #8 Florida comes to town on the 28th. Along with Florida State, 4 other ACC schools received votes (GT, UNC, UVa, Clem.). FSU’s schedule also boasts 14 matches against 10 1998 NCAA Tournament teams including Indiana this Saturday.

StatLine

Comparing the 1998 statistics for Florida State and this weekend’s FSU Classic opponents.

                   Kills/Gm   Att/Gam   Hitting %  Opp.    Aces/Gm   Digs/Gm   Blks/Gm   Asst/Gm
Florida State       17.10      41.63     .261      .197     1.48      16.26     2.50      15.33      
Fla International    9.55      32.04     .097      .206     1.40      10.95     1.73       8.02
Indiana             16.62      42.31     .224      .214     1.63      14.79     2.18      14.85   
South Carolina      15.03      37.63     .235      .229     2.50      14.63     2.38      12.48

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