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Volleyball Returns Home To Do Battle

Sept. 14, 1999


  • FSU vs #9 UC Santa Barbara – Wednesday, September 15th at 7:00 pm
  • FSU vs Florida Atlantic – Friday, September 17th at 7:00 pm
  • FSU vs Liberty – Saturday, September 18th at 12 Noon
  • Tully Gymnasium (2,500) – Tallahassee, Florida


    Florida State – Record: 3-4

    Conference: Atlantic Coast

    Current Streak: Won 1


    Series vs. UC Santa Barbara: FSU trails 0-1. UCSB won the only previous meeting during the 1998 Judy Bellomo Classic in Santa Barbara in three hard-fought games 15-13, 19-17, 15-10. Jennifer Werrick led FSU with 17 kills while Aisha Thornton added 14 in the defeat last year.


    Series vs. Florida Atlantic: Florida State leads 6-0. The last meetings came in 1997 when FSU swept a home-and-home series with FAU.

    Series vs. Liberty: This is the first meeting between the two schools.


    Texas-Arlington 3, Florida State 1

    Florida State fell in four games including a 16-18 defeat in game four in their opening match of the NIU Invitational. Jennifer Werrick posted a career-high 27 kills along with 17 digs. Jamie Hibbard tallied 76 assists and 12 digs. Thornton notched 22 kills and 6 blocks in the loss.


    Santa Clara 3, Florida State 0

    The Broncos swept past FSU in three. Werrick was the only Lady Seminole with double-digit kills at 14. Santa Clara totaled 61 kills to FSU’s 35.


    Florida State 3, Northern Illinois 0

    FSU avenged its 1998 NCAA Tournament loss to NIU with a 3-game sweep of the Huskies on their home court. Erica Bunch, Aisha Thornton, and Jennifer Werrick tallied double-digit kills.



    This Weekend



    UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

  • Current Record: 6-0* (at Auburn Tuesday)
  • Conference: Big West
  • In 1998: 28-6, NCAA Tournament (Sweet 16)
  • Coach: Kathy Gregory, 24th year at UCSB
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 3/3
  • Standouts: Senior outside hitter Roberta Gehlke (5.72 kpg, 4.50 dpg) leads the Gauchos


    Florida Atlantic Owls

  • Current Record: 5-4
  • Conference: Trans America
  • In 1998: 16-6, NCAA Tournament
  • Coach: Jody Brown, 5th season at FAU
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 3/3
  • Standouts: Gracie Heim (3.19 kpg) and Danielle Smith (2.81 kpg, 2.34 dpg) lead the Owls


    Liberty Flames

  • Current Record: 2-5
  • Conference: Big South
  • In 1998: 21-14
  • Coach: Laura Hatfield, 2nd year at Liberty
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 4/3
  • Standouts: Anthonia Akpama (5.44 kpg) and Kyrie Dorn (3.04 kpg, 3.48 dpg) lead the Flames.

    ACC Preseason

        Team           Pts   1998   ACC/Finish
    1.  Clemson         77  22-11  10-6 / T4th
    2.  Virginia        69   26-8   12-4 / 2nd
    3.  Georgia Tech    59  22-13  10-6 / T4th
    4.  FLORIDA STATE   52  25-11   11-5 / 3rd*
    5.  North Carolina  46   29-8   13-3 / 1st
    6.  Wake Forest     38  21-12    7-9 / 6th
    7.  Duke            28   9-20   4-12 / 8th
    8.  Maryland        23  13-16   5-11 / 7th
    9.  NC State        13  11-20   0-16 / 9th
    

    * Won the 1998 ACC Tournament

    Nole Notes – An All-Tournament Performance

    Junior outside hitter Jennifer Werrick was named to the All-Tournament Team at the NIU Invitational this past weekend following a 53-kill, 34-dig performance over three matches. She hit .322 for the tournament and added 4 block assists. Her 27 kills against UT-Arlington was a career-high.


    For the Hometown Crowd

    Seniors Courtney Dipert and Aisha Thornton, each had stellar performances in front of their own hometown crowds at the Northern Illinois Invitational in DeKalb. Dipert, from Lisle, IL, notched a career-high 15 digs against UT-Arlington last Friday. Thornton, from Country Club Hills, IL, led FSU with a .451 hitting percentage and added 10 blocks during the three tournament matches.


    National Top Ten Teams Visit Tallahassee

    Florida State will face its first ranked opponent of the season on Wednesday when the Lady Seminoles host #9 UC Santa Barbara. UCSB has yet to lose a game in six victories. The Gauchos visit Auburn Tuesday before their Wednesday match with Florida State. In less than two weeks, the Noles face another Top Ten team when the Florida Gators come to town on September 28th.


    Schedule Statistics

    Nearly half (10 of 21) of Florida State’s opponents this season received votes in the USA Today / AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll released August 12th. FSU faces a pair of Top 12 teams during September, both in Tallahassee. #12 UC Santa Barbara visits on the 15th and #8 Florida comes to town on the 28th. Five ACC schools received votes (FSU, GT, UNC, UVa, Clem.). FSU’s schedule also boasts 14 matches against 10 1998 NCAA Tournament teams.


    Honors




    September 3-4: Florida State Classic
    Jennifer Werrick — All-Tournament Team


    September 10-11: Northern Illinois Invitational

    Jennifer Werrick — All-Tournament Team


    StatLine

    Comparing this season’s statistics for Florida State and this week’s opponents.

    
                    Kills/Gm  Att/Gam  Hitting %  Opp. H%  Aces/Gm  Digs/Gm  Blks/Gm  Asst/Gm
    Florida State     14.71    36.17    .226       .228     1.42     12.71     2.33    13.33
    UC Santa Barbara  17.89    42.56    .279       .134     1.50     17.72     2.53    16.28
    Florida Atlantic  14.81    39.47    .201       .195     2.09     15.38     1.97    10.53
    Liberty           15.11    40.26    .168       .204     1.89     17.74     1.41    13.74  
    


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