Sept. 1, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a team-high 19 kills and nine blocks,
senior Aisha Thornton led the Florida State volleyball team to a 3-2
victory over Auburn in the 1999 season-opener this evening at Tully
Gymnasium. The hard-fought match, which went nearly three hours (2:43),
had scores of 7-15, 17-15, 15-11, 6-15, 15-12.
Florida State got off to a slow start with four freshman on the
floor to open the match. In game one, FSU fell behind 12-1 before
rallying back to cut the lead in half, but Auburn prevailed with a 15-7
victory. The second game saw eight ties before FSU took the 17-15
victory. The Lady Seminoles took the advantage in the match in game
three with a 15-11 decision but were held to .103 hitting in game four
in a 6-15 losing effort. Auburn took an early lead in game five but
Florida State rallied for the 15-12 victory to take the match.
“Our team played like I hoped they would,” Head Coach Cecile
Reynaud said. “It took them a bit to get adjusted, but this team is
very adaptable and that is good. Jamie (Hibbard) stepped in at setter
and really gave us a boost.”
Hibbard led the team with 46 assists and 17 digs. In addition
to Thornton, also recording double-digit kills were junior Jennifer
Werrick with 16, and freshmen Erica Bunch with 13 and Dawn Hough with
12. Bunch also recorded 16 digs for her first career double-double.
“I think you can see that this team is made up of tough fighters
who are very competitive,” Reynaud said. “I couldn’t be any more proud
of a young group of kids.”
Florida State will have one more day to prepare for the 1999
Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Classic which will be played Friday
and Saturday at Tully Gymnasium. Florida International and Indiana will
square off at 4:30 on Friday, followed by FSU and South Carolina at 7
p.m. Saturday’s schedule is as follows: 10 a.m., Indiana vs. South
Carolina, 12:00 p.m ., FSU vs. FIU, 4:30 p.m., FIU vs. South Carolina, 7
p.m., FSU vs. Indiana.