Oct. 3, 1997
FSU vs. Clemson
* Friday, October 3 at 7:00 pm
Tully Gymnasium (2,500) *
Live on the Sunshine Network
FSU vs. Georgia Tech
* Sunday, October 5 at 1:00 pm
Tully Gymnasium (2,500)
Lady Seminoles * Record: 13-2. * Conference: 1-1. * Current Streak: Won 1. * Lately: FSU finished last week 1-2 with losses to #3 Florida and North Carolina before defeating NC State for its first ACC win of season. * Series vs. Clemson: Florida State holds the lead in the series, 10-6, but Clemson has won the last 5 regular season matchups. * Series vs. Georgia Tech: The Lady Seminoles trail the Jackets in the series 2-9. Tech has won the last 8 matches dating back to 1993.
* Record: 14-0 (17-15 in 1996). * Conference: 3-0. * Coach: Jolene Jordan Hoover, 5th season at CU. * Starters Returning/Lost: 3/3. * Standouts: Cindy Stern (3.65 kpg, 1.76 bpg) and Skye Frost (2.88 dpg) lead the Tigers.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
* Record: 8-10. (32-8 in 1996). * Conference: 1-2. * Coach: Shelton Collier, 7th year at GT. * Starters Returning/Lost: 4/1. * Standouts: The Yellow Jackets are led by RS Carla Gartner (3.30 kpg) and MB Chelle Komula (2.47 kpg).
* Georgia Tech visited Clemson Tuesday night with the Lady Tigers pulling
out a 4-game win 15-2, 15-9, 7-15, 15-10 in front of 1,032 fans to remain
undefeated at 14-0 on the season.
* The Lady Seminoles were swept by both Georgia Tech and Clemson during the
regular season. Tech also eliminated FSU in the opening round of the ACC
tournament. FSU did put up a fight at home taking Clemson to 5 games and
Tech to 4 before falling.
* Clemson’s impressive 14-0 only ranks as the second best for the Tigers.
Clemson’s previous bests all came in the 1990s with 15-0 in ’92 and 14-0 in
* Florida State rolled to victory in its first 12 matches of 1997 marking
the best start in program history. FSU also nabbed tournament championship
in its own FSU Classic, the All-Sport Michigan Challenge, and the Florida
Atlantic Tournament. The Lady Seminoles previous best start came in the
1982 season when FSU opened up 8-0.
* FSU’s 1997 September record is quite a turnaround from a year ago. The
Lady Seminoles finished at 10-2 last month. In 1996, Florida State was a
lowly 1-10 in the month of September.
* Florida State was 33rd in the latest AVCA/USA Today Volleyball Coaches
Poll released Tuesday. Clemson is ranked 29th. Maryland is the only ACC
team in the Top 25 at #19.
* In winning 36 of their first 37 games this season, the Lady Seminoles
compiled an impressive 27-game winning streak. The 27-game streak is the
second longest in school history. FSU won 36 games during a 21-match
winning streak in 1981.
* FSU has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles
have won 39 of 46 games played thus far this season outscoring their
opponents 649-361. Florida State has outscored visitors to Tully Gym
302-158 in seven home matches.
* The majority of FSU’s opponents have left the match emptyhanded. 12 of
Florida State’s 13 wins have been 3-0 sweeps. FSU has lost only 7 games
this season, the fewest among ACC teams.
* The Lady Seminoles have held their opponents to under 10 points in 33 of
their 46 games in 1997. FSU has swept seven opponents by holding each to
under 10 points in all 3 games. In fact, Georgia Southern scored just 8
points against the Lady Seminoles in FSU’s commanding 3-game sweep.
* In each of its fourteen victories, the Lady Seminoles have had more
kills, more assists, and more block assists than their opponent. Overall
in block assists, FSU leads opponents 192-64. Plus, Florida State has
limited its attack errors with fewer than its opponent in 14 of 15 matches
* FSU’s 2,782 fans in a standing-room only crowd for Wednesday’s match with
Florida set a new attendance record for the Lady Seminoles in Tully Gym.
“It’s always been a goal to get the fire marshall in here,” said head coach
Cecile Reynaud following the match. Tully Gym’s capacity is listed as
* Florida State and Clemson have battled through marathon matches in
Tallahassee in each of the last 4 seasons. FSU and Clemson have each won 2
five-game matches in Tully over the 4-year span. The scores…
1993 FSU wins: 15-7, 16-14, 8-15, 12-15, 15-11…
1994 FSU wins: 13-15, 15-5, 15-4, 10-15, 15-11…
1995 FSU falls: 16-14, 1-15, 9-15, 15-9, 3-15… &
1996 FSU falls: 15-7, 15-8, 12-15, 10-15, 17-19.
* Since joining the ACC in 1991, FSU has yet to face a Georgia Tech team at
or below. 500. (Tech is currently 8-10.) In 1996, FSU faced a 17-1 Tech
team in its first meeting of the season. In 1994, Tech was 11-5 coming
into its match with FSU.
* Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady
Seminoles have a .319 hitting percentage, 3rd best in the nation.
Individually, Aisha Thornton’s .429 mark ranks her at #3 in the country.
Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging just .134. Only 2 opponents,
UF and UNC, have managed to hit above .200 against FSU in 1997.
* Tom Block (play-by-play) and Lisa Gunning (color commentary) will once
again call the match.
* FSU’s match with Clemson is the second of four scheduled to air on the
Sunshine Network. FSU battled UF on TV last week and will meet Wake Forest
and North Carolina on Sunshine in October.
* Florida State has made the most of its TV time over the past 2 seasons.
Since 1994, FSU’s ACC matches on Sunshine have averaged 2 hours, 10
INDIVIDUAL The Lady Seminoles have remained to the top of several team and individual statistical categories following five weeks of action for ACC schools. Hitting Percentage 1 Aisha Thornton .429 2 Susan Hawks .384 7 LaToya Presberry .319 Assists per Game 2 Fiona Bolton 12.55 Digs per Game 7 Fiona Bolton 2.93 10 LaToya Presberry 2.87 Kills per Game 4 LaToya Presberry 3.91 Service Aces per Game 1 Holly Schneider 0.87 Blocks per Game 3 Susan Hawks 1.40 9 Aisha Thornton 1.20 TEAM Hitting Percentage 1 Florida State .319 Kills per Game 1 Maryland 16.75 3 Florida State 15.78 Service Aces per Game 1 Georgia Tech 2.14 4 Florida State 1.85 Blocks per Game 1 Clemson 3.60 4 Florida State 2.70 ACC STANDINGS Through Wednesday, October 1st School Conf Overall Games 1 Clemson 3-0 14-0 42-12 2 Maryland 2-0 11-0 30-8 3 North Carolina 2-1 8-6 27-20 4 Florida State 1-1 13-2 39-7 5 Virginia 1-1 11-6 38-25 6 Duke 1-1 5-9 23-29 7 Georgia Tech 1-2 8-10 29-34 8 Wake Forest 0-2 6-9 24-32 9 NC State 0-3 5-12 24-42