Nov. 18, 1999
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Lady Seminole volleyball team’s bid to upset the
top-seed Clemson in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference
Tournament fell short as Florida State fell to the Tigers 4-15, 5-15, 8-15
Thursday night at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. With the defeat,
the Lady Seminoles end the season at 8-23 overall. Clemson, ranked #13
nationally, moved to 30-1 with the victory and will meet the winner of the
Duke-Virginia match in the semifinals Saturday.
Florida State took an early lead in game one with an ace from Dawn
Hough and a cross-court kill by Norisha Campbell at 3-2, but the Tigers
quickly regrouped. Led by seven kills from outside hitter Alison Coday,
Clemson tallied a .519 hitting percentage in the game enroute to a 15-4
The Tigers matched that hitting percentage in game two to vault
out to a commanding lead. A pair of service aces from senior middle
hitter Aisha Thornton provided some late FSU scoring, but Clemson
Outside hitters Erica Bunch and Campbell rallied the Lady
Seminoles in the third game with six and five kills, respectively, but the
Tigers were too strong. Clemson pounded out 23 kills in the final game to
take the match 15-8.
“Clemson is a tough team,” said head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud.
“I’m proud of our team fighting despite having a number of players out of
position due to our injuries.
“We have an exciting future ahead of us,” said Reynaud. “We now
have a year’s worth of experience and several months of hard work to
Individually for the Lady Seminoles, Campbell led the team with 13
kills and four blocks. Bunch added 11 kills and eight digs. In her final
match at FSU, Thornton tallied 10 kills and a pair of service aces. As a
team, Clemson outhit Florida State .460 to .176, but the Lady Seminoles
outblocked the Tigers four to three.
Florida State looks to return 11 letterwinners next season, losing
only seniors Courtney Dipert, Aisha Thornton, and Kensy Zulueta to
graduation. Outside hitter Jennifer Werrick will be the only senior on
the 2000 squad along with three juniors and a now-experienced group of