September 26, 2002 - by
Florida State Volleyball Hosts Wake Forest And Duke To Open ACC Play

Sept. 26, 2002

Florida State will open ACC play this weekend, when the Seminoles host ACC opponents Wake Forest and Duke. The Tribe will take on Wake Forest Friday, September 27th and will return to action Saturday, September 28th when FSU faces the Blue Devils. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. The Duke match will be televised live on Sunshine Network.

The Seminoles look to continue their dominance at home this weekend. In the friendly confines of Tully Gymnasium, Florida State is a perfect 5-0 on the season. The Tribe is led by a talented group of seniors including Alex Sevillano, Dawn Hough and Erica Bunch. Sevillano leads the team in hitting percentage (.309) and service aces (19). Middle hitter Hough has also excelled for the Seminoles, as she has notched 44 total blocks to lead the team in 2002. Bunch has the punch for Florida State, leading the Seminoles with 154 kills. Junior setter Jennifer Anderson is only 41 assists away from moving into the top three among FSU’s all-time assist leaders as she has tallied 567 assists this season.

Wake Forest, coming off a 3-0 upset of ACC foe Duke, enters the match with a season record of 6-7. The Seminoles hold an 11-3 advantage against the Demon Deacons in the all-time series and will look to continue their success Friday night. Wake Forest is led by senior setter Ashlee Phillips. Phillips has recorded 566 assists (11.55 per game), 84 kills (1.71 per game), 13 service aces (0.26 per game) and a hitting percentage of .326. Freshman Valerie Rydberg is also having a tremendous season thus far for the Demon Deacons, as she leads the team in kills (146), digs (143) and service aces (25).

The Blue Devils boast a 12-4 record, as they return to Tully Gymnasium for the first time since falling to the Seminoles in the semifinal round of the 2001 ACC Tournament. Duke leads the all-time series against FSU with a record of 22-7. The Blue Devils are a well-balanced team, as they seem to be led by a different player in every statistical category. Leading Duke in assists and digs is sophomore setter Stephanie Istvan. Averaging 1.16 blocks per game, Rachael Vander Griend leads the Blue Devils with 16 solo blocks and 41 block assists on the season. Freshman Tiffany Perry leads the way in hitting percentage with .593.

Florida State will return to action Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th, when the Seminoles travel to Clemson and Georgia Tech. The Clemson match is scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 p.m., while the Georgia Tech match is set to begin at 3:00 on Sunday.

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