November 21, 1998
COLLEGE PARK, MD – The third-seeded Florida State women’s volleyball team
used an impressive defensive effort to stop a powerful Virginia attack and down
the second-seeded Cavaliers 15-10, 15-12, 15-9 in the ACC Tournament semifinals
at Ritchie Coliseum Saturday afternoon. With their second sweep of the
tournament, the Lady Seminoles improve to 24-10 on the year. Virginia falls to
After ten sideouts to start game one, Florida State took an early 3-2
advantage by capitalizing on Cavalier errors. The Lady Seminoles, led by strong
play from senior Holly Schneider, gained a three-point edge before Virginia
rallied to tie the score at 10. A Fiona Bolten ace sparked a 5-0 FSU run to put
away the game for the Lady Seminoles 15-10.
Florida State jumped out to an
early 6-2 lead and would never trail in game two. Virginia rallied once again to
tie the game at 11. But a Schneider kill following a long rally that was
highlighted by great digs from Jennifer Werrick and Sarah Rickertsen gave Florida
State a lead they would not lose as the Tribe finished off the Cavaliers 15-12.
The Cavaliers came out strong in game three, capitalizing on a pair of FSU errors
and serving up two aces of their own, to take a 6-5 edge. But Florida State
quickly regrouped to score the next eight points unanswered on the strength of
four powerful kills from Aisha Thornton for a 13-6 lead. A Susan Hawks kill gave
FSU its 14th point and Werrick knocked an attack off the Cavalier block for the
final point of the match giving FSU a 15-9 victory.
“This was one of our best defensive matches of the year,” said FSU head
coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud. “Not only were there a lot of digs, but many of them
were very exciting.
“I’m extremely happy for this group of people to be able to play in the
Florida State had five players with double-digit digs on the day.
Werrick and LaToya Washington led the team with 19 digs each. Bolten added 12
along with 64 assists for her 17th double-double of the season. Schneider posted
10 digs along with a team-leading 18 kills for her 20th double-double of 1998.
Rickertsen also added 11 digs. Werrick, Hawks, and Thornton each tallied
double-digit kills as well. As a team, Florida State blasted 69 kills to just
45 for the Cavaliers. The Lady Seminoles totaled 79 digs over the three-game
span. The semifinal victory sends Florida State to the ACC Tournament
championship match on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Ritchie Coliseum on the Maryland
campus. The Lady Seminoles will face the winner of Saturday’s late match
featuring top-seeded North Carolina and fourth-seeded Clemson. The championship
match will be broadcast live on the Sunshine Network.