Sept. 25, 1997
FSU at North Carolina * Friday, September 20 at 7:00 pm Carmichael Auditorium (10,000) * Chapel Hill, NC FSU at North Carolina State * Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 pm Reynolds Coliseum (5,000) * Raleigh, NC
FLORIDA STATE LADY SEMINOLES
* Record: 12-1. * Conference: 0-0. * Current Streak: Lost 1. * Lately: FSU battled #3 Florida, but fell short 11-15, 11-15, 10-15, to end its season-opening 12-match winning streak on Wednesday. * Series vs. North Carolina: Florida State holds a commanding lead in the series, 18-4, winning 7 of the 9 meetings since FSU joined the ACC. * Series vs. NC State: The Lady Seminoles lead the series 10-4 including 6 of 8 since FSU's inaugural ACC season.
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
* Record: 6-5 (20-12 in 1996). * Conference: 0-0. * Coach: Joe Sagula, 8th season at UNC. * Starters Returning/Lost: 5/1. * Standouts: Lori Carlson (3.61 kpg, 2.28 dpg) and Tori Seibert (3.25 kpg, 2.11 dpg) lead the Tar Heels.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE WOLFPACK
* Record: 5-9. (21-16 in 1996). * Conference: 0-0. * Coach: Kim Hall, 4th season at NC State. * Starters Returning/Lost: 6/1. * Standouts: The Wolfpack Women are led by Laura Kimbrell (4.62 kpg) and Nicole Peterson (11.49 apg).LAST YEAR * The Lady Seminoles swept both North Carolina and NC State in the regular season last year. FSU won in 4 games at UNC 15-11, 16-1, 6-15, 15-8 and in 5 at NC State 9-15, 7-15, 15-10, 15-10, 15-12.
* North Carolina and Florida State have both tackled Big Ten opponents thus
far in 1997. The Tar Heels faced Purdue and Michigan last weekend in the
Big 10/ACC Challenge in Chapel Hill. North Carolina swept Purdue 3-0, but
fell in 5 games to the Wolverines. Earlier this season, Florida State
swept the Boilermakers at home and defeated Michigan on their home court
3-1. FSU and NC State have had no common opponents in ’97.
* 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 Florida State opened up
* 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 Florida State history. FSU won 36 games during a
21-match winning streak in 1981 when the Lady Seminoles finished the season
with a 43-8 record enroute to 4th place finish in the AIAW National
* FSU has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles
have won 36 of 40 games played thus far this season outscoring their
opponents 579-300. Florida State has outscored visitors to Tully Gym
302-158 in seven home matches.
* In its first 12 matches, Florida State had very few scares. Overall, the
Lady Seminoles have held their opponents to under 10 points in 3/4 of their
games in 1997 (30 of 40). Prior to its loss to Florida, Georgia State was
the last team to score in double digits as FSU defeated GSU 15-11, 15-4,
15-6 on September 13th.
* In each of its twelve victories, the Lady Seminoles have had more kills,
more assists, and more block assists than their opponent. Plus, Florida
State has limited its attack errors with fewer than each of its 13
opponents in 1997.
* The Lady Seminoles have put together an excellent team blocking force at
the net. FSU has more block assists than all of its 13 opponents and holds
a large edge over opponents in block assists 162 to 41.
* Florida State moved up to 30th in the latest AVCA /USA Today Volleyball
Coaches Poll released Tuesday. At 12-1, the Lady Seminoles are ranked
second in District 3 behind ACC-foe Maryland.
* 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 posted a galant effort, but came up short against the #3
Florida Gators last Wednesday. The Lady Seminoles took control early in
each game, leading 9-5 in game 1 and by 7 in game 2. FSU, however,
couldn’t put it away in a 11-15, 11-15, 10-15 defeat to the experienced
* Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady
Seminoles have a .329 hitting percentage. FSU’s .339 mark earlier this
week put the Noles at #1 in the nation in hitting percentage. Opponents, on
the other hand, are averaging just .115. Only one opponent, Florida, has
managed to hit above .200 against FSU in 1997.
* 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 and tallied 12
total blocks against Purdue in the FSU Classic.
* Senior outside hitter Laura Arnold was in uniform, but did not play, in
Wednesday’s match with the Lady Gators. She had missed the last 3 weeks of
action with an ankle injury.
Florida State remained at the top of several team and individual
statistical categories following four weeks of action for ACC schools.
Hitting Percentage 1 Aisha Thornton .443 2 Susan Hawks .435 7 LaToya Presberry .337 Assists per Game 1 Fiona Bolton 12.29 Digs per Game 4 Fiona Bolton 3.03 9 LaToya Presberry 2.78 Kills per Game 4 LaToya Presberry 3.89 Service Aces Per Game 1 Holly Schneider 0.73 Blocks per Game 2 Susan Hawks 1.47 8 Aisha Thornton 1.22
Hitting Percentage 1 Florida State .339 Kills per Game 1 Clemson 16.69 4 Florida State 15.35 Service Aces per Game 1 Georgia Tech 2.22 3 Florida State 2.00 Blocks per Game 1 Clemson 3.29 4 Florida State 2.76
Through Tuesday, September 23th School Conf Ovrll Games 1 Florida State 0-0 12-0 36-1 2 Clemson 0-0 10-0 30-9 3 Maryland 0-0 8-0 24-4 4 Virginia 0-0 10-5 35-22 5 North Carolina 0-0 6-5 21-17 6 Georgia Tech 0-0 7-8 24-27 7 Wake Forest 0-0 6-7 23-36 8 NC State 0-0 5-9 22-33 9 Duke 0-0 4-8 18-25