June 25, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State volleyball player Norisha Campbell, named as one of 15 athletes invited to comprise the 2001 USA Women’s National A2 Training Program, has had the opportunity this summer to learn from some of the best instructors the sport has to offer. The program gives Campbell the opportunity to train under some of the top USA Volleyball coaches, as well as with some of the other top collegiate athletes in the country. The A2 roster reads like a “who’s who” in collegiate volleyball, with several first-team All-Americans. The national team features post-graduate athletes, while the A2 program is comprised of athletes who still have collegiate eligibility. The A-2 team is practicing May, 2001 through early-August, 2001.
The A-2 squad is comprised of student-athletes who are potential members of USA teams that will be competing at the 2003 World University Games and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Campbell joins Candace McNamee (Cal), Lizzy Fitzgerald (Wisconsin), Tayibba Haneef (Long Beach State), Wendy Hatlestad (Pittsburgh), Brittany Hochevar (Long Beach State), Hedder Ilustre (Cal State Northridge), Jennifer Jones (Pacific), Lilly Kahomoku (Hawaii), Kristy Kreher (Notre Dame), M’Myia McQuirter (Western Michigan), Nina Puikkonen (BYU), Cheryl Weaver (Long Beach State) and Elisha Thomas (Long Beach State) as members of the 2001 A-2 team
Campbell led the `Noles in the regular season in both kills (431) and hitting percentage (.351), averaging 3.59 kills per game and 0.94 blocks per game, both team leading statistics. She had her best match in the Lady `Noles’ second-to-last match of the regular season when she had 22 kills and hit .500 in the Garnet and Gold’s win over Georgia Tech. She had 20+ kills three times this season, including a season- and career-high 23-kill performance against Duke. Campbell added double-digit kills in all but four matches this season (26). She also managed a career-best night against Jacksonville when she hit .789 with 16 kills. Campbell earned ACC Player-of-the-Week honors earlier this season, as well as adding First Team All-ACC honors to her list of accolades. Her .351 season hitting percentage lands her eighth all-time at Florida State in single season hitting percentage. In 1999, Campbell was named to the USA Junior National Team.
Campbell plans to return to Colorado Springs after completing her final collegiate season with the Lady Seminoles, to train with the USA Women’s National Team.