Nov. 21, 1997
Susan Hawks spurs Florida State in the fifth and final game. (file photo)
RALEIGH, NC – Florida State fought off upset-minded Viginia in five games to advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Tournament in Reynolds Gym on the campus of North Carolina State University. The 15-9, 9-15, 17-15, 13-15, 15-8 win improved the Lady Seminoles’ record to 25-7 overall. The Cavaliers ended their season at 18-16.
After a slow start, the Lady Seminoles took control of the game behind 7 kills from junior outside hitter Holly Schneider and several key plays at the net by sophomore middle hitter Aisha Thornton for a 15-9 win.
The Cavaliers capitalized on numerous unforced errors by FSU to take the second game, 15-9.
Florida State came out sluggish once again in the third game and needed a late rally sparked by Thornton and Susan Hawks at the net, Schneider’s great defense, and the firepower of freshmen Kate Hemlepp and Jennifer Werrick for a 17-15 come-from-behind win in game three.
Unforced errors crippled the lady Seminoles again in game four as Virginia evened the match with a 15-13 victory.
Susan Hawks spurred Florida State in the fifth and final game with a pair of service aces which pushed the Lady Sminoles out to a 9-4 lead in rally scoring. Hawks then gave FSU the victory with the final kill in the 15-8 win.
“Virginia played some of the best defense we’ve seen all year,” said head coach Cecile Reynaud following the match. “Our middles played very well. Aisha Thornton had a couple of key blocks and Susan Hawks had some great hits.”
Fiona Bolten broke her own Florida State program record with 81 assists in the match off an FSU season-high 97 kills. Individually on the attack, Schneider and Hawks each recorded 22 kills, a new career-best for Hawks. Thornton, Hemlepp, and Werrick also tallied double-digit kills for the Lady Seminoles.
On defense, Bolten and Christy Minko set new career-highs with 24 and 17 digs, respectively. Schneider added 19, Werrick 17, and Hemlepp 10 in the season-high 100-dig effort by Florida State.
With the victory, the second-seeded Lady Seminoles advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round of the ACC Tournament and will meet the winner of Friday’s late match between #3-seed Georgia Tech and #6-seed North carolina. The semifinal match will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Reynolds Gym.