March 18, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The Florida State volleyball team will gain height,
power, and international flavor with the addition of three new signees,
head coach Cecile Reynaud announced today. Joining an impressive returning
class of Lady Seminoles this fall are middle blockers Norisha Campbell and
Elizabeth Pound and outside hitter Luana Ruiz Azevedo.
“This is a great recruiting class,” said coach Reynaud. “We signed three
very good athletes and obviously improved the size of our team.”
At 6 feet, 4 inches, Norisha Campbell will become the tallest player in
Florida State volleyball history. The Universal City, Texas, native was an
All-State honoree following a stellar season at Judson High School.
Campbell is also a standout in the classroom, carrying a 3.8 GPA which has
earned her scholastic achievement honors over the last three years.
“Norisha is very physical and has an enormous amount of potential to
develop into a great volleyball player,” said coach Reynaud. “With her
size, she is certainly going to get some attention.”
Neptune Beach, Fla., native Elizabeth Pound gives Florida State additional
size in the middle. The 6’1″ middle blocker earned 3A All-State first team
honors and was named the North Florida Coaches 3A Player of the Year
following her senior season at Episcopal High School. Pound was also a
Florida Times-Union All First Coast selection in 1995 and 1996.
“Elizabeth is extremely athletic and has a great vertical leap,” said
coach Reynaud. “She will make an excellent addition to our group of middle
FSU gains yet another strong outside hitter in 5’10” Luana Ruiz Azevedo.
The Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, native is the first international player
at Florida State since fellow Brazilian Luiza Ramos finished her FSU
playing career in 1994. At home, Luana helped lead nine teams to league
championships and three others to regional titles. She also garnered Most
Valuable Player honors, the prize award of Friggi of Revelation, following
the 1996 season.
“Luana will add another dimension to our team both on and off the court,”
said coach Reynaud. “She is a good all-around player and has a great work
ethic. Luana has been preparing extensively to be completely ready to
become a part of the Florida State volleyball program this fall.”
“We have so many players returning that these signees will represent a
good young addition to the team,” said coach Reynaud. “Our experienced
players will be challenged everyday by this new group.”
Florida State returns all six of its starters from the ACC regular season
runner-up squad including All-ACC standouts Fiona Bolten, Susan Hawks, and
Holly Schneider; ACC Rookie of the Year Kate Hemlepp; and ACC All-Freshmen
Team member Jennifer Werrick. The Lady Seminoles will look to improve on
their 25-9 overall record, 11-5 in conference play, and NCAA Tournament
appearance from the 1997 campaign.