Sept. 9, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team is now one win away from its win total of a year ago. After closing out the 1999 season with an 8-23 record, the Lady Seminoles have opened up 2000 with an amazing 7-0 record. Their latest win came against the University of Texas El-Paso, in another exciting five-match victory. The Garnet and Gold once again proved their persistence, winning games one, four and five against UTEP.
“We pulled out another five-gamer tonight,” FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said. “The team seemed a little flat all morning. We put in Erica Bunch for Jennifer Werrick and she did a good job for us late in the game.”
The Noles jumped out early, taking the first game 15-11. UTEP came back strong in games two and three, winning both 15-10 and 15-13, respectively. With every game close, FSU battled back to win a pivotal game four (15-12) before closing the afternoon match out, 15-13. Norisha Campbell led the way for the Lady Noles, leading the team in kills with 19, as well as hitting percentage with an impressive .484. The Noles other big hitters, sophomore Alex Sevillano and senior Jennifer Werrick had 18 and 13 kills respectively, but both players had hitting percentages below .200. Sevillano added 13 digs for the second-most on the team in that category, while Kristin Frye had 18 digs for the team-lead. Erica Bunch also reached double figures in digs with 14, coming off of a back injury heading into the season. Elizabeth Pound, starting in place of injured freshman Cerina Pele, came through with three solo blocks and four block assists.
The Lady Seminoles struggled at times against 3-3 UTEP, hitting sub-.200 in games two and five. Although the Noles hit only .094 in Game Five, FSU still won the crucial game by two points.
“UTEP really dominated in all the statistical categories, except for the end result,” Reynaud said. “This game was much like the Alabama game, in which we went five games, but struggled in the statistical categories. Overall, I was pleased again with the way we stayed focused and strong.”
FSU will take its undefeated record into a Tournament Championship game with host, Ball State tonight at 9:00 p.m. Following the tournament, the Lady Noles will return to Tully Gym for a match with Jacksonville on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Lady Noles are 24-0 against Jacksonville in the series between the two teams.