November 20, 1998
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Outside hitters Holly Schneider and Jennifer Werrick each tallied double-doubles as the third-seeded Lady Seminole volleyball team downed sixth-seeded Wake Forest 15-6, 15-11, 15-11 to advance to the semifinals of the ACC Volleyball Tournament in Ritchie Coliseum. Florida State improves to 23-10 with the victory, its 17th three-game sweep of the season, while the Demon Deacons end the season at 21-12.
Florida State dominated early action as the Lady Seminoles scored the match’s first four points off the serve of Fiona Bolten. The Tribe pushed the lead to seven at 9-3 following kills from Schneider and Werrick and cruised to a 15-6 game one win with the help of a pair of blocks from both Schneider and middle hitter Aisha Thornton.
The Lady Seminoles jumped on top early in game two and led by as many as four behind five kills from middle hitter Susan Hawks. But the Demon Deacons rallied to close the gap to just one point at 12-11 before a pair of kills from Schneider and a solo block by Hawks put the game away for FSU at 15-11.
The teams battle vigorously in the third game as Wake Forest took an early advantage bu the Lady Seminoles responded to go ahead 6-5. With the scored tied at 9, a Sarah Rickertsen service ace gave the Tribe a lead they would not relinquish as Florida State held off the Demon Deacons 15-11 to win the match.
“Last year we struggled in the first round against Virginia,” said FSU head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud after the match. “This was a much better performance.
“I think we played the best that we’ve played in the last few weeks. We look like we might be back in the form we were in a couple of weeks ago which is certainly nice to see.”
Werrick led FSU offensively with 13 kills with Schneider adding 12 and Hawks posting 11. On defense, Rickertsen, Schneider, Werrick, and LaToya Washington all totaled double-digit digs. Schneider and Thornton each notched five blocks with Hawks adding four. As a team, Florida State outblocked the Demon Deacons 11-3.
The Lady Seminoles will next meet the second-seeded Virginia Cavaliers, who survived an upset bid by host Maryland 3-2, on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals in the Ritchie Coliseum on the Maryland campus.