Nov. 18, 1997
This Weekend... #2-Seed Florida State Aims For ACC Title In Conference Tournament At Raleigh #2 FSU vs. #7 Virginia * Friday, November 21 at 6:00 pm #2 FSU vs. #3 Georgia Tech/#6 North Carolina * Saturday, November 22 at 6:00 pm ACC Tournament Championship * Sunday, November 23 at 3:30 pm Raleigh, North Carolina * Reynolds Coliseum (5,000) Championship Match Live on the Sunshine Network FLORIDA STATE Lady Seminoles
* Record: 24-7. * Conference: 11-5. * Current Streak: Won 3. * ACC Tournament: The Lady Seminoles are 7-6 in 6 ACC Tournaments. FSU was eliminated by host Georgia Tech in the opening round of the '96 tourney. FSU's last tournament victory was in '95.
3-0 WIN AT WAKE FOREST
Florida State rolled past the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem 3-0 behind a .727 hitting %age from Susan Hawks & 11 kills from Holly Schneider.
3-2 WIN AT DUKE
An emotional 3-2 victory propelled FSU to the #2 finish in the regular season conference standings at 11-5. Four players registered double-doubles. Aisha Thornton had a career-high 8 block assists.
NOVEMBER 21-23 * RALEIGH, NC FRIDAY: FIRST ROUND * #8 NC State vs. #9 Wake Forest (Play-in) 10 am * #1 Maryland vs. Play-in winner 1 pm * #4 Clemson vs. #5 Duke 3 pm * #2 Florida State vs. #7 Virginia 6 pm * #3 Georgia Tech vs. #6 North Carolina 8 pm SATURDAY: SEMIFINALS * #1 / #8-9 winner vs. #4 / #5 winner 4 pm * #2 / #7 winner vs. #3 / #6 winner 6 pm SUNDAY: CHAMPIONSHIP * Semifinal winners 3:30
FIRST IN FIVE
* Sunday’s 13-15, 15-7, 15-7, 14-16, 15-10 victory at Duke to clinch the
runner-up position in the ACC was the first five-game match for the Lady Seminoles this season. For
the most part,Florida State has made quick work of its opponents game-wise with 14 sweeps
and nine 3-1 victories. FSU has, however, played several marathon matches. 11 FSU
conference matches have lasted over 2 hours including a 2:40 battle with UNC. The Lady
Seminoles’ quickest match was a 53-minute rout of Georgia Southern in September.
* FSU rookie outside hitter Kate Hemlepp returned to the starting lineup
last Saturday against Wake Forest. She had been sidelined since the UNC match with
patellar tendonitis in her right knee.
WERRICK ROLLS ON
* Three-time ACC Rookie of the Week Jennifer Werrick continues to post
impressive performances against conference opponents adding double-doubles against
Maryland and Virginia over the weekend. In 7 ACC contests, Werrick is averaging 15.0
kills & 12.3 digs permatch and 4.0 kills & 3.3 digs per game.
ROOKIE AWARDS PILE UP
* Florida State’s freshman class has wowed the Atlantic Coast Conference
this season. Outside hitters Kate Hemlepp and Jennifer Werrick have garnered 6 of the 12 ACC
Rookie of the Week awards this year.
A LOOK AT THE POLL
* The Lady Seminoles are currently #31 in the latest AVCA/USA Today
Volleyball Coaches Poll released Tuesday. FSU has received votes in eight of the thirteen
weeks this season, peaking at #30 prior to its match with Florida in late September. Maryland
was the only ACC team in the Top 25 this week at #16.
ADD A THOUSAND
* Florida State once again topped the 1,000 mark in attendance on Friday,
October 10th as 1,127 Lady Seminole fans watched FSU defeat Clemson 3-1. The 2,782 fans in a
standing room only crowd for FSU’s match with Florida earlier this season set a new attendance
record for the Lady Seminoles in Tully Gym. “It’s always been a goal to get the fire
marshal in here,” said head coach Cecile Reynaud. Tully Gym’s capacity is listed as 2,500.
* With its victory over North Carolina on Halloween Night, Florida State
earned its twentieth win of the season. It marked the first time since 1993 that the
Lady Seminoles had reached the 20-win plateau. In her 22 years as head coach, Cecile Reynaud
has recorded 18 20-win seasons. Reynaud is now 563-237 overall at Florida State.
