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Sept. 16, 1997

Florida State Tackles TAAC Teams in Florida Atlantic Tournament


  • FSU vs. Florida International * Friday, September 19 at 2:00 pm * FAU Gym
  • FSU vs. Florida Atlantic * Friday, September 19 at 7:00 pm * FAU Gym
  • FSU vs. Mercer * Saturday, September 20 at 12:30 pm * FAU Gym

  • Florida State Lady Seminoles



  • Record: 9-0.
  • Conference: 0-0 in the ACC.
  • Current Streak: Won 9.
  • Series vs. Florida International: The Lady Seminoles lead the series
  • 9-4. Florida State last met the Golden Panthers in 1991 winning in three games.
  • Series vs. Florida Atlantic: Florida State leads 5-0. The Lady Seminoles defeated FAU at home last weekend 3-0.
  • Series vs. Mercer: This is the first meeting between FSU and Mercer.

  • The Opponents


    Florida International Golden Panthers

  • Record: 1-3 (12-12 in 1996).
  • Conference: Trans America Athletic.
  • Coach: John Trojaniak, 11th season at FIU.
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 5/1.
  • Standouts: Arlene Tur (2.33 kpg) and Jennifer Freedman (1.93 kpg, 0.87 bpg) lead the Golden Panthers.

  • Florida Atlantic Owls

  • Record: 3-5. (15-15 in 1996).
  • Conference: Trans America Athletic.
  • Coach: Jody Brown, 3rd season at FAU.
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2.
  • Standouts: The Owls are led by OH Kim Pruitt (3.57 kpg) and Jeannine Lombard (2.57 kpg, 3.57 dpg).

  • Mercer Bears

  • Record: 5-5 (23-13 in 1996).
  • Conference: Trans America Athletic.
  • Coach: Tracy Graham-Lester, 2nd season at MU.
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 5/1.
  • Standouts: OH Darcey Laverty (2.94 kpg, 3.60 dpg) and Julie Sajdak (2.86 kpg, 0.97 bpg) lead the Bears.


  • Opponent Notes

    Mercer and FSU have both faced Georgia Southern thus far this season.
    The Bears swept GSU 15-2, 15-8, 15-4. FSU beat the Eagles 15-5, 15-0,
    15-3. Mercer has also faced Georgia Tech, which FSU will play at home in 3
    weeks.


    Nole Notes



    Nine and Counting

    With its three-game victory over Georgia State Saturday afternoon,
    Florida State marked its best start in program history with its ninth win.
    The Lady Seminoles previous best start came in the 1982 season when FSU
    opened up 8-0.

    Aisha Thornton

    Aisha Thornton


    ACC: Another Round, Please

    The Lady Seminoles took a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference weekly honors
    once again last week. Aisha Thornton was named Co-Player of the Week after
    hitting .737 on 29 kills in 38 attempts with just 1 error during three
    matches last week. Kate Hemlepp repeated as ACC Rookie of the Week
    following a 20-kill, .262 hitting percentage week.



    Play the Percentages

    Florida State has connected with its kills more successfully than its
    opponents thus far this season. The Lady Noles have a .330 hitting
    percentage in 1997 while its opponents are averaging just .092. In fact,
    FSU lowest hitting percentage in a match this season is .278. The best
    performance from an opponent is .151.



    The Net Connection

    In each of its first nine matches, the Lady Seminoles have had more
    kills, less hitting errors, and more block assists than their opponent.



    Hold the Score

    Florida State has had very few scares thus far this season. The Lady
    Seminoles have held their opponents to under 10 points in 21 of 28 games in
    1997.



    Big Against the Big Ten

    Florida State has put up some of its best numbers of the season against
    the bigger schools. FSU recorded its most kills (58) and total blocks (15)
    of the season against Michigan in the All-Sport Volleyball Challenge in Ann
    Arbor. The Lady Seminoles served up a season-high 10 aces against Purdue
    and tallied 12 total blocks in the FSU Classic.

    LaToya Presberry

    LaToya Presberry


    A Time to Kill

    Junior outside hitter LaToya Presberry has blasted at least 10 kills in 8
    of 9 matches this season. Her only single-digit performance was 9 against
    Montana. Presberry’s 18 kills against Eastern Michigan is the best total
    by a Lady Seminole this season. Her 15 kills vs. Michigan is the team’s
    2nd best.



