Oct. 27, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Led by sophomore Erica Bunch’s career-high 23
kills, the Florida State volleyball team defeated Virginia 3-2 by scores of
15-4, 13-15, 16-14, 7-15, 15-13, Friday evening at Tully Gymnasium. With
the win, FSU improved to 17-9 and 5-6 in the ACC while the Cavaliers fell
to 12-12 and 6-6 in league play.
With seven strong kills from Jennifer Werrick, FSU dominated game
one. The Noles started slow, but never trailed in the game. FSU led 6-3
and scored 10 straight to take a commanding 13-3 advantage and went on to
the 11-point win. The Tribe hit .382 with 17 kills while the Cavs were
held to .028 hitting off of 11 kills and 10 errors.
The second game saw the Lady Seminoles open with an 8-1 lead which
they increased to 11-4 at which time UVA took a timeout. The Cavaliers
came back to score nine unanswered points and took a 13-11 lead. Despite
25 kills for the game, FSU never regained the lead.
Game three was a wild one. FSU trailed 4-0 but battled back to
force three ties at 7-7, 10-10 and 11-11. Finally, the Tribe took its
first lead at 12-11 and extended it to 14-11. UVA scored the next three
points to force a fourth tie, but FSU prevailed for the 16-14 win. The two
teams combined for 60 kills in the game.
Both teams played fairly even to open game four. FSU led 4-2, but
Virginia came storming back and scored the game’s next nine straight to
take an 11-4 advantage. The Lady Seminoles finally put a stop to the UVA
rally and pulled to within 11-7, but the Cavs closed out the scoring for
the 15-7 win. FSU managed just nine kills for the game, while UVA recorded
In game-five rally scoring, FSU scored the first two points, but
UVA answered with four straight to go up 4-2. FSU went on to build two
leads of three points at 7-4 and 8-5. UVA came from behind to tie the game
at 9-9, 10-10 and 12-12, but FSU rallied for the 15-13 victory to take the
“Obviously this was a real important win,” FSU Head Coach Dr.
Cecile Reynaud said. “We came into the match focused early and maintained
that focus for the entire match. I was proud of the way we prepared
ourselves for tonight. Finally, everybody was available and we had a lot
of depth off of our bench. Jamie (Hibbard) digs a lot of balls and plays
great defense. With Jen Anderson on the floor, we can do some different
things with our team. I was very pleased with our overall team effort.”
Along with Bunch, four other FSU players tallied double-digit
kills. Werrick had 19, while Norisha Campbell and Kristin Frye added 14
apiece, followed by Dawn Hough’s 11 kills. Werrick added a season-high 20
digs while Bunch contributed 12 of her own. Hough had an outstanding match
at the net with nine blocks. Virginia was led by Deanna Zwarich, who
tallied 29 kills and 13 digs. Paige Davis added 20 kills and 14 digs to
the UVA effort.
Florida State will host Maryland on Sunday, October 29th at 1 p.m.