BOLTEN BREAKS ASSIST RECORD
* In just her third match back from injury, Fiona Bolten broke a Florida
State record for assistsin a match with 75 against North Carolina on Halloween night. Jennifer
McCall held the previous record of 74 against South Florida in 1993. Bolten also
registered the first triple-double by a Lady Seminole this season with then career-highs in assists
(65), kills (10), and digs (20) along with 2 blocks and 2 service aces in FSU’s 3-1 victory at
Clemson on October 26th.
SCHNEIDER TAKES CHARGE
* Junior Holly Schneider has taken charge on both offense and defense for
the Lady Seminoles lately. Schneider has posted double-doubles in 9 of her last 10 ACC
matches notching 20 or more digs in half. During the 10-match stretch, she is averaging 14.2
kills and 15.6 digs per contest.
AT THE NET
* After an uncharacteristic blocking performance at Florida, FSU has
averaged almost 10 team blocks including a 14.25 block assist per match mark over its last four
conference matches.Throughout the 1997 season, the Lady Seminoles have come up big at the net
in victories registering more block assists than their opponent in 22 of their 24 wins
this year. Overall,Florida State leads opponents 376-235 in block assists through 31 matches.
PLAY THE PERCENTAGES
* Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady
Seminoles have a .270 hitting percentage. Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging almost
100 points less than FSU at .172. In the ACC, Florida State leads its foes .243-.198.
* Florida State has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady
Seminoles have outscored their opponents 1215-850 thus far this season. Florida State
also holds a 862-511 edge over visitors to Tully Gym in 16 home matches.
ELEVEN MAKES TWO
* Florida State swept four conference opponents this season enroute to its
most ACC wins (11) in its 7 seasons in the conference and its #2 seed heading into the ACC
Tournament. The Lady Seminoles completed regular season sweeps of Clemson, NC State, and
Virginia, and Wake Forest in 1997. FSU was the second seed in the 1992 conference tournament
(6-1 ACC regular season).
* Only two players have competed in every game of every match for the Lady
Seminoles this season. Senior Christy Minko has tallied 241 digs, second-best on the
team, during her 107 games of action. Junior Holly Schneider leads the team with 354 kills, 54
service aces, and 353 digs during her 107-game run. Dating back to 1996, Schneider has now
played in 195 consecutive FSU games.
A DOZEN TO START
* Florida State rolled to victory in its first 12 matches of 1997 marking
the best start in program history. FSU also nabbed tournament championships 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.
GAME AFTER GAME
* 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.
IT TAKES TWENTY
* After cruising through games 2 and 3 for 15-5, 15-6 victories, Florida State needed 20 points to put away the Clemson in the fourth and final game on October 26th. Since 1976, FSU has posted 20 or more points in a game against 4 opponents: 1979 Nicholls State W 15-6, 20-18 1988 LSU L 10-15, 9-15, 22-20, 10-15 1991 Loyola Marymount W 18-16, 13-15, 20-18, 17-15 1994 Virginia W 15-8, 15-12, 4-15, 14-16, 20-18
FSU in the ACC Tournament
1991: 3RD PLACE After a 2-5 ACC regular season, FSU (15-14 overall, regular season) upset North Carolina 3-0 in the1st round before falling to host Virginia 3-1. 1992: RUNNER-UP Entering the tournament as the number two seed, the Lady Seminoles (24-6, 6-1 ACC) swept Virginia in the first round and defeated host Maryland 3-2 before fall to Duke in the Championship in five games. 1993: RUNNER-UP Florida State (21-8, 9-5 ACC) swept North Carolina and Clemson enroute to its second consecutive championship match, but were defeated once again by the Blue Devils, the tournament host, 3-0. 1994: 3RD PLACE The Lady Seminoles, 15-13 in the regular season & 7-9 in the conference, ousted Maryland in four games in the opening round before Duke knocked FSU out for the third straight season. 1995: 3RD PLACE FSU, the #7 seed, upset tournament host and #2 seeded Clemson in the opening round 15-8, 6-15,6-15, 16-14, 15-13, but fell in the semifinals to Maryland in three games. 1996: 5TH PLACE Hoping to upset its second consecutive #2-seed and tournament host, Florida State fell short as Georgia Tech handed the Lady Seminoles a 3-0 first round defeat in Atlanta.