    The Brick Wall

    The Lady Seminoles have put together an excellent team blocking force at
    the net. FSU has 126 block assists on the season while opponents have
    managed just 27 block assists.



    Schneider Still Shining

    Junior outside hitter Holly Schneider is still putting up solid numbers
    for the Lady Seminoles. Schneider has double-digit kills in 5 matches this
    season and is third on the team in kills and total blocks.



    Bolten’s Big D

    Junior transfer Fiona Bolten continues to take charge on the court.
    FSU’s primary setter leads the team with 317 assists. On defense, Bolten
    is second on the team with 81 digs thus far this season.



    Serving Up Six Aces

    Holly Schneider tied a career-high with six service aces against Purdue
    in the Florida State Classic in late August. It is the most by a Lady
    Seminole since 1995 when Schneider aced Memphis 6 times during the South
    Florida Classic.



    No Room at the Top

    Florida State’s stellar performance to start the seas put the team and
    several individuals at the top of numerous ACC statistical categories.
    Aisha Thornton and Susan Hawks are 1-2 in hitting percentage. Hawks,
    Thornton, and Susan Johnson hold 3 of the top 5 spots in blocks per game.
    As a team, FSU ranks in the top 3 in hitting percentage, kills per game,
    service aces per game, and blocks per game. Florida State holds ithe
    number one spot in hitting percentage with an outstanding .330 on 433 kills
    and just 125 errors in 934 attempts over the team’s first five matches.



    Arnold Still Out

    Senior outside hitter Laura Arnold is not expected to play this weekend
    when the Lady Seminoles visit Boca Raton for the Florida Atlantic
    Tournament. She is continuing to rest her ankle which was injured during
    the opening weekend of action for the Lady Seminoles in late August.


    Honors & Awards


    Florida State Classic

    August 29-30, Tallahassee, FL


  • Susan Hawks, Most Valuable Player
  • Fiona Bolton, All Tournament Team
  • LaToya Presberry, All-Tournament Team

  • All-Sport/Michigan Challenge

    September 5-6, Ann Arbor, MI


  • LaToya Presberry, Most Valuable Player
  • Fiona Bolton, All-Tournament Team
  • 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 8-15


  • Aisha Thornton, Co-Player of the Week
  • Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week

  • By the Numbers


    FSU in the ACC


    Florida State remained at the top of several team and individual
    statistical categories following three weeks of action for ACC schools.



    Individual



    Hitting Percentage

    1. Aisha Thornton, .438;

    2. Susan Hawks, .402;

    9. Kate Hemlepp, .344



    Assists per Game

    4. Fiona Bolton, 11.74



    Kills per Game

    5. LaToya Presberry, 3.86;

    10. Aisha Thornton, 3.25



    Service Aces Per Game

    1. Holly Schneider, 0.64;

    9. Fiona Bolten, 0.37



    Blocks per Game

    2. Susan Hawks, 1.48;

    3. Susan Johnson, 1.33;

    5. Aisha Thornton, 1.29



    Team



    Hitting Percentage

    1. Florida State, .330



    Kills per Game

    1. Clemson, 17.00;

    3. Florida State, 15.46



    Service Aces per Game

    1. North Carolina, 2.37;

    3. Florida State, 2.00



    Blocks per Game

    1. Clemson, 3.33;

    3. Florida State, 2.75


    Atlantic Coast Conference Standings


    Through Tuesday, September 16th

        School          Conf   Ovrll    Games
    1   Florida State   0-0     9-0     27-1
    2   Clemson         0-0     8-0     24-8
    3   Maryland        0-0     5-0     15-2
    4   Virginia        0-0     6-5     23-18
    5   Wake Forest     0-0     4-4     14-13
    6   North Carolina  0-0     4-4     13-14
    7   Duke            0-0     4-6     14-19
    8   Georgia Tech    0-0     4-8     15-27
    9   NC State        0-0     0-9     7-27

    Looking Ahead


    Next up for the Lady Seminoles…

    Florida State Hosts Florida


  • Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm
  • Tully Gymnasium
  • Live on the Sunshine Network


  • Florida State looks to remain undefeated to set up a marquee matchup with
    the in-state rival Lady Gators in the friendly confines of Tully Gymnasium
    next week. Florida is currently ranked #2 in the latest AVCA/USA Today
    Volleyball Coaches Poll. UF has won the last 4 meetings, but FSU leads the
    overall series 21-18.

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