FSU DOUBLE-DOUBLES LAURA ARNOLD @ Virginia 10 kills 12 digs Duke 11 kills 20 digs FIONA BOLTEN Mississippi State 42 assists 10 digs vs. Eastern Michigan 49 assists 16 digs Florida Atlantic 31 assists 13 digs Georgia State 41 assists 11 digs @ Florida Atlantic 44 assists 10 digs Florida 40 assists 11 digs @ North Carolina 36 assists 10 digs @ Georgia Tech 48 assists 14 digs @ Clemson 10 kills, 65 assists, 20 digs North Carolina 75 assists 15 digs North Carolina State 50 assists 14 digs @ Duke 64 assists 14 digs SUSAN HAWKS North Carolina State 13 kills 11 digs @ Duke 21 kills 10 digs KATE HEMLEPP Clemson 14 kills 10 digs @ Clemson 14 kills 19 digs North Carolina 11 kills 10 digs LATOYA PRESBERRY Purdue 11 kills 10 digs @ Michigan 15 kills 12 digs vs. Eastern Michigan 18 kills 22 digs Georgia State 10 kills 11 digs Florida 12 kills 10 digs @ North Carolina 15 kills 13 digs HOLLY SCHNEIDER @ Michigan 10 kills 18 digs vs. Eastern Michigan 11 kills 12 digs Clemson 12 kills 14 digs Georgia Tech 12 kills 21 digs Wake Forest 18 kills 11 digs @ Georgia Tech 19 kills 21 digs @ Clemson 18 kills 22 digs North Carolina 20 kills 21 digs North Carolina State 16 kills 22 digs Maryland 14 kills 20 digs Virginia 11 kills 11 digs @ Duke 19 kills 16 digs JENNIFER WERRICK @ Clemson 13 kills 16 digs North Carolina 20 kills 18 digs North Carolina State 17 kills 10 digs Maryland 15 kills 12 digs Virginia 13 kills 14 digs @ Duke 14 kills 18 digs
HONORS & AWARDS
FLORIDA STATE CLASSIC Susan Hawks, Most Valuable Player Fiona Bolten & LaToya Presberry, All Tournament Team ALL-SPORT(R)/MICHIGAN CHALLENGE LaToya Presberry, Most Valuable Player Fiona Bolten & Kate Hemlepp, All-Tournament Team
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE week of SEPTEMBER 1-7 LaToya Presberry, Player of the Week Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week week of SEPTEMBER 8-14 Aisha Thornton, Co-Player of the Week Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week week of SEPT. 29 - Oct. 5 Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week week of OCTOBER 13-19 Jennifer Werrick, Rookie of the Week week of OCT. 27 - Nov. 2 Jennifer Werrick, Rookie of the Week week of NOVEMBER 3-9 Jennifer Werrick, Rookie of the Week
BY THE NUMBERS – FLORIDA STATE and the ACC
Individual OVERALL Hitting Percentage 1 Aisha Thornton .366 3 Susan Hawks .350 Kills per Game 8 Holly Schneider 3.31 9 Aisha Thornton 3.23 Assists per Game 1 Fiona Bolten 12.96 Digs per Game 6 Holly Schneider 3.30 Service Aces per Game 1 Holly Schneider 0.50 Blocks per Game 4 Susan Hawks 1.17 8 Aisha Thornton 1.07 TEAM OVERALL Hitting Percentage 1 Florida State .270 Kills per Game 1 Maryland 16.53 3 Florida State 15.78 Assists per Game 1 Clemson 14.39 5 Florida State 13.62 Service Aces per Game 1 Georgia Tech 2.04 3 Florida State 1.87 Blocks per Game 1 Clemson 3.33 5 Florida State 2.25
ACC STANDINGS Through Tuesday, November 18th School Conf Overall Games 1 Maryland 16-0 25-0 75-20 2 Florida State 11-5 24-7 76-31 3 Georgia Tech 10-6 17-14 63-51 4 Clemson 10-6 23-6 78-36 5 Duke 9-7 15-15 60-50 6 N. Carolina 6-10 14-16 58-56 7 Virginia 6-10 18-15 60-56 8 NC State 3-13 11-22 48-77 9 Wake Forest 1-15 8-23 37